Hey guys - first off, thanks for all of your help. I've been reading through parts of the thread and you guys have been giving great information.
Unfortunately, I haven't had the chance to read all 200+ pages, so forgive me if I'm repeating a question or two.
Just a couple of Qs:
1. What is public transportation (if applicable) like in New Orleans? Is the campus pretty self-contained or is there a lot of commuting involved?
going car-less is doable - i do it - but, quite frankly, it sucks. the street car is sweet for tourists and lazy sundays, but if you got poo to do, it's too slow and frustrating. because while the campus is - self contained as you put it, you are in nola and you will want to venture out and get away from the undergrads.
basically, i live near campus and walk to carrolton to do everything, because walking to magazine is too far. carrolton is a great place, so i can't complain too much but making the 1 mile walk back from rue or zotz (good coffee shops) at 1am or the maple leaf of cooter browns (good bars) is not for the faint of heart, and locals frequently chastise me for doing it. the upshot is tulane has started a shuttle service that will pick you up anywhere around the campus until 2am and take you home, but i haven't used it yet.
also, i've spent a tone on cabs. some people solve this problem by getting a bike or scooter, and i may look into that myself. the bottom line is that it's not nyc, and while you can go carless, it get old very quickly.