Living in New Orleans

Scratch below the surface and you'll discover there is much more to New Orleans than meets the eye.

The city is home to one of the world's largest and busiest ports, nurtures a rapidly growing, entrepreneurial and creative industries sector and is renowned for its friendly locals and multi-billion dollar tourism industry. From its world-class gastronomy and eclectic art scene to its distinctive architecture and proud neighborhoods, New Orleans has something for everyone.

When you study medicine in New Orleans, you'll join a community of more than 50,000 students in the region and train at one of the nation's leading health systems. 

 Metropolitan area has a population of 1.25 million

 Voted No. 1 music city in the USA by National Geographic

 More than 100 miles of on- and off-street bikeways

 Home to more than 1,200 restaurants

New Orleans weather

New Orleans has a humid subtropical climate with very hot and humid summers and mild, short-lived winters. Summers in New Orleans are relatively long with high temperatures hovering around 90°F (32°C) from May to September.

In winter, from December to February, temperatures average between 44°F (7°C) and a comfortable 62°F (17°C). New Orleans experiences high annual rainfall, most of it falling in mid-late summer, often as a spin-off from tropical storms.

Snow and ice are rarities in New Orleans, but there have been incidences of light snowfall causing a 'White Christmas'.

Things to do


New Orleanians are of a single mind when it comes to sports teams. They adore them. With teams like the Saints, the Pelicans, the Baby Cakes, and even the Tulane Green Wave, everyone has something to cheer about.

Arts and music

The city’s music is its beating heart. Live music, theater and drama are everyday occurrences in New Orleans, a city where costume closets are a must and dressing up happens on a myriad of occasion. 

Recreation and outdoors

Surrounded by water, shaded by hundred-year-old oaks, fueled by a sense of neighborhood pride, locals recharge and recreate in all kinds of ways, from sporty to zen.


With dozens and dozens of festivals a year,  the city offers visitors an array of colorful events almost every weekend.


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