Life in Shreveport-Bossier

Sunset on Cross Lake in Shreveport

Learn More About Our Area

Shreveport and Bossier City are located in the northwest corner of Louisiana. The region’s unique blend of Louisiana culture and Texas flair make it a comfortable place to live with much to do. Shreveport is known as the hub of the” Ark-La-Tex,” where Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas meet.

LSU Health Shreveport is integral to the local economy, and health care is a major employer across the area. Barksdale Air Force Base also draws families to the region and serves as a top job provider. The film industry has a presence in the areas, with movies such as Olymupus Has Fallen, Mad Money and Battle: Los Angeles shot here. There are six casinos along the Red River, which divides Shreveport and Bossier City, providing service industry jobs.

“Shreveport-Bossier is a well-kept secret. We have no traffic, it’s easy to get around, you can live out in the country and still be close enough to commute to work with ease. We have the Red River, lakes, recreational activities, good schools—all the amenities of a big city are here with a small city atmosphere.”
--Dr. Tom Arnold- Chair of Emergency Medicine

Red River Revel in Downtown Shreveport's Festival Plaza

Shreveport-Bossier at a Glance

375K Metro Area Population
3rd Largest City in Louisiana
5 Hours to New Orleans
3 Hours to Dallas

View from Bossier City of Texas Street Bridge and Downtown Shreveport


Whether you prefer the suburbs, urban neighborhoods within walking distance to school, downtown living or the quiet of a more rural neighborhood, there are many options. Many students and employees choose to live near campus in the historic South Highlands neighborhood while others rent apartments along the Clyde Fant Parkway. Bossier City homes and apartments can be a good option for growing families, as can neighborhoods in the southeast part of Shreveport.

The Gardens of the Norton Art Gallery in Shreveport

Quality of Life

Shreveport-Bossier City has no trouble living up to Louisiana's widespread reputation for great food and spectacular celebrations. With more than 50 festivals and community events a year, you can count on always having something fun and new to see and do. From impressive art galleries to fascinating exhibits at museums, you'll be surprised at the offerings available.

Many take time out to enjoy the Sci-Port Discovery Center where people of all ages make hands-on discoveries and unlock science wonders. The Holiday In Dixie, Red River Revel Arts Festival, and Mudbug Madness festivals combined attract upwards of 700,000 people to Shreveport's riverfront. And of course, you can count on hearing the famous call, "Throw me something, Mister," during Mardi Gras, a month-long celebration throughout the region with elaborate parades and parties safe and fun for the entire family.

Cultural opportunities include ballet, opera, the symphony, theatre and concerts. Thanks to a thriving casino industry, we enjoy frequent performances from entertainment headliners like Jay Leno and Tony Bennett.

If you're visiting the area for the first time, you'll discover how much food is tied to our culture. There are many restaurants offering diverse dining experiences, many with live entertainment. Whether you are hungry for Cajun and jazz, soul food and the blues, old-fashioned hamburgers and alternative rock, or barbeque and country and western, you'll find it.

Enjoy crawfish at the annual Mudbug Madness Festival

Places to Eat

Restaurants can be found in all categories of cuisine and price within a short drive of our campus. The Shreveport-Bossier Convention & Tourist Bureau website has recommendations.

Local Resources

Student/Resident Housing

Shreveport Regional Airport

News & Events

Shreveport Times

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Shreveport's annual St. Patrick's Day Festival, Patty in the Plaza

Yes, we even have our own hockey team!  Our Mudbugs hockey players recently won the NAHL Robertson Cup for the 2017-2018 season!

Shreveport has it's very own symphony orchestra that puts on concerts throughout the year as well as the Strand with operas and plays.  Student ticket pricing is available for some shows!!

Local Craft Breweries in Shreveport-Bossier have tours, music events, and even family friendly events!