Convenient Major Metros
Local Parks & Campgrounds
- Lincoln Parish Park (7 mi)
- Lake Claiborne State Park (25 mi)
- Jimmie Davis State Park (30 mi)
- Lake D'Arbonne State Park (31 mi)
Major Local Festivals
Louisiana Tech University is located in Ruston, LA. Ruston is a small city of 22,000 located on Interstate 20 in central North Louisiana that offers all the charm of a small city and college community, with convenient access to larger cities Monroe, LA (30 miles) and Shreveport, LA (60 miles).
Ruston is a relaxed yet versatile place to live with a number of great restaurants and entertainment such as college athletics, theatrical and musical performances in both university and local venues, and small-town festivals. An outstanding intramural sports facility complement the University’s many fine physical facilities and programs. The cost of living is somewhat lower than national average.
For the spiritual, Ruston offers a variety of churches (and a mosque), in addition to student religious organizations on campus. Many of these congregations offer "Adopt-A-Student" programs to connect you with a local host family with a similar spiritual background. They can help you acclimate to life in Ruston, and may even provide a home-cooked meal or two.
For those enjoying outdoor activities, the Ruston area offers excellent opportunities for fishing, camping, and golf. Our local Lincoln Parish Park is infamous for its biking trails, regarded by many to be some of the best in the South if not in the United States. For something both cultural and outdoors, take a drive east down I-20 to Louisiana's only UNESCO World Heritage site, Poverty Point where you can enjoy history as well as hiking and canoeing.
For those looking to get away, it is easy to go for refreshing country drives, including to nearby Arkansas, whose border is only about half an hour away. Hot Springs, AR to the north and Vicksburg, MS to the east also provide easily accessible and interesting destinations for short weekend trips.
Of course, those are not your only possible road-trip destinations. For the more urban, Ruston's location at the intersection of US 167 and Interstate 20 mean easy travel to major metropolitan areas including Baton Rouge (220 mi) and New Orleans (300 mi) in Louisiana. In addition, Ruston is also convenient to many major out-of-state metropolitan areas including Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, and Memphis.
For more information on the City of Ruston and what amenities the city has to offer, visit the Ruston-Lincoln Convention & Visitors Bureau website at http://www.rustonlincoln.com.