Imagine a city bursting with energy and an entrepreneurial spirit. Add a vibrant creative scene, a thriving economy, enviable weather, natural beauty, and underline it with an open-minded sense of community—and you’ve got Austin, Texas.
Located just north of downtown, The University of Texas at Austin sits in the heart of one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, offering UTSOA students the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in a rapidly growing and changing built environment.
There is so much to love about and explore in Austin. We’ve outlined a few of our favorite things below, but if you’d like to get a bigger-picture look at life in Austin, spend some time exploring Visit Austin, the Austin Visitors Guide from The Austin Chronicle, and The University of Texas at Austin’s Off-Campus Living Resources Guide.
Arts, Music and Culture:
Widely recognized as a major cultural center, Austin is perhaps best known for its live music scene. While annual festivals like SXSW and Austin City Limits draw visitors to Austin from around the world, more than 200 smaller venues host dozens of shows for locals every night. Beyond live music, Austin is also home to many museums, art galleries, and theaters that offer everything from improv and comedy, to live theater, to independent movies.
A few iconic Austin venues and theaters:
From the spring-fed waters of Barton Springs Pool, to the 12+ miles of trails within the Barton Springs Greenbelt, Austin is the perfect city for an active lifestyle. With more than 300 days of sunshine and an average temperature of 68 degrees, there are countless opportunities to stay active and enjoy the outdoors—from cycling and rock climbing, to hiking and kayaking.
Some of our favorite outdoor spots include:
Food, Drink, and Nightlife
Everyone knows Austin’s reputation as a music town, but these days Austin is just as renowned for our culinary scene, which offers everything from food trucks to fine dining. Whether you’re looking for traditional Texas flavors—breakfast tacos, Tex Mex and BBQ—or more diverse and experimental fare, Austin has you covered, and there are tons of great food and drink options around campus, including:
Neighborhoods Around Campus:
Austin is home to many unique neighborhoods, each with its own distinct character and amenities. For many students, proximity to campus is a primary consideration, though many also consider potential housing opportunities based on their proximity to grocery stores, recreation, dining, and public transportation.
Neighborhoods immediately around campus where many UTSOA students live include:
For more information about housing options and off-campus living near The University of Texas at Austin, visit: https://offcampus.utexas.edu/