Life in Austin

A Creative Center

What starts in Austin changes the world.

If you hosted a meeting of the minds — a place where the right-brained dreamers inspired the left-brained doers — Austin would be the perfect place to gather. At the heart of the Austin community, the university offers a home where the creative, artistic minds of the world live side by side with the scientific and technological innovators of tomorrow.

Austin is regarded as an open-minded, friendly and innovative city. The city has been consistently rated a national creative center that draws talented people from across the world to its high quality of life, abundant resources, lively entertainment and active lifestyle.

The city known as the Live Music Capital of the World hosts nationally known festivals such as the Austin City Limits Music Festival, South by Southwest (SXSW) and the Austin Film Festival. The fact that many graduates stay in Austin is a testament to the quality of life in the area.

Breeding Ground for New Technologies

The university has long been a pioneer and leader in establishing innovative education programs in technology, so it’s no surprise that technology companies such as Dell, IBM, Intel, Apple, Samsung and National Instruments have established major operations in Austin to draw from the highly skilled talent the university produces.

Top 10 Things to Do in Austin

  1. Barton Springs: The three-acre spring-fed pool stays at 68 degrees year round.
  2. Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum: The story of Texas is told through films and exhibits; home to Austin’s only IMAX theater.
  3. Texas State Capitol: Built in 1886, the Texas State Capitol is the largest state capitol in the country.
  4. Sixth Street and Warehouse Entertainment District: Popular, trendy areas of downtown Austin known for clubs, live music and unique restaurants.
  5. Congress Avenue Bats: Home to the largest urban colony of Mexican free-tailed bats in the country.
  6. Highland Lakes: Seven lakes, including nearby Lake Travis, Lake Austin and Lady Bird Lake, offer canoeing, boating and jet skiing.
  7. South Congress (SoCo): Home to eclectic shops and retro clothing stores and the very popular First Thursday event each month.
  8. Zilker Park: The 350-acre park just minutes from campus is home to the Austin Nature and Science Center, Zilker Botanical Gardens, Zilker Hillside Theatre and the Zilker Zephyr — a train that travels around the perimeter of the park.
  9. Mount Bonnell: A must-see for any Austin visitor, this popular tourist spot offers the best views of Austin and the Hill Country.
  10. Hike and Bike Trail: One of the finest hiking and biking trails in the country, the 10-mile trail offers wide paths for bike riding, walking or running.

Courtesy Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau