Generations of students from near and far have called the Forty Acres their home away from home. Whether they live in one of 14 campus residence halls or eat at one of the many restaurants and cafés, the campus environs offer a variety of choices when it comes to finding a place to call home.
Finding a Place to Live
The University of Texas at Austin is home to many students and we understand how important it is to find housing. For students living on campus, you have the convenience of having classes, libraries and university facilities in your own backyard.
University Residence Halls
An essential component of the college experience is student housing. Some say it's a must for first-year students; others tout the camaraderie seniors and graduate students share. But there's more to residence hall living than convenience and common interests.
University campus residence halls provide positive living and learning experiences, including Learning Environments that support learning opportunities outside the classroom. Through these learning environments, the university fosters community development, interpersonal and intrapersonal competence, relational development, critical thinking and social skills. Take a virtual tour to learn more about the university's on-campus learning and living facilities.
For students on campus, there are resources to make living on campus a great experience:
- The Honors Living Community, composed of four halls in the “Quad” (Andrews, Blanton, Carothers and Littlefield), houses about 600 outstanding students, most of whom are in one of the university’s undergraduate honors programs.
- A Residential First-year Interest Group (FIG) is composed of 25 first-year students who develop a community by taking classes together and attending weekly seminars led by a peer mentor and staff member. Students discuss issues including study and time management strategies, social opportunities and issues, and campus life and involvement opportunities.
The University Apartments, off campus on Lake Austin Boulevard, are reserved for married students, families, graduate students and undergraduates with at least 30 hours credit and in good standing with the university. Shuttle bus service is readily available from the University Apartments to campus, making the commute easy.
Finding housing in a new city can be quite an adventure. Whether you want an apartment close to the university for an easy commute, or out a little farther with a yard for the kids, these resources can help you find a place to call home.
If you've decided to live off campus and need help deciding which area of Austin best suits your needs, the Austin Chamber of Commerce provides excellent descriptions of Austin's various neighborhoods. You will also find a Newcomer's Guide to help introduce you to Austin and a list of local agencies to help you locate a house or apartment to rent.
The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost has prepared information regarding off-campus housing offered by individuals affiliated with the university.
Child Care and Local Schools
Child care and schools enter into the equation for many searching for a place to live. Faculty, staff and graduate students are eligible to use The University of Texas Child Development Center, a program caring for children from six weeks to five years old. You must apply for the service and will be placed on a waiting list according to the date of your application. You may also want to consider visiting the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, which provides a list of all licensed child care providers by zip code to help you search for a part-time caregiver for your child. If you need financial assistance for child care, contact Work Source Austin.
The Austin Independent School District provides a comprehensive list of elementary, middle and high schools in the Austin area.
Finding a Place to Eat
Whether you're on the Forty Acres to work, play or visit, finding a place to eat on campus is easy and convenient with eleven residential dining venues across campus that are open to the public and offer everything from buffet dining to patio cafés. All residential dining locations offer healthy eating suggestions every day.
The University Unions also offer a variety of food outlets, including Chick-fil-a, Wendy’s, Starbucks, Zen and Taco Bell. Other campus dining options include Gabriel's Café, One Twenty 5 Café, The Carillon, The Blanton Café, O’s Café, Red McCombs Red Zone Food Court, Texas Expresso and Under The Oaks Café.