Finding housing in a new city can be quite an adventure. With nearly 12,000 graduate students at UT Austin, there is no one housing solution for everyone. But whether you want an apartment close to the university for an easy commute, or out a little further with a yard for the kids, these resources can help you find a place to call home.
A few things to keep in mind while you search:
If you drive to campus, know that parking is a challenge. Graduate students are eligible for parking permits, but many of the lots are on the far edges of campus. However, the UT Shuttle System is the largest university bus system in the country and can get you from those lots to wherever you need to go on campus. Students with a valid UT ID can ride the shuttle for free (50 cents without an ID).
You may want to check out Capital Metro's buses and schedules to see how they correspond with potential residences.
For more information on getting to and around campus, see Parking and Shuttle Buses.
The University Apartments, located 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. There is a fairly long waiting list for these units, however, so be sure to apply early.
Graduate students are welcome to live on campus in the university residence halls. Although the university does not designate housing for graduate students in our on-campus residential facilities, we try to place students together with common interests.
Off Campus Housing
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's Web site 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.
If you are moving to Austin with children, find out more about area child care and local schools.