Living in Austin
Welcome to Austin! Recognized as "the Live Music Capitol," Austin is a legendary, lively city and a great place to live. The five-county region is known for its Hill Country scenery, cultural and recreational activities and laid-back lifestyle.
As a graduate student in Austin, you will have no shortage of interesting and exciting things to do—everything from watching the world's largest urban colony of Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from beneath the Congress Avenue Bridge to hearing some of the best live music in the country.
If you are an international student you will especially want to check out the International Office Web site for more detailed information on additional services they provide to help you make the transition to life in this country.
Moving to Austin: Covering the Basics
From finding housing to searching for child care and helping your spouse find employment, we have you covered. A good first place to start? Visit the city's Chamber of Commerce Web site for basic information about your new life in Austin.
- Establishing Texas Residency
- Child care and local schools
- Opportunities for spouses and partners
- Build Your Career
- Austin American Statesman's Jobs section
- Job fairs
- Comparative Salary Calculator
- Local Banking
- Obtaining a Texas driver's license
Quality of Life
In addition to being home to some of the best music venues in the country, Austin's cool lifestyle has something for everyone. From a visit to a hip downtown art gallery to running around Lady Bird Lake to eating some of the best barbeque around, you'll find plenty to do when you need a break from academic life.