LiveHere - CommunitiesJester West (JSW) - Co-ed Residence Hall
As a part of the largest residence hall at UT, Jester West offers residents an ideal combination of top-notch facilities and amenities with a vast array of academic programs and social opportunities. Plus some premier dining facilities for your pleasure.
Jester West Residence Hall
201 E. 21st Street
Austin, TX 78705
- Jester West is home to some of our premier dining facilities, giving students convenience, affordability and extensive dining options in one location. The Jester Second Floor Dining Room is an unlimited buffet dining center, whereas the first floor houses our popular a-la-carte venues. Options include Jester City Limits, Jesta' Pizza and Jester Java just to name a few.
- Rooms with community baths
- Visit the brand new Gallery of Texas Cultures
- Study rooms
- Computer lab
- Big screen TV room
- Grand piano
- Recreational Sports/Gregory Gym nearby
- Jester City Market
- Conveniently located across from the Perry-Castaneda Library and the Colleges of Education and Business
- Accessible accommodations available.
- Tours of this facility are available daily.
Real Residents Speak About Living in Jester
"I enjoyed the friendly atmosphere that I lived in. Being the only one here from my high school made me believe that it was going to be hard to make new friends. Yet, by living in Jester, I was able to make new friends and even find two of my best friends. I also enjoyed the fact that it was so centered to everything in campus so if I ever had time for a nap it was close by. Not only that but when I forgot things I knew that they were a few minutes away. Overall my stay in Jester has been really pleasant."
Adriana Gamez, Psychology freshman
"SO MUCH FUN. There is always something going on. This can be a bad thing when you're trying to study, but just go to the library for that. I don't see how anyone can make friends and meet new people without living in the halls for a year, because this is how I pretty much met everyone I know. We're a week from moving out and I'm still meeting new people everyday. Plus it's just so convenient to everything... football games, classes, the library, places to eat, the gym. My favorite thing is when it started to get warm outside and you could go out to the hill between the parking garage and Jester (I've heard it called Jester Beach) and there would be tons of people sitting out reading or sleeping and just hanging out. The food isn't that bad, and plus, hey, if you don't eat, you don't gain your freshman 15, right?!? The awesome experience you will have will override anything negative that comes from this place, if you let it. Enjoy it!"
Amanda Alter, Geography freshman
"There are tons of people to meet in Jester, and everything you need is right here in the halls. It's also very convenient for going to classes, because no classes are more than about a 10 minute walk."
Chris Stangle, Aerospace Engineering freshman
"Late night projects are the single best reason to live in the halls. After a long night of studying, finishing a project, or fun, you do not want to have to have to wake up at 6:30 the next morning to go to class. Instead, you wake up at 7:45!"
Kelvin Pan, Computer Sciences junior
"Living at Jester was different from home. Coming from a bedroom with my own bathroom and own space, the hall cut out on that part, but it was great knowing people that were in my hall, the hall across, etc. Meeting people from all over Texas, places I have never heard of was cool. Everyone I met was friendly. There was this one time I ran out of paper at 2am and my final paper was due at 9am. I went next door to find out the people were still awake and gave me a stack of 20 sheets. Overall I really enjoyed my first year staying in Jester instead of an apartment."
Ujval Patel, Liberal Arts freshman
"With classmates and friends everywhere, down the hall, upstairs, your suitemates, your roommate, even your RA, you can find anyone to study with or even take a study break with. It's convenient to live on campus; if you have 2 hours to kill, take a quick nap before class. If your computer decides to crash, you can head down to the computer lab. If you are hungry and in a hurry, you have a variety of food to choose from, plus, there are 2 ATMs in Jester Center and 2 more across the street. The Jester Residence Hall is as big as a city, with all the convenience and amenities, and yet, as warm as a home."
Andy Mike Emata, Actuarial Science freshman
"Staying in Jester was so much fun. You meet so many people from all over and it?s where everyone comes to hangout. It?s close to everything because it is basically the center of attraction for the University."
Domineca Pines, Biochemistry freshman
A Bit of History
Jester is named in honor of Governor of Texas Beauford H. Jester who served Texas as governor from January 21, 1947 to July 11, 1949. He received a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Law degree from UT in 1916 and 1920 respectfully. The red tiled roof and tan bricked Jester Center including Jester East and West Residence Halls and Jester Academic was built in 1969 to house almost 3000 students. Since Jester was originally built, it has gone from an all male tower and all female tower to both towers being coed, sometimes by floor and sometimes by rooms within a single floor. There have also been a number of repairs and improvements to the building and food service facilities.