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Housing & Transportation

  • These days, people's first stop is Craigslist, which is a decent tool for discovering good rental deals. In addition to standard apartment complexes and condos, it's not uncommon for 2 or 3 students to get together to rent a small house or bungalow. There are many options like this available around town. But Craigslist is not a practical option if you're not in Austin to physically look at places.
  • You might cross-reference Craiglist with the neighborhood descriptions listed further down the page on to get a sense of where to begin. Most students live in these areas because of their proximity to campus and/or transportation options they provide.
  • Get on the waitlist for a university apartment. It's a long list which will probably take more than a year, but it's worth it in terms of long-term investment. It is a particularly good idea for doctoral students, and students with spouses/children.
  • View this helpful graduate student housing survey recently conducted by the Department of Chemical Engineering, which applies to students in any program.
  • You may sign up to receive email notifications on the GCN Housing listserv (GCN = Graduate Coordinator Network).
  • Capitol Metro is the name of Austin's public transportation system. The buses are also free to UT students with the presentation of a valid student ID.
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