Campus Housing

Location
Austin, TX
Undergrads
37,083
Tuition (in-state)
$33,128 ($9,790)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: The dorms are small but one does not really need a lot of space to begin with anyway. You get the opportunity to meet many new students from all over the world every year and you can form long lasting friendships. Prices are high so community baths are usually the best as well as sharing the space with another student. Some dorm buildings have dining halls within, which is very convenient.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorm I lived in was pretty quiet. I made a couple friends and we had lots of fun living there. The dorm was pretty quiet so it was great for studying but not very social. Some of the dorms are old but for the price, they're a great deal.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I think they are good but I do not know. live in a on campus but private dorm

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The buildings are old and some have community bathrooms. Not all dorms have cafeterias, which can be frustrating.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The living doesn't bother me. It is close to campus so I do not mind it.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 28th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 372nd
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 484th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 989th
    Shortest Walk to Class

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tony Griffin
Hometown
Houston, TX
Major
Marketing
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San Jacinto is the clear favorite of the on-campus dorms, and because it’s the newest, it is obvious why. However, almost everyone who applies for on-campus housing is going to put San Jacinto as his/her first choice. Obviously everyone can’t live there, so you will have to consider a few back-up choices. Jester is where a majority of people live, and most say it’s really not as bad as it seems. But if you do live in Jester, ask for the connecting bathrooms rather than the community bathrooms. Kinsolving and Littlefield are really not bad choices either for girls who do not want to go coed. There are several male single sex dorms as well, Moore-Hill probably being the most well known. However, coed dorms are a lot of fun and teach you a lot about the opposite sex. Some of my best friends are guys because of living in a coed dorm.

If you can afford to live in a private dorm, do it. Castilian is a very popular choice. It is coed, a place where you will meet tons of people and have the time of your life—a freshman year that everyone wishes to have. Some dorms have lame RAs who are more strict than others. Well, let me tell you that I knew all of the RAs at Castilian quite well, and they were all very, very cool. Having a good RA is one thing that can completely enhance your freshman year dorm experience. Many girls choose to live in Hardin House or SRD (you must know a Mason to get into SRD). The only downside to those two dorms is that they can be a little bit stuck up. However, if you are cool with that, or want to be around your sorority sisters, those are the places to be. Towers is more like apartment-style living, since you have a living room and small kitchen. But since you have so much room in your dorm room, you are not forced to go outside of it like you are in Castilian, so you do not meet as many people. There is generally a large Jewish population at Towers, but it attracts all kinds—Greeks and Non-Greeks, the studious to the stoners. Dobie is an off-campus dorm that is very popular with minorities and International students. It does not have a social dorm atmosphere. However, Dobie offers many different types of floor plans, so if you like to have a lot of choices, you might look into living there. Madison and Contessa are not as popular but are other options to check out.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
8,244
Undergrads Living On Campus
20%
Number of Dormitories
14
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
3
Best Dorms
San Jacinto
Worst Dorms
Jester (Though some would argue that this is the best dorm because of the number of people and the location.)
What You Get
  • Cable TV and Internet access (ResNet)
  • Minifridge
  • Window coverings
Also Available
  • Apartments for married or single students
  • Coed and single-sex dorms
  • College of Engineering Peer Mentor Program
  • Handicap-accessible housing
  • Honors housing, Living Learning Centers
  • Residential FIGs (Freshman Interest Groups)
  • Wellness/substance-free floors
Did You Know?
  • Jester Dorm has its own zip code and is the largest dorm in the nation.
  • San Jacinto is the newest dorm on campus and was built in 2000.
  • Littlefield is the oldest dorm on campus and was built in 1926.
  • The original Brackenridge dorm was built in 1890 and burned down in 1952 and stood where Welch is today. The second and current Brackenridge was built in 1933.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Andrews
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 132
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Rooms have movable furnature and vanity/sink areas. Hall features courtyard with grills, grand piano, hotel-style ice machine, hardwood floors, honors housing, individual climate control, laundry on each floor, rec room, study rooms, two sundecks, TV rooms, vending machines. Computer lab next door; close to dining and Guadalupe Street shops.
Blanton
Floors: 7
Number of Occupants: 274
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Rooms have built-in and movable furnature. Hall features a courtyard, honors housing, laundry facilities, lounge, piano, study rooms, sundeck, TV rooms, and vending machines. Computer lab nearby; close to dining and Guadalupe Street shops.
Brackenridge
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 128
Bathrooms: Community
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Double, single, one triple
Special Features: Rooms have movable furniture and bunkable beds. Hall features kitchenette, laundry facilities, rec room, study lounge, TV lounge, and vending machines. Connected to Roberts Hall; close to dining and the gym.
Carothers
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 131
Bathrooms: Community
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Double
Special Features: Rooms have individual climate control, movable furniture, and vanity/sink areas. Hall features a 24-hour desk, computer lab, courtyard, handicap-accessible facilities, honors housing, multi-purpose lounge, piano, study rooms, sundeck, vending machines, and wood floors. Close to dining and Guadalupe Street shops.
Duren
Floors: 6
Number of Occupants: 569
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Rooms have individual climate control, movable furniture and vanity/sink areas. Hall features 24-hour desk, private courtyard, exercise room, game room, laundry facilities formal lounge, multi-purpose lounge, study lounge on each floor, secure access to living areas, TV rooms, video surveillance of entry areas. Close to dining.
Jester Center
Floors: 10-14
Number of Occupants: 2,849
Bathrooms: Private, semi-private, and communal
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Double rooms, some triples
Special Features: Rooms have built-in furniture and a vanity/sink area. Hall features a computer lab, fitness/weight room, grand piano, laundry facilities, on-site dining facilities, study lounge on each floor, big-screen TV lounge, and vending machines. Close to gym, library, and colleges of business and education.
Kinsolving
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 735
Bathrooms: Semi-private and communal
Coed: No, women only
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Rooms have built-in furniture and a vanity/sink area. Hall features a 24-hour desk, air conditioning, computer lab, four elevators, fitness room, grand piano, handicap-accessible facilities, laundry facilities, multi-purpose lounge, on-site dining facilities, patio, rec room/TV lounge, study lounges on every floor, and vending machines. Home to Academic Community Center; close to Guadalupe Street shops.
Littlefield
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 152
Bathrooms: Community
Coed: No, women only
Room Types: Doubles, one single
Special Features: Rooms have movable furniture, and a vanity/sink area. Hall features laundry facilities, a large living room, on-site dining facility, TV lounge, study lounges on each floor, vending machines, and verandas for relaxing and studying. Close to other dining facilities and Guadalupe Street shops.
Moore-Hill
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 386
Bathrooms: Community
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Rooms have movable furnature. Hall features laundry facilities, rec room, study lounge, big-screen TV lounge. Close to dining and the aquatic complex.
Prather
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 158
Bathrooms: Community
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Rooms have moveable furniture and bunkable beds. Hall features laundry facilities, study lounges, TV lounge, and vending machines. Close to dining, gyms, and library.
Roberts
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 127
Bathrooms: Community
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Double and single
Special Features: Rooms have movable furniture and bunkable beds. Hall features courtyard, study lounges, TV lounge, and vending machines. Close to dining and laundry facilities.
San Jacinto
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 728
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Rooms have loftable/bunkable beds, moveable furniture, and a vanity/sink area. Hall features an amphitheater, computer lab, game room, handicap-accessible facilities, laundry facility, multi-purpose lounge, on-side dining facilities, study lounges on each floor, TV lounge, and vending machines. Close to alumni center, rec center, and stadium.
Simkins
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 190
Bathrooms: Community
Coed: No, men only
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Rooms have built-in furniture and moveable/bunkable beds. Hall features a computer lab, outdoor courtyard with barbecue pits and a sand volleyball court, kitchenette, laundry facilities, recreation area, study lounge, TV lounge, and vending machines. Close to the engineering school, law school, and fine arts building.
Whitis Court
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 197
Bathrooms: Community
Coed: Yes
Special Features: Rooms have bunkable beds and movable furniture. Hall features coed classroom facilities and conference room, community kitchens, handicap-accessible facilities, laundry facilities, study lounges, large TV lounges, and vending machines. Home to the Residential FIGS program for students to live and interact with other first-year students taking the same classes. Close to dining and Guadalupe Street shops.

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Brackenridge Apartments
Special Features: Brackenridge features unfurnished one-, two-, and three-bedroom air-conditioned apartments with blinds, electric laundry hookups in some units, refrigerator, stove, tile floors. All apartments have 24-hour University police patrol, cable TV hookups, high-speed Internet access, laundry facilities, maintenance, playground, tennis court, and hiking and biking trails.
3501 Lake Austin Blvd., about six miles from campus; on the University shuttle and Capitol Metro bus routes
Colorado Apartments
Special Features: Colorado features unfurnished one- and two-bedroom apartments with blinds, central heat and air conditioning, refrigerator, stove, and tile floors. All apartments have 24-hour University police patrol, cable TV hookups, high-speed Internet access, laundry facilities, maintenance, playground, tennis court, and hiking and biking trails. Close to shopping and the Colorado River.
2501 Lake Austin Blvd., about six miles from campus; on the University shuttle and Capitol Metro bus routes
Gateway Apartments
Special Features: Gateway features one- and two-bedroom apartments with blinds, central heat and air conditioning, carpeting, refrigerator, and stove. All apartments have 24-hour University police patrol, cable TV hookups, high-speed Internet access, laundry facilities, maintenance, playground, tennis court, and hiking and biking trails.
1618 W. Sixth St., about six miles from campus; on the University shuttle and Capitol Metro bus routes

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