Local Atmosphere

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

Local Atmosphere: Austin is such a nice place to be. There are so many things to do!

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: It's a very accepting community of all backgrounds, races, ethnicities, and sexual orientations. Both the City of Austin and the University campus are great environments that make people feel comfortable with being who they truly are.

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5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: A lot of stuff to do, the list is never ending

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Austin is a great city for a college student. It's a city with a young population, great food, and lakes/hills for the occasional weekend outing.

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Austin is a diverse and thriving city, filled with everything you could ever imagine. An active and eco-friendly city, Austin boasts anything from bike-riding to paddle boarding, and everything in-between. Austin also hosts some of the most popular music festivals every year, and is an epicenter for musical talent.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tony Griffin
Hometown
Houston, TX
Major
Marketing
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You really couldn’t ask for a much better college town than Austin, Texas, the Live Music Capital of the World. There is so much to do in Austin and definitely something for everyone—bars, museums, parks, lakes, running trails, kayaking, shopping, coffee houses, outdoor music venues, smoky blues clubs, naked swimming at Hippie Hollow. There is even a little beach in central Texas—Volente Waterpark Beach.

Austin is a city with a small-town feel, and that is what most people love about it. When you live near UT, you are two minutes from downtown. People around here are walking everywhere, there is a lot of biking, and the people couldn’t be friendlier. Everyone loves the laid-back atmosphere of Austin, and the fact that anything goes. On any day of the week, you can sit around outside people watching for hours and keep yourself entertained. The fun thing about Austin is that if you want to just be lazy and relax by the lake or at the park, you can do that. But if you want to be active, there are tons of places to run, bike, swim, hike, kayak, climb, or pretty much anything you can imagine. The 50,000 students of the University of Texas include so many different kinds of people with so many different kinds of interests that they blend right in to the laid-back, but always fun town that is Austin.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Janis Joplin was voted the Ugliest Man on Campus.
  2. Matthew McConaughey was arrested for playing the bongos naked in his house in Tarrytown just west of the University.
  3. The best snow cone stand in Austin is located on Lamar Boulevard, right before Barton Springs when you are driving south. It is called Sno Beach. You have to try their snow cones with cream; they are delicious!
  4. Every spring, Austin celebrates Eeyore's Birthday Party. It was started in 1963 by a group of UT frat guys and was invitation-only. It has grown larger every year, and it's now a fundraiser benefiting local charities. You will definitely find all kinds of people at Eeyore's Birthday, from students, to hippies, to ex-students bringing their kids to experience what they experienced 40 years ago.
  5. We have our own local celebrity: Leslie. He does have a last name, it is Cochran, but he is known to everyone simply as Leslie. He is a transient transvestite who walks around Austin generally wearing a thong and tutu and tank top. He has recently gotten breast implants. He has a bike with a cardboard box house built up around it with various sentiments written on it, many blasting the Austin police force.
  6. The films The Rookie, The Faculty, The Life of David Gale, Spy Kids, The New Guy, The Alamo, Cheer Up, Dazed and Confused, Slacker, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The New Generation, Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), Varsity Blues, Miss Congeniality, Lone Star State of Mind, and The Newton Boys are just some of the recent films that have been made in Austin.
  7. In 2003, Austin was ranked 4th on Travel and Leisure's poll of Best Loved Cities, 1st on the Forbes list of Best Cities for Singles, and 3rd on Hispanic Magazine's Best Cities for Hispanics.
  8. In 2002, Money magazine rated Austin one of the Top 10 Best Places to Live, and USA Today said that Austin was 4th in Best Cultural Attractions, 5th in Best Nightlife, 5th Friendliest City in the Country, 3rd Best City in the Spring, and 3rd overall in Best-Looking People.
Notable Natives
  • Lance Armstrong - cyclist
  • Asleep at the Wheel - band
  • "Stone Cold" Steve Austin - wrestler
  • Marcia Ball - musician
  • Ray Bensen - musician
  • Sandra Bullock - actress
  • Michael Dell - computers
  • The Fabulous Thunderbirds - band
  • Fastball - band
  • Pat Green - musician
  • O. Henry - writer
  • Tobe Hooper - director
  • Janis Joplin - musician
  • Richard Linklater - director
  • Matthew McConaughey - actor
  • Benjamin McKenzie - actor
  • Willie Nelson - musician
  • Robert Rodriguez - director
  • Spoon - band
  • Bob Schneider - musician
  • Quentin Tarantino - actor/director
  • Stevie Ray Vaughn - musician
  • Django Walker - musician
  • Jerry Jeff Walker - musician
Local Slang
  • Congress: A main street downtown that runs into the Capital
  • Co-op: The store on the Drag that sells UT memorabilia and books for UT classes
  • The Drag: Guadalupe Street while it is in front of the University; there are lots of shops and restaurants that are very popular with students and with tourists visiting UT.
  • First Thursday: On South Congress Avenue on the first Thursday of every month there is an open house of sorts where all of the stores are open late and people can walk around and eat and drink and shop and listen to music. It is very popular.
  • Leslie: A local celebrity-Austin's very famous transvestite.
  • South Congress: The part of Congress Avenue where there are many cool shops that trendy people like to frequent
Points of Interest
  • Barton Creek Greenbelt
  • The Bats
  • Governor’s Mansion
  • Mount Bonnell
  • South Congress
  • Texas History Museum
  • Texas State Capital Building
  • Zilker Park
Shopping Centers
  • Arboretum
  • Barton Creek Square Mall
  • Highland Mall
  • Prime Outlets At San Marcos
Movie Theaters
Alamo Drafthouse
409 Colorado St.
Downtown
(512) 476-1320
Movie Theaters
Dobie Theatre
2021 Guadalupe St.
Austin
(512) 472-3456
Movie Theaters
Regal Metropolitan Stadium 14
901 Little Texas Ln.
Austin
(512) 447-0101
Major Sports Teams
  • Austin Ice Bats: hockey
  • Austin Wrangler: arena football
  • Round Rock Express: minor league baseball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Dallas: TX: 3 hours
  • Houston: TX: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 252 responses

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  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 248 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 3% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 1% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 4% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 93% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 248 responses

  • 12% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 41% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 48% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 248 responses

  • 4% No way.
  • 43% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 52% Totally.

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