Off-Campus Housing

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I hear a lot of bad things about the one's closest to campus, but I've heard good things about the housing on Riverside. The prices are reasonable and the rooms look nice.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It is just literally walking down the street from campus.

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  • 160th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tony Griffin
Houston, TX
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Many students recommend the dorm experience for your freshman year, but after that, it is time for something new and time to live on your own. That’s right, it’s time to get an apartment and have to cook for yourself, clean for yourself, pay bills, as well as have parties and invite members of the opposite sex over as often as you want. Yeah, having an apartment is great. If you want to live near campus and you don’t mind paying a premium, West Campus is the place to be, especially if you are Greek, as this is where the sorority and fraternity houses are located. However, if you are not Greek or Greek-oriented don’t turn your nose up. There are plenty of non-Greeks in West Campus too, as it is the best and most convenient place to live while at UT. To clarify, West Campus is not actually on campus, but it is to the west of campus across the Drag.

The apartments in West Campus vary from new and nice, to old and trashed, but nearly all are highly priced. This is because of their convenience to campus, and you almost never get everything you pay for. However, they are easily within walking distance to school. If you want to be lazy or it’s raining, there is the West Campus Shuttle Bus. When dealing with campus area apartment management companies just be aware that some companies try to take advantage of college students. If something doesn’t sound fair or right, it’s probably not. Some companies are known for taking students’ deposits, so if you feel you have been treated unfairly, talk to the company. Go over what they used your deposit for and make them explain it to you. If they are still taking advantage, call the Texas Apartment Association or a lawyer, and don’t be afraid to get your parents involved. Riverside is another heavily populated student area that is much lower priced, and you get a lot more amenities for what you pay for. The apartments on Riverside generally have nice pools and health clubs, basketball and volleyball courts, and are inexpensive enough for students to have their own rooms. The only downside is that you have to ride the bus drive to campus, and it is almost impossible to find a place to park. The other downside is that Riverside has a somewhat higher crime rate than other areas of Austin, and everyone has to be more careful when they are in that area.

North Campus is another popular area, and most apartments there are as expensive as West Campus, but there are some less expensive choices, as well. There are many options around Austin on the UT shuttle routes, so you can find housing that is much less expensive than the housing found nearest to campus. Unfortunately, you won’t have the convenience of walking to school, and parking on campus is never an easy task.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
October, when you want to secure a place the following August. Yes, it sounds crazy, but it is what you have to do if you want a good place around campus, especially in West Campus. If you are looking outside of West Campus, you can wait longer. If you are really brave and want to wait until the last minute, you can sometimes get a great deal by looking for an apartment in July or August right before you need an apartment in mid-August. But you never know what is going to be left over, so it is best to look early and get your lease signed.
Popular Areas
  • North Campus
  • Riverside
  • West Campus
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $575
  • 2 BR: $1,350
  • 3 BR: $1,800

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 233 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 230 responses

  • 34% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 50% Somewhat helpful.
  • 17% Extremely helpful.

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 230 responses

  • 1% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 6% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 76% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 17% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
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