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1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is a nightmare, both on and near campus. There are garages on campus to park in, but passes for them are outrageously expensive. At orientation, you are repeatedly told not to bring your car. It really is a hassle, but if you can get an apartment that includes parking, it's convenient. Public transport works very well though.

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1 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The base level meal plan is definitely enough to get you through the year so DON'T UPGRADE! The food in the dorms is pretty bad, but there are some pretty decent places on the Drag and at the SAC that aren't too expensive. Live off campus and make your own food - cheaper and better for you.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-Campus housing at UT can be a real hassle to find. A lot of students who live off-campus live in West Campus. There are a lot of nice places here, but it's expensive. I've also had bad experiences with the big corporate apartments such as The Block, The Quarters, etc. so I really suggest finding a realtor who can find you an independently leased apartment owned by people who live in Austin. You have to really dig deep to get good deals around here.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: I have more fun at parties in other people's apartments than I do at frat parties. When you party with your friends its just better. If your going downtown definitely be over 21. Or at least have a fake. Your best time is to just hang out at a friends apartment though.

4 College Junior

Technology: The computer lab in the digital art building is pretty decent. There are mac computers and they run pretty fast and its easy to get work done. The computers in the library are also fine. The only downfall is that it can get crowded on the first floor of the PCL. Other than that, its ok.

5 College Junior

Athletics: The University Of Texas at Austin has some of the no 1 sports teams. Our football team is more recognized. When we go big we go big. Burnt orange is the best color ever. We are totally proud of them...hook 'em!

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: You can find what your looking for here if your just patient enough and keep searching. Sure your first semester you might have a roommate you may not like ect, yet its your first semester. Each one gets better as you meet more people.

3 College Junior

Weather: August has me sweating as soon as I step outside. My clothes are just drenched by the end of the day. September through November is erratic and changes daily. You will wake up with a heavy coat and by lunch need a t-shirt and shorts. December/Jan/Feb is just super cold. There's a lot of wind here and a little humidity which makes my skin need lotion.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Pretty decent, I should have started my search earlier. I really had to be on top of it myself. Be sure to write deadlines and things down. That will really kill you if you don't.

4 College Student

Greek Life: Greek life can be something innovative to students.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The options to eat around campus are great. There is a large selection and abundant variety, there's definitely always something to satisfy everyone with in about two miles at most. Campus dining halls aren't the best, but not the worst either. Dining halls are good for grab and go snacks or for a random meal when you're unexpectedly stuck on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The bus system to/from and around campus is pretty good, but the traffic can get in the way of getting to class on time sometimes.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The campus has a rustic, western theme. The buildings themselves can range from new and spacious to old and crowded. For the most part, the facilities are clean and are easy to access most of the time. There are trashcans and recycle bins placed throughout the campus. Notifications of campus events are sent at least a day ahead of time via email and are free and easy to join most of the time.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: Dorms are usually on the outer edge of the campus. I'm a commuter but it doesn't take too long to get from one side of campus to another. The weather can flip flop, especially when there is a change of season. It gets REALLY hot in the Summer. It rarely snows, but because Texans aren't used to driving in the cold, school and roads are closed for safety.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: UT is a very diverse school. You see guys and girls with peculiar styles. You get to see a representation of each persons culture. Most guys at UT seem respectful, funny, some are shy, a lot of them are so smart, and they like to have fun. You see a lot of city boys, but then again you see a little bit of everything. There are a lot of pretty girls, who are also very smart, and some are quite talkative. It is a very friendly environment.

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1 College Freshman

Parking: It is much easier to find parking on the outskirts of campus, but trying to find parking in the center of it all is terrible. If you're a student trying to drive to class, I suggest its easier to just walk, because it really is time consuming to try to find a spot to park.

3 College Freshman

Weather: This Texas weather is sometimes quite unpredictable. It can be in the high 80's one day, and the next day it's in the low 50's. I must say, checking the weather online in the mornings before going out would be convenient.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: At The University of Texas at Austin, I can't say that the drug scene is extremely big. People want to get studying and homework out of the way, so from my perspective, drug and alcohol is not a very big problem. If I do happen to see someone drinking, they aren't necessarily abusing it, and getting "wasted". The alcohol education that the school offers is also very helpful.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Besides the price (which isn't bad if you have Bevobucks or Dine In Dollars), the food is great. I am a vegetarian and never had a problem finding good options. I was the healthiest I'd ever been during my year at Jester and I credit it to the healthy, delicious food. Plus, how can you complain about having prepared food waiting for you at each meal?!

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty significant at UT, but UT is so big and attracts so many different kinds of people that one learns that not all Greek kids fit the Greek stereotype. Greek students are fun and know how to have a good time, but it doesn't have to dominate your life (or that of those that live by the frat house, especially if they learn early on to buy earplugs...).

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There is always something going on with UT students! The bus system is wonderful about keeping college kids from driving, and Austin provides a wide variety of nighttime activities for a wide variety of people to enjoy.

3 College Junior

Academics: Extremely difficult, but it has an excellent network and great resources. There isn't much financial support. It's also extremely large.

5 Recent Alumnus

Weather: It is pretty sunny here, and hot! But it is not humid so the temperature is usually not too intense unless you are in direct sunlight. The Fall is extremely pleasant with overcast skies and mid temperatures.

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: This city is booming with activity and cultural significance! There are plenty of activities on UT's campus, but in Austin you also have parks, museums, movie theaters, shopping complexes, and many Texan attractions.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I stay off campus in a majority student complex. There are several around here and they are pretty nicely priced. Also, most of them include utilities (capped) and basic cable. Be prepared to enjoy the student-oriented atmosphere.

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Most students agree that they have loved their time here at UT, and they wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. College is the best time of your life, and I can’t think of a better place to spend it than at the University of Texas. Students get a great education while having an awesome college town with everything at their disposal. Don’t try to graduate early. Enjoy your time at UT—go cheer on the Longhorns at all the home games for all sports: football, basketball, baseball, intramurals. See the amenities that the Forty Acres has to offer—the Harry Ransom Center, go to our libraries and see our more than eight million volumes. Go to Gregory Gym and the Rec Center—you have a free gym membership for four years or more—use it.

I came to UT convinced that I was going to transfer to a school in California in the spring. I spent two days here before school started and I never wanted to leave, even to go home and visit my parents and high school friends! I couldn’t leave because I was always afraid that I would miss something because there was always something exciting going on. If you are worried about the fact that UT is so big, don’t. All you have to do is find your niche, and everything else should fall into place. You can find it within your dorm, apartment, organization, fraternity, sorority, or classmates. Although, at times, it may seem overwhelming, UT is not nearly as big as it sounds. All you have to do is make friends, which you will, and the campus will seem infinitely smaller. Come join us!

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