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Reviews 4361 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: A lot of different greek life options.
But many people just go for parties

4 College Freshman

Administration: Not strict at all. With so many kids, what can they do?

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Every college within the university is very different about giving out scholarships.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Many people drink, but many people also do not drink. It is entirely up to you

4 College Freshman

Athletics: It is a lot of fun to get involved in intramural sports

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: We have sixth street. What more could you want? So many options

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Many many different housing options for every type of person

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: So much to do here. Academically and socially. Fun football games

4 College Freshman

Technology: A lot of computer labs and availability. The internet is reasonably priced too

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Many places to eat off campus. Many different options.

2 College Freshman

Parking: The campus is very big. However if you buy parking on campus it is only for one location for the entire year, so you can not drive around campus.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Austin has a huge foodie culture, which is fun a lot of times, but also can get really expensive, especially for students. There's a ton of food trucks to check out and if you ever feel bored with your food choices, you can pretty much assume there will be a new place coming up soon.

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3 College Junior

Scholarships: I haven't gotten any scholarships. I've applied for a ton, but since it's a public university unless you are near-destitute you're pretty much expected to be able to pay for it on your own.

5 College Junior

Local Area: Austin is the best place to live. I don't know a person who lives here that doesn't like it. People are moving here all the time because it's so fantastic. There's tons of things to do all the time, you can basically rent a dog to run around with you, kayak, see a free concert. If you're bored, it's your fault.

4 College Junior

Administration: Unless you cheat and someone finds out about it, you will probably never talk to anyone in administration except to pick up a transcript. It's nice because the professors and staff treat you, for the most part at least, like you are an adult and able to make your own decisions. That said, there are kids who come to college unprepared and lose their minds, but that's a personal problem, not a reflection on the campus.

Basically, you can do whatever you want as long as it doesn't step on someone else's toes. Except for parking. Don't try to play with the parking.

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1 College Junior

Parking: There is no parking here, anywhere. The parking that does exist is extremely expensive.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It's there, but it's EXPENSIVE.
Riverside or West Campus. It's like two different worlds. Lots of older students phasing out of the party scene live in Hyde Park and north campus, which are quieter.

West Campus is the area right next to campus behind the drag (roughly 21st and guad down to 28th and guad and going back to about Leon st. all the way down.) Expect to pay at least $800 for your own bedroom in a 2 bedroom apartment. If you want to live alone it's going to cost you upwards of $1000/month for a 1x1 (not a studio). All the frat boys and sorority girls live in West Campus and its not uncommon to see sorority girls walking around with t-shirts in dry cleaning bags. The location is awesome though. You can get to campus in 5-10 minutes walking and the bus comes straight through, so it makes getting to class very easy. Also, this is where all the parties happen unless you're going downtown. Even when going downtown it's better to be in west campus because the E-bus bus stops are there.

Riverside is a MUCH better value than West Campus, but you have to be very dedicated to make sure you make the bus to campus on time to get to your classes, and it's a bit more work to go out since the Riverside E-bus is ALWAYS packed.

Parking is an issue almost everywhere.

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5 College Junior

Party Scene: If you're looking for a party, this is the place to be. There's always something going on.

2 College Junior

Transportation: Getting around Austin is both really easy and really hard.

If you don't have a car, you can take a bus pretty much wherever you need to go, which is nice, but you become a slave to the bus schedule and if you miss the last one (they don't run late enough, in my opinion) you'll have to fork out whatever a cab wants to take from you (cabs in Austin are ridiculous).

Then again, if you have a car, you can go wherever you need, at whatever time you want, without worrying about missing a bus or dealing with the strange things that go on on buses. Great! Just really hope you don't feel like getting out of your car, because there is nowhere to park. Anywhere. No parking. And if there is parking, it's expensive. If there isn't parking and you pull over for a few minutes you will get a ticket. The ticket guys around here are vicious and lurk around every corner.

So there's no way to win in Austin. Beautiful city but hard to get around. :/

4 College Freshman

Weather: Obviously, it can get pretty hot. The humidity isn't that wonderful either. However, most of the time it's a warm, sunny campus, and we definitely have our cold months. It's going to be the same anywhere in central Texas.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: I'm only a first semester freshman, however I already love my two majors, Government and International Relations & Global Studies. The advisors are pretty readily available when you need them, and they're very helpful. Both offer a lot of freedom in which courses to take, and have kept me very interested so far.

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4 College Student

Local Area: Austin can be a little scary without a group, especially at night, but you get used to it and it's not that bad. UT students get in free to museums and can use the city bus for free, so there's a ton of things to do.

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3 College Student

Campus Quality: UT has a variety of buildings. Some are pretty old, but some are very modern. There isn't really anything special about the architecture, besides the Tower.

4 College Student

Campus Quality: The Student Activity Center and the Union are really great for students! There is also the FAC, which has a computer store.

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5 College Student

Health & Safety: Health services at UT are definitely some of the best! You can even volunteer at the University Health Services.


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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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