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4 College Junior

Local Area: Austin is almost perfect for students. Lots to see and do. If you love to party, there's plenty of nightlife options a short bus ride away and TONS of local music events (see: SXSW, ACL). If you're more quiet like me, there's regular art exhibits, movie screenings, academic talks, etc. Food-wise, big selection and a lot of it's small, local businesses (which I recommend); there's even plenty of halal or vegetarian/vegan options. The general attitude of Austinites is open-minded compared to the rest of Texas, so hardcore left, non-Christians, body mod enthusiasts, LGBTQ students, etc should feel right at home. Most people I've come across feel neutral or positive toward UT students; if nothing, we bring in a lot of local business. It's smaller than Houston or Dallas, so driving and parking are a pain, but I happily use the bus system (free for students!). All in all, it's a "fun little town" and I'm really glad I moved.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are lots of things for you to do on weekends if that's your scene. Of course there are frat parties, but downtown clubs are only a bus ride away, and there are 18-and-over clubs as well.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The bus system around Austin is great! As a UT student, you get to ride on the bus for free with your ID. Buses can take a while sometimes, but they're a fairly reliable option. The Megabus also has a stop right off of campus, which is great if you're traveling from Austin to Dallas, Houston, or San Antonio. There's also a shuttle from campus to the airport if you're flying home.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There is a wide variety of off-campus living options open to UT students. From chains of apartment companies to independent landlords, you can find a place to live for a fairly reasonable price and not too far from campus. The majority of living spaces are walking distance from campus and from the weekend party spots. The public buses that go downtown have plenty of stops near campus and the apartments, providing easy access to all the great things Austin has to offer. The only downside to finding a place to live here is if you don't start looking early, you'll end up paying way too much or living way too far away.

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3 College Junior

Scholarships: Prepare for loans if your parents have any level of success.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: The campus cops know it's a college town and are pretty lenient towards the students. I know of many instances where a student could have gotten punished pretty bad but the campus police will let them off with a warning. There's no curfew or anything like that, which is nice.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are groups that can make anybody feel accepted at UT. It is mostly a very friendly place.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The Austin bus system is free to students, which is extremely convenient. There are also campus buses which circle campus.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The dining halls are UT are mediocre. JCL has better food but is much more expensive. It's decent at first but you get tired of eating the same food they rotate every few weeks-and this is for 2 stations. All the other station essentially serve the same food everyday. J2, a buffet, switches it up every so often but same thing-but more for your money, I guess. Kinsolving is the better buffet with better food-the best on campus. Cypress Bend in San Jancito may be good but it is the most expensive place of all.
My advice is to go to the buffets more often because they cost less than $5 each meal, and won't eat up your dine in dollars in the long run. I experienced this first hand because I ran out of money to use from eating at JCL and Cypress Bend too often. Also, most of these places aren't open on the weekends.

5 College Sophomore

Technology: There are many various computer labs located around campus. Some of them, though, do require you to be within a certain class or major in order to access these computers. Supposedly there is free printing on campus, depending on your major, but I can never find them so I end up paying $0.06 per sheet (BW) or $0.50 per sheet (color). UT's network though, is beyond amazing. It is extremely fast. If it slows down, that is because there are too many people within one location trying to access the network (ex: in the library during finals week).

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: UT is a beautiful school with activities that are planned everyday so that you can always find something to do. Since it is such a big campus, you do have to walk everywhere which you'll eventually get used to. The facilities are opened to every student so that they can do whatever they please, such as going to the gym or going to the library or just even taking a nap in front of the tower on the lawn.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments in West Campus are easy to find, but extremely expensive because of their proximity to campus. If you get a good realtor, you can probably find an apartment in the 600/month range. However, there are very few that are cheaper than that, and the ones that are are very run down.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Being in Texas, the only weather problem is the heat which does not subside until mid to late october.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: There are multiple options for parking ranging from garages close to your dorm or open lots across campus. The only drawback is the football stadium uses certain parking lots so you have to move your car every thursday during every home game during football season.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Public Relations is a growing field and has spread beyond NYC to places like Chicago and Austin. Therefore, finding at least an entering job is not difficult. Ranging from event planning to publicist, there are many opportunities with a public relations degree. I intend to work as an in house publicist for a company, with no concerns so far.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: In Public Relations, Internships range from event set ups to writing press releases. Finding an internship is easy with the help of an adviser, involvement in a student organization, and networking.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics are very competitive at the University of Texas. Though professors are accessible, success is never guaranteed without proper time put in studying.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: To get into the college of communication you must display academic success as well as show involvement and leadership by participating in student organizations pertaining to the major. The application process is easy with just a submission of a resume and personal statement.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The college of communications at UT is absolutely one of the best in the nation. The college is competitive and fosters self disciplined and motivated students. Though the workload is high, as long as you practice good time management, success is attainable. Like each college, the comm school assigns specific advisers to students to aid in obtaining internships and opportunities.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I go to the University of Texas and am a Public Relations major. Every professor I have had has been encouraging and accessible and all of my teacher's assistants have been knowledgeable and reasonable. Austin is the perfect place to go to school with accessible internships at the capital and a wonderful cultural experience.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: UT off-campus housing are okay. The cost is a whole lot cheaper than living in a dorm on campus. Some of the apartments come fully furnished which can be a pro for people who cannot or rather not purchase new furniture. There is a range of different apartments to choose from and some are closer to campus than others. Also, there are UT shuttle buses available for students without cars free of charge.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: UT Austin has a very diverse range of people of all cultures. The majority of the population is whites though. Few minorities, but the numbers are continually increasing.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: UT has alot of school spirit and the athletes seem to be passionate and dedicated.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: Sports are a big deal at UT. However, the athletes obviously receive preferential treatment from the administration.

5 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: In order to get around to classes, our University offers a campus bus that drives around the 40 acres in order to get students to classes because our campus is so big. What I love about this, is that if you are on campus late and do not feel safe to walk back alone, you may wait for the bus. Also we have a certain number you can call to have someone walk back with you late at night if you feel unsafe. The bus is entirely free as long as your a student. We also have the E-Bus which takes us safely to 6th street to make sure there is no drinking and driving. However, if you want a good workout, a lot of students just choose to walk to class!

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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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