78% of UT students live off campus. Undergraduate students gravitate towards West Campus more than any other neighborhood, while graduate students often prefer the quieter North Campus and Hyde Park neighborhoods. Given its close proximity to several colleges, North Campus is also popular with Communications, Engineering, and Fine Arts undergraduate students.
UT Austin has taken notice of the West Campus boom and now recognizes that “this neighborhood is becoming a de facto university housing precinct”. As part of UT’s Master Plan, the goal is to “develop a strategy around engagement and investment in the West University Neighborhood as a major university housing village… and invest in providing student services in the neighborhood to make it a genuine extension of the campus residential experience.”
West Campus may or may not be the neighborhood closest to your classes. It all depends on where your college’s buildings are located. To see where exactly on campus you’ll have most of your classes, check out UT Austin’s campus map.
In total, about one-third of UT Austin students live in neighborhoods around the campus, so UT is still largely a commuter school. If you’re willing to live farther from campus, you’ll usually be rewarded with cheaper rent. Since parking is so difficult and expensive near UT, students living farther away usually try to live on a UT Shuttle route.
To learn about all of the neighborhoods near UT as well as those within a 30 minute UT Shuttle ride, please visit our Neighborhoods page, where you’ll also be able to see photos and video tours of each neighborhood!
Click here for more FAQs, or here for the Austin Residence homepage.