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Apartment Hunting in Austin


By Jacqueline Pena

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Aside from on-campus housing, Longhorns tend to live in three distinct areas: West Campus, North Campus and Riverside. When looking for somewhere to live, the area, cost and commute all have to be considered. We’re sharing some of the pros and cons of each area. For more extensive searching, check out utexas.rent, and come to UT Marketplace on the Main Mall on March 22nd.

 

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West Campus

 

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Known for always being lit, West Campus is by far the most convenient in terms of location. Located behind the Drag, WC is basically just a few steps away from campus.
Pros
The convenient location is by far the biggest perk of living in WC. The nearby food trucks, restaurants, party scene (if you’re into that) and luxury apartments are also factors to consider.
Cons
WC can be overcrowded at times, with leases running out quickly. In result, there are limited parking spots and the rent is higher than average. A notorious party scene, WC can be loud, which is a downside if you’re more of a homebody. In addition, it is far away from popular grocery stores, such as HEB and Whole Foods. Search for notable WC apartment complexes here: 21 Rio, The Castilian, The Callaway House and The Quarters.

 

 

North Campus

 

 

 

 

This neighborhood is known for being quiet and quaint. This is an area that is really a great transition between dorm living and post-grad living. Stretching from Dean Keeton to Hyde Park, NC offers houses to rent and share with close friends.
Pros
North Campus is a beautiful and established neighborhood just minutes from campus and downtown. The historic district tucked away in NC named Hyde Park offers traditional houses and slightly cheaper rent with plenty of parking. It is very close to HEB and has great restaurants (Hyde Park Bar and Grill, Asti and Mother’s Cafe, to name a few).
Cons
There are many older homes, which means there’s a lack of washer and dryer connections. Therefore, you will have to get comfortable with community-style laundry. There is not really a party scene, and NC is a little further than walking distance from campus. However, there are an abundance of bus stops and bike lanes that are easy to navigate. Click here to see some house listings in NC.

 

Riverside

 

 

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The furthest from campus, Riverside complexes are located on the east side of I-35 and are similar to living in an apartment post-graduation.
Pros
Riverside offers the cheapest rent out of the three areas. It is located near the Lady Bird Lake trails, has best local cuisine and offers rolling lease periods. There are UT shuttles to and from campus.
Cons
Long commutes can be the biggest struggle if you live in Riverside. In addition, the apartment complexes are older but mostly renovated. Some popular apartment complexes are Ballpark North, Townlake and University Estates.