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Off-Campus Housing Guide: Part One

By Megan Menchaca

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With over 80% of the UT Austin student body living off campus, it’s almost inevitable that you’ll be moving out of a residence hall someday, if you haven’t already done so. But with so many housing options near campus, the process of picking a place to live can seem incredibly overwhelming. Fortunately, I’ve got a list of some of the countless apartments and living spaces around campus, so you can find your new home for next year stress-free.



Dobie 21

If you’re interested in a dorm-style living space near Gregory Gym and the PCL, Dobie 21 is the place for you. It’s got a variety of options, including a studio, 1, or 4 bedroom room, for anywhere between $803 to $1575 per month. And these rooms also includes gas and electric utilities, trash, house keeping and internet. So, along with being just a short walk from campus and having a flexible price range, Dobie 21 will also soon contain the only Target within walking distance of campus.




If you’re looking for something that’s a little farther from campus, a little more apartment-style and a little classier than Dobie 21, Grandmarc on West 26th Street (by Kerbey Lane on Guadalupe) is for you. So, to get an apartment here, you’ll have to sign a 12-month lease for a studio, 2, 3 or 4 bedroom unit. And although the rent is a little cheaper than Dobie, ranging anywhere from $870-$1255, apartments at Grandmarc still have access to wifi, TV, cable, stainless appliances, washer/dryer in unit, granite counters, and a pool. However, if you want to lease a room here, you’ll have to hurry, because rooms go fast.



21 Rio

If you’re looking for something even more upscale, 21 Rio might be the perfect place for you. Like the name suggests, it’s located on 21st and Rio Grande street, and similarly to Grandmarc, apartments at 21 Rio involve signing a 12-month lease. However, 21 Rio only offers 1, 2 or 3 bedroom apartments. But even if you’re interested in all the amenities 21 Rio has to offer, including cable, internet, parking, stainless appliances and a pool, the price range of $909 to $1859 per month may be a little high for the average student budget.



University Towers

One of the only place with a higher price range than 21 Rio is the University Towers, where rent can range from $830 to $2,178 per month. While this may seem ridiculously expensive at first, 10-month leases at the university towers also come with cable, trash, water, electricity, internet, and most notably, a meal plan. Rooms here are similar to most dorm rooms, as the only choices only 1 or 2 bedrooms, with either private or shared bathrooms, but this may be best for those who don’t want such a dramatic transition from the dorm life.


The Castilian

If you’re looking at all of these options and thinking “I’m not sure living with multiple roommates, or a roommate at all is for me,” the Castilian may be the perfect place for you. This dorm offers suite single room, one bedroom/bathroom rooms and suite double rooms for only $765- $1525 per month. It also comes with cable, maid service, food, electric, water, gas and internet, and you can either lease per semester (4 months) or per year (9 months). Because of this, this would also be a perfect housing option for anyone interested in studying abroad.


So, with so many housing options off campus, it can be incredibly difficult to choose the right one for you. But while the variety of choices can sometimes feel like a curse, it can also offer many blessings for students, as the many options allow you to customize your living experience based on the ideal location and amenities required for your college lifestyle. However, if none of these options sound ideal for you, don’t fret. I’ll be posting many more housing options in my next article in this series.