The Official Unofficial Guide to Housing Near UT

Going to college is an important step in your life journey, and where you choose to live has a big impact on your overall college experience. If you’re attending the University of Texas at Austin, you may want to live on campus, but many students opt for an off-campus college experience. Whether you prefer to live alone or share an apartment, you can find UT Austin off-campus housing that fits your needs perfectly.

UT Austin Off-Campus Housing for Students

Unlike many other universities, UT Austin does not require first and second year students to live on campus. In fact, roughly 81 percent of UT students live off-campus, and much of the available housing is designed to accommodate their changing needs and interests.

According to Ferdinand Pasion, business development officer at Austin’s Westside Group apartment complex, “Most students [who choose off-campus apartments] prefer to live in walking distance to the campus or have access to a shuttle bus or bus stop.” He says that while new students often choose to live with a roommate, upper classmen often prefer living alone.

Pasion advises students who are looking for UT Austin housing to plan ahead and visit multiple off-campus student apartments in person. As in all college towns across America, the competition for rentals in certain areas can be stiff, so it’s important to start early and be patient.

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Popular Neighborhoods for UT Austin Students

When it comes to living off the UT campus, certain Austin neighborhoods attract more students than others. Check out three of the most popular neighborhoods for UT Austin students.


Located due south of the UT campus, Austin’s downtown area offers an exciting urban environment with loads of options for shopping, dining, and entertainment. This neighborhood is steeped in history and offers a selection of galleries, museums, and a large Whole Foods Market. If you’re looking for a bustling nightlife scene, head to 6th Street downtown, located between Interstate 35 and North Lamar Boulevard.

West Campus

It may sound like it’s part of UT Austin, but West Campus is a separate neighborhood located west of the university. The attractions in this area include Spider House Cafe & Ballroom — a popular nighttime haunt for students — and several other restaurants and shops. Beautiful Pease Park offers 42 acres of green space for recreating or relaxing.

East Austin

A large area containing a number of smaller neighborhoods, East Austin offers a hip, eclectic vibe. Find finger-licking-good food at the iconic Franklin Barbecue and enjoy plenty more restaurants, shops, and museums in the area. Quickly becoming the favorite neighborhood for local hipsters, East Austin also offers a number of popular coffee shops and an active music scene on nights and weekends.

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UT Off-Campus Dorms

Although you might prefer to furnish your own student apartment, several off-campus dorms offer comfortable, furnished alternatives.

Dobie Twenty21 Student Spaces

If you prefer to live very close to the UT campus, Dobie Twenty21 Student Spaces makes a great option. Located within steps of the university, this modern complex offers a variety of shared or private floor plans and amenities like a rooftop pool and sundeck, study rooms, a technology center, a fitness center, a game room, an outdoor theater, and basketball courts. Rental costs include high-speed internet, basic cable, all utilities, housekeeping, and 10 meals a week in the onsite cafe.

The Castilian

Another UT Austin off-campus housing option in the West Campus area allows you to walk or bike to class. At The Castilian, you can choose a private or shared suite and enjoy unlimited meals. Just a few of the private dorm amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, a multi-media area, a movie theater, Wi-Fi throughout the complex, private and group study lounges, and onsite laundry, dining, and retail.

University Towers

Also located in the West Campus neighborhood, University Towers offers ultra-close proximity to your classes at UT and plush, resort-style living. A number of studio, 1-bedroom, and 2-bedroom spaces offer something for every student. Amenities include a pool, fitness center, rooftop sundeck, comfortable lounge areas, and valet laundry. If you’re a resident of Texas, you enjoy an unlimited meal plan; non-residents can choose from a variety of meal plans.

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The Goodall Wooten Co-Ed Dormitory

Located just across the street from the UT campus, the Goodall Wooten Dormitory (or “the Woo” as students call it) offers a small and friendly living environment. When moving in to the Woo, you have five room options, all of which feature beds, desks, shelves, dressers, closets, bathrooms, and mini-refrigerators. Weekly housekeeping, kitchen facilities, onsite laundry, a computer lab, and snack and soda machines are just a few of the amenities offered. You also enjoy close proximity to shops, restaurants, the UT shuttle, and city bus stops.

Congratulations on becoming a University of Texas college student. Whether you’re a first-year student or looking for UT graduate student housing, Austin offers many comfortable options. If you choose an unfurnished apartment, CORT Furniture Rental can help make your living space feel like home. Furnish your entire apartment and take advantage of CORT’s handy delivery and pickup options.