Austin is the undisputed ‘live music capital of the world’ and its nightlife tends to completely represent this fact. The city of Austin has always attracted the most diverse crowd to celebrate the night in the heart of central Texas. There’s much more to do in Austin than party the night away, while that is the main attraction, there are 5 things you should try and do whilst in Austin at night.
If you’ve come to Austin for live music, and you’re not in town for ACL or SXSW then look no further than The Sidewinder. Class acts from all over the Southern states perform on a weekly basis. The best part and the reason it is number one on this list, is that it’s open to anyone older than 18.
The Sidewinder is located on 7th and Red River, not far from UT west campus and downtown Austin. It’s perfect for letting off some steam and listening to the best that Austin has to offer.
Under the Congress Avenue bridge, in the summer time bats emerge at night time to fulfil their nocturnal nature and they are quite the spectacle. They attract tourists and residents alike in swathes to witness the largest public display of these wonderful creatures. Located a short bus ride from UT student hub, west campus and minutes’ walk from the heart of downtown Austin — you will not want to miss this opportunity while the animals are still prominent.
This is the start of two vantage points of the city and I separate them for good reason. This first area is secluded and unlike the other one, has been least photographed. If you want to see the city lights from an elevated standpoint and be one of few to experience such beauty so close up; Lookout Point is the place for you. Located in the depths of Zilker Park, it is minutes from Mopac Freeway and on the southwest intersection between the west campus and downtown areas.
The unofficially named ‘360 point’ is located near the Pennybacker Bridge and the N Capitol of Texas Highway. It provides a scenic look over Austin Country Club and the Colorado River, a must see whilst in Austin, by day or by night.
Austin’s Poetry Slam
Located at the Spiderhouse which is north campus near Guadalupe St, the Austin Poetry Slam has a renowned history at enthralling Austin’s population. Perfect for the small outing to feel like you’re embracing the city in all its glory.
Go out and explore Austin, it’s waiting on you.
Austin may be known for its plethora of live music but students and downtown workers are always hungry. Sometimes we’re feeling oriental, brisket or even some good old fashioned southern chicken. Whatever you’re in the mood for, west campus and surrounding areas of the UT campus can offer some quick bites that you will be returning to for years to come. Without any further a due, here are the three best eats near campus.
Pluckers Wing Bar is located in west campus, six blocks from Texas Union and you’re in for a treat. A stone’s throw away from the desirable off campus apartments, Pluckers is a great place to catch up with friends, eat some great food and catch up with the sports of the week. This chicken heaven offers so much at such a small price. The portion sizes are large, but what isn’t in Texas; as they say — everything is bigger in Texas.
From chicken wings to chicken fingers bigger than a banana and some mac n’ cheese to die for, you’ll be leaving twice the size than when you entered. Valued on my review websites as 5 stars, this institution is a favourite of Austinites and was the first main restaurant I went to and have had happy returns to this amazing place.
Look Noodles & More
My first visit was recent but I can safely say that meal will be in my mind for some time to come. It was just authentic and very niche. The location is the Drag or in non-Austin language, along Guadalupe towards the downtown sector. Located on the border of downtown and west campus shows that it’s the prime place to grab a bite between your west campus or downtown apartment.
The Chinese inspired restaurant serves some favourites such as ramen, fried rice combinations and boasts all the choices in vegan options too. What I love about this place is that the service is very much like an old-school Chinese restaurant, order at the counter and the food is brought out to you. Inexpensive and brilliant.
This quaint coffee shop is located in the depths of west campus apartment central. There are signs all around but you want to head straight here, this is the holy grail. I visited there recently and it was perfect for a quick lunch and cup of tea. They have a range of warm paninis and salads as well as sandwiches.
In addition, there is free Wi-Fi and the staff were very attentive to my needs so I will be returning for another Carnivorous panini in the near future.
That’s it, I hope you enjoy munching and thoroughly live through these experiences given their proximity to west campus and downtown Austin apartment complexes.
Austin is increasingly becoming the heart of Texas culture, with Houston and Dallas over spilling by the year; Austin is fast developing into a creative and colorful environment in which to surround yourself. There are tons to do away from the basic tourist sites such as the Capitol or Graffiti Park, as exciting as they are, they aren’t sustainable sources of fun and entertainment. This post will explain some fun parts of Austin, that will keep you satisfied for all your time in the Texas state capital.
Zilker Metropolitan Park
Zilker Metropolitan Park is an integral part to Austin lifestyle, located on Southern tip of the city. There is multitude of things to do while you’re basking in the sun. This 350-acre plot is located a few bus stops downtown Austin so your apartment is never too far away. Barton Springs Pool is a must visit during the warm winter months, the open water environment is great for socialising whilst cooling off all-in-one. Feeling more adventurous? You can try some water sports on the Lady Bird Lake or go for a bike ride along one of the many trails around the large green space available.
Austin City Limits is a festival that takes place in early October at Zilker Park, it draws in artists such as Martin Garrix, Ice Cube and Jay Z. The Austin community love when it comes around and it’s one for the calendars for sure.
Students love to get into the football spirit even if they’re not the biggest sports fans. The UT Longhorns are a spectacle to see. The Darrel K Royal Stadium seats over 100,000 people, according to the Texas Sports website; which means you’ll be more than welcome amongst the crowds. Located on East Campus, the hub of off campus apartments is within walking distance as well as other apartments near UT Austin. The atmosphere is electric and you become enthused with the quality of football and the performance the UT Longhorns create for their loving fans.
School work taking a toll on your social life? Had enough of being stuck in the book, around the apartments that surround UT Austin? Look no further than 6th Street for the best time of your life. Scattered with bars and music clubs, you’ll be overwhelmed with the possibilities. Best part is that the bus network that connects campus to the rest of Austin takes you to 6th Street and back.
There you have it, a list of how to entertain yourself when you get bored of the apartment lifestyle. Although it’s fun, sometimes we all need to escape and explore our surroundings; now you have no excuse.
Jokingly referred to by some as The People’s Republic of Austin - The place where locals encourage one another to keep it weird and nothing seems to stay complacent for long. Home of the University of Texas, the South by Southwest festival (SXSW), Fortune 500 companies alongside home-grown business, a ton of live music venues, festivals celebrating everything from kites to beer to dogs, and enough hike-and-bike trails to make any outdoor sport enthusiast happy, the City of the Violet Crown has a lot going for it.
Need more convincing? Consider this:
1. We Have The Jobs
Ranked #9 on Business Insider’s “Top Best Big Cities for Educated Millennials,” the City of Austin has a lot to offer in terms of job placement. Tech jobs make up a large employment cornerstone in this city, with major employers including UT Austin, Texas State, Apple, Hewlett Packard, eBay, GM, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Visa, and Blizzard Entertainment operating in and around the area. But this city doesn’t live and die by the tech industry alone; biotechnology companies, startups, and pharmaceutical organizations also make a big impression on the city’s employment geography, as do the Fortune 500 companies like Whole Foods Market and Dell.
This next-level job market can work with various professional skill levels, from a young educated professional looking for an exciting industry to break into or a college student hunting for a prime internship, the professional opportunities in Austin cannot be overstated. There are also few affordable apartments near downtown that you can choose from for those who prefers to live where most of the action and activities are.
2. A Plethora of Culture
“Keep Austin Weird.” The unofficial slogan of the city started out as a way for civic-minded residents to express their concerns over rapid area growth and development, and has since evolved to include the preservation of local businesses and events. Oddly enough, the phrase also captures the odd variety of culture and nightlife contained within the city limits. Offering nearly 200 music venues and advertising itself as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” Austin has more music venues per capita than any other city in the U.S. and also hosts the annual South by Southwest festival. But if live music alone doesn’t sound appealing enough, Austin also boasts zoos, theaters, museums, and a host of festivals from Austin Gay Pride and Spamarama to Carnival Brasileiro and the O. Henry Pun-Off. Basically, boredom won’t be ever be an option in this town.
3. Take It Outside
Whoa, boy, where to start? Zilker Park, Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, Shoal Creek, Dinosaur Park, Mount Bonnell, Barton Springs Pool, the Cathedral of Junk, countless trails… the City of the Violet Crown practically screams at residents and guests to come explore the great outdoors, especially those people who might shy away from such an invitation. Take Barton Springs Pool, for example. The spring-fed pool with a usual standing temperature of 68 degrees just begs swimmers to jump in and enjoy (fair warning: this place is also nudity optional). If swimming doesn’t sound appealing, there’s also Lady Bird Lake, which offers paddle boarding on the water and a hike and bike trail around its perimeter. And the 351-acre Zilker Park, aside from being a huge place to walk and explore, hosts some of the city’s outdoor culture festivals.
4. Did We Mention the Benefits?
Right, so let’s set aside the professional offerings, the massive amount of culture, and the outdoor activities for a moment and ask the big question: What exactly are the benefits of living in Austin?
Well, for one thing, there’s the politics. In a state known for being almost entirely red, Austin is one of the isolated blue spots and sports a “live and let live” philosophy as evidenced through the low taxes, business-friendly environment, and general open-minded approach to day-to-day life (i.e. the Barton Springs nude-optional swimming). Austin cuisine has claims to fame for its barbeque, queso, stuffed avocados (really), and food trucks, but balances that out by being one of the fittest cities in the country thanks to yoga enthusiasts, all those hike-and-bike trails, and the walkability of the city itself. And while Austin has no professional sports teams, they do have the University of Texas Longhorns, minor league baseball and basketball, and roller derby. Oh, and dog owners will find the city very receptive to Man’s Best Friend with its dog parks and fairs.
The University of Texas is a lot like it’s namesake state: bold. In total, over 51,100 students study there every semester, and the university employs over 3,000 teachers and faculty members. It is among the top 75 universities of the world, and students who graduate from UT go on to fulfill their dreams and change the world.
The University of Texas in Austin has a massive campus. It covers 434 acres of urban space, and has 31,000 or so of the student body studying and living there. When you are a student and looking for place to llive, it is important to stay as close to campus as possible for a variety of reasons. But dorms are expensive, and put limitations on the kind of lifestyle you can have as a student. The dorms of the University of Texas are great, but to live, work and learn in an off campus apartment near UT Austin is the best way to live.
1. Cheaper than a Dorm
The average cost to live in a dorm per semester is about $5,000. This is an estimate that factors in room and board, so keep that in mind. On the other hand, the Westside Group’s one and two bedroom apartments near UT Austin campus are much more affordable. And you can split that in half with a roommate! The cost of living in a dorm is much more expensive than in an off campus Austin apartment.
2. Experience the Wonders of the City
Austin ranks as one of the best cities in the United States to live. To squander your time there by hiding in a dorm room would be a travesty. One of the benefits of living in apartments near UT campus is the live music every night, exciting (and hilarious) night life, since Austin has the most improv per capita in the nation. There are over 200 restaurants in the city proper, dozens of nightclubs, music venues and movie theaters. Not to mention the ample opportunities for outdoor entertainment – with Zilker Park, Barton Springs Pool, and dozens of hike and bike trails just around the corner from your Hyde Park apartment or Clarksville neighborhood rental.
3. You Get Easy Access to All of the University’s Resources
Living in apartments close to UT campus means you have the opportunity to experience university life to the fullest, without being bound to a tiny cramped room of a dorm. The University of Texas’ library is the best in the area, with resources that are necessary to help you succeed.
The University of Texas has several fully functioning computer labs, a large library, and wifi access all across campus. Living near campus gives you the ability to access all these resources come homework time.
4. You Can Get Away With Not Having A Car
Austin is not famous for its wonderful public transportation. Because the city is so large, taking buses isn’t always a sensible option. But you know what Austin does have? Car2Go, Ride Austin (think: Uber) and a plethora of bike trails all around town. Car2Go is a service that allows you to rent/pick up a car from where it is parked, drive it to where you need to go, and then leave it parked somewhere else when you are finished. Austin is also home to several ride sharing companies such as RideAustin, Fasten and Fare. When you need to get from your downtown Austin apartment and over to campus in a hurry, these are great options for you. Car2Go and these ride share companies can be accessed and paid for via apps on your smartphone. But, if you’d rather stay green, you have an abundance of bike lanes and trails all around the city center.
5. Dorms Don’t Love Man’s Best Friend
Austin has a multitude of dog parks, walking routes, vets and other amenities needed for pet health and happiness. Austin is also home to multiple pet-themed festivals and events throughout the year, such as the Golden Retriever Zilker Meet Up and Weiner Dog Races. In addition, you’ll find no end to the amount of walking trails surrounding your new off campus UT Austin housing. Try out some of our famous dog-friendly restaurants! Here at The Westside Group, we love pets, and all of our apartment complexes allow your dog or cat up to a limit of 25 lbs. Having an animal companion has never been as fun or as convenient as living in Austin, Texas. Don’t leave your pup behind or miss out on the opportunity to enjoy having this little companion in beautiful Austin.
6. Live In Your Home Year Round
Dorms generally close up during the summer semester, leaving students who want to remain in the area for a job or to take summer classes without many options. Living in an apartment gives you the ability to study all year, and not have to move so often. There will be far fewer upheavals to interfere with your education.
Learning, working and leasing an apartment in Austin is an amazing opportunity for students. Not only is the University of Texas one of the top schools in the nation, but there is no really end to the benefits of living near campus. The joys of Austin, Texas are boundless, as are the benefits of studying and living in this wonderfully diverse and thriving city.