In making this list, we looked at several things including walkability of the neighborhood, average age of residents, things to do, nightlife and affordability. Take a look at the neighborhoods that made our list of Top 5 Neighborhoods for UT Grad Students.
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Best Neighborhoods for UT Grad Students: South Congress aka SoCo
South Congress, or SoCo as its often referred, rounds out our list as the top neighborhood for UT Grad Students. South Congress, and the surrounding neighborhoods Bouldin Creek and Travis Heights are the most popular choices for UT Grad Students. If apartment living is what you’re looking for, 78704 is a great spot. If you’re looking to purchase real estate and try to get in state tuition, look for either a duplex near South Congress or a 78704 condo. A duplex will give you the opportunity to collect rent from one side and live in the other, and thus decrease your monthly mortgage payment.
South Congress is a great choice for a UT grad student who wants to live near other grad students, be able to walk to bars, restaurants and shopping and who doesn’t mind taking the UT shuttle or driving to school.
Best Austin Neighborhoods for UT Grad Students: Downtown
Downtown Austin is the second most popular choice for UT Grad Students. With plenty of nightlife, restaurants, shopping and walkability, Downtown is a natural fit for a Grad Students lifestyle. And, only a few blocks from UT, you can easily hop on the UT Shuttle or walk to campus depending where in Downtown you choose.
If you’re looking to rent an apartment, there are several high rise apartment complexes and many national chains located Downtown. If you’re looking to try to get in state tuition by claiming residency, consider purchasing a Downtown Austin condo.
Best Austin Neighborhoods for UT Grad Students: South Lamar
Like the South Congress area, but not the prices? Try South Austin’s South Lamar or SoLa neighborhood. SoLa has grown into a nice pocket 78704 neighborhood with its own nightlife, restaurants and shopping district up and down South Lamar Blvd. And, with rent and home prices much lower than the SoCo neighborhood its a nice compromise. You’ll also find quite a few UT Grad Students living in the neighborhood.
Best Austin Neighborhoods for UT Grad Students: North Loop
Looking for a more neighborhood feel. Try North Loop, which is just north of UT. The North Loop area is beginning to see an influx of restaurants, shopping and nightlife and is bringing with it more students. North Loop is the right choice for you if you want nearby amenities, but don’t want to hear loud music all night like you would Downtown.
Best Austin Neighborhoods for UT Grad Students: Hyde Park
Hyde Park is just north of campus and south of North Loop. Its one of Austin’s most popular neighborhoods. With older and some historic homes, Hyde Park is the perfect location for you if you prefer a duplex in a true neighborhood with tree lined, wide streets. Hyde Park is not the cheapest area of town to live, but its convenient to campus and popular among grad students.
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