This neighborhood encompasses the area surrounding the University of Texas at Austin campus. As the university is one of the largest in the nation, students pretty much dominate this neighborhood, and many of the local businesses and restaurants cater to students, faculty, and others affiliated with the university.
The neighborhood has a youthful feel and the population is predominantly young and single. There are a few families living here. Most residents attend or work at the university. After graduation, most students who stay in the area move to other neighborhoods.
Housing is in high demand and tends to be occupied by students. About 80 percent of the university students live off-campus. The neighborhood tends to be boisterous, especially on weekends during the academic year.
The University of Texas neighborhood is also called West Campus because it encompasses the area immediately to to the west and northwest of the university.
As the 50,000-student university is one of the largest in the nation, the campus pretty much defines this neighborhood. The huge student population makes its influence felt in the makeup of the neighborhood, the local businesses, and the neighborhood environment.
Walking around the neighborhood and visiting the shops and restaurants, you cannot avoid being surrounded by groups of students, who come from around the country and the world to attend the university.
Running down the middle of the neighborhood is Guadalupe St., also known as The Drag. Here you'll find many stores, bars, restaurants, cafes, music venues, and businesses of various types. There are fast food outlets, burger and pizza joints, casual and ethnic dining, and fine restaurants.
Most residents don't have vehicles and instead rely on bikes and public transportation to get around. There's no need to go far, as the neighborhood has an abundance of dining, shopping, nightlife, and entertainment options.
Just south of the neighborhood are Downtown and South Austin, offering more dining, entertainment, and nightlife. Also in the area are museums and live performance halls.Blanton Museum of Art
Views From the Street
|Guadalupe St. and W. Mall||Guadalupe St.||E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Congress Ave.|
|E. 34th St. and Grooms St.||W. 32nd St. and West Ave.||W. 31st St. and Guadalupe St.|
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Real Estate and Apartments
Housing in this neighborhood consists mainly of condominiums that are occupied by university students, faculty, and staff. Condos range in size from 400 square foot efficiencies to 2,000 square foot, four-bedroom floorplans. Most units are designed for single students, and a typical size is 800-900 square feet.
As students tend to change locations frequently, turnover is high. Many of the condos were built in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, but there is some new construction. There is some housing for small families and single parents, but these have waiting lists as long as a year. Some single-family homes are also available. There are also many student apartments in the neighborhood with reasonable rates.