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The City of Austin


Austin is the capital of the U.S. state of Texas, and the 11th-most populous city in the United States and the 4th-most populous city in Texas. It is also the fastest growing large city with a population of 950,715 as of the U.S. Census Bureau's July 1, 2017 estimate, a 20% increase from 2010. 

As the gateway to the Texas Hill Country, Austin is a blend of city comfort and outdoor living,a city rich with a diverse cultures and lifestyles whose influences are readily apparent from music and dining to architecture, art and entrepreneurs of the capital city. Many people find Austin the perfect place to learn, work and play.

Ranked on numerous best-city lists, Austin serves as a major tech industry hub, fostering innovation and creativity. The state's vibrant capital city offers year-round sunny weather (today's weather) and plenty of outdoor recreation.


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The University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin)

UT Austin's main campus

The UT Campus has its own zip code- it's that big. With a 350-acre main campus in central Austin, UT has come a long way from the original 40 acres. But one of the first things you'll notice when you arrive is how the many options, amenities, and recreational and learning opportunities offered here make the campus feel smaller. With over 50,000 students, 16,500 faculty and staff, and 900 registered student organizations there are plenty of opportunities to enhance your campus experience, explore new interests and connect to UT.

At the heart of the Austin community, the university offers a home where the creative minds of the world live side-by-side with the scientific and technological innovators of tomorrow. UT is one of the nation's leading public research universities with annual research funding of nearly $500 million. UT is second only to Harvard in the number of National Merit Scholars enrolled and has the most of any public university (2008). The university is also home to 17 libraries, making it the fifth largest library system in the United States.

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Housing in Austin

Some off campus housing recommended by current students: