Recent Alumnus 2012-10-18T20:25:05Z
It is pretty sunny here, and hot! But it is not humid so the temperature is usually not too intense unless you are in direct sunlight. The Fall is extremely pleasant with overcast skies and mid temperatures.
Recent Alumnus 2012-10-18T20:23:13Z
This city is booming with activity and cultural significance! There are plenty of activities on UT's campus, but in Austin you also have parks, museums, movie theaters, shopping complexes, and many Texan attractions.
Recent Alumnus 2012-10-18T20:20:21Z
I stay off campus in a majority student complex. There are several around here and they are pretty nicely priced. Also, most of them include utilities (capped) and basic cable. Be prepared to enjoy the student-oriented atmosphere.
Recent Alumnus 2012-10-18T20:16:47Z
I do not really engage in nightlife due to my lack of financial resources and also my academic commitment. However, from what i have heard, UT has a pretty nice nightlife.
Recent Alumnus 2012-10-17T05:32:04Z
Honestly, besides alcohol (which is pretty much evident or talked about a lot) I haven't really heard or seen anything about illegal drugs other than the occasional "legalize marijuana" poster.
Recent Alumnus 2012-10-17T05:29:40Z
I was offered a good and reasonable amount of financial aid, but it was hard to get in contact with the office when something went wrong with my online form and needed to be corrected (too much aid was given actually, and I didn't want to be that indebted). But the office played phone tag with me for half an hour and passed me from one person to another until the office closed and I still didn't have an answer. My mother called the next day and fixed it, but it was very stressful for me!
College Sophomore 2012-10-17T03:47:15Z
I personally love Austin weather, but there are times when I wish I brought an umbrella before leaving my dorm. The weather varies, but there are usually always people hanging around outside.
College Sophomore 2012-10-17T03:41:59Z
There are always university buses that go through our campus and is free for any UT student or staff. City buses also come right through campus and you can take them to nearly any place off campus. You can also rent out cars.
College Sophomore 2012-10-17T03:37:19Z
Guys & Girls:
There are lots of handsome and courteous guys here on UT campus. Because our campus is so large, there are often many guys and girls exercising and keeping fit by jogging, biking, or going to the free gym.
College Junior 2012-10-17T01:59:11Z
The athletics here are great. I'm a big football fan and I have season tickets to all the home games. They make it pretty affordable for students. The other athletic teams are great too. Our volleyball, basketball, and golf teams are good just to name a few. The athletics here really play a big role in spirit on campus. It's definitely one of my favorite aspects.
College Junior 2012-10-17T01:56:00Z
Parking is absolutely absurd. The prices are really high to be able to park in a garage, and the garages are not very convenient. Also, on home football game days, you have to more your car out of the garages and on to a specified lot. Which, by the way, are not close. I didn't even bring a car this year for this year. The streets are so packed with students, you really can't drive your car through the campus anyway.
College Junior 2012-10-17T01:41:45Z
The campus definitely has policies, but there doesn't seem to be a lot of enforcement. UT has it's own police system, but they're often patrolling. As long as a student is not putting him/herself or others in danger, their actions are often ignored. I've seen drunk people walking around campus and police don't stop them or anything. The main key is to be discreet and not act crazy.
College Junior 2012-10-17T01:39:08Z
It transportation isn't bad. It's sticks to a pretty regular schedule and it can be handy. It's not that great if you're on a tight schedule to get somewhere. If you don't feel like walking, it's fine, but if you need to be somewhere by a certain time it's definitely better to walk. The buses are often crowded and it makes tons of stops, so it takes a while to get where you're going.
College Junior 2012-10-17T01:37:07Z
There are several options. The problem is that some of them are kind of spread out. If you live on the North side of campus, you don't have as many options unless you want to eat off campus. The food is pretty good. The menu's rarely change, so sometimes it gets fairly old. There are also a few fast food options on campus like Wendy's, Chick-Fil-A, Taco Cabana, and more.
College Sophomore 2012-10-16T21:00:15Z
It's actually a lot better then people say. Not bad
College Senior 2012-10-15T18:52:11Z
The computers come with all necessary items such as updated microsoft word and excel. Besides that it has a good internet speed
College Senior 2012-10-15T16:12:11Z
West Campus has a lot of co-ops and frat houses, lots of parties. Then there is 6th street downtown with a lot of options for students. The city is full of things to do at night.
College Senior 2012-10-15T16:09:58Z
Health & Safety:
Occasional safety issues come up, but overall, it's very safe.
Recent Alumnus 2012-10-11T09:03:21Z
Guys & Girls:
The girls at UT Austin are drop dead gorgeous. I go to class every day marveling at how much eye candy there is. With 50,000 students we have everything from Southern blondes to cute, artsy girls to bikini models. With year round warm weather, girls look good in what they wear as well, and I think on game days this is especially true. UT students are luckily also fairly liberal when it comes to sex and partying is a way of life here, if you want it to be.
Recent Alumnus 2012-10-11T08:59:53Z
The UT diversity is crazy. There is all types of races, ethnicities, and origins here. Sexual orientation is also really diverse here from gay to transgender to bisexual. Religious beliefs are very varied too and the number of different churches nearby reflects that. Finally, although Texas is mostly conservative Republicans, Austin is a liberal "island" and students at UT have a wide range of political beliefs.
Recent Alumnus 2012-10-11T08:50:06Z
Health & Safety:
I feel really safe on the UT campus. There are police "call for help"s everywhere, and UT Police does a good job of helping students out. Yes there was a "shooting" recently but UT Police, Austin Police, State Troopers, Highway Patrol, Sheriffs, Constables, and every police you could imagine were there within the hour. We are in the capital of Texas so we have 4 levels of police in the city. I feel truly very safe.
Recent Alumnus 2012-10-11T08:43:30Z
I love the convenience of living on campus! You make so many new friends, there are programs to educate you and help you socialize, and there is lots of free stuff :)
Also you can get up for class 5 minutes before your class begins and still be on time. There is in addition the benefit of having a meal plan and discounted meal dollars.
Recent Alumnus 2012-10-11T08:36:18Z
Austin is the greatest city in the US, hands down! As a partier, I love 6th Street and believe it has the best nightlife anywhere. All the bars are free for 21+ and people bar hop to get the best deals. People on 6th Street look really hot, and girls easily get free drinks. Students even have access to the "E-bus" which transports people from campus to downtown for free and includes puke bags. Midnight Rodeo is a wonderful country dance hall with lots of students. Music lovers can take advantage of being in the music capital of the world. Nature lovers enjoy 200+ parks, the scenic Lake Travis, camping, kayaking, floating the river, Barton Springs, and more. There are plenty of malls and shops for the shoppers, and intramural and varsity sports are obviously huge here. There is something for everyone!
Recent Alumnus 2012-10-11T08:31:12Z
The gym at UT is excellent! There are more than 5 gyms on campus but the main one is Gregory. This 3-floor gym features weight rooms, treadmills, rock climbing, zumba, karate, kickboxing, aqua classes, yoga, indoor pools, outdoor pools including a sports pool, lap pool, and leisure pool; basically everything you could ever want is there including tent rentals and more! The cafeterias are delicious and have 2 all-you-can-eat places as well. Most importantly, the social scene at UT is unparalleled. There is always something to do and people here study hard, play hard. 6th Street is great on the weekend for bars, and our giant library is great for studying on weekdays.
Recent Alumnus 2012-10-11T08:24:41Z
Transportation is good on campus, and it will take you anywhere you want to go. However, one popular route known as "West Campus" is so popular there is usually no room on the bus during peak times. City transportation has its flaws but it's free for students to use. The best thing is the E-bus, which takes students from popular living areas straight to downtown free of charge and with puke bags on weekends, so we can avoid drinking and driving. The E-bus is always wild and an experience not to be missed.
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