College Senior 2012-05-29T18:26:35Z
Never Bored – There are always so many things to do in Austin. These range from shopping, going out downtown, playing frisbee at Zilker Park. Austinites are so friendly! You never feel out of place, and there is something always going on every weekend like the Pecan Festival or celebrating Eeyore's birthday!!
College Senior 2012-05-29T18:22:35Z
Many Options, Decent Food, High Prices – The dining halls have a schedule where menus repeat every three weeks. With your student ID, it is relatively cheap but regular price is almost 6 dollars a plate. Other vendors on campus, have ok food, may be cheaper, but it is always the same thing. Overall, the food is pretty okay.
College Sophomore 2012-05-28T16:01:55Z
Guys & Girls:
All the students are very different and stand out in their own ways. Many different groups dress differently such as the sorority girls usually wear nike shorts and oversized t shirts while the athletes wear sweat suits. The social life is great in Austin because there is always something going on. Whether it is on campus or on 6th street, you can always find an awesome place to meet new people and have a great night. The relationships built UT last a lifetime. It is guaranteed that you will find someone like you and find that close group of friends which is comforting.
College Sophomore 2012-05-28T15:52:10Z
A Good Amount – The weather is very hot in Austin which is great during the winters. The summer is very rough but its great being outdoors in the sun.
College Senior 2012-05-28T05:41:53Z
Very Expensive Yet Close. Off campus housing is a very difficult subject. The proximity to campus is amazing, but the price of apartments are completely absurd.
There are other apartments a few miles which are a bit more affordable, yet you would still have to make a sacrifice of traveling a few miles to get to and from the university.
College Senior 2012-05-28T05:36:54Z
Always Make Sure Students Are Aware of Risks – The University of Texas always enforces and educates students of the risk of harming oneself. They pass handouts and send emails enlightening students of the potential ways of overcoming or staying away from harmful substances.
College Junior 2012-05-27T21:05:11Z
Try Not to Bring a Car – Your student id is also an unlimited bus pass to the Austin busses. Some people bring bikes, but make sure to lock them securely (ask the UTPD about locks). The busses can get you most places eventually, but it might take awhile depending on the load (on a rainy day, everyone might or might not get on the bus).
Parking is trouble, and you can't really drive from class to class.
Walking isn't so bad, just be careful when you plan your schedule.
College Junior 2012-05-27T21:00:25Z
Location, Location, Location – Most students just brought a computer. Arguably, it's not necessary (that is, you shouldn't run off and buy an expensive one just for college, unless you're already desperate for an upgrade). There are small-to-medium labs in the dorms that aren't that impressive, but you can print there all the time and, since almost everyone has a computer, they're usually empty, in my experience.
There's also a large bank of computers in the Flawn Academic Center (the second floor is mostly computers). Slightly nicer, a little more reliable, and might or might not be out of your way. It takes a LOT of students for these to fill up.
(The libraries have a few, of course, but those are in high demand.)
And if it's school-related work, your department probably also has computers. The science and math and computer science students (even non-majors taking their courses) have their own labs (with a separate login).
Network reliability and speed is incredible. I never once observed a network outage, and speed was always fast. (I had a more-than-adequate speed playing games on my own machine, even at on-peak times.) There's wi-fi sprinkled throughout buildings and a few outdoor areas.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-25T20:04:39Z
Large Budget Associated With UT Sports – UT Austin is very known for priding themselves in Academics as well as Athletics. Since I am an Exercise Science major, I am surrounded by the best of the best facilities. We are currently ranked number 45 in the U.S. News Annual Best National Universities, so our professors are more than qualified to help students. We do have over 38 thousand students enrolled, so the one drawback would probably be the one-on-one interaction between professors and students. Professors always have office hours, so they are available if a student so desires.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-25T19:52:45Z
Living Near Campus Is Expensive – UT Austin is situated on prime real estate, so as you can imagine living is quite expensive. The average room in a three bedroom apartment for example in the West Campus area ranged from about $750-$1000 a month. These are very nice apartments, however, and they are a mere 5 minute walk from campus. Farther away from campus is more reasonable, with apartments averaging about $500 a month. You are talking about a 15-20 minute drive from campus though. And good luck with parking.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-25T19:48:27Z
Public Transportation is awesome in Austin, and was even rated one of the best transportation systems in the country. As for on campus transportation system, the buses are plentiful and run great routes. The only slight drawback is the traffic is bad sometimes. This is obviously not the transportation system's fault, but rather just the logistics of the street system.
College Junior 2012-05-25T07:19:20Z
Good, Bad, and Sometimes Ugly. The weather is good for the most part. Except whenever it pours like there is no tomorrow. Sometimes, it will be freezing in march, but warm and sunny in January.
College Junior 2012-05-25T07:14:36Z
Horrible and Expensive – Parking on campus is a huge no no. The university has its own police force dedicated to parking and transportation. Actually they mostly give parking tickets 24/7. Parking is very expensive and rare. Parallel parking is a must in Austin.
College Junior 2012-05-25T07:12:15Z
Better Than I Expected – I was really nervous about going in to college, but things worked out for the better. The professors are really knowledgeable and they are approachable as well. Some will even regrade your work if you think something is wrong.
College Junior 2012-05-24T20:55:15Z
You might have to pay more, but the internet speed is awesome.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-23T18:17:36Z
Health & Safety:
Very Safe – The campus police have a text alert that is great.
College Senior 2012-05-23T15:48:07Z
Housing Is So So – The dorms themselves are pretty expensive. The main interest in them is the location. Being right on campus is rewarding in the time it takes you to get to class as well as getting to interact with your peers more socially. The RA's try very hard to get the residents involved and often throw events for the entire dorms.
College Junior 2012-05-22T22:02:49Z
So Many Options – We have this street we call "the Drag" that is right by the campus and there are a plethora of restaurants to choose from. A lot of them are very good and many of them have reasonable prices. Also, a lot of the restaurants allow you to use money on your campus meal plan to buy their food.
College Junior 2012-05-22T21:56:48Z
Alcohol Is the Favorite – To be quite honest, the reputation of UT being the party school is actually very true. Alcohol is the drug of choice at virtually all the parties that students host off campus. The presence of alcohol is generally prevalent off campus rather than on campus and though UT is a big party school, a large proportion of the student body actually doesn't drink nor party. So if you aren't a big party person, don't worry.
College Junior 2012-05-22T21:37:45Z
Diverse and Accepting – Overall, the university has an extremely diverse student body. There are all kinds of students ranging from different races, religious backgrounds, political ideologies, and sexual orientations. It is definitely a safe place to be because being in Austin, the campus is very liberal and very open minded and accepting of various groups. The people here are very nice and it just seems all the students get along well with each other.
College Senior 2012-05-22T21:19:40Z
From the "Drag to Sixth" – Guadalupe street runs along the university and is home to many diverse restaurants. Nicknamed "The Drag" you can find subs, pasta, frozen yogurt, burritos, pizza, and anything else you like at a reasonable price. Which Wich Superior Sandwiches is very good but Potbelly Sandwhich works is a safe bet. Big Bite Pizza and Grill is an excellent place if you like big portions.
College Senior 2012-05-22T21:08:38Z
Up and Down – The winter can get as low as the 20's for only a handful of days. Majority of the year is perfect. The summer is brutal: over 60 straight days of over 100 degrees last year. At least you don't need a jacket when you go out at night.
College Senior 2012-05-22T21:02:14Z
Little Man With Ticket Booklet. Their are to many different levels of permits. Forget about off campus parking, there are parking meters everywhere that charge $1.00 per hour.
College Junior 2012-05-22T06:06:06Z
What Starts Here Changes the World – It's the greatest place ever. There are infinite possibilities and I would choose UT all over again because there is a fit for every person since it is such a large school, everyone finds their way!
College Junior 2012-05-22T06:04:23Z
There are a lot of white students and hispanic race students. Along with this there are a lot of Asians (all Asians including middle-eastern and russian) as well.
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