Your first apartment...check! Fun around the clock...check! Minutes away from all the hotspots in Austin...check! Sounds like you may be the perfect University of Texas candidate. Longhorns living in apartments celebrate apartment living while getting their education in the finest way and they love it!
The University of Texas at Austin was founded in 1883 with just 200 students, 8 faculty members and 1 building. My how things have grown. Today, The University of Texas is one of the largest Universities in the United States at 350 acres, has over 170 majors, 21,000 faculty and support staff and a massive 50,000 student body. Now that is a major university!
Catering to students from all walks of life all over the world, UT has become one of the most popular and diverse universities in existence today with students from at least 64 different countries. It awards more undergraduate degrees than any other university in the country in the country and is known for its pioneering work in the realm of Physics and Medicine. Many accredited scientists choose to end careers in their home countries to come to UT to work and share their knowledge.
Life on campus as a Texas Longhorn offers new students the chance to connect with the rest of Austin. Since UT is located in Central Austin, its within walking or biking distance of many apartment communities, the Capitol building, a number of major nightclubs and hopping nightlife, restaurants, grocery stores, and much, much more.
Students choosing to live on-campus rather than in one of the many surrounding off-campus apartments, have the choice of 14 residents halls. There are 11 co-ed halls, while the three others, Simkins, Kinsolving and Littlefield, are for men or women only respectively. Like most universities, the cost of living in one of the residents halls is based on your choice of living arrangements. If you choose to live in a shared space at San Jacinto or Duren hall in a shared space your cost for Fall and Spring semester is going to be about $9,455, but if you choose to live by yourself in Duren Hall your cost is going to be about $13,214/per year. (Roughly the same as a really nice apartment!)
To help students on campus, each resident is given 1200 Bevo Bucks that they can use in the dining halls. Students sign a year long contract for the room that they are in, that is essentially a lease agreement, and are given suggestions on what items to bring with them. Like any apartment, the choice of residence is based on availability, so the sooner you apply, the better your options.
If you choose to live in an apartment off of campus, you will swap the culture and closeness of dorm life for the openness, freedom and joy of living on your own in the city. No residence hall restrictions, no RA's, and no cramped spaces in your own apartment. You may lack the close location as you would have in a dorm, but the freedom of having your own place is worth the trade.
Although UT charges a flat rate tuition for Undergraduate and Graduate students, the additional fees will alter the total you end up paying and will actually vary depending on the types of classes you take. A Texas resident taking a full load of 12 hours at UT costs around $8,090 to $9,354 per year for tuition. If your classes require labs, then lab fees will be tacked onto tuition. Student fees, computer lab fees, and books should also be factored into your estimated cost of living at school. Add all this to your costs for room and board and your total estimated cost for living on campus as an in state Texas resident is $21,470 to $25,284.
Many of the students that are new at UT are introduced to the campus life rich with spirit and tradition. The exciting world of Longhorn Football is naturally the biggest tradition on campus. A Division I program that pits itself against the top teams in the country and always has a competitive try at the National Championship, Longhorn Football is a way of life that sticks to your from the moment you first cheer on a game at Daryl K. Royal stadium through your olden days of watching the game from the couch and remarking at the "young whipper-snappers" on the field. Bevo, the live Longhorn mascot, can be seen trotting up and down the sidelines during games and often catching a catnap..er...cow-nap in the sun below his adoring fans.
Any prospective student will love moving from any city around the world to a place like Austin, where a person could get a very good education and do almost anything that they wanted to do.
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