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I'm also headed to Austin on a $13k stipend ... kinda nervous.

I know the town is bike-friendly ... can someone give insight on how easy it is actually laying hands on a cheap bike? I've got a great commuter here that I picked up cheap and looks much worse than it is (ie, it's got a good frame and good-to-great parts, so it's a dream to ride but it's three shades of fluorescent and looks like it's not worth stealing). I'm kinda kicking around the idea of boxing it up and bringing it over, since there are some airlines where sporting equipment won't destroy my luggage allowance. I figure this has the advantage of knowing that I'll get there and immediately be mobile and able to explore much greater areas than on foot, but might not be worthwhile if it's super-easy to get something equivalent.

Thoughts?

(I'll probably have many more questions about many different things ... this is just the one I'm worried about today).

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That's awesome, thanks! I've done similar stuff here in Oz, so would be open to doing it there, too.

Still thinking about my bike, though ... my mind is boggling thinking about moving for two years with two bags.

Can anyone give an idea of what the rental market is like in Austin? Do I need to start looking NOW?

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Can anyone give an idea of what the rental market is like in Austin? Do I need to start looking NOW?

Again, I'm not living there yet, but as far as I can tell from craigslist and message boards you'll be hard pressed to find an August 1st lease until late June/early July. When are you planning on moving? You might have better luck looking if you moved into a summer sublet in June or July. Then you could lock down a place for August. That's what I would do, except that my job is a one-year contract that isn't up until the week before school starts.

The program I'm admitted to (Community & Regional Planning) just sent out a list of summer sublets from current students in the School of Architecture. A lot of them look really great. If you're interested, give me your email address, and I would be happy to forward it to you.

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Again, I'm not living there yet, but as far as I can tell from craigslist and message boards you'll be hard pressed to find an August 1st lease until late June/early July. When are you planning on moving? You might have better luck looking if you moved into a summer sublet in June or July. Then you could lock down a place for August. That's what I would do, except that my job is a one-year contract that isn't up until the week before school starts.

The program I'm admitted to (Community & Regional Planning) just sent out a list of summer sublets from current students in the School of Architecture. A lot of them look really great. If you're interested, give me your email address, and I would be happy to forward it to you.

I'll send you a message :)

I'm just filled with paranoia that renting in America works differently to renting in Australia.

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I'm just filled with paranoia that renting in America works differently to renting in Australia.

I wouldn't think it would be too different--one of my best friends rented a flat for several months in NZ, which (excuse my ignorance here) I would imagine is probably similar to the renting situation in Australia, and she said it was essentially the same. One thing I would advise you is to familiarize yourself with your rights as a tenant in the states, to avoid any potential conflicts with your landlord. Here is a link provided by US Housing & Urban Development for renter's rights in TX:

http://texastenant.org

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I'm also moving to Austin from the other side of the world, and this is complicated by the fact that I'm travelling in yet another continent at the moment. One thing I've noticed in these posts is that people are talking about leases startign on the first of the month. is this always the way it has to be? I'll probably arrive in the first or second week of August. Does this mean I'll have a choice only of those places that no-one else wanted? if it makes a difference, I'll be looking for a room in a shared house/apartment, not a whole place for myself.

Not that it makes a difference, I suppose - I can't arrive any earlier and I guess people would be as keen to have me move in without meeting me as I would be to move in somewhere I've never seen. But it's probably good to know what to expect come August.

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One thing I've noticed in these posts is that people are talking about leases startign on the first of the month. is this always the way it has to be?

As far as I know, virtually all leases begin on the 1st of the month. However, if you work it out with the landlord that you won't be coming until, say, the 18th, the landlord should prorate you 12 days so that you only pay for the time that you're there. Divide the monthly rent by 30 (even if the days in the month are 31 or 28) and that's the per diem rent.

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I just got an acceptance to UT for next fall, and I'm interested in the co-op housing scene. I've seen the website online, but was wondering if anyone on here is a resident/has any experience with it.

Also, I love cool/cold weather--I know that Austin is far enough south that it's silly to expect snow more than once in a blue moon (although I guess it just got some snow recently)...but how cold does it get in the winter?

Thanks!

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I just got an acceptance to UT for next fall, and I'm interested in the co-op housing scene. I've seen the website online, but was wondering if anyone on here is a resident/has any experience with it.

Also, I love cool/cold weather--I know that Austin is far enough south that it's silly to expect snow more than once in a blue moon (although I guess it just got some snow recently)...but how cold does it get in the winter?

Thanks!

I've been checking out the weather for each city I applied in and the lowest temps during the day have been around 2 C degrees (36F). I've seen it as minus 2ish C (28F) before. According to google, today they are at 18 degrees. So needless to say, they are not cold for an extended period of time. The summer can be brutal. I was there during a hot streak last year and it was 46 degrees (114 F) with humidity. I don't think I ever sweat so much in my life. I was outside checking out the sites so I couldn't hide in the airconditiong!! I loved it there though. Greener than I expected for the immense heat. By the end of my stay I had gotten used to it to the point where I hiked up to a look out point and wasn't even sweating!! hahaha I come from basically zero humidity, so that was also a big change. People are super nice there though!

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I just got an acceptance to UT for next fall, and I'm interested in the co-op housing scene. I've seen the website online, but was wondering if anyone on here is a resident/has any experience with it.

Also, I love cool/cold weather--I know that Austin is far enough south that it's silly to expect snow more than once in a blue moon (although I guess it just got some snow recently)...but how cold does it get in the winter?

Thanks!

I lived in Austin for about 6 years. The last two years have been a lot colder than usual. Typically it will get below freezing around 5 days a year, overnight. It's fairly common to have daytime highs in the mid 60's even midwinter. Occasionally it will even jump up into the 70s.

Winter is honestly the best time of year in Austin, because summers are pretty brutal. Expect 20 or so days above 100 degrees (sometimes well above 100 degrees) with high humidity. It's usually above 90 between early June and early September and it's rare that the high temperature is below that in that period.

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How is there already not a thread for Austin?? Well, I'm looking for general info/do's & don'ts/suggestions/remarks on living in Austin. I have an average funding offer (TA), and I'll be bringing with me my dog and my wife :) She happens to be a nurse, and thus does pretty well financially- we'll probably net $50k/year, so keep that in mind if suggesting housing options. Any info is greatly appreciated.

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Hi,

I'm considering moving to Austin for grad studies on a $25500 fellowship(apart from the summer). I am an international student and I had no idea what to make of this number till I saw a couple of posts here on this forum. I guess Austin's cost of living should let me live comfortably on this amount? I'd also want to save up to go home to India once in a while, maybe twice in three years..and each trip will cost me about 4 grand, if information I just found on the internet is right.

And when, where and how should I start looking for housing? I wouldn't want to be in Austin any earlier than a fortnight before start of term, considering it'll be my last summer at home for a while! So I'll just have to scout on the internet, I suppose..

Thanks in advance!

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Hi,

I'm considering moving to Austin for grad studies on a $25500 fellowship(apart from the summer). I am an international student and I had no idea what to make of this number till I saw a couple of posts here on this forum. I guess Austin's cost of living should let me live comfortably on this amount? I'd also want to save up to go home to India once in a while, maybe twice in three years..and each trip will cost me about 4 grand, if information I just found on the internet is right.

And when, where and how should I start looking for housing? I wouldn't want to be in Austin any earlier than a fortnight before start of term, considering it'll be my last summer at home for a while! So I'll just have to scout on the internet, I suppose..

Thanks in advance!

Congrats on the fellowship! Yes, cost of living is reasonable in Austin so you should be fine with that amount, but you will need to watch the finances if you're going to be dropping 4 grand on trips home each year. ;)

You're going to have a hell of a time if you're looking for housing at the same time as the other ~49,999 students @ UT. If you won't be coming until mid-late August, I'd start looking in the summer and figure out a way to lock something down, especially if you want to be close to campus. There are tons of free locator services in Austin (they get commission from the apartment they rent you) who can be super helpful, if you use the right service. They'll help make sure you don't end up somewhere you hate..."scouting the internet" in August is going to leave you frustrated.

I'd recommend talking to Green Light Locator Services...they're very helpful and have an awesome reputation on Yelp. Also a sidenote: I notice on your list of schools to which you applied to put "UTA"...in Texas vernacular UTA refers to UT-Arlington....the one in Austin is just UT :P

Best of luck!

Edited by Gunner24

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Congrats on the fellowship! Yes, cost of living is reasonable in Austin so you should be fine with that amount, but you will need to watch the finances if you're going to be dropping 4 grand on trips home each year. ;)

You're going to have a hell of a time if you're looking for housing at the same time as the other ~49,999 students @ UT. If you won't be coming until mid-late August, I'd start looking in the summer and figure out a way to lock something down, especially if you want to be close to campus. There are tons of free locator services in Austin (they get commission from the apartment they rent you) who can be super helpful, if you use the right service. They'll help make sure you don't end up somewhere you hate..."scouting the internet" in August is going to leave you frustrated.

I'd recommend talking to Green Light Locator Services...they're very helpful and have an awesome reputation on Yelp. Also a sidenote: I notice on your list of schools to which you applied to put "UTA"...in Texas vernacular UTA refers to UT-Arlington....the one in Austin is just UT :P

Best of luck!

Gunner 24, thanks a ton. I just took at the look at the greenlight site, and I could definitely use something like that. I'll have to wait till I hear from other schools before I actually contact them, which could be as late as the middle of April. Which wouldn't be too late or anything for a service like this, would it?

Ah, I did have a hunch that something was wrong when I kept saying UTA and my professor kept saying UT during my phone interview. Anyway, I've changed that on my signature now, thanks!

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You bet. No, April is definitely not too late to use a locator service like this- they operate year round...Late spring semester you're going to have an outflux of students, which naturally makes it an easier time to find favorable housing than August, so I'd suggest as soon as you have the green light (pun intended) get started on locking down a place to live. Best of luck to you!

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I have housing available if anyone is interested, its 800 a month per room, 3 bedrooms available, I live downstairs, my current roommates are moving out, its hyde park area, the # 7 capital metro bus runs right next to it, 10 minute bus ride, free for UT students, im 21 and an undergrad at UT-Austin, utilities not included, its a 2-story house, fireplace downstairs, backyard, garage

Let me know if theres interest

email at thabit.jawdat@gmail.com

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Hey everybody,

Headed to Austin soon to look for housing. I know I'll get a better sense of all of this once I'm in the area but just out sheer excitement I feel like I want to know as soon as possible! I was wondering if anyone could tell me a bit about the UT Shuttles, specifically which areas they travel to or if I can find a map somewhere online. I'm trying to get a sense of the layout of the area and want an apartment that has shuttle service very close by. If you could provide some specific names of areas to look at, that would be much appreciated!

Thanks.

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Hey everybody,

Headed to Austin soon to look for housing. I know I'll get a better sense of all of this once I'm in the area but just out sheer excitement I feel like I want to know as soon as possible! I was wondering if anyone could tell me a bit about the UT Shuttles, specifically which areas they travel to or if I can find a map somewhere online. I'm trying to get a sense of the layout of the area and want an apartment that has shuttle service very close by. If you could provide some specific names of areas to look at, that would be much appreciated!

Thanks.

It's been a few years, but I'm guessing it hasn't changed much. I'd suggest looking for housing around Far West Blvd (there is a UT shuttle there). Housing in that area is relatively inexpensive and it's not a bad bus ride. I would avoid -at all costs- any housing near Riverside Drive. That's where a lot of undergraduates live, and most of the complexes are terribly managed and very noisy. The area is also one of the most sketchy in Austin (although, tbh, Austin is pretty safe).

Also, keep in mind that as a student there is a city bus pass included in your tuition and fees, so you can use these bus routes as well.

Shuttle bus website: http://www.utexas.edu/parking/transportation/shuttle/

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Does anyone think a 13k stipend for the fall and spring is enough to get by on? I'm visiting in a couple weeks, so I'll obviously ask some graduate students already in the program, but anyone living in Austin now - do you (or do you think) one can live off of 13k during the fall & spring semester (combined).

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Does anyone think a 13k stipend for the fall and spring is enough to get by on? I'm visiting in a couple weeks, so I'll obviously ask some graduate students already in the program, but anyone living in Austin now - do you (or do you think) one can live off of 13k during the fall & spring semester (combined).

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It's going to be pretty tight, but I think you can do it. You'll probably want a roommate. Expect to pay around $400 for a shared rent situation. I had a friend that was working with about that much last year, and things were definitely tight for him financially.

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I was just admitted for the LBJ school for the fall with a really attractive financing package, so UT is currently very high on my list. However, I've never been to Texas in my life, so when I go visit in 2 weeks I'm going to have to really get a feel for the city and the school in a very short amount of time (2.5 days). Does anyone have any suggestions for what I should make sure to see to get a good feel for Austin? I'm open to renting a car, since this is a very important decision, so anything close to UT or driving distance that you think is important to see to understand the city. (I'm not sure if it helps, but I'm originally from CA, and have lived in Philly, Charlotte and currently NYC. In my head, Austin in like Charlotte, which I liked a lot, but not sure if that's true.)

Thanks!

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I know it helps to compare cities, but Austin is like Austin. There's just no other way to describe it. It has it's own unique vibe, for sure! As far as what to see, what kind of things do you like? Do you like dive bars? Clubs? Are you outdoorsy? Are you looking for more practical things to see? There's a lot to see, and no way can you do it in a couple days, so if you are a little more specific about what you want to make sure and see while in Austin. I'm sure folks can offer up suggestions.

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