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Housing for Exchange Students

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Once you know that you will attend UT Austin as an exchange student, you should begin researching and arranging housing as early as possible. Housing, especially within walking distance of UT, is limited. To begin your search, click on our Housing in Austin website and research short-term/temporary and long-term housing options.

Exchange students attending UT Austin usually choose from three types of housing: co-operative houses (co-ops), private dormitories, and apartments.

  • Dormitories and co-ops are located within walking distance of the UT campus and offer double (shared) and some single (private) rooms for both men and women students. Often dorms and co-ops serve meals (Goodall Wooten dormitory does not) and include the cost of a meal plan in their prices. Most offer amenities such as swimming pools, exercise rooms, computer labs, and planned social activities. Many exchange students enjoy dorms and co-ops because group living provides a community of university students, with opportunities to make friends and participate in shared activities.
  • Living in on-campus UT dormitories, owned and operated by UT Division of Housing and Food Services, is rarely an option for exchange students because rooms are reserved far in advance and are offered primarily to first year students. Homestays with families in the Austin community are not available.
  • Some exchange students live in private apartments in the Austin community. To research private apartments, neighborhoods, leases and other pertinent information, look at the housing links available through the Around Austin website off the UT main page. Make sure that the apartment you choose is on a UT shuttle bus or Capital Metro bus line.
  • UT-owned apartments for students bringing a spouse and/or children are affordable and convenient, located on UT bus routes and near schools.