Life in Austin

Austin is one of the United States fastest growing cities, attracting more than 100 new residents every day. You are going to love it here.

The City of Austin is situated on the banks of the Colorado River in the heart of central Texas, known as the Hill Country. Rolling hills dotted with lakes and streams provide a beautiful setting for the downtown capital area and UT. The Capitol building, iconic UT Tower and downtown office buildings create a skyline, which reflects the city itself – a center for government, education, and commerce. Austin is known for its variety of artistic venues, which feature live music, dramatic performances, and artistic exhibitions.

Learn more about the city of Austin

Climate

Austin has a warm (humid, subtropical) climate with an average of 220 days of sunshine per year, perfect for recreational activities including swimming, cycling, hiking, and other outdoor activities. Since the program will take place during summer months, you should expect hot weather.

During the summer months, you may expect the average highs to be in the 90s-100s °F (32-40 °C) and for evening temperatures to be in the high 70s °F (23–26 °C). Check the Austin weather forecast for a more up-to-date forecast of Austin weather.

Dining

Some programs include on-campus dining plans, but there are thousands of shops, restaurants and cafés from you can choose.

Around UT

Need a coffee to get your day going? Wanting to try some delicious Texas BBQ or TexMex? We've got you covered at one of the many restaurants & cafes surrounding the UT campus.

Specialty Groceries

Missing something from home? No worries--Austin is home to several specialty & international grocery stores, and IO staff has compiled a convenient list of them for you!

Get Off Campus

In your free time, take advantage of everything this city and region have to offer you. Public transportation is readily available and there is so much to do and see!

Transportation

All UT Shuttle and Capital Metro bus & lightrail services are FREE with your UT Photo ID! Check out where you can go on Capital Metro' system map.

Shopping

Shopping possibilities are endless in Austin. The city is home to a number of large shopping malls and multiple locations of America's biggest retailers. Find out where to shop and how to get there on the IO's handy shopping guide. The IO will also provide an optional shopping excursion to the San Marcos Premium Outlets for a small additional fee.

Explore

Austin is a great place for the adventure-minded. The city is home to numerous festivals, museums, historic landmarks, trails, and parks. Its warm climate provides opportunities for many outdoor activities year-round. The summer heat can be extreme, but Austinites have discovered ways to cool off, like taking a dip in one of the local swimming holes or viewing an afternoon movie at the Alamo Drafthouse. Not sure what to do? Take a look at UT’s collection of events and attractions.

Religious Accommodations

There are many religious organizations throughout the UT campus area including a mosque and a variety of churches. Special consideration will be taken if you are observing Ramadan during our program. We look forward to collaborating with you to meet your religious and cultural needs.