Going away to college doesn’t mean you have to give up your social life in exchange for endless hours of studying. In fact, with the right balance, college can and should be a time when your social calendar is full of fun things to do!
At The University of Texas at Austin, there’s always something exciting going on around campus, which is why UT Austin student life is rated among the best in the county (just in case you needed a little convincing as to why you should study in the U.S.).
So, saddle up, Longhorns, and let your adventurous side out with this list of fun things to do around UT Austin.
TailGate with the Best of Them at a Longhorn Football Game
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If you’re committed to experiencing the best of UT Austin student life, then you have to go to a Longhorns football game at the Darrell K Royal Texas Memorial Stadium. Tailgating before a game is an absolute must and we guarantee it’ll give you a taste of quintessential Texas college life and some memories to boot. Be sure to check out this guide for everything you’ll need to bring to your Longhorns tailgate.
Catch a Show at The Cactus Cafe
Dubbed “your campus decompression zone,” The Cactus Café is synonymous with UT Austin campus life and has been a Mecca for students since opening in 1979. Students and the public alike can enjoy a variety of live performances and brews at this on-campus venue. Take note that tickets are sold at the door for most performances, and make sure to look at the full list of upcoming events before dropping by.
Get Your Glow on at Texas Union Underground
Go glow bowling with your squad and get a taste of UT Austin student life complete with black lights, lasers, and music. Bowling at Texas Union Underground is open to students and the public, with Glow Bowl held every Thursday and Friday after 5 p.m. as well as every weekend.
Keep It Intellectual at the LBJ Presidential Library
The 36th President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson, opened the LBJ Presidential Library in 1971 to make all records of his administration available to the public and to have an institution that would serve as a “springboard to the future” for generations to come. The library regularly hosts events and forums with politicians and other prominent figures to discuss important local and global issues. UT Austin students can sit in on these discussions, explore the permanent exhibits, and more.
Make a Splash at the Gregory Gym Aquatic Complex
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Stay active in the water or just catch some rays on the pool deck at the Gregory Gym Aquatic Complex. UT Austin students are welcome to take a dip in the indoor and outdoor leisure pools or swim laps in the indoor or outdoor lap pools as part of their yearly tuition fees. The complex also hosts aquatic basketball and volleyball if you’re looking for something to keep you active (literally) in the UT Austin campus life realm!
Get Involved in UT Austin Student Life with Campus Events + Entertainment
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There are a ton of ways you can get involved while attending UT Austin. Why not join Campus Events + Entertainment, the university’s largest event-planning organization on campus? Become part of a team that plans, markets, and executes a diverse program of events open to all UT Austin students. Gain real-life skills and keep your social calendar full with events throughout the school year. Students are welcome to stop by any meeting to learn more about the organization.
Explore Your Surroundings with Some Apartment Shopping
Are you a first-year student currently living on-campus and considering your options for next year? Or maybe you’re just not sure where in Austin you want to live yet? You’re in luck because there’s no shortage of amazing apartments near The University of Texas at Austin.
Apartment shopping can be a fun way to familiarize yourself with your university and its surroundings. Here’s a round-up of some properties close to UT Austin student life that we think you’ll majorly dig:
1909 Rio Grande St., Austin, TX 78705
Located less than a mile from campus, Signature 1909 offers the best of UT Austin student life with modern, industrial-inspired apartments that come in one, two, three, or four-bedroom floor plans (all with private bathrooms). All apartments come with trendy furniture, stainless steel appliances, wood flooring, chic lighting, and are pet-friendly, so bring your pup along.
Rent includes WiFi and residents can take advantage of great amenities such as a computer center, a resort-like rooftop, BBQ areas, a fitness center, and so much more. Would you like to try living with a roommate but aren’t sure how to find one? This apartment complex can match you with the perfect roomie. You’re going to absolutely love living at Signature 1909!
University Village at Austin
1301 Crossing Place, Austin, TX 78741
Located just across Lady Bird Lake in the hip Riverside area of Austin, University Village at Austin gives students state-of-the-art, contemporary apartments that are sure to “wow.” Take your pick from two, three, or four-bedroom floorplans that come furnished (and with private bathrooms). All spaces are thoughtfully decorated with stylish furniture, including leather sectional sofas, desks, chairs, dressers, and a dining table.
Rent includes monthly electricity, water, and WiFi, and students can enjoy amenities like an on-site internet café, beach volleyball courts, fitness center, pool, computer center, campus shuttle, and so much more! Feel free to bring your beloved pets along, and if you’re in need of a great roommate, University Village at Austin will match you with someone awesome.
Axis West Campus
2505 Longview Street, Austin, TX 78705
Welcome home to the heart of UT Austin student life at Axis West Campus. Located on the UT Austin campus, life never gets boring when you’re always in the loop! Choose from modern studios, one, two, three, or four-bedroom fully furnished apartments.
Monthly rent includes electricity, water, and WiFi, and all residents can enjoy luxurious amenities such as outdoor courtyards, study rooms, tanning beds, a coffee bar, dog park (yes, they’re pet-friendly!), a fitness center, pool, and more! Axis West Campus is calling your name, will you answer?
There are so many ways to get social at The University of Texas at Austin, and we hope this list of ideas helps get the ball rolling on how you’ll spend your precious college years. Another important thing to consider while planning for college is where you’ll live. Let Unilodgers take the stress out of the apartment hunt and help you find the best student apartment in Austin, so you can live comfortably and focus on having a successful college career! Go get em’, Longhorns!
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