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Student Housing Guide: Austin 2022
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Student Housing Guide: Austin 2022

Housing Tips
Aug 11, 2021
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A bird's eye view of Austin University area
All About Austin

Introduction

Austin is the capital of the US state of Texas. It is the 11th-most populous city in the U.S. and the 4th-most populous in Texas. It is the fastest-growing city in the United States. The University of Texas at Austin approximately 1 mile (1,600 m) from the Texas State Capitol is one of the most famous universities in the city.

Popular locations for accommodation

Rosedale & Allendale

Rosedale and Allendale are incredibly friendly, residential neighbourhoods in Austin. The area is packed with new restaurants, and parks and has lots of space for outdoor recreational activities. The area is great for students that are looking for a homely neighbourhood. 

Things to do in Rosedale & Allendale:

Austin Adventure Rentals: Rent kayaks, boats, and campers and go sailing on a nice sunny day in the city.

Haunted ATX: Hop into a car and a tour of Austin’s most famous haunted locations. 

East Austin

The East Austin area has undergone big changes over the last few years and transformed itself into a  vibrant and lively neighbourhood. The area has a mix of historic buildings and modern houses. It's the perfect area for students that love shopping, nightlife and good restaurants. 

Things to do in East Austin:

The Vortex: Enjoy a variety of theatre at the Vortex and grab a drink at the Butterfly Bar for a fun evening. 

Resistencia Books: The perfect place for book lovers, visit Resistencia and browse through their rich selection of books

Riverside

Riverside is great for students on a budget. The area has a lively music scene and many breweries. The area is filled with plenty of grocery and convenience stores so students will have no problem finding essentials near them.

Things to do in Riverside:

The Boardwalk at Lady Bird: Go for a scenic stroll along the Boardwalk in the evening. 

Mabel Davis District Park: Visit the park for a stroll, picnic or even try your hand at skateboarding or cycling using their ramps. 

Types of accommodation

Students have several options to choose from when choosing accommodation in Austin:

  • On-campus: On-campus accommodation will give students the chance to live with their classmates and fully immerse themselves in their college experience
  • Off-campus: Students can also choose to live off-campus if they want to experience life in the city and live like the locals
  • Private Accommodation: Students can also choose to find their private rentals in the city. Rentals can be found by the student themselves, or they can enlist the help of a broker.
  • Purpose Built Student Accommodation: Different from regular rentals, PBSAs can be found either on or off-campus and are specifically designed for student needs. While most rentals come unfurnished PBSAs will be fully furnished and have a range of amenities for students to choose from. All PBSA properties will also include wifi, electricity and hot water costs in the rent itself, so you won't have to worry about paying different bills each month. All properties even include laundry services and most even have gyms, parking, and building security and all PBSAs are CCTV secured.

There are also different room options for a student to choose from. Students should make sure to choose a room that best suits their needs and preferences.

  • Studios: A studio will include a multi-purpose living space - that can be either single or dual occupancy, a bathroom and a kitchenette.
  • En-suites: An en-suite is equipped with a private bedroom space with an attached private bathroom, and the kitchen and living space will be shared among residents.
  • ‍Non-en suites: A non-en suite is equipped with a bedroom - that can be either single or dual occupancy and the bathroom, kitchen and living spaces will be shared among residents.

Cost of living 

  • For 1 bed 1 bath — $800-$1300
  • For 2 bed 2 bath — $1200-$2500
  • For 3 beds (2 or 3 baths) — $2700–$3000
  • Studio — $1000-$1500
  • Deposit Range (1 months rent) — $100-$500

Popular Apartments

Volume 3

This venue on Guadalupe is one of the most popular student housing options in Austin, providing students with a comfortable, budget-friendly home to stay in. The property is great for students, with the University of Texas at a 5-minute distance and Austin Community College. Students can choose from a range of room options starting at $1100 a month. 

East University Place

Perfect for students, this venue is located just a few minutes away from the University of Texas’s east campus. The property is new and modern, having been recently remodelled and features, a modern bathroom, updated kitchens, a fitness centre, swimming pool and open spaces where you can have a picnic or a barbecue.  Students can choose from a range of room options starting at $1200 a month. 

Sabina

Located near the Hanock Recreation centre, this apartment complex is perfect for students looking for lavish homes to live in. St Edward's University is at a 14-minute distance and Austin Community College is also nearby, making the property for any students that go to these schools. The building is CCTV secured, with high-speed wifi running throughout all the rooms and common areas. Students can choose from a range of room options starting at $1500 a month. 

You can browse more accommodations in Austin and surrounding areas via this link: Click Here

Things to keep in mind before moving in 

Amenities to Look for

  • Apartment Amenities: WiFi, Microwave, Heater, Refrigerator, Storage, Washer, Dryer, Fireplace. These amenities are basic needs and it is strongly suggested that you look for an accommodation that fulfils the basic appliances and services.
  • Community Amenities: BBQ, Swimming pool, Fitness Centre, Study Area, Garage, Courtyard, Bike Storage, Public Transportation, Laundry, Pet Policy

Common Issues

  • Bed Bugs — These are common. To prevent bed bugs you can avoid using used/old mattresses.
  • Roaches — Safety against roaches can be assured by making sure that pest control is carried out before you moved in.
  • Commuting — Here’s a link to sort your travelling out in Austin
  • Unsafe area — Walk Score is one website to check the safety score of localities. You can visit it here.
  • Language or cross-cultural barriers — Certain accommodations provide single community housing.

Lease and T&C

Deposit: This is a security fee that is paid to the landlord in terms of a fixed amount of money. The deposit is refundable at the end of your stay tenure. The average amount for deposits is $50 to $300 (or in some cases one month’s rent).

Application Fee: A fixed amount ranging from $25 per person to $75 per person. This is a non-refundable amount even if you have paid it already and then cancelled the booking.

Admin Fee: Selective apartment owners levy this charge on the renters it is a non-refundable amount ranging from $50 to $200. This fee is contributed by everyone who is renting the apartment. The refund policy is similar to the application fee.

Pet Charges: Varies from apartment to apartment. Can range from $3 to $10 per month per pet.

Wait List Charge: An amount that needs to be given to the apartment to lock your request. For some popular apartments there are wait-list charges (token money) that you have to deposit. It is a non-refundable amount, but for certain apartments.

Booking Charges: The total cost that you end up paying at the time of booking stacks up as follows: Deposit + Application Fee (per person) + Admin Fee + Pet Charges (per pet). In certain cases the apartment may also ask for the first month’s rent.

Social Security Number (SSN): If you are a US resident you need to have a Social Security number to get an apartment on rent. SSN is linked to your credit history report which is

Credit Score: It is a number that depicts a person’s creditworthiness based on past financial history. If you have an impressive credit score the amount for deposit significantly decreases. Some apartments may have a minimum threshold credit score to make you an eligible renter.

Number of Tenants: The max number of people who can stay in an apartment is mostly mentioned in the apartment guidelines. Generally, 2 students are allowed per room (1b — max. 2 students, 2b — max. 4 students) in the apartment. Often, to save rental costs, students accommodate guests for permanent basis without informing the apartment management. This is not advised and may lead to cancellation of your lease agreement. However, you can accommodate guests for temporary basis without any issues.

Lease Duration: In formal leasing agreements, rental periods typically break down accordingly:

  • One-year lease
  • Six-month lease
  • Three-month lease
  • Month-to-month lease

Usually a longer leasing period will significantly drop your monthly rent amount. Abandoning a lease can mean serious financial and legal consequences.

Guarantor: In certain cases, the landlord/housing management may require a lease guarantor which acts as a third party to help provide security in terms of the rental. You can get concession in deposits if you have a guarantor.

Lock-In Period: A minimum fixed amount of time before which if the rental agreement is broken, then the tenant won’t get refunds on deposit. The lock-in period varies and is mentioned clearly in the lease agreement.

Documents required

Agreement Document Requirements: Following are the documents required to process the rental agreement:

  • i20 (mandatory)
  • Passport (mandatory)
  • Visa (mandatory)
  • Bank Statement (in certain cases)
  • Credit Score (in certain cases)

The agreement needs to be attested (digitally signed or hand-signed soft copy) along with the verification documents for each of the boarders mentioned on the lease agreement.

Conclusion

Austin is a lively and welcoming city great for students who are looking for a warm and friendly learning environment. The city is filled with things for students to do, so if you’re looking for a city to pursue higher education, Austin should no doubt make your list.