A small city with big entrepreneurial spirit, Austin’s creative energy is outweighed only by its unyielding friendliness
As one of the fastest-growing cities in the US, Austin boasts a unique blend of metropolitan ambition and laid-back Southern charm. After lectures, walk downtown and discover pit-smoked barbecue joints, skyscrapers full of start-up businesses and markets overflowing with local produce. Cross Congress Bridge, checking out its colony of 1.5 million bats, and explore the quirky shops and food trucks of South Congress Avenue. Or simply enjoy year-round sunshine in the brisk Barton Springs Pool, or at Zilker Park where the annual ACL festival draws music lovers from around the world. But as the city that lays claim to being 'the live music capital of the world', with over 250 live venues, students can always find a vibe to suit every mood in this gem of town.