Focus on your studies in this quiet South Austin neighborhood in a low-key and independent corner of town
Wander through sprawling parklands, trying water sports or admiring views of the city skyline. Join cowboys on the dancefloor at a classic honky tonk. Make breakfast tacos part of your morning routine. Or simply watch millions of bats fill the night sky. Close to activities, yet set just outside the bustling city center, Austin’s Riverside neighborhood is the perfect place for a well-rounded student experience.
You’re within walking distance of Lady Bird Lake, one of Austin’s greatest recreational gems. Go for a jog on the hike and bike trail along the shores or rent a kayak to take in the views of Downtown. The boardwalk is the perfect place for evening strolls, while nearby Fiesta Gardens is the ideal picnic spot.
Home to the largest population of Mexican free-tailed bats in North America, Congress Bridge is a must-see. During early fall, watch as the bats swarm in a seemingly endless black ribbon across the sky.
Austin is one of the live music capitals of the world and you’ll stumble across gigs almost every night of the week. Wander down funky South Congress Avenue, where independent shops meet Tex-Mex restaurants, to hear local bands play at Guero’s Taco Bar. Or two-step to the tunes of country and Western music at The Broken Spoke, the most famous honky tonk in Texas.
With Riverside as your base, you’ll have a peaceful place to study while being just a short hop from the city’s most happening neighborhoods. The free UT shuttle will whisk you to campus within 15 minutes.