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Discussion in 'Pharmacy School-Specific Discussions' started by Lateralus1441, Apr 16, 2007.

  1. Lateralus1441

    Lateralus1441 7+ Year Member

    Nov 29, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Anyone have any ideas on housing in Austin, Texas near the UT College of Pharmacy? Some of the students mentioned some places on north campus I think? I'm not exactly sure however and I'd prefer somewhere that's within walking or bus distance since I'm unfamiliar with the area. Thanks
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  3. wbrown

    wbrown 2+ Year Member

    Apr 12, 2007
    North campus and west campus are both within walking distance. But they're both pretty expensive. If you want something cheaper, but don't mind taking a bus to campus try Far West (I think this bus drops you off practically outside of the pharmacy building unless they've changed it) or Riverside or Oltorf. These last 3 areas are further away, mostly student apartments, but substantially cheaper than living right next to campus. PM me if you have other questions.
  4. JenPenUT

    JenPenUT Future Pharmacist 2+ Year Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Austin, TX

    You should definitely look around West Campus, Riverside (east Austin, 2-3 miles from campus), and Far West (west Austin, 7-8 miles from campus)...they all have great bus routes. In my opinion, West campus is the most convenient, but most expensive, Riverside is the cheapest, but not the nicest area (not dangerous or anything, just not very pretty!), and Far west is much more residential looking but with plenty of students--prices here range from decent to expensive depending on what you're looking for.
  5. Lateralus1441

    Lateralus1441 7+ Year Member

    Nov 29, 2006
    Austin, TX
    thank you for the post!
  6. TexasTwinner

    TexasTwinner 2+ Year Member

    Nov 27, 2006
    Austin, Texas
    DON'T look at Riverside. It is a shady part of town and my boyfriend's car got broken into 4 times when he lived over there. West campus is full of frats and partying freshman. I would suggest Far West
  7. PharmEm

    PharmEm Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 25, 2005
    I went to UT for my undergrad and have lived on West campuse AND Riverside.

    Riverside Pro:
    -Cheap places to live.
    -Lots of campus buses that come around during the day, no more than a 10 min wait.
    Riverside Con:
    -Crime, my car got broken into

    West Campus Pro:
    -VERY CLOSE to campus.
    -Lots of campus buses that circle around as well
    West Campus Con:
    -Close to greek houses so lots of noise.
    -EXPENSIVE, I had a 1-1 and it cost me $900.

    I also had friends who lived in North Campus but it's no different that West Campus, it's pricey, close to campus but less greek houses.

    I also had friends who lived in Far West and it's a nicer area, more family oriented but when I went to school there, there were reports of rape going around during that time, but hopefully that has stopped. I think a lot of pharm students live in Far West and yes, the Far West bus does drop you off right in front of the pharmacy building.

    Hope that helps.
  8. pharmagg

    pharmagg New Member 2+ Year Member

    May 6, 2006
    Someone told me at the interview that Wilcox would be setting up a listserve for people looking for roomates and places to live. Just wondering if anyone knows about this? I am going to be having to find a place too.
  9. txrph

    txrph 2+ Year Member

    Apr 1, 2007
    A lot of the graduate students live off of Enfield Road. It is on the shuttle bus route and in the affluent neighborhood of Tarrytown. (Old established west Austin.) Very close to Lake Austin. A 2 bedroom apt. will run $1000 to $1100 a month vs West Campus at $1500 to $1600. North Campus which is walking distance will rent for $1300 and you can walk. Keep in mind that the commute time will be 30 to 45 minutes one way from Far West or Riverside. I would absolutley not live off Riverside. It is in a bad part of time with lots of crime.
  10. pharmD131

    pharmD131 Member 5+ Year Member

    May 4, 2005
    i interviewed on saturday, 4/21, and at our interview we got a list of apts that a lot of the students live at and they were even nice enough to list the pros and cons for each one...did you not get one at your interview?
  11. Lateralus1441

    Lateralus1441 7+ Year Member

    Nov 29, 2006
    Austin, TX
    No I wish I'd gotten that list. I found this one place that's a one bedroom in North Campus for 650$ a month so I think I'm gunna get that one since it's only a mile away from school and on the bus route. Not finalized yet however.
  12. pharmD131

    pharmD131 Member 5+ Year Member

    May 4, 2005
    You should call UT-COP and ask if they can email you that list or mail you a copy because it was in our interview packet. We had our interview schedule on top and then the apt list, a sheet about immunizations and about the 200 hours of pharmacy work they require and how it can be waived if you have worked as a tech prior to entering pharm school. If you can't get it from them send me a pm and I can type it up for you and send it to you.
  13. bigdogc

    bigdogc 5+ Year Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    west campus- live at the criox. i live here and its very quiet for west campus
  14. bamobrien

    bamobrien 2+ Year Member

    May 4, 2007
    Here's the general rundown of where people live at ut in order of increasing distance from the pharmacy building(s) [i still dunno if they're one or two...they have that skywalk between them i guess]. Don't worry about finding grocery stores or some other essential service, most places are at most a 5-10 minute drive from someplace acceptable.

    North Campus:
    Expensive, not much renovation but very close and much quieter than west campus. Whereas west campus is peppered with greek letters and party spots (which can be good or bad depending on your preference) north campus has churches and middle-class houses. The apartments I'd reccommend looking into the La Fiesta apartment complex or the buildings near there. They're cleaner then most and some are very close to the pharmacy school (10-15 minute walk) and those that are not so close have shuttles that run very regularly. There are a few small houses and apartments (Windsong and Blackstone) literally across the street from campus but these border a very busy road (Dean Keaton) and their rents generally don't take this into account. One place of interest is an old lady who rents rooms in her house out for 400 a month on Medical Arts Road, its decorated like its the 60s (and last cleaned then as well) so maybe that'll interest you.

    West Campus:
    Very expensive, lots of new and modernized apartments are being built to replace the more rundown and unfortunately more affordable places. Pretty noisy and lively, you'll meet a lot of interesting (more often than not drunk) characters in west campus. I'd reccommend avoiding 22nd and 23rd street because those are sort of higher crime areas and are pretty far away from campus though they are cheaper. Look into the condos at Croix (10 minutes walking from pharm school, 5 from campus) or St Thomas Apartments; pretty nice condition and accomodations. if you're looking for brand new digs then try Sterling University Housing, Quarters, or Texas Towers; these are expensive but pretty much mint condition establishments.

    East of I-35
    I live here and generally it has a bad reputation because its sort of a low income area but crime is generally lower than that of Riverside and some places in West Campus. Very quiet and if you know where to look it can be very affordable and comfortable. My roomates and I knew our landlord prior to college so we each have a sizeable room in a house with some sort of unneccesarily giant yard and driveways for very low rent. Walking is a bit of a pain (25-30 minutes to pharm school) but there are regularly running buses and its only a 10 minute drive to the parking garage directly across the street from pharm school. The further north you go on the east side of I-35 the nicer and more affordable the properties generally become but then you start putting yourself pretty far away.

    Far West
    The apartments on Far West boulevard are all marketed towards young professionals so they're generally much nicer than anything you can find adjacent to campus. I went apartment shopping out here in the summer and the staffs are very nice and receptive, the rooms are clean and spacy, and most apartments have pools or tennis courts or weight rooms or clubhouses or a combination of those that are kept in good condition. Its also cheaper than most places including West and North campus. I don't have a specific reccommendation for this region because all of the places are pretty similar. A campus bus runs out there every 15-20 minutes and there's a bus stop every...100 feet or so (no joke, from some bus stops you can see one or two other bus stops for the bus you're about to get on). Also its very close to a medical clinic if you get sick and is also very near Loop 1 Mopac Highway if you want to drive to somewhere in Austin.

    Cheap, large rooms, near lots of other students so you won't feel out of place, quieter than West Campus. The apartments themselves are kept in good condition and generally arranged into huge collections of 20~ buildings. The two major things that keep people away are the distance (15 minute bus ride north to campus) and its reputation as a high-crime area. While statistically crime is higher out there and everyone has a handful of horror stories about experiences of people living in Riverside in general its not as threatening a place to live as its reputation indicates. It is not too pretty, the 5 mile stretch from the most popular collection of apartments (Campus Estates and etc) is a pretty rundown part of town. Despite all this its still a very popular place for UT students to live.

    If you don't mind living in a dorm you might mind living in a UT dorm. They're expensive and small and old (except for San Jacinto and the new Duran buildings which are more expensive, tiny, and new). Non-campus dorms are pretty much the same story. I always hear stories about how much more comfortable dorms at places like Texas Tech, UTD, and A&M are and I can safely safe UT's dorms are bearable but not ideal. The only real advantage is that they're a stone's throw from the pharmacy buildings (and if you've got a strong arm and live in Kinsolving or Littlefield thats not a metaphor).

    Those are pretty much where most folks live; there are some students that live near Lake Austin and others that live very far north up by Braker Lane and Great Hills Trail but I don't know too much about student properties in those areas. Look around. Note of caution though, if you're the type of person to hold out until pretty late in the summer to find housing as a strategy to take advantage of apartments lowering their prices to get rid of vacant units don't try that in West and North Campus. The extensive construction efforts in those areas have made that particular game very risky, you may run the risk of not finding somewhere suitable to live or worse ending up somewhere that is just awful. Good luck and congratulations on your acceptance.
  15. utfuturedoctor


    Nov 6, 2009
    I think pretty much a lot has been covered already but i would like to put in my 2 cents.

    There is one website i want to mention that i found very helpful.
    i will put the address..
    The reason i mention this particular website is NOT for the selection of apartments (there are other websites that have a lot more apartments) that they display, but because of their blog.
    It contains a lot of information, statistics, and tons of topics. More than any other website i have seen, everything from how to keep your deposit to average prices of apartments in various places.

    I advise students to go there prior to searching for apartments and you will get some serious knowledge. They also are the only place i have seen that has a forum also like this.

    This should bring some additional information.
  16. tanbee


    Feb 26, 2012
    I am trying to lease out an apartment for Fall 2012-Spring 2013 for an apartment (Quarters Nueces)on 24th and Nueces. It's really a NICE apartment. I currently live at the Quarters and work for a professor at the pharmacy school so I know how super convenient it is to walk there (only 7 minute walk :)

    Heres' the link to the craiglist ad in case you are interested.
  17. owlegrad

    owlegrad Uncontrollable Sarcasm Machine Staff Member Administrator Pharmacist 7+ Year Member

    Perhaps this will be more helpful in the school specific forum. :thumbup:

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