Posted in: Living Posted on: Jun 16th, 2015

Everything You Need to Know About Living in Austin

Austin, TX, is one of the most vibrant cities in the country. Its motto might be “The Live Music Capital of the World,” but Austin is so much more than music. The city is brimming with arts, culture, business, recreation, and an unparalleled dining and nightlife scene. Living in apartments in Austin places you in the middle of it all.

About Austin

Austin, located in Central Texas on the Colorado River, is the state’s capital and fourth largest city. The business and technology hub is rapidly expanding, and several Fortune 500 companies are headquartered or have regional offices here, including Whole Foods Market, Texas Instruments, 3M, Apple, Google, and Dell, which is located in the Austin suburb Round Rock. The city is home the University of Texas’ flagship institution, UT Austin, as well as St. Edward’s University, Concordia University, and a handful of other higher education institutions. Austin is perhaps best known for its burgeoning music scene. The city’s high concentration of musicians and music venues (more than 250) has earned it a reputation as The Live Music Capital of the World. One of the country’s largest music and entertainment festivals, South by Southwest, is held here.

Attractions and Things to Do

When Austinites say the city has every type of music under the sun, they mean it. With more than 250 music venues to choose from, you’ve got your work cut out for you. Choose your own adventure while strolling along the many venues on 6th Street, or check out a festival. The three-day Austin City Limits Music Festival, held in Zilker Park every October, has eight stages and a food court that serves grub from some of the most beloved local restaurants. The festival also has an Art Market where you can admire and support local artistic talent. Every March, South by Southwest, a massive four-day music, film, and interactive festival, descends upon the city. Catch performances by international touring acts and local indie bands, watch a big-budget film premiere, or attend a keynote talk led by your favorite celebrity or industry bigwig.

Austin’s signature events definitely live up to the city’s unofficial slogan “Keep Austin Weird.” The O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships, held in May, is a pun contest that attracts competitors from around the globe to share humor and wit similar to O. Henry, a storywriter known for wordplay. Other unique events include the Pecan Street Festival and Carnaval Brasileiro, one of the largest Carnaval celebrations outside of Brazil.

In Austin you can take advantage of endless recreation opportunities on or off land. Paddle board or go boating on the Colorado River, walk the famous Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail, or cool off at Barton Springs Pool, a spring-fed natural watering hole.

Getting Around

Austin is served by one major interstate and several highways and expressways, but with unpredictable weather and heavy congestion, especially during rush hour, it’s not the most convenient, reliable way to get around. Capital Metro, Austin’s public transportation authority, helps you get around the city quickly and safely. They offer 50 bus routes with 3,000 stops in and around Austin, UT shuttles, and a rail service that runs between nearby Leander, TX, and downtown Austin. Capital Metro is also bike-friendly, and all full-sized buses are equipped with bike racks.