mlloyd wrote:Thanks guys. I was starting to get a little worried about how I would fit into a "texas must secede" milieu. The background you've given has kind of made sense of some of this pre-election ruckus.
I plan on visiting Austin soon to see the UT campus and plan out where I might be living come august. Can anyone familiar with the Austin area give any advice as to which residential areas tend to be quiet and mellow and which are closer to the boisterous night life as I would strongly prefer the former...
I'm by no means an expert and all my knowledge is second-hand but here's what I've been told:
The Hyde Park and Far West areas are the more peaceful and decently priced ones. Far West is older, further away and cheaper. Hyde Park is closer to the law school but a bit more expensive.
West End (West Campus? I know there's a "West" in there) is the boisterous part. Supposedly a lot of frats around there and undergrads. I won't say much more because I don't know much else about it and you obviously wouldn't be as interested in that part.
Riverside is not to be lived in. Sketchy place.
These are all the "communities" I know of. None of them are in the downtown area which would be pricey to say the least for a good place.
For what it's worth, I'll likely be living in Far West.
I heartily recommend Far West. This is my neck of the woods, and I am very satisfied with the area. Aside from the bus, there are some very bike-friendly roads that lead from Far West to the campus in a pretty easy 4-5 mile bicycle ride. I plan on trying to bike to school when possible to keep in shape.