kirker wrote:I'm not going to UT Law, but I noticed this board and wanted to point out a few things:
1) The only thing worse than the housing situation around UT is the parking. The smartest thing to do is to plan on living somewhere on the very extensive (and free for students) UT Shuttle system, which covers a pretty wide swath both north of campus and also in certain areas of town 5-10 miles away that are basically "student ghettos" (apartment complexes filled almost entirely with UT students). This being Austin, housing isn't cheap, and the closer you are to UT, the pricier it gets. If you really, really want to live within walking (or at least biking) distance to campus, try searching just north of it (the law school is on the campus's northern border). Avoid the West Campus neighborhood unless you want lots of partying frat boys in your midst.
2) Student housing is minimal at best, and what's available sucks across the board. Better bet finding something along the shuttle route.
3) Commuting by car and trying to park near campus is dicey at best. You can't get an on-campus permit as a commuter student, meaning you'll have to park either in a metered spot or in an adjacent neighborhood (most of which have permit-only street parking). I don't know the current rates for renting a parking spot near the law school, but I think it's around $200/month.
4) As noted, a number of regular CapitalMetro buses serve the UT area, and are also free for students (though not for their exclusive use like the shuttles are). That might be your best option if you live in parts of East Austin, which is presently the hipster area of town (but nevertheless much cheaper than most housing west of I-35).
Good luck! Btw there are a bunch of smaller, older apartment complexes within walking distance of the law school, but like I said, they're not cheap. The only two people I know in that area pay $1600 for a 2BR/1BA apartment.
This post is mostly right. I'll just point out one thing to relay more accurate info. You can park near the law school campus at will. However, you need to purchase a permit. I can't remember how much permits cost, but they are reasonable. I had one and I'm very cheap. They allow you to park in the law school faculty parking lot. Just make sure that you don't park in the actual spots reserved ONLY for faculty or else you'll get towed or ticketed. You can always park in the LBJ library parking lot. That will be about a ten to fifteen minute (15 minutes if you walk slow like I do) walk to the law school campus. And if you are running late or you must park right next to the law school, you can park in the parking garage. It charges by the hour for a total of 9 dollars for a day unless it has gone up since I was there.
Oh, I forgot. The LBJ library is for guest parking. If you have a permit, you cannot park there. I forgot that I used to park there all the time. I just hid my permit. But you cannot draw attention to yourself. You have to mix it up somehow. Because once they run your license plate and subsequently see you have a permit, they will ticket you if you park there. All in all, I received four parking tickets, which is not bad at all considering all the times I illegally parked. There is permit parking on the other side of the stadium. But that's like a 20-25 minute walk to the law school. But it's your parking fail safe if you can't get closer on a given morning.
But if you show up around 10 am or later to park, you will be screwed because every last parking space on campus will be taken up and you'll be forced to park in the garage for 9 bucks that day.