jsporter wrote:CC - know of any good, cheap hotels in the Austin area?
And is owning real estate all you needed for in-state?
I would NOT recommend the hotel I stayed at (though it was cheap), so I'm not much help here. Sometimes you can actually get a good deal at the Extended Stay for a short period of time. Not great, but clean and serves the purpose.
Owning real estate for a year, from my understanding, is basically sufficient. I do believe you must actually reside there as well. In my case, I'm also getting a TX license, auto insurance in TX, and other things that kind of diminish the whole dependent thing to make sure there is no question. I don't know the specifics, but I was basically assured that this would give me residency. If you have any questions, the UT Financial Aid Office is really informed and also can direct you to the correct people to call.