West Campus

Austin, Texas Homes for Sale

About West Campus

As its name suggests, West Campus is the neighborhood directly to the west of the University of Texas at Austin's main campus, with Guadalupe Street running between the two areas. Although there are only a handful of official university buildings, West Campus is dominated by UT culture. This is a densely packed, busy neighborhood with no shortage of restaurants, shops, and entertainment.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $180,000 to $1,350,000

Average $ per sq ft: $381

Association Fee Ranges: $214, $315 to $855/quarter, $0 to $354, $100 to $691/mo

Type: Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single-Family Home

Age: 1927 to 2008

Sq. Ft.: 376 to 3278 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 0 to 5 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 1 to 3 Bathrooms

Around West Campus

In general, housing in West Campus caters to student life with mostly low-rise apartments, newer high-rise buildings, and a smattering of fraternity and sorority houses. However, you can also find a few detached single-family homes as well as luxurious condos in the northwest and southwest corners of the neighborhood. Expect to pay a high premium in this high-demand area. For a quieter living experience, steer clear of Guadalupe Street, also known as The Drag, where the neighborhood's shops, restaurants, and bars are located.

No matter what your favorite type of food is, you'll probably find it in West Campus. Like the rest of Austin, there's no shortage of BBQ, Tex-Mex, and traditional Mexican restaurants. There's also plenty of Japanese, Thai, Korean, Indian, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, British, and Continental cuisine. You'll also never go hungry no matter the time of day or night, thanks to neighborhood mainstays Kerbey Lane Cafe and Ken's Donuts that are open 24 hours.

Students, students, and more students. This neighborhood is called "West Campus" for a reason - its population is predominately undergraduate students (most graduate students tend to live farther north). The occasional UT professor or staff member also takes advantage of the couldn't-be-easier commute. Because of this focus on student life, the neighborhood does turn into a bit of a ghost town over winter break and also during summer break.

Because of the campus atmosphere, the nightlife tends to be focused on bars and private parties. For those looking for other forms of entertainment, there are also plenty of small live music venues that mostly host local acts and the occasional touring cult favorite. Of special note is Hole in the Wall, a dive bar and music venue that has been the happy hour destination of choice for faculty and students for over 40 years.

Although there are plenty of daytime activities in the surrounding area (parks, museums, theaters, libraries, etc.), choices within West Campus itself are relatively limited. If you're going for a Sunday stroll or brunch, you can check out a number of interesting shops and restaurants along Guadalupe Street. History buffs can also enjoy the Neil-Cochran House, a 19th century mansion turned museum.

Locals Love

  • Lively atmosphere
  • Historic architecture
  • Convenience for anyone studying or working at UT

Locals Don't Love

  • Traffic
  • Tough to find parking
  • Student parties
  • Lack of grocery stores

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