Austin city life
Austin was declared the "The Live Music Capital of the World," due to the fact that you will find many musicians and live music venues within the city. However, Austin has so much more to offer, from fantastic outdoor spaces where you can engage in many sports, to cultural attractions and shopping streets that will make your student life a memorable experience.
The major attractions in Austin are:
- Texas State Capitol
- Austin Aquarium
- Texas Memorial Museum
- The Blanton Museum of Art
- Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
- Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum
In Austin, you can enjoy plenty of outdoor activities from cycling to water-biking or canoe-paddling.
Whenever you want to see a play, check out the Hyde Park Theatre, or go to The Enchanted Forest, an outdoor music, art, and performance art space frequently hosting events such as fire-dancing and circus-like-acts.
Savour the famous and delicious Texan cuisine in countless restaurants, and since Austin gathers more live music venues per capita than anywhere in the U.S., you can always enjoy a nice evening in one of the numerous bars and live music venues.
Have fun and embrace the American Texas culture during one of the local events and festivals, like Texas Craft Brewers Festival in September, Art City Austin in April, or Urban Music Festival.
International atmosphere in Austin
Apart from the number of international students, population in Austin is pretty compact. Around 35 % of the city’s population is Hispanic or Latino and you will also encounter Asian people.
Austin has managed to attract various foreign corporations due to the fact that the city charges no corporate income tax and also has one of the lowest state and local tax burdens in the USA. In addition, Austin has the advantage of a young labour force, around 40 % of Austin locals are aged between 18 and 44.
In Austin, you would experience long and hot summers and short, mild winters. Sunshine is present during all seasons, and rains usually occur mostly in May and June. During summer, average temperatures range at 34–36 °C (90 °F). In the winter, daytime temperatures are around 17 °C (62°F).