brinicolec wrote: Tx878 wrote: brinicolec wrote: Tx878 wrote: brinicolec wrote:
Tx878 wrote:Hey y'all just checking in! I'm like 98% I'm going to UT. I also did my undergrad in Austin and am still here working now so if anyone has questions about the city or housing or whatever even though I'm not a super long time local I might be able to help!
I've had a few people say they think Austin is one of the more liberal cities in the US. Agree or disagree?
Also, regarding housing: any apartments that are nice AND furnished? Other than that, no specific question just....plz help. Lol.
For the politics question: Austin definitely leans left. Our local politicians are pretty much all Dems and Travis County pretty much always goes blue during the larger elections. With that being said, it's still Texas. There is still plenty of conservatism. Austin does have a certain liberal attitude, but I honestly don't think it's super in your face. I can't speak for the law school of course, but during my undergrad, my professors were never very in your face liberal and the student body wasn't too crazy either. Like the other large cities in Texas, Austin's definitely leans left and is different than the rest of the state but I honestly don't think it's as bad as the reputation it gets.
Housing: Hm, I know of two furnished complexes in Hyde Park. Le Marquee (or something like that) and Century Plaza. I have no clue if they're nice or not though. I think a lot of the apartments near campus are unfurnished except for those in West Campus which should be avoided at all costs. You might be able to find one though further out, though. I've just never looked for one so I'm not super familiar.
I didn't make it clear, but I'm actually a progressive liberal, so I just need to know I won't feel like a fish out of water as a liberal lol.
Regarding finding something out more, I'm really hoping to find something in walking distance (for me, probably a max 30 min walking, ideally less). Parking at UT seems like a tragedy that I don't want to face lol
Yeah, I'm pretty liberal myself and feel very at home in Austin but not like...pressured to have any certain belief. Some people just act like Austin is this wild world of like radical liberalism and it's really not- I'll throw in the occasional vote for Repub or Libertarian if I don't like the Democrat and I think most people here are pretty much on the same page. It's laid back. I think there are certain more progressive beliefs that are very much agreed upon and supported by the city as a whole, like LGBT issues and stuff. Which is nice. A lot of the churches in my neighborhood fly pride flags, single stall restrooms are all gender neutral in the city, stuff like that. I think there's a certain level of progressive most people are but it's nice that there's some nuance and different beliefs thrown around.
Definitely just keep searching in Hyde Park! It's probably a 30 minute walk from my current place but there's definitely stuff closer and there's the UT shuttle bus. Parking SUCKS. The permits get scooped up really fast and the metered parking near campus is always a hot mess.
Yeah. My main things are race issues (especially since I'm a minority), LGBTQ rights, & gender equality lol. That seems to be in line with what most people are saying. I feel like it's just hard to get beyond the Texas as a red state thing in my mind/my dad's mind especially.
Have you heard anything about Sabina? I was googling and came across it yesterday and it looks really nice!
Yeah, I'd say race issues, LGBT issues and gender issues are definitely the core issues that the city as a whole is very focused on. That's the stuff that really rallies the city. I think you'd be a fish out of water for SURE if you weren't supportive of those rights. When you get into some of the economic stuff and issues less at the forefront currently, I'd say there's probably more differing views, but when it comes to those big social issues and kind of just like core beliefs about equality, the city is progressive. I totally understand what you mean about the red state stuff. But Austin's definitely much different.
I haven't heard anything about it, actually, but it's one that I'm looking at. It does look nice. My only hesitation is it's so close to I35. Whenever I drive by it, I'm like damn, that's close to the interstate. I'm sure that doesn't bother everyone, I just have a weird aversion to it. It's in a good location though.