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  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    A+
West University is a neighborhood in Austin, Texas with a population of 16,445. West University is in Travis County and is one of the best places to live in Texas. Living in West University offers residents a dense urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In West University there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in West University and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in West University are highly rated.
About West University...
Population
16,445

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$307,562
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,411
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    95%
  • Own
    5%
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West University Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    57.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    45.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    376.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,505.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    231.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$7,632
National
$55,322
Families with Children
1%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    19%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    40%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    9%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%
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Housing cost in West Campus is ridiculously overpriced, however they know they'll still get tenants because of the convenience of the location to the UT campus. I myself got suckered into paying ~$1000 for an apartment probably worth half that. However I only continue to do so because of the location, otherwise it is not worth that much. This is where most UT students live, so there's a lot of life late at night, college kids walking around, parties, etc. It can get pretty noisy sometimes, and isn't aesthetically pleasing. But we're all here just for school.
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The area where I live is very cool because it is a student area. Wherever you go, you can see students walking around all the time. The walking distance from campus is also great! I would definitely choose to live here again if I had the chance. Austin is a very beautiful city with natural landmarks everywhere. I cannot compare it to another state in this country because I have not really traveled outside of Texas except to Florida and California. I can say, however, that it is definitely better than El Paso, TX. That is my hometown and Austin has a lot more to give in every aspect there is. I think that Austin will continue to expand and new businesses and job opportunities will continue to increase.
Since I live on West Campus, there is not a lot of crime seen in this area. However, there have been cases of crime around the whole UT campus area which is very alarming. The prevalence is not very big but as anywhere else, it has happened. I have seen police officers throughout this area multiple times which makes me feel a lot safer. It is very wise, though, to not walk alone at night and to always be aware of your surroundings because there are sections where there are no street lights. Also, I have seen a lot of homeless individuals sleeping or walking around and it can be concerning.