Finding an Austin Apartment Near Transit

downtown austin skylineThere are a plethora of Austin apartments available so choosing the right one can seem nearly impossible. Whether you’re a student, young professional, or busy parent, living close to good public transportation might be a deciding factor in your apartment search. If so, you’re in luck. The city is home to an expanding network of mass transit options.

Austin’s Capital MetroRail commuter train travels a total of 31 miles, stopping at 9 different stations between Leander and Austin all day long, Monday through Saturday. This past year, Capital Metro upgraded a large portion of their MetroBuses, and added multiple handicap-accessible bus stops. They have also created bus-only lanes on streets that have high traffic around the downtown and University of Texas campus area.

If you’re looking for a well-connected neighborhood, one of these could be just right for you:

Downtown is the place to be in Austin if you love being in the middle of everything. This area tends to be a bit pricey, but that’s the trade-off for living in the heart of the city. You’ll have unlimited access to great food, culture, boutique shopping, live music, and trendy bars any time you please. Between the various MetroBus routes and 4th St. MetroRail Station, this location is as good as it gets for reaching any part of the city on public transit.

West Campus is the answer if you are a student of the University of Texas.  This area is lively and offers apartments in a range of prices. Living in West Campus is a good choice if you are a college student because you’re not only in close proximity to your classes, but you’re also right by  “The Drag” (aka Guadalupe St.), which is lined with cute boutiques and restaurants. You can also easily take a number of buses downtown or to one of the MetroRail Stations around the area.

East Austin is a newly trendy area to live. In fact, the area has made it onto the Forbes’ list of Hippest Hipster Neighborhoods. By living here you’ll have complete access to a number of eclectic coffee shops, farmers’ markets, and hole-in-the-wall restaurants.  Throughout East Austin you will find multiple running, walking and biking trails, as well as a large number of bus routes that can to take you wherever you need to go.

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