How Life in Austin is Like for College Students

by Editor on June 20, 2013

Sterling College Students

Many young learners consider their college years as among the best years of their life. And if you are one of the many who is eyeing a college institution in Austin, Texas to be your school of choice, you may be wondering how your college life would be like in this trendy city. Austin is renowned for its lively culture and entertainment offerings. From Sixth Street to Stubb’s Bar-B-Q here are the top things you need to experience while attending college in Austin.

Sixth Street: The Party Street for College Kids

Between Lavaca Avenue and I-35 the stretch of Sixth Street known for being a college hangout is unlike any other place you have ever experienced, according to Trip Advisor. By day, everywhere you look the street is peppered with bars, clubs, restaurants, and galleries—right in the heart of downtown Austin. But come nightfall each weekend, the street transforms into a block party of epic proportions. Around 11 p.m. the street is closed off to vehicles so that pedestrians may roam freely and party the night away. One night that you certainly do not want to miss on Sixth Street is Halloween, according to Trip Advisor, when hundreds of people gather to celebrate.

Good ‘Ol Southern Cooking

If it is the best pig-out spots in the city you are interested in—because what student doesn’t want to know about the best barbeque in town—than look no further than Stubb’s Bar-B-Q, according to About Austin. Stubb’s is located in downtown Austin at 801 red River Street and is not just a restaurant; it is also a live music venue. Some of the greatest artists of all time have graced the stage at Stubb’s including Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, and Johnny Cash. There are two stages at Stubb’s, a small one inside and a larger one outside where you can just sit back, enjoy some great music, and chow down on some delicious barbeque cooking.

Follies and Fancy Free

If you are looking for a night of laughs and entertainment than you absolutely have to visit Esther’s Follies at 525 East Sixth Street in downtown Austin. The comedy club first opened in 1977 and has become a staple in Austin since. The club features a variety of acts and shows including magic shows, Vaudeville performances, improvisational comedy, satire, musical comedy theater, and the infamous Shannon Sedwick. Shannon, better known as “the mama of the follies,” does a Patsy Cline routine that cannot be missed.

Growing, Learning, and Having a Great Time Doing It

No one ever said that college was a time of strict studious behavior without any fun; it is a time of growth, learning, and yes a little bit of entertainment as well. If you are looking to attend one of the many colleges in Austin, Texas, you can be sure of one thing: you will not only receive a top-notch education, you will have a blast while doing so. Austin is a young, hip town that will expose you to many experiences and adventures.

About the Author

T Mendleson is a writer who attended college in Texas and wants to share her experience.

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