Moving to Austin, TX - any advice?

Hey guys, moving to Austin soon for a job from the east coast. Any advice on where to live / how best to meet people? In my mid-20s, would like a place with a younger vibe and not too far away from downtown. This is the first time I'm moving to a new city where I don't know a single soul. Also, any WSOers currently working in Austin? Thanks

Comments (26)

Apr 23, 2019

bump

Apr 23, 2019

PM'd you

Apr 23, 2019
Apr 23, 2019

What the fuck is this?

    • 1
    • 1
Apr 23, 2019

idk what he's referring to, but Austin continues to be a very segregated city:

https://www.texasmonthly.com/politics/what-nobody-...

Learn More

Side-by-side comparison of top modeling training courses + exclusive discount through WSO here.

Apr 25, 2019

Are you high, dude?

Currently: future psychiatrist (med school =P)
Previously: investor relations (top consulting firm), M&A consulting (Big 4), M&A banking (MM)

Most Helpful
Apr 25, 2019

My first piece of advice would be: don't.

But since you're beyond saving in that regard...

Where to live: what's your budget? Central and Hyde Park is nice. If you're more of a traditional family guy look at Mueller. If you're hipster live in South Austin. If you hate people, live in the suburbs. If you have money to burn, live in one of the high-rises downtown. The east side is also up-and-coming, although its history is controversial (used to be where the poor folks lived, it's getting uber gentrified as of late.)

Things to do: I hope you like the outdoors, because anything worth doing is an outdoor activity.

No liquor sales on Sundays. Welcome to the south.

Overrated: Barton Springs. The Domain. The 360 bridge which is only good for cheesy Instagram posts. Yoga anything, especially goat yoga (seriously wtf).

Not overrated: Bats. Deep Eddy Pool. Food trucks.

Hit me up via PM if you want to hang. I'm in Austin, no longer in finance, but always happy to introduce folks around.

Currently: future psychiatrist (med school =P)
Previously: investor relations (top consulting firm), M&A consulting (Big 4), M&A banking (MM)

    • 3
    • 1
Apr 25, 2019

The Domain is flames.

May 30, 2019

FWIW - I went for work once and the Domain seems like a neat spot to grab drinks or try some decent restaurants. They have higher end retail too so could definitely see myself walking around during a nice weekend and grabbing a few nicer things.

Apr 23, 2019

just wondering, what prompted you to say don't?

thanks for all the help guys, much appreciated

Apr 25, 2019

Overrated, overpriced, not enough infrastructure for the population. City planning is shit, so it takes forever to get anywhere at all times of the day. Public transport is shit (if you're coming from a place like NYC/Philly/Chicago/Boston, you'll have an aneurysm). Rent prices are getting to Boston levels of ridiculous without the corresponding benefits. Lots of young hippie types who think they're all that because they live on SoCo, exclusively eat gluten free vegan food from Juiceland, and go to goat yoga every weekend. Some industries are SHIT here (I'm in healthcare, so I'm biased - we have horrible healthcare opportunities because all of the hospitals are owned by two major institutions). "Live music capital of the world" is a misnomer because all that live music are washed up indie bands playing in bars.

Of course, a lot of this is biased by the fact that 1) my industry does not thrive here, and 2) I grew up here so my "it was better back in my day" goggles are strong.

Currently: future psychiatrist (med school =P)
Previously: investor relations (top consulting firm), M&A consulting (Big 4), M&A banking (MM)

    • 1
Learn More

Side-by-side comparison of top modeling training courses + exclusive discount through WSO here.

Apr 25, 2019

I go to school in a small college town just outside of Austin, so have spent a lot of time there the past few years. I would try to live near zilker park/downtown area if you can afford it, and would avoid west campus unless you want to be surrounded by college students. Austin is generally very friendly; I'm sure you will have no problem meeting new people. However I wouldn't live there myself.

Apr 26, 2019

I like Austin a lot.

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

Apr 30, 2019

Don't live downtown. Find an apartment in West Austin biking distance to Barton Creek trails and enjoy.

May 31, 2019

I am. PM me and I'll be happy to tell you.

Jun 4, 2019
Comment