Considering heading on the One Year Grad Visa but not sure where to go? Whether this is your first time moving away from home, or not, Austin might just be the perfect fit for you.
Austin is a one-of-a-kind city, centred in the heart of Texas, the city has recently transformed from a booming college town to one of the largest, most vibrant cities in the U.S. and it was ranked as number one for best place to live in the U.S. When people say “Austin has it all” they really mean “Austin has it all”. From breakfast tacos to the best cowboy boots around, Austin is a city that screams diversity, kind people, football frenzy and beautiful weather.
Accommodation in Austin is reasonably cheaper compared to many other popular Grad Visa destinations. South Austin tends to be the cheapest and has a popular strip of restaurants, music, entertainment and shopping. Simply put, you will never run out of things to do. Moving more to the West side of Austin will be the most expensive. North and East Austin are relatively similar and not much more expensive than the South so you have plenty of options to find your perfect apartment without breaking the bank.
Graduating from college and trying to move on to the next step of your life can be a whirlwind with thousands of questions flying around your head.
Going stateside looking for an internship in IT, business, digital media, computing and software means Austin would be ideal for you.
Austin is mainly known for being a tech hub. Due to the large number of tech companies in the area, it’s referred to as “Silicon Hills.” Companies such as Google, Facebook, Apple, Dell and many more have bases in Austin and many of these companies hire a huge amount of interns and graduates every year.
Other major sectors include health care, education, entertainment, business and government. However, nearly 10% of the population work in the IT industry in Austin.
Austin nightlife thrives on the energy and diversity of its people. Whether you’re looking for a dance party at a mainstream club, want to jam out to local bands, or just eat your way through food carts on every corner Austin has it all.
Sixth Street is known for a cheap drink and dance music, people party so hard here that they even shut down traffic from Thursday to Saturday, so if your looking for a wild night you know where to go. Rainey Street is a unique entertainment district is lined with historic houses converted into bars with as much personality as the city itself. Rainey Street is perfect for a laid-back night of socializing with friends over live music.
Austin is always known as the “Live music capital of the world” and the best place to find some live music would be around the Red River area, from big-name acts to local newbies, these streets blare with the sounds of up-and-coming bands.
Downtown Austin is very walkable, but there are a lot of fun places to visit on the outskirts of the city that require alternative transportation.
There’s the Capital Metro system which operates all around the city and the MetroBus. You can get a single MetroBus ticket for $1.25 or a day pass for $2.50. Or if you would rather hop on a bike, check out Austin B-Cycle to pick up and drop off bikes all around the city.
If you want to have a car to get around, but don’t want to spend too much money renting one, Zipcar is a great option. What they do is offer a range of available cars around the city that you can pick up and drop off in different locations when you’re done with them.
We know by now that Austin is one of the best places to live in the U.S. which means that there are plenty of events to go to through the year you stay there.
One of the biggest and best days in the American calendar is, of course, the 4th of July. Celebrating the 4th of July is a must if you are in America! Parades, fireworks, and live music are just a few of the way’s locals enjoy celebrating the 4th of July in Austin. The city never disappoints, hosting numerous parties packed with super fun activities and firework displays in and around town such as Bob Schneider’s Independence Day Celebration, H-E-B Austin Symphony July 4th Concert and Firework and July 4th Fireworks Paddle.
If you ever fancied going to a rodeo you can do so now that you’re in Austin. Or if your more of a football fan, don’t forget you are in the lone star state which is the heart of American football and there will always be a game to go to.
Still not convinced that Austin is the right Grad Visa Hotspot for you? Check out Grad Visa Participant Darah Callan’s amazing experience below.
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