Having a Housing Scout agent on your side is a huge advantage when searching for a home around Campus. We help thousands of UT students every year find their off-campus housing. Make sure to check out the reasons why you should use Housing Scout to find your housing this year:
- We have access to about 98% of properties in the Campus area. From individually managed houses or condos to high-rise apartments, we can help you sort through hundreds of options so you can select the property and floorpan that best fits your criteria. We are experts in leasing properties in the area around UT’s campus.
- We are happy to communicate with parents and guardians about expectations regarding the housing search, budget, paperwork and everything leasing.
- We communicate with the management company/property to help you navigate the application process and assist you in correctly filling out all important paperwork.
- We are by your side throughout the leasing process and strive to make apartment hunting and leasing as smooth as possible.
- We have been in business for almost 10 years, so we can provide you advice and expertise about everything leasing around UT.
- And, most importantly, you do not have to pay us our our help. Using Housing Scout is completely free! We are paid by landlords and properties around Campus to help find qualified tenants to lease their property.
Using Housing Scout is completely free! We are paid by landlords and properties around Campus to help find qualified tenants to lease their property.
Housing Scout is paid a commission by the property owners/managers for leasing their property. Using our services does not increase the rent that you will have to pay nor does it increase related fees. You will get the benefit of your agent’s help while searching and touring properties and guidance on the leasing process for absolutely no charge!
Just a few minutes walk or drive from UT Campus, the West Campus, North Campus / Hyde Park and Riverside neighborhoods are popular among students. Many UT underclassman choose to live in West Campus because it offers convenient access to Campus and includes restaurants, grocery, and shopping.
We recommend that you begin your apartment search as soon as possible when pre-leasing. If you are looking for a house in West Campus, it is especially important that you start your search early—September, October, November. By December, many of the properties available for Fall move-in near campus have already been pre-leased. If you have certain preferences in mind, or a strict budget, it is wise to start earlier rather than later when more options are available to you.
If you were unable to start looking early and still need a place in June or July for August move-in, it’s not too late! Go to our Get In Touch page and fill out the form on the page. We’re confident that we can still find you a great place to live.
There are many houses available in West Campus, North Campus and Hyde Park that students love to live at! These houses range from large Victorian-style houses to smaller bungalows to brand new modern builds, and anything you could imagine in-between.
While it is possible to live in a house, there are fewer of them than there are apartments, condominiums, and other smaller living arrangements. If you want to live in a house, make sure that you have at least 2 roommates already and reach out to us as soon as possible. Go to our Get In Touch page to begin!
The S.M.A.R.T. (Safe, Mixed-income, Accessible, Reasonably-Priced, Transit-Oriented) Housing Policy Initiative is an economic development program designed help low and moderate income residents in Austin. For residents, this means that you can take advantage of lower rental rates when you qualify. Residents can qualify based on income, financial aid or disability. If you’re a full-time student, it is most likely that you will qualify based on your financial aid. If you receive any federal aid, grants, or scholarships and want to explore your SMART Housing options in West Campus, our agents can help!
If you are currently receiving need-based financial aid, you may automatically qualify. You would need to look at your current Financial Aid Award Letter, then compare your grants/scholarships/loans to the approved need-based Financial Aid list. If you have any items that appear on the list, no matter the amount, then you automatically qualify for S.M.A.R.T. Housing. You can see many of the qualifying items here!
The Leasing Process
Depending on the type of property you decide to live in will determine what is required in the application process. You will need to fill out an application and pay an application fee for all properties – our agents will give you full instructions on how to complete this. For houses and condos, you will need to submit a deposit with the application, and then pay the 1st month’s rent after lease signing. After that, you’re all done! Whether you do this in October or January, you can rest easy until August move-in knowing that your apartment is reserved just for you.
Many college students and young adults rely on their parents for financial support throughout their early years renting or owning property. Parents often have concerns and questions about their involvement in their child’s housing choices.
When a student resident decides to lease an apartment or house, it is common practice for their parent(s) or other relatives to sign on as a guarantor for the lease, guaranteeing that the rent will get paid. This also helps residents avoid the need for a double security deposit. We have compiled the most common questions about guarantors for your convenience.
Depending on the type of lease, yes. For Joint Leases, even if every roommate has their own guarantor, each and every guarantor is responsible for the entire rent amount. This is actually a good thing because the risk is spread between all the guarantors. If the lease is Individual Liability Lease (also known as a “bedroom lease”), then your guarantor is only responsible for your personal rent portion, regardless of how many roommates you have. Typically houses or condos run on a Joint Lease, and larger apartment complexes offer Individual Liability Leases.