Austin, the "Live Music Capital of the World" and #1 "College Town in the US"

Austin is a big city with a small-town feel. It's relaxed yet bustling, rich in tradition yet eclectic. You'll find a lot of everything — natural beauty, vibrant nightlife, big business and a casual atmosphere.

See for yourself the great adventures Austin has to offer in this quick city snapshot.

Hear Presidential Award winners share how St. Edward's prepared them to take on their world.

Campus is only a mile away from South Congress, an iconic spot for food and live music.

Quick Facts

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U.S. News & World Report 2023 named Austin A Best Place to Live in America.

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In 2023, Austin was named the #1 Best College Town in the US and in 2023, WalletHub named Austin A Top 10 City to Start Your Career.

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In 2023, Austin was named the #2 Hottest Job Market in the U.S. by The Wall Street Journal.

Explore Life in Austin

Vivian Phillips distributes magazines

Music, Tech and More

Kevin Wierzbowski ’22 shows us what a weekend attending the Austin City Limits (ACL) Festival at Zilker Park is like. See his reflections and photos from the music festival. Students also look forward to SXSW, the Austin Film Festival and other big annual events held in Austin. 

Keeping Austin Weird

Keeping Austin Weird 

Students at St. Edward’s love Austin. Located just 3 miles from the center of downtown, it’s often the small, sometimes wacky details that help them feel like they could make this city their home. Student share some of the quirks they say make this city so great.

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Career Connections 

Austin is a hub for talent and innovation. And Hilltoppers have  an added advantage: St. Edward’s has built strong partnerships with some of Austin’s largest businesses and organizations. Here are seven ways the university and the city are connected. 

17 Reasons We Love Austin

Tell anyone outside of the capital area you go to school in Austin, and they will surely envy you. Read about how Hilltoppers make the most of one of America’s best cities to live in.