If you like live music, Austin might be the perfect city for you. Is may be the self-proclaimed live music capital of the world, but with live music every night of the week, it might just be true.
Austin is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. The Austin MAS has grown 44.9% since 2000. It was ranked as the fastest growing city from 2011 to 2012. People are moving to Austin for its small town charm, cosmopolitan culture, and beautiful countryside. It is a great place for families to raise children, but also great for singles.
With its rapid grown, traffic congestion has been on the increase. The public transit may not be your best option either. Living close to work might be a good option if you want to keep your commute times low. Speaking of places to work, Austin has tech companies like AMD, AT&T, Intel, Dell, IBM, 3M, HP, eBay and even Google. Austin was recently named one of the ten best cities for tech startups in the US.
Like the population and the traffic, rent prices in Austin have been continually increasing as well. As of May 2015, the average apartment rent was $1445 according to Rent Jungle. Finding a roommate in Austin is a good way to enjoy living this fabulous city on a budget. Some great places to live include Rollingwood, Barton Hills, Tarrytown, Allandale, Circle C Ranch and Old West Austin.
So you have a job, and you have picked some good areas to live, now it is time to look for a roommate. Make yourself a list of qualities you are looking for in a roomie. Things like smoking, cleanliness, pets, and sleeping habits should be things you should consider. Keep in mind, with a vibrant nightlife, your roommate might work late nights as well.
It is always a great idea to ask friends and family around Austin for some roommate recommendations. They know you better than anyone, so there is a chance they might know someone that might be a good living companion for you.
Another popular option to find a roommate is to search for a roommate online. While many people turn to the Austin Craigslist Page, it can be a bit sketchy. Thankfully there are many alternative websites dedicated to helping you find the best roommate. Roommate searching sites like roomster.com even have verified members with links to their social profiles so you can get a good idea who the person is, who their friends are and much more. Currently, roomster has more than 230 private rooms for rent in Austin.
Once you narrow down your potential roommate list, it is important to meet in person before making a commitment. Choose a public place and bring a friend if you feel uncomfortable or just want a second opinion. Meeting them for dinner at a great BBQ place like Franklin or Salt Lick might also be a good option.
Once you find the right person, prepare a roommate agreement, so each party knows what the responsibilities are. The agreement could include things like cooking, cleaning, groceries, etc. Austin is hot, so you air conditioner will be on a lot during the summer – which feels like March to November. Making sure you know who is responsible for the utilities is very important. Keep in mind that a vague roommate agreement may lead to problems later on, so be specific.
So now you have the inside track on living in Austin. Head on down to Sixth Street for some live music and join the party.
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