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Welcome to Bat City: What to do in your first week in Austin

Calling college co-eds — this easy guide with places to eat, explore, and learn will help you feel like a local in your new town.

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For all ~9,000 of you starting your first year at UT, City Editor and former Longhorn London welcomes you.

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It’s officially college move-in season, and we want to say “Welcome to the Capital City” to our new arrivals at UT, St. Edward’s, Austin Community College, Huston-Tillotson, and Concordia — and anyone else starting a new chapter in Austin. Whether you grew up far away or already call ATX home, we are so excited you’re here.

Starting school is a lot of change at the same time, and taking on the 10th largest city in the country can feel a bit overwhelming.

But don’t worry — for all ~20,000 of you starting your first year of higher education, we put together an ultimate City Guide to help you out in your first few weeks. Soon, you’ll be navigating Bat City like a pro.

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We don’t know about you, but we think trying to unpack and cook is a no-go. Fuel up for any meal:


Your world doesn’t have to stop at the edge of campus — get out and about with these:


Get acquainted with your new city. Learn about local arts and culture:

Students — we hope your next few years are wonderful + you come to love ATX as much as we do. Faithful readers — help us welcome the new arrivals by sharing this article with a friend.

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