Austin, the "Live Music Capital of the World" and #1 "Best Place to Live in America"

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.

Take a student-led tour through our hometown and see why Austin really is the perfect city.

Hear interns and their supervisors talk about some of Austin’s great internship opportunities.

Quick Facts

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U.S. News & World Report ranked Austin #1 on its 2017, 2018 and 2019 lists of the Best Places to Live in America.

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WalletHub named Austin the #1 Best College City in the U.S. based on academic, social and economic opportunities for students.
 

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Austin is home to three Fortune 500 Companies and is ranked one of the Top 10 Cities To Start Your Career by WallHub.
 

Life in Austin Photo Gallery 

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. 
 

44 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.