By Sarah Beckham
December 10, 2014
University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas was founded in 1883, and it has helped define life in Austin ever since. UT was recently named the No. 28 university in the world by the Times Higher Education World University rankings. Today, visitors are drawn to campus for any number of reasons, including Texas Longhorn football games and other athletic events; concerts at the Bass Concert Hall or other campus venues; and professional conferences and training. Families come to UT to give prospective students a first look at the Forty Acres (as the university is known), visit their current students, and to celebrate special events like graduation. Whatever brings you to UT, don’t forget to learn how to do the Hook ’Em Horns hand sign and take home a burnt orange souvenir. And, above all, enjoy your time on this beautiful, history-rich campus. Here are a few ideas on where to stay while you do.

AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center

This is a business hotel, but even if you aren’t here on business, you'll be comfortable and enjoy being steps away from the heart of UT (and enjoy not having to deal with parking on campus). One of Austin’s best restaurants, the sophisticated-comfort-food Carillon, is part of the hotel, which also has a pool and fitness center.

Doubletree Suites by Hilton Hotel Austin

You could walk to UT from the Doubletree, but the hotel also has an on-demand shuttle service to nearby spots that will come in handy when you don’t want to hoof it. If you’re teaming with another family to make a campus visit with your future Longhorns, try one of the two-bedroom suites.

Hotel Ella

Less than a mile from UT, this historic home turned boutique hotel features a fitness room, complimentary Wi-Fi and an on-site restaurant and bar. There’s even complimentary house car service to nearby destinations like the university. (Past Austin visitors may remember the hotel's past incarnation: the Mansion at Judge’s Hill.)

Hyatt Place Austin Downtown

Any hotel that’s downtown or even in the South Congress area will put you close to UT while also being more convenient to restaurants and nightlife. Hyatt Place (about 1.3 miles from UT) is one of the freshest-feeling spots in the Convention Center area downtown. A nice perk before you head for campus: free breakfast, including hot sandwiches.

Adams House Bed & Breakfast

Built in 1911, this bed and breakfast with four guest rooms is an Austin Historic Landmark. It's about a mile and a half from UT in one of Austin’s most appealing neighborhoods, Hyde Park. At Adams House, you'll be an easy walk from a variety of restaurants and a small grocery store.