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Question for the TX busties: I'm contemplating moving to Austin in about a year's time - if I'm able to get a teaching job there and was wondering if any of you could give me a few tips on the place such as...
Would you recommend living there - why or why not?
Cost of living - high, medium, low?
If I was to move there what area would I want to live in?

and any other general information that would help me to decide if/when I would move there. Just to give you an idea I tend to like the artsy neighborhoods and like to be in walking distance to groceries, shops, resturants and such. I would expect to spend about 600-650 on rent maybe 700 in a place I couldn't live without. Oh yeah and I have pretty much lived in Ohio all my life (please don't throw rotten fruit at me :-))
Thanks in advance for you help.
Hiya October! I'm in Houston myself but have mild Austin experience. Let me provide what little information I can...

Austin has a great vibe, to me at least. Pretty easygoing and a lot of activism, community activity, etc. going on. I have yet to meet a native that wasn't a laid-back, relaxed sort.

As for the rents, I'm not certain what you can expect in the artsy neighborhoods. It's my understanding that the cost of living is similar to Houston - cheaper in some respects, pricier in others. For reference, you can expect to pay $550 on the low end here for a decent small flat in neighborhoods of varying safety.

This isn't much, I know, but I hope the Austin contingent will stop in and help you out as well. If they don't, let me know and I'll pan for resources!
Thanks txplumwine! Currently I'm torn between Asheville, NC and Austin:-) If I don't get any responses I'll take you up on your offer!
Double Post
Hi all, I'm a bit of a lurker, but I've been checking this thread occasionally and it seems to be dying--did all the BUSTees in TX vanish into thin air? Anyway i'm new to Austin and don't know anyone here and was wondering if anyone would be interested in a meet-up--it's a beautiful city, especially the downtwon area. if anyone's interested let me know. Thanx, Olive
I'm an Okie BUSTie, but I suppose that's close enough to Texas *smiles*
Up until the end of May, i lived in north texas, about 20 miles from Oklahoma, and my friend is going to grad school there. What part of OK do you live in?
Fellow Austin bustie...*bump*
I just saw this and wanted to say hi! I was an Austin Bustie, but I am currently living in Chicago for a few years of school.

Olivia, you need to go to Amy's while it's still nice and hot. Fantastic ice cream! I recommend the mexican vanilla with strawberries.
Every first thursday of the month in Austin...CampCamp at Bouldin Creek Coffeehouse on South 1st. It is a great queer/everyone open mic night that starts around 8 or 9pm. Delightful veg food and lots of fun people!
has anyone here studied at the Women's Studies Institute at UT San Antonio? If so what did you think about it? I'm attending UTSA this summer.

Where are all the TX BUSTees anyway?
Hi Olivia,
I'm in Houston...but this thread seems to be a dusty, forlorn place, doesn't it. Haven't ever visited San Antonio, sorry..
Hello fellow Texas Busties.... anyone else from San Antonio?
Hi all. No one has posted in awhile, i hope you're all doing well. I am going to see Martha Wainwright and some other bands at Maggie Mae's and Club de Ville on March 12 and 13 and wondered if anyone else is going as well - these are SXSW dates but I'm paying for 1-day tickets/armbands for each of those days, not the whole festival which is like $500, way more than i can afford. Anybody wanna go along, let me know.
Where are all the TX Busties at? Come out of the woodworks!
QUOTE(olivarria @ Aug 6 2008, 12:09 AM) *
Where are all the TX Busties at? Come out of the woodworks!

I am here! Just joined up. Any others?
Um, just you and me, apparently!

Welcome! What part of Texas you live in? I'm in San Antonio.
Hey, I'm kind of a Texas Bustie....I'm from Austin/New Braunfels but I'm currently living in Chicago for school. I did live in San Antonio for two years before I moved (while attending UTSA)

How's the summer treating everyone?
Welcome Avaadore! Wow, you're the first BUSTee besides myself (that I know of) who also attended UTSA. I just started attending in June, and am living in the dorms. I am still undecided as to what i think of it. Before i started attending, I took a tour of the campus and liked it, and like their psychology and women's studies programs, but now that the school year is starting, I'm starting to feel like I don't fit in here and that maybe I made a mistake in coming here. However, I just had my first ACLU meeting and liked it, so there is hope! We are thinking of starting up a pro-choice organization here, too. But I am having a hard time finding people to fit in with.....I am curious, what was your experience at UTSA like? Academically, socially....adjusting has been harder than i thought.

Otherwise, the city is beautiful....I love the Riverwalk and plan to go there again and again. The weather is hot and muggy, but I'm used to it because I was raised in Texas and Tucson. BTW, Ava, I took your advice from way before and did try Amy's ice-cream....a few times! Great advice.

Edit: I just saw that this is my 100th post! *blows noisemaker* I would have had way more from years back, but my account was deleted a couple times! here's to the next 100!
(Double-posted in feminist outrage and pro-choice threads)

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Wednesday March 4th 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 a.m.
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This is an incredible opportunity to make your voice heard! Hope to see you all there!
Hey Texas Busties-
I'll be in Dallas to visit a friend July 30 thru Aug. 1, with a day trip to Austin, probably Aug. 1. Anyone up for a Bustie get together? *crosses fingers*
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