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.
U.S. News & World Report ranked Austin #1 on its 2017, 2018 and 2019 lists of the Best Places to Live in America.
In 2021, WalletHub named Austin the #2 Best College City in the U.S. based on academic, social and economic opportunities for students.
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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.
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.