AUSTIN, Texas – A new affordable graduate student housing development is heading to East Campus after the University of Texas at Austin broke ground on the multi-story building at 21st Street between Comal Street and Leona Street. The project will include 784 beds in studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units, and will include public courtyards, an outdoor classroom and amphitheater, fitness center, private and group study spaces and a flexible function room available for graduate students and community events.

The project will provide graduate students with a residential option adjacent to campus in East Austin’s historic Blackland neighborhood. The vision for graduate student housing in this area was established as part of the 2015 East Campus Master Plan, and the building is scheduled for completion in fall 2024.

“UT Austin is committed to attracting and developing talented, high-impact graduate students, and to do this, we are working to provide more affordable housing options that also foster a sense of community,” said President Jay Hartzell. . “I am grateful for our ongoing conversations with the Blackland Neighborhood Association, and I am excited to collaborate as we move forward so that our graduate students contribute to and benefit from the vibrancy of the neighborhood. I also look forward to continuing our great work with the City of Austin as we explore and implement future affordable housing solutions together.

In a public-private partnership, American Campus Communities will develop and deliver the graduate student housing project. Brailsford & Dunlavey, a national development consultancy firm focused on the higher education and municipal sectors, is serving as development adviser. Once complete, the project will be managed and operated by UT Austin’s University Housing and Dining.

This announcement follows the University’s recent announcement that it will purchase Dobie Twenty21, a 27-story residential building located at 2021 Guadalupe St. These two projects will add 1,700 beds to the inventory of affordable student housing options. managed by the university, which will allow more students to live close to campus.