Five Reasons to Move to Austin

Posted in: I'm Moving, Neighborhood Advice

If you enjoy live music, the outdoors, cinema, and a vibrant night life scene, Austin might just be the perfect city for you. Even if you can’t find a place to live right away, you can always sublet and place your things in storage while you get the lay of the land. By using an online self-storage finder, it’s easy to find affordable, convenient storage units in Austin. Here are five basic reasons why Austin is an incredible place to live.

Night view of Austin skyline and Lady Bird Lake as seen from Lou Neff Point

Live Music

As the live music capital of the United States, Austin is home to dozens of world famous music venues. Thousands of bands come through Austin on tour every year, and the city hosts some of the nation’s largest music festivals – Austin City Limits, South by Southwest, and Fun Fun Fun Fest. If live music is your thing, you will absolutely love this town.


Dog Friendly

If you and your dog love outdoor activities, such as camping, canoeing, and swimming in salt water pools, Austin is a great place to call home. Austin has beautiful and expansive parks – Barton Springs, Zilker Park, and Town Lake – where you can hike, bike, and jog for miles. Dogs are welcome in many outdoor cafes, bars, and restaurants as well.



After living in New York, Los Angeles, and Austin, I can unequivocally say that Austin’s movie theaters are comparable, if not superior, to those in NYC and LA. The Alamo Draft Houses and the Violet Crown Cinema are state of the art theaters with countless amenities, including plush leather seating and in-theater food and drink service. In addition to their awesome traditional theaters, Austin also has fun drive-in movie theaters and two up-and-coming film festivals – SXSW and the Austin Film Festival.


Food Trailers

Known for its food trailers, Austin is a great place to enjoy unique, delicious food at a low price. If you are a fan of Mexican food, be sure to visit Torchy’s Tacos, Taco Deli, Guero’s, and Juan in a Million when you come to town. In addition, there are great casual restaurants in the South Congress district; Hopdoddy’s has amazing burgers and fries, and Home Slice is a pizza lover’s dream.


Dining & Entertainment

6th Street during 2012 South by Southwest in Austin, TX

Although not quite as rowdy as Bourbon Street, Austin’s Sixth Street is a lively strip of bars and restaurants. A dynamic street that stretches for miles, Sixth Street is filled with bars and restaurants for almost every demographic. Although slightly off the beat and path, my personal favorite area is East Sixth Street. In recent years, East Sixth has become a hipster haven, much like New York’s Lower East Side and Los Angeles’ Echo Park and Silver Lake neighborhoods.


As always, if you’re thinking of moving to Austin, or anywhere else in the country, be sure to compare local movers on HireAHelper before you book. They know moving is stressful, and the HireAHelper team strives to make the experience as easy as possible.


John Donegan is a writer at SpareFoot, the online marketplace where you can find and reserve a self-storage unit with comparison shopping tools that show real-time availability and exclusive deals. John lives in Austin, TX and occasionally directs videos for rap artists.


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