Travel and Housing

Once you’ve received confirmation of your orientation registration, you can begin to make travel plans. Please do not make plans until you've received your registration confirmation email. If you do not receive a confirmation email after registering and paying for your session, contact New Student Services.

Orientation activities for most students begin with check-in early in the morning on the first day of your session. This schedule varies for those attending the August Session, Spring Orientation, and Summer School Orientation. The schedule at-a-glance will be posted online prior to your session.



Spring Orientation

Parking for Spring Orientation is available in the Brazos parking garage for a daily rate


Freshman Orientation (June/July sessions)

For students and families attending on-campus orientation, it is serviced by UT Austin’s Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) department. You will need to select your parking option prior to your scheduled orientation session.

You can contact PTS with questions at or (512)471-7275 (M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., CST). For a faster response time, you are encouraged to submit your inquiries via e-mail.



If applicable, arrange for transportation between the airport/bus terminal and campus. Capital Metro offers a bus route (No. 100) that shuttles between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and a stop on campus at San Jacinto Blvd. and 21st Street. New Student Services does not arrange for transportation to campus for orientation.

In addition to parking in one of the UT Austin parking garages, the UT Austin Visitor Center offers resource information about the different ways you can travel to and around campus.



Students attending Spring, Summer School or August Orientation are not housed on campus. If you have a confirmed housing contract, you may be able to arrange for early check-in to a residence hall. For more information, contact University Housing and Dining.

If you are attending Freshman Orientation (June/July sessions only), you are required to stay in Jester Center residence halls for the duration of your session. Students will be housed by gender. We do not accept roommate requests in advance.

The charge for June/July orientation sessions covers the cost of housing plus a meal card worth $39.45. The card may be used at any Housing and Dining dining options on the first floor of Jester Center (JES).


Parents and Families

On-campus housing is not provided for parents and family members during orientation sessions. They will need to make their own arrangements. A list of hotels in the area is available on the Family Orientation website.

Your family should make hotel arrangements immediately after you register for your orientation session. If your family waits to reserve a hotel they may not be able to find one with vacancies, which may force you to switch your session date.


Students with Disabilities

If you need housing accommodations due to a disability, you will indicate that when you register for your session. After you register for your session, you must contact Services for Students with Disabilities to submit the appropriate documentation and arrange for accommodations. Learn more about how to arrange accommodations.