Welcome to your detailed guide for Austin hostels. We share all the juicy information you need to know to discover safe, fun and memorable hostels! All that's left for you to do is choose your favourite hostel in Austin, USA. Compare prices for Austin hostels in one easy click - simple. Add your travel dates and watch as all hostel booking sites, including Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and Booking.com, highlight their best price and room availability during your stay.
Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Austin, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
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South Austin, East Austin, University of Texas Area
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Below you can discover the best hostels to suit every traveller type. All of our recommendations are based on information shared by genuine travellers, the hostels and data that has been calculated from the system. Don't forget to check the ratings and see how these compare with the rates.
Travelling on your own to Austin? Fabulous!
Pick a great hostel designed with solo travellers in mind, and you're bound to meet plenty of like-minded people who have also dared to venture to Austin alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Austin. We've also highlighted which hostel offers special perks you, as a solo traveller, will love. Each hostel offers great social spaces to meet fellow backpackers and wonderful opportunities for making new friends. You'll soon realise that travelling on your own definitely does not mean travelling alone.
This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Austin. To help you make friends with Austin before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Austin is the political and music capital of Texas. It's home to the University of Texas at Austin as well as several smaller universities and colleges so the population tends to be young and hip. It's also a mecca for hipsters and progressives even though it's deep in the heart of a conservative southern state. There are just a few hostels in Austin, so be sure to make contact with them to book in advance.
Austin's social scene is diverse. When you're staying in an Austin hostel, if you want to go out and get crazy, you can catch a bus or a cab and head downtown to 6th Street between Red River Street and Congress Avenue. That area is packed with bars and crowds of 20-somethings almost every night of the week. For live music and more hipster-style bars, stick to the Red River Street area between 6th and 10th Streets. For a slightly older crowd head to the Warehouse District area west of Congress Avenue around 4th Street. If you're looking for something "Texas-y," try the Broken Spoke on South Lamar for some honkytonk music and country line dancing.
If you're interested in art and museums, there are plenty of those in the downtown area pretty close to most of the Austin hostels. However, there are art galleries all over the city, especially on the east side of I-35 and south of downtown on Congress or in the 78704 area. Most people in Austin are also very into being outdoors, so if you're interested in hiking, biking, boating, swimming, disc golf, or league sports, you name it and someone is out there doing it. There are trails, parks, and wilderness areas all over and around the city. Just be prepared, the weather here can be really hot and humid.
You should be able to find a bed in an Austin hostel most times of year if you make a reservation a little bit in advance. However, if you plan to visit during the SXSW (in March) or the ACL (late September / early October) music festivals you need to plan months in advance because the city draws in huge international crowds and even the most expensive hotels sometimes get fully booked around those times of year.
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There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Austin. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Austin. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?
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Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Austin. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Austin. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!
Have to set it straight. The nightlife for in downtown and Rainey Street are for tourists and students. The exception for a few places like Catcus Cafe, Lamberts, Antone's, Elephant Room and Flamingo Cantina. East Austin is popping for young genre but if you want local talent go to The White Horse Saloon, Skylark (scary parking but awesome when you go in) or Sahara Lounge (awesome dive). In East Austin. In South Austin go to Continental, C-boys, One-2-One, The Saxon Pub, Radio Coffee & Beer, Cosmic Cafe, Patsy's Cafe or Gueroes. In the new industrial area in South Austin is Skull Mechanix, Still Whiskey and St Elmo Brewing and more breweries popping up. North Austin has Kick Butt, New Deli, Threadgills (north the south is soon to be a condo), Knomad bar (dive and cheap!), Carousel bar (dive and cheap) and Ginny's Little Long Horn (tiny and cheap). Moontower, Slow Pokes BBQ or Giddy Ups in or on the way to Manchaca. Many clubs on 6th street or Rainey Street clubs they think musicians are no better than unpaid workers. Always tip the staff and the bands!!! And try Ride Austin or like a real taxi (they have apps) instead of the other 2 rides they are much safer! Come, enjoy but remember summers are 95+ and very humid for days on end (not much of a winter), floods happen every 2-3 years, cedar fever will kill you in the holiday season and oak in the spring and traffic is horrible! Locals say come, enjoy, spend your money, enjoy the music but please leave and don't move to Austin.
Every March, Austin hosts South by Southwest ("SXSW"), one of the largest music festivals world. The music passes are very expensive, but there are enough free music shows going on every day to keep you busy, so it's worth coming even if you don't get a music pass. Just don't expect to be able to book a hostel or hotel unless you book your room maybe about a year in advance.
You have to go to Barton Springs. You have to eat at the bakery at Toy Joy (a toy shop -- the best thing in the world). You have to eat at Veggie Heaven.
The nightlife in Austin is mostly centered downtown on 6th Street, starting at Red River Street and going west from there. If you find that 6th Street isn't your style, try the alternative music spots along Red River Street, or for the older crowd try the Warehouse District on 4th and 5th Streets, roughly between Guadalupe and Congress Streets.
I lived in Austin for nine years. Austin is very cool, except that it's so darned hot in the summer. Check out Barton Springs pool in Zilker park, an enormous spring-fed pool, always seventy degrees, perfect for a scorching day. A music reviewer for the Austin paper once wrote "Who's playing this weekend? Ho, hum, the usual embarassment of riches." No kidding. You can find live music any night of the week. Halloween in Austin is a sight to behold, thousands of people partying downtown.
Pack smart, not hard
Hostel? Check! Now le0t's have at your hostel packing list for Austin and USA.
You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:
These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.