Laurel

1905 Nueces St. Austin, TX 78705

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Laurel House is fully booked for the Fall 2023 semester. You can join the waitlist for a room at Laurel House by visiting collegehouses.org/join, or see other houses with available beds on our Availability Page

Laurel House is a student-run coed community that offers a unique living experience. Laurel focuses on fostering an inclusive and supportive environment.  The members of Laurel House strive to build a close-knit, diverse community and where members can thrive. Residents come together and plan a range of activities and events, such as musical performances, parties, and educational workshops. The house has shared common areas where residents can gather to socialize or study. The main attraction is the large courtyard, which contains a basketball court, fireplace, outdoor seating, and a student-run garden. 

If you are seeking something other than typical dorm life, Laurel has a lot to offer. Living in Laurel House can be a great way to connect with other students, get involved in campus life, and develop important life skills like leadership, communication, and teamwork while accomplishing your academic goals.

Diversity
Laurel is proud to have a diverse range of members coming from different backgrounds and life experiences. Our co-op has included members from all throughout the United States and from countries such as:

Argentina   Australia   Brazil   China   Denmark   France   Germany   Italy   Japan   Mexico   New Zealand   Russia   South Korea   Spain   Turkey   …And many more!
 

Location
Laurel House is located in the West Campus neighborhood on the corner of Nueces Street and Martin Luther King Blvd – a mere five-minute walk from the UT-Austin campus, Target, several restaurants, and bus lines.

House Labor
Our co-op is member-run, and much like other housing co-ops, each member performs a few hours of labor every week, to foster a clean and comfortable living environment. Members sign up for labor at the beginning of each semester, and Labor is assigned according to your semester schedule. Labor assignments take into account your academic schedule, work schedules, and personal preferences.

House labor duties include cooking, cleaning, Labor Holiday and general house upkeep. We may also have call outs for cleaning as situations come up. Many of the amenities available at Laurel House are possible because of the labor performed by members!

Laurel House Rooms
Members stay in either a double room (two person room) with a private bathroom or a single room (one person room) that shares a bathroom with one with the adjoining room. We have a very limited number of single rooms with private bathrooms.
Laurel floor plan showing bedroom and bathroom.
Example Laurel Floor Plan

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Meals
Included in your monthly rent is a meal plan. Laurel House typically serves 17 meals per week. Typically, these are breakfast, lunch and dinner during the weekdays. Saturday brunch and Sunday dinner. Breakfast is self-serve. Lunches can be cold (example: sandwiches, wraps, etc) or cooked. Dinner is typically a cooked meal. The style and number of meals depends on the number of members we have, out-of-our-control-events (such as COVID-19), and food budget.

Meals are typically available from the first day of class through the end of finals based on the University of Texas calendar, except for UT holidays.

House Activities

  • Hang out in the Laurel Lounge and/or courtyard
  • Play basketball, ping pong and/or foosball in the Laurel courtyard
  • Study in the designated common rooms
  • Enjoy the beautiful garden
  • Watch movies in the Laurel Theater on Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime and HBO
  • Work out in the Super Co-op Exercise Room
  • Hangout in the breezeways equipped with comfy sofas, lounge chairs, and tables
  • Paint a mural in a designated area (requires approval)
  • Labor Holiday – once a semester every member spends 4 hours beautifying and cleaning our house. Members deep clean the house, and also work on art projects (murals, painting common areas), and building benches, and other furniture, and any other projects members suggest for Labor Holiday.
  • Educational and social events, movie nights, holiday celebrations, and the annual Laurel Birthday party in the fall.
  • Got ideas for house activities? Bring them to a House Meeting! This was member-run means. ANY member can bring forth ideas at our House Meeting and make them come into fruition through our democratic processes.

Outside of Laurel House, members enjoy exploring Austin’s celebrated food scene, live music dance halls, and nationally-recognized events like Austin City Limits, SXSW and many more!

 

If you are interested in this unique house, please get in touch with the Laurel Membership Coordinator at [email protected]. You can schedule a tour or arrange to come to a house meeting. If you’re not currently located in the Austin area, no problem! We’re still happy to chat about our house via email or video call. We look forward to meeting you!

To fill out an application to live at Laurel, visit the College Houses’ Application page at collegehouses.org/join

To find contact emails for all College Houses co-ops, visit the Contact page.

Fall 2024/Spring 2025 Rates

Rent Includes Bills & Meals
Single (Private) Room: $1,197
(Equivalent without utilites: $1,008)
December and May Rent: $599

Double (Shared) Room: $915
(Equivalent without utilites: $726)
December and May Rent: $458

Single IV (Private) Room: $1,112
(Equivalent without utilites: $923)
December and May Rent: $556

Double IV (Shared) Room: $850
(Equivalent without utilites: $661)
December and May Rent: $425

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Amenities

  • Utilities included (Internet, water, electricity, trash, A/C, heating)
  • Meal Plan
  • Furnished Rooms (bed, desk, chair, and dresser)
  • Study/Reading Rooms
  • Computer Room
  • Gym
  • Courtyard
  • Lounge Room
  • Garden
  • Theater/TV Room
  • Half Basketball Court
  • Ping Pong and Foosball Tables
  • Access to the Pearl Pool and Taos Sundeck

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