Austin is one of the most pet-friendly cities in the country, with lots of parks and trails, as well as creeks, rivers and lakes. As the home of the University of Texas and a rapidly growing tech hub, the population of Austin skews younger than most big cities, which means there are lots of young people and new families who call the city home.
Students and young families are, of course, big pet owners, which is why it’s not surprising that there are more than 180 pet-friendly apartments for rent in Austin.
In fact, Austin is such a pet-friendly city that some pets even decided to stick around after they escaped or were abandoned. Testament to this is the fact that Austin has several thriving monk parakeet colonies. According to long-term residents, one of these colonies have been around since the mid-1970s. Wildlife experts say these “Quaker parrots” are native to the temperate and subtropical regions of South America, but are highly adaptable and wild populations resulting from escaped pets have been seen as far north as Chicago.
With rents starting at $574 a month, Longspur Crossing is one of the few bargains left in the most expensive city in Texas to live in. With an ideal location right in the middle of North Austin, Longspur Crossing welcomes pets—up to two per unit, with a maximum weight of 45 lbs each. There is a one-time pet fee of $150, a monthly rent of $5 per pet, and a refundable deposit of $150 is also required. Aggressive breeds are not allowed.
If you are looking for a quiet residential neighborhood at an affordable price, Woodhollow is perfect for you. This apartment community offers spacious units with sunken living rooms and easy access to Mopac for easy travel throughout Austin. Woodhollow allows cats as well as dogs, but certain breed restrictions apply. Residents can have up to two pets, and are required to pay a one-time pet fee of $350.
The Highline offers residents all of the amenities of modern urban life at a reasonable price. This upscale apartment community offers wood-style floors, gourmet kitchens, nine-foot ceilings, and USB charging stations, as well as a fitness center and a large, private dog park. A maximum of two pets per unit is allowed, with a combined maximum weight of 80 lbs. Residents are required to pay a one-time, non-refundable pet fee between $150-$250—depending on type and size of pet. All pets over 50 lbs must reside on the first floor. No aggressive breeds.
Living in the hip SoCo neighborhood of South Austin, you and your beloved pets will be smack dab in the middle of the Austin arts and culture scene. Just a few corners away from dozens of local clubs and popular restaurants, SOCO is conveniently located less than 15 minutes from downtown Austin and the Sixth Street music scene. Depending on the size of the unit, residents may have up to two pets. There is a $200 one-time fee and a $200 refundable deposit for a single pet, and a $300 one-time fee and a $300 refundable deposit for two pets.
Located in the heart of downtown Austin, The Beverly Austin is close to the downtown business district and within walking distance of the Sixth Street entertainment district. In a major perk for pet owners, the high-end Beverly offers residents a private pet park. A maximum of two well-behaved pets per unit is allowed, and there is a one-time pet fee of $400 as well as a monthly rent of $20 per pet.
This is just a small sample of the pet-friendly apartments in Austin. Check out RentCafe for a comprehensive listing of Austin apartments that allow pets.