Family Orientation Travel and Housing

Once your student has received confirmation of their orientation registration, you can begin to make travel plans.

Family Orientation activities take place between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. with check-in and same-day registration beginning at 7 a.m. Note: The same-day registration fee is $50 (pre-event registration is $40).

For most students, orientation begins with check-in early in the morning on the first day of their session. Incoming students should plan to be attending orientation between 8 a.m. on Day 1 and 2:30 p.m. on the final day. 

Parking

Parking for students and families attending on-campus orientation is serviced by UT Austin’s Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) department. You will receive more information via email closer to your orientation session.

Transportation

If applicable, arrange for transportation between the airport/bus terminal and campus. The Capital Metro Route 20 is a bus route that shuttles between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and several stops in campus. 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.

Housing

While students attending an on-campus orientation session are provided housing, on-campus housing is not provided for parents and family members during orientation sessions. Families will need to make their own arrangements.

The following list of hotels offer discount rates to families coming to Austin for orientation. Please note: the links are to the direct booking site where the discounts are already loaded–they are not links to the hotels' main pages.

HotelDiscountBooking Link
AC Hotel Austin - University20% off best available ratehttps://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1580764565440&key=CORP&app=resvlink
AT&T Hotel and Conference Center10% off best available ratehttps://bookings.travelclick.com/15299?hotelId=15299&identifier=parents&RatePlanID=1191740#/guestsandrooms
Austin Marriott South15% off best available ratehttps://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1685031954553&key=CORP&app=resvlink
Austin Proper Hotel20% off best available ratehttps://www.properhotel.com/hotels/austin/?utm_source=local-listings&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=local-listings#/booking/step-1?promo=UTXFAM
Canopy by Hilton Downtown15% off best available ratehttps://www.hilton.com/en/book/reservation/deeplink/?ctyhocn=AUSSKPY&corporateCode=N0940611
Courtyard by Marriott Austin Downtown/Convention Center15% off best available ratehttps://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1613507539206&key=CORP&app=resvlink
Courtyard by Marriott South15% off best available ratehttps://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1685031993360&key=CORP&app=resvlink
DoubleTree Suites Hotel Austin15% off best available ratehttps://www.hilton.com/en/book/reservation/rooms/?ctyhocn=AUSFLDT&arrivalDate=2023-03-20&departureDate=2023-03-21&room1NumAdults=1&from=lnrlink
Drury Inn & Suites10% off best available ratehttps://www.druryhotels.com/bookandstay/newreservation?ClearAll=True&CorpId=325041
Embassy Suites by Hilton Austin Downtown South Congress15% off best available ratehttps://www.hilton.com/en/book/reservation/rooms/?ctyhocn=AUSLKES&arrivalDate=2023-03-20&departureDate=2023-03-21&room1NumAdults=1&from=lnrlink
Fairfield Inn & Suites Austin South15% off best available ratehttps://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1685032098067&key=CORP&app=resvlink
Hilton Austin15% off best available ratehttps://www.hilton.com/en/book/reservation/rooms/?ctyhocn=AUSCVHH&arrivalDate=2023-03-20&departureDate=2023-03-21&room1NumAdults=1&from=lnrlink
Hyatt House Austin Downtown20% off best available ratehttps://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/texas/hyatt-house-austin-downtown/ausxd?corp_id=144121
Moxy Austin - University15% off best available ratehttps://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1612823115041&key=CORP&app=resvlink
Otis Hotel Austin, Autograph Collection15% off best available ratehttps://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1612823115041&key=CORP&app=resvlink
Residence Inn Austin Downtown/Convention Center15% off best available ratehttps://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1613507539206&key=CORP&app=resvlink
Residence Inn Austin South15% off best available ratehttps://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1685032161005&key=CORP&app=resvlink
Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol20% off best available ratehttps://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1580764565440&key=CORP&app=resvlink
SpringHill Suites Austin South15% off best available ratehttps://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1685032043616&key=CORP&app=resvlink