21 Rio
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    One Bedroom

    • 1 Bed
    • 1 Bath
    • From 681 to 914 Sqft

    Highlights

    • Ideal for Independent Living
    • Fully Furnished & Full Kitchen
    • Washer/Dryer & Wi-Fi
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    From $1,259/Month/Bed

    Two Bedroom

    • 2 Bed
    • 1 - 2 Bath
    • From 959 to 1,613 Sqft

    Highlights

    • Private Bedrooms & Balconies
    • Fully Furnished & Full Kitchen
    • Washer/Dryer & Wi-Fi
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    Three Bedroom

    • 3 Bed
    • 2 Bath
    • From 1,196 to 1,951 Sqft

    Highlights

    • Private Bedrooms & Balconies
    • Fully Furnished & Full Kitchen
    • Washer/Dryer & Wi-Fi
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HOW TO APPLY

Apply In Less Than 10 Minutes

Our online application makes it easy to take your first step in securing your new apartment. The online application can be completed in about 10 minutes and is available online through our application portal. Just click “Apply Now” on the website to get started!

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Applications are usually reviewed and approved within 24-48 hours. However, the approval process time depends on the completion of the application by the resident and their guarantor.

The application is considered incomplete until both parties have finished filling out their respective portions. Below are the steps that outline what to expect during the application process.

Create an Account

  • Start by selecting your desired lease term and floor plan. If applying with roommates, make sure everyone chooses the same floor plan.
  • Create an account using your email address. You'll use this account throughout the application, lease signing, and later to access the Resident Portal. Your login details will be saved for easy access.

Add-Ons

  • Let us know if you need parking, have pets, or require renter's insurance.
  • Some communities have limited parking, so reserve your spot now if needed.
  • Review our pet policy on the application, and feel free to contact our onsite team with any questions.
  • Renter's insurance is required for all residents. We offer a low-cost option if you don't have your own.

Personal Info

  • Provide your contact details, current address, and relevant information about your living situation (e.g., vehicles, pets).
  • Upload a copy of your ID for verification.

Questionnaire

  • A brief questionnaire helps us learn more about you so that we can plan resident events and match roommates (if applicable).
  • Use the drop-down or multiple-choice options to answer questions about your academic focus, study habits, and social preferences.

Financial

  • Most applicants require a guarantor (co-signer) whose income helps meet our qualification standards. Add your guarantor's name and email to the application.
  • If qualifying with your income, enter your employment information and upload proof of income (e.g., pay stubs). Please note that student loans are not considered income.

Contacts

  • Please provide the name and contact details of the person we should contact on your behalf and whether they have access to your unit.

Welcome Home!

Congratulations! You're one step closer to calling 21 Rio home.

Our team is thrilled to welcome you to our vibrant West Campus community! As soon as your application is approved, we'll guide you through the final steps to secure your dream apartment. You'll receive all the information you need to finalize your lease and get ready for move-in day.

While you're waiting, dive into our website and explore the lifestyle that awaits you. Check out our amenities page for a glimpse of the rooftop oasis, state-of-the-art fitness center, and other amazing perks that make 21 Rio the ultimate student living destination.

See you soon!

About SMART Housing Units

The SMART Housing Program

SMART Housing is a City of Austin initiative designed to help make college living more affordable for students who are receiving need-based financial aid or working to independently pay for school and living costs.

Qualifying for the SMART Housing Program at 21 Rio

There are two ways to qualify for reduced rent through Austin's SMART Housing program:

  1. Need-Based Financial Aid: If you receive any amount of need-based financial aid at UT Austin, you're automatically eligible. Check your UT Direct CASH page for details.

  2. Low-to-Moderate Income: If the income of the person responsible for your rent falls between 50% and 80% of the Austin area's median income, you may qualify.

Required Documentation:

To complete your application, provide one of the following to your leasing consultant:

  • Need-Based Financial Aid: A screenshot of your UT Direct CASH page showing your financial aid awards.
  • Low-to-Moderate Income: Submit one of the following:
    • W2
    • 1040 tax return
    • Letter from your employer stating your income
    • Three recent pay stubs

Questions? Our leasing team is ready to help you determine your eligibility and guide you through the application process.

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Explore Our Spacious Floor Plans

Find Your Perfect Fit

We know that every student has different needs and preferences.

That's why we've created a diverse selection of floor plans, each tailored to enhance your college experience.

From quiet study nooks to spacious living areas perfect for socializing, our apartments are designed with you in mind.

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One Bedroom

Choose from two furnished one-bedroom apartments that offer the perfect balance of independence and community. Enjoy a modern living space with a fully equipped kitchen, private balcony, and access to resort-style amenities.

Highlights

  • Ideal for Independent Living
  • Fully Furnished & Full Kitchen
  • Washer/Dryer & Wi-Fi
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From $1,259/Month/Bed

Two Bedroom

Choose from eleven roomy two-bedroom layouts, perfect for roommates or friends who want a balance of privacy and shared living. Our well-designed floor plans offer a variety of views and come with modern amenities for a comfortable and convenient lifestyle.

Highlights

  • Private Bedrooms & Balconies
  • Fully Furnished & Full Kitchen
  • Washer/Dryer & Wi-Fi
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Three Bedroom

Choose from seven spacious three-bedroom layouts designed with roommates in mind. Enjoy the perfect blend of private space and shared living areas, all with modern amenities and stunning views of either the city or the hill country.

Highlights

  • Private Bedrooms & Balconies
  • Fully Furnished & Full Kitchen
  • Washer/Dryer & Wi-Fi