Need Lodging in Austin During SXSW Interactive? Yes, You Still Have Options!

Written by Hugh Forrest | January 29, 2014

Lots of alternative housing options still available for SXSW Interactive 2014

Are you a digital creative wanting to come to Austin in March for all the career-enhancing connections at the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival? If so, then you will need a place to stay while you are in town for these amazing activities. While all the official SXSW hotel blocks are sold out during the March 6-12 timeframe, many alternative housing markets remain open. In other words, you still have plenty of options!

Austin residents have been enthusiastic about offering their homes as short-term rentals -- so a little legwork on sites like HomeAway.com, VRBO.com or FlipKey.com might get you the perfect bungalow or condominium. Hint: search for locations like Downtown, East 6th/East Caesar Chavez, Clarksville, West Campus, South Congress, South First, South Lamar, and the zip codes 78704, 78703, 78701 and 78702.

Also, a little research on individual hotel brand websites could turn up a room that will suit you to a T. Or check online travel sites like Expedia, Travelocity, or Kayak. At this point, the SXSW group rate won’t be available to you, but the accommodations are the important thing. You might also browse the SXSW Housing FAQ for Austin-area hotel ideas. For other alternative housing ideas, please contact the SXSW Housing Department by email or by phone (512-467-7979)

If you end up staying outside downtown, remember that Capitol Metro (Austin’s public transport) supplements bus service and increases urban rail during SXSW. This urban rail system provides the prefect way to get to the Austin Convention Center from outlying areas -- without having to worry about downtown parking.

One way or another, purchasing a registration and taking part in the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival provides a fantastic opportunity to take your career to the next level. So, spend a few minutes investigating these alternative lodging options and you will be completely set for taking advantage of all that the event has to offer!