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West Campus Apartment Review: Villas on Rio (Updated for 2024)

By Megan

As a student at the University of Texas, I know how daunting it can feel trying to find an apartment that checks off all of your boxes. Especially in West Campus, the number of housing options available to UT students can be overwhelming.

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The Rambler team has helped hundreds of students navigate their housing search and find their homes in Austin. While we’re confident that Rambler is complete with an excellent array of amenities and floor plans to suit any UT student, we also want you to feel that same confidence when you make a decision at the end of your housing search. For this reason, we’ve created an honest review of Villas on Rio to help you identify your options in West Campus and find a student apartment that is the perfect fit for you.

Villas on Rio: West Campus Student Apartment Review

Villas on Rio, a student housing apartment complex in West Campus Austin.

Photo courtesy of Villas on Rio.

The Basics

Before we dive into the specifics of Villas on Rio, here are some details about the property:

Address: 2111 Rio Grande St.

Neighborhood: West Campus

Year Built: 2021

Number of Beds: 856

Number of Rooms: 284

Number of Stories: 19


Sitting at the corner of Rio Grande St. and West 22nd Street, Villas on Rio is a short walk to the UT Austin campus.

Centrally located within West Campus, Villas on Rio is also walking distance from local favorites like Plucker’s, Raku, and Cain & Abel’s. It is in close proximity to many other apartments such as Moontower, Torre, and The Nine at Rio, plus various Greek houses like Pi Beta Phi, Kappa Delta, and Delta Gamma.


Pool deck at Villas on Rio in West Campus Austin.

Photo courtesy of Villas on Rio.

Villas on Rio wraps in an L-shape around the historic Kenney House, which has been refurbished and now operates as a Starbucks.

Villas on Rio has a mezzanine study lounge overlooking the lobby area and a study lounge with multiple private study rooms equipped with smart technology. Along with an indoor basketball court and fitness center, this property is home to a resort-style spa and wet lounge. Villas on Rio’s rooftop deck features a pool and hot tub, hammock cabana seating, and a fire pit lounge area.

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Units at Villas on Rio come fully furnished with a 65” TV in the living room and an in-unit washer and dryer.


Villas on Rio has a four-level parking garage underneath the building. Limited parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis at an additional monthly charge. Bike storage is also available onsite.

Floorplans & Pricing

Apartment kitchen area at Villas on Rio in West Campus.

Photo courtesy of Villas on Rio.

Villas on Rio offers a variety of floor plans including studios, 1×1, 2×2, 3×3, 4×4, 5x5s and townhomes. The 2x2s and 3x3s have pod-style double occupancy options. There are also 4×4 and 5×5 single occupancy pod-style variations. 

Looking for large options? Check out our 6×6 units and our 12×6 townhomes.

Villas on Rio also offers units with mixed occupancy. These would include two 4×4 options that are half pod-style double occupancy and half single occupancy. In these floor plans, the single occupancy half has a choice of a pod-style or traditional layout. As for the townhomes, there are 3×3 and 4×4 floor plans. The 3×3 townhome also has a mixed occupancy variation with two traditional single occupancy rooms and one pod-style double occupancy room.

All units at Villas on Rio come fully furnished. At the time of publication on December 2023, rates for 2024 – 2025 at Villas on Rio range from the $600s to over $1,900 per person, per month, depending on unit type. All rates are subject to change. You can find current availability and pricing on Villa on Rio’s floor plans page.

At the time of publication, this apartment also has SMART housing spaces in their D1 4×4 floor plan for those who qualify. Looking for SMART housing? Check out our 4×2 unit, The Marfa, where we offer SMART housing by the bed.

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We hope that this review of Villas on Rio helped you evaluate your student housing options and feel more confident making a decision. If you’d like to get to know more about Rambler or West Campus living, contact our leasing office!

Originally published 6/27/2022. Last updated 12/1/2023.

Megan Mills | Rambler Marketing Intern


Megan is a Marketing Intern for Rambler. She is a senior at the University of Texas, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Business.

December 01, 2023

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