Clients often ask about the difference between renting apartments in Austin vs. Round Rock. A lot of people enjoy living in Round Rock because it's a small community with the small community feel you would expect to go along with that. Also, it's a historic Texas town with a quaint downtown and other features that make you feel more like you are living in a small town than a rapidly growing suburb. Round Rock is also a newer, younger city that is growing quickly.
Round Rock has been growing over the last fifteen to twenty years, and in the last few years has become one of the fastest growing cities in the nation. Its location just to the north of Austin makes it easily accessibly from I-35 or Mopac if you have to commute to Austin or just get back to Austin for other reasons.
The apartments in Round Rock tend to be newer and because land tends to be more affordable in Round Rock, there are more resort-style apartments with tons of amenities like resort-style pools, business centers, everything you'd expect in a brand new master-planned community. The rent also compares very favorably with the rent in Austin. Rents in Round Rock are very competitive with those in Austin because you're not in the city center.
There are lots of employers in Round Rock including Dell and Westinghouse. As far as education, the number of choices is quickly growing. Concordia just put a school there, Texas A&M recently opened a new medical school there, Texas State has a new campus there, and Austin Community College has a campus in Round Rock. So whether you are moving to Round Rock for employment or education, you're in a great place!