The main campus is in the heart of the Richardson, Texas, Telecom Corridor, 18 miles north of downtown Dallas, on the boundary of Dallas and Collin counties. UT Dallas owns generally contiguous land in Richardson, Texas consisting of approximately 1.88 km2 for campus development and another 1.07 km2 adjacent to the campus.
Students have a selection of food sources on campus, with Subway, Panda Express and Chick-fil-A being the most popular choices among students. The Comet Cafe also offers various types of prepackaged meals, soups, drinks, and snacks.
Student organizations sponsor a variety of activities for the campus including service projects and community outreach. With more than 300 registered student organizations at UT Dallas, it is easy for students to get connected.
UT Dallas is also a home to nearly 25 national Greek-letter fraternities and sororities, 13 competitive athletic teams and 26 club sports. The School of Arts and Humanities presents an average of 50 artistic, musical and theatrical events a year. The UT Dallas chess team has won state, national and international titles and regularly represents the University in the Final Four of Chess.
Students balance studies with creative physical activities. While the Activity Center features a fully equipped recreational sports facility with racquetball, squash, basketball courts and an indoor swimming pool, UT Dallas students enjoy intense competitions in water polo, rock climbing and Oozeball, a mud splattered volleyball tournament.
The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is one of the nation's largest urban areas, with shopping, entertainment venues, five major sports teams, museums and art galleries and places for outdoor running, biking, hiking and skating. Area attractions include the Fort Worth Stockyards, the Dallas and Fort Worth zoos, Fair Park, the Dallas World Aquarium, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, the Kimbell and Amon Carter museums and the Dallas Arts District.
Major sports teams include the Dallas Cowboys and their $1.2 billion stadium, the Dallas Mavericks, the Dallas Stars, the Texas Rangers and the soccer team FC Dallas. Dallas's vibrant music scene covers the spectrum-rock, jazz, blues, country, classical and more.
To get to all these venues, the University offers free DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) gold passes to students, giving unlimited access to buses, light rail and the University's own Comet Cruiser line that runs to local businesses and grocery stores near campus.
On-campus housing consists of the University Commons five residential halls and more than 1,200 apartments. The apartment buildings 1–37, 696 units, and buildings 38–67, 541 units, are owned by the university and privately managed by American Campus Communities under the name University Village.
The apartments vary from 1-bedroom to 4-bedroom units and amenities include swimming pools, volleyball courts, outdoor grills, and study centers.
The Career Center offers a variety of services for students during all stages of their job search. Licensed professional career counselors provide career assessments and mock interview training. A full-time resume editor helps prepare resumes and cover letters, business communications and personal statements.
The center also has career workshops and an online job-search data base and helps students find internships for the summer or school year. Because DFW is one of the nation's busiest and fastest growing business regions, UT Dallas graduates are highly recruited by leading local and national companies and receive prestigious graduate fellowships, scholarships and advanced research opportunities.
88% of a recent UT Dallas graduating class reported employment or continuing education upon graduation. Graduates have received job offers from corporations such as Amazon, Citigroup, Exxon Mobil, Hewlett Packard, Merrill Lynch, Microsoft, Texas Instruments and Xerox.
Richardson, Texas, known as The Telecom Corridor, is home to diverse global technology-based companies. Eighteen of the top 21 Fortune 500 companies headquartered in the DFW Metroplex recruit UT Dallas graduates.
Cited in Richardson, Texas, UTD is in a prime location that places it in the second largest state and the fourth largest metropolitan area in the nation. Because of the two local airports, Dallas Love Field and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, the Dallas area is an international destination.