Moving from Oakland, CA to Austin, TX

Leaving Oakland for Austin

While you may miss the bay breeze, the cool, year-round climate and the West Coast lifestyle you’ve grown accustomed to in Oakland, there’s a lot to like about Austin and you’ll love making it your new home! Learn what makes life in Austin great, and see how a company like U-Pack® can help you with your move. 

Job market

If you’re moving to Austin for work, you’ll have lots of options! Like in Oakland, many Austin residents work in tourism, finance, education and healthcare. But, what really makes Austin’s job market unique is that the city is considered a hub for high tech companies and many Fortune 500 companies like 3M, Apple and Amazon have operations in the city. Other major employers in the city include Sweet Leaf Tea Company, Dell, YETI and RetailMeNot. Whatever your career interests, Austin is sure to be a good fit for you.


If you’re moving to Austin, you’ve likely already heard the term “Keep Austin Weird” at least once or twice. The city’s motto reflects its diverse and eccentric population and helps promote the variety of local independent businesses in the city. But, don’t worry, you’re not in for too much of a culture shock by moving from Oakland to Austin. Like in Oakland, Austin has a significant arts and cultural scene. In fact, the city is considered the “Live Music Capital of the World” and there are plenty of opportunities to see art or live music across the city year-round. Austin also has art museums, places for outdoor recreation and opportunities for watching live sporting events.

Food options

Are you a foodie? You’re in for a treat, if so! Maybe one of the most charming aspects of life in Austin is the abundance of authentic, locally sourced goods and food. The city has a number of locally owned and operated coffee shops, food trucks, bars and restaurants and serve a variety of cuisine to cater to any taste bud or appetite! Try a bagel sandwich from Nervous Charlie’s, sushi from Uchi, a trailer park taco from Torchy’s, or some barbecue from Franklin’s (get there early before they run out!). If you’re vegan, there are plenty of choices in Austin. We recommend checking out the butternut squash pizza from True Food Kitchen, the gooey cinnamon rolls from Skull & Cakebones, or the forbidden rice from Flower Child! Austin is a great food city with a lot of unique options! It’s a great place to expand your food palate and try something new!

Need help getting to Austin?

If you need help with your move, consider U-Pack®. With our “you pack, we drive” service, you pack and load, and then we’ll deliver everything to your new home in Austin. Or, load and unload at a nearby service center to save up to $300 on your move! Get a free quote or call us at 844-362-5303844-594-3077 to see how much your move from Oakland to Austin will cost.