It balances being a college town and a town with a college
There’s no denying the momentous role UT Austin has played in shaping the city, both on a macro and micro level, and we all get to enjoy the effects of living so close to one of the biggest universities in the country: tailgating, museums, a generally forward-thinking attitude and approach to life, and more. Hell, you can even take classes if you miss the glorious highs and lows of academia.
But if you wouldn’t call yourself a fan whether it’s because you immigrated from A&M or you just DGAF -- you can go on and live a normal, full, wonderful existence without getting sucked into a burnt-orange vortex. (You will still get stuck in game-day traffic, though. Some things are unavoidable.)