Local Atmosphere

San Marcos, TX
Tuition (in-state)
$16,858 ($7,732)
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4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: San Marcos is a beautiful city and has incredible scenery. The hilly landscape is very easy on the eyes and encourages the residents to go out and explore. Prior to living in San Marcos i had never gone hiking or canoeing, but that changed once i moved there. There is also the beautiful San Marcos river that runs right through campus, and is always full of students. The local restaurants provide good food at a good price, and the nightlife is as entertaining as it can get. The local atmosphere in San Marcos makes Texas State one of the best in the country

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Everyone is extremely friendly, just kind of hard to find something to do other than go to the square, the river or making a trip to Austin or San Antonio.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: it is a college town. so its small. but all residents are very nice

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: theres is not alot to do but you always find fun

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: It is a very friendly atmosphere and also a very relaxing environment.


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Nate Stanley
Cedar Falls, Iowa
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San Marcos, Texas is a nice, quiet, little town. It has a real hometown feel to it. The locals are friendly to students, the traffic really isn't that bad (unless a train comes through, then traffic can get backed up), and the San Marcos River really ties the community together.

Local businesses are very receptive to the needs of students. They offer special discounts, ranging from free car inspections and apartment locating to discounted meals or drinks. San Marcos is also about a 30-minute drive from Austin's infamous Sixth Street. Plus, there are party buses that take you from San Marcos to Austin and back, so you don't have to drive.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
The San Marcos River is a natural, spring-fed river that houses the rare Texas "Blind" Salamander. It is the only place in the world this species of salamander lives.
Notable Natives
  • Charles Austin - 1996 Olympic gold medalist in the men's high jump
  • Powers Boothe - actor
  • Lyndon B. Johnson - thirty-sixth President of the United States
Points of Interest
  • Aquarena Center
  • Cheatham Street Warehouse
  • IMAX Theater (Austin)
  • San Marcos River
  • Splashtown Waterpark (San Antonio)
  • Wonder World Park
Shopping Centers
  • San Marcos Premium Outlets
  • Tanger Outlet Center
Movie Theaters
9900 S. IH-35 Service Rd. SB
(512) 291-0171
Movie Theaters
Texas Cinemas - Showplace 3
321 N. LBJ Dr.
San Marcos
(512) 353-3555
Movie Theaters
Texas Cinemas - Starplex 12
1250 Wonder World Dr.
San Marcos
(512) 805-8000
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Austin: : 30 minutes
  • Dallas: : 3 hours, 45 minutes
  • Houston: : 2 hours, 45 minutes
  • San Antonio: : 1 hour
Did You Know?
The Tanger Outlet Center in San Marcos is the biggest in Texas and has more than 100 brand-name outlets.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 189 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 187 responses

  • 1% Painfully remote.
  • 9% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 14% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 60% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 17% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 187 responses

  • 14% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 22% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 64% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 186 responses

  • 31% No way.
  • 55% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 15% Totally.



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