Off-Campus Housing

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

Off-Campus Housing: I commute every day to school.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There's a ton of options as far as off-campus housing goes. There's Wildwood (my favorite), Copper Beech, The Outpost, The Avenue, The Village, The Retreat, The Grove, University Springs, University Heights 1 and 2, etc etc. They're each kind of different, with a different look and theme going on. However, they WILL try to screw you over in so many ways, so make sure you utilize the free TXST attorney services (they will look over your lease for you and point out any discrepancies and give you legal advice like tell you to take pictures of any damage the first time you step in the apartment so they can't try to blame it on you once you move out).

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are many options in every price range. The campus also has apartment reps in the quad almost every week, so the school makes it very easy to look for an apartment in your price range.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's nice to have your own place and there're lots of apartment complexes to choose from. Some are a bit far from campus and others are more expensive. A few include amenities and furniture so they're convenient.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Many off-campus housing choices are available to students, though the school does not work with them that I know of. There is almost always availability. Cost is cheaper than dorms and also many other school's off-campus housing. Parking is AWFUL! Safety is good, there are almost always security on property! Landlords are awful, they take advantage of the fact that we are students that are living on our own for the first time.


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  • 24th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

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Nate Stanley
Cedar Falls, Iowa
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There are a lot of options when it comes to off-campus housing. You don't have to search on your own, either. There are apartment locating offices around the Downtown Square with realtors who are more than happy to set you up with the perfect apartment, house, or townhome. 

Texas State also has apartment locating options, where they pair you up with other Texas State students based on a small profile you submit. Check out the Department of Housing and Residential Life page on the Texas State website for more information on getting set up with a sweet apartment close to campus.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Start looking at least two months before you are going to move. Sometimes, realtors will allow you to pre-lease so that you have a secured place to live, even if it's a month or two before you have to move.
Popular Areas
  • Bobcat Village Apartments
  • Cabana Beach Apartments
  • North LBJ Drive has a lot of apartments rented out mostly to students. And most of the complexes are within walking/biking/riding distance from campus!
  • Sagewood Trail Duplexes
  • The Edge Apartments
  • Treehouse Apartments
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $600
  • 2 BR: $800
  • 3 BR: $1,000

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 170 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 171 responses

  • 2% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 2% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 64% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 32% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 170 responses

  • 26% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 49% Somewhat helpful.
  • 24% Extremely helpful.


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