Off-Campus Housing

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

Off-Campus Housing: There are a variety of complexes in the area. You can find anything from houses to duplexes to studios and two bedrooms. It's better than cramped dorm rooms and actually can be a lot cheaper if you budget wisely. Totally worth it. You can find a place to live anywhere.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is really nice but should be cheaper for the students that have to pay their way through school and can not afford the ridiculous 600 a month for rent.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: the landlords hassle students about contracts because they know they can take advantage of us.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Most apartment complexes in San Marcos are cheap and crappy quality, however, there are more complexes available for multiple roommates (3-5) AND its easier to find less expensive places. There are at least 4 new complexes being built as of 2014, too.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I just don't like being far from campus. The bus ride to campus can take awhile and parking is expensive.


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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 187 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 185 responses

  • 2% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 3% 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.
  • 31% 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 185 responses

  • 25% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 49% Somewhat helpful.
  • 26% Extremely helpful.


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