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3 College Freshman

Local Area: It's not exactly amazing, but we are located in dead center of San Antonio. There isn't a whole lot you can do without a car. I suggest having a reliable source of transportation.

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: Not much to do on the west side of SA. You need a car to go to the movies, shopping, bowling.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Small city charm; fairly close to downtown San Antonio. There is some crime, but the people their have a inbred sense of pride and dignity just don't step on it.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: The university is located on the West side of San Antonio. The majority of the are Hispanic and there are many local businesses. A lot of different great services for a decent price and done/made in good quality.

4 College Senior

Local Area: Very rich history downtown, lots of shopping with great brand names, pro basketball team, lots of great concerts, Fiesta, etc...


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San Antonio is a fun place for students. It is a major city known for landmarks such as The Alamo, River Walk, and the Tower of the Americas, and there is plenty to do to keep students entertained. There are various shopping centers, including North Star Mall, Quarry Market, and Rivercenter Mall, which are popular places for students to go. There is also a Six Flags amusement park, SeaWorld, and other tourist attractions. If you’re into sports, you can go to a San Antonio Spurs game. Downtown is a popular destination for Our Lady of the Lake University students, and they can watch a movie at the IMAX or other theaters, dine at a unique local restaurant, go to any of the clubs or bars around, or take a peaceful walk in the San Antonio Botanical Garden. San Antonio is also a major military city, so there are bases open to the public. There are also events and festivals that are celebrated in San Antonio, including the Texas Folklife Festival in June and Fiesta in April.

San Antonio is home to a number of other universities, such as a campus of the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), Incarnate Word, Trinity, and St. Mary's. Incarnate Word and St. Mary's are particularly friendly places. One thing to be aware of is that Our Lady of the Lake University is located in an area with a high crime rate, so it is advised that you never leave campus alone and in the dark.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The city is home to The Alamo, a famous battle site in the Texas War for Independence.
  2. San Antonio is the second largest city in Texas and the seventh largest in the nation.
  3. The Texas Folklife Festival is held in San Antonio and is for all the various ethnic groups in the state.
  4. The McNay Art Museum is Texas' first modern art museum.
  5. There are four military bases in San Antonio and two outside of the city.
Notable Natives
  • Carol Burnett - actress
  • Robert Cade - inventor of Gatorade
  • Sandra Cisneros - author
  • Joan Crawford - actress
  • Tommy Lee Jones - actor, lives in Terrell Hills
  • Shaquille O'Neal - NBA player, attended high school in San Antonio
  • Michelle Rodriguez - actress
  • George Strait - country singer
Points of Interest
  • The Alamo
  • McNay Art Museum
  • River Walk
  • San Antonio Botanical Garden
  • SeaWorld
  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas
  • Splashtown San Antonio
  • Tower of the Americas
Shopping Centers
  • North Star Mall
  • Quarry Market
  • River Walk
  • Rivercenter Mall
  • South Park Mall
Movie Theaters
AMC Rivercenter 9 and IMAX Theatre
849 E. Commerce
(210) 228-0351
Major Sports Teams
  • San Antonio Missions: minor league baseball
  • San Antonio Rampage: hockey
  • San Antonio Spurs: NBA
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Austin: Texas: 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Corpus Christi: Texas: 2 hours, 15 minutes
  • Houston: Texas: 3 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 31 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 30 responses

  • 77% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 3% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 0% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 20% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 31 responses

  • 71% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 26% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 3% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 30 responses

  • 50% Totally.
  • 47% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 3% No way.
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