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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: I am from San Antonio so I am completely biased and think it is great.

4 College Senior

Local Area: Many places to go near campus.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: San Antonio is a great city to live in!

4 College Freshman

Local Area: I get in town pretty easily and there is always something to do in San Antonio.

5 College Student

Local Area: I love San Antonio! And, the Alamo Heights area is great!


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A great thing about coming to UIW is that it is located in San Antonio, a grand city full of life and culture. There is a lot to do! For starters, downtown San Antonio is located just a few minutes away. There, you can walk around the famous Riverwalk, or even ride a boat in the river. Ripley's Believe it or Not, located right across from the Alamo, is one of the main attractions for people of all ages, so if you happen to have younger siblings in town, Ripley's would be a great place to take them.

You will always look quite fashionable at UIW, since San Antonio has many tasteful shopping centers. The closest ones to UIW are the Rivercenter Mall, the Alamo Quarry Market, and Northstar Mall. They each have their own unique touch to the shopping experience. If roller coasters and the Looney Tunes are your thing, Six Flags is the place to go. Or perhaps you would like to hang with Shamu at Sea World. If you do end up coming to UIW, it would be a good idea to invest in a season pass for either of these theme parks so that you can enjoy them all year round!

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. San Antonio is quite a popular city with more than 26 million visitors each year.
  2. It is the third-fastest growing city in the United States, as well as the seventh-largest city in the country.
  3. The Riverwalk stretches for about two and a half miles.
  4. The city is one of the most affordable in the country, both for those who live there and for those who visit.
  5. It has the third largest zoo in the country with more than 3,500 animals.
Notable Natives
  • David R. Scott - astronaut
  • Jesse James Leija - boxer
  • Joan Crawford - actress
  • Carol Burnett - comedian
  • Patsy Torres - Tejano music singer
Points of Interest
  • The Alamo
  • Downtown San Antonio
  • Fiesta Texas Theme Park (Six Flags)
  • Japanese Tea Gardens
  • San Antonio Zoo
  • Sea World
  • Witte Museum
Shopping Centers
  • Alamo Quarry Market
  • Northstar Mall
  • Rivercenter Mall
  • The Shoppes at La Cantera
Movie Theaters
Regal Alamo Quarry Theatre
255 E. Basse Rd.
San Antonio
(800) 326-3264
Major Sports Teams
  • San Antonio Missions: Minor league baseball
  • San Antonio Silver Stars: WNBA
  • San Antonio Spurs: NBA
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Austin, Texas: : 1 hour, 20 minutes
  • Corpus Christie, Texas: : 2 hours 35 minutes
  • Dallas: : 4 hours, 45 minutes
  • Houston: : 3 hours, 20 minutes
  • South Padre Island, Texas: : 5 hours, 15 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 74 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 76 responses

  • 66% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 8% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 5% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 20% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 1% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 74 responses

  • 62% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 32% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 5% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 76 responses

  • 46% Totally.
  • 42% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 12% No way.



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