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The Staff at Off-Campus Living is here to promote beneficial programs, provide resources, and initiate innovative services to meet the needs of our off-campus population, as well as assist our on-campus students as they move into a new community.  

Our programs and services Include:

  • Assistance with finding and securing off-campus housing
  • Understanding leasing and the obligations of signing a contract
  • The Off-Campus Housing Fair
  • Weekly Chat 'N' Chews! A chance for students to connect with Off-Campus Living and Off-Campus businesses
  • Off-Campus Living Interest sessions will be presented in various residence halls returning in the Spring semester.  Times and locations will be updated soon. Every student that attends a presentation will receive a door prize.

Letter to Students on Housing Waitlist

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I'm looking for Information on Off-Campus Housing.

ACT Ally Members and Affiliates -  'ACT' or 'Achieving Community Together', is a program designed to help create positive relations between students and local residents which build a strong community together.  Our members are local apartment properties that work to support the mission of the ACT program, and participate in fair business practices.  For more information on the ACT Program and properties listed as ACT members, click here to view an apartment listing!

Table that compares ACT properties


Guide to Living Off Campus - Published every spring, this guide is your complete resource for finding a place to live, signing a lease, solving roommate conflicts, and transitioning to off-campus living.  Click here to view the guide!


Other Housing Resources for students

I'm looking for Information about Parking and Transportation to Campus.

There's a variety of options to get to Texas State!  Here are some tips on the most common forms of transportation to campus.


 Bike to Campus


Bike racks are located around campus to securely park bicycles. To prevent theft students should purchase a lock for their bicycle. Additionally UPD offers bicycle registration. Tips:

  • Safety FIRST! Be safe, learn the route and how traffic flows. Pick routes that are safest when encountering motor vehicles.
  • Secure your bicycle
  • Arrive early on the first day of class
  • For more safety information visit University Police Department - http://www.police.txstate.edu
  • Need help with repairs? looking for parts? Check out the Bike Cave! Your student Bike Cooperative.

 Commuter Parking

Most students commuting to campus will park in a commuter parking lot and then ride one of the shuttles onto campus. Commuter parking lots are located around the perimeter of campus. All university lots require a commuter parking permit.  Tips:

  • Before school begins plan your route and determine which is the closest and quickest.
  • Have alternate parking lots in case one is full.
  • Look up the shuttle bus schedule for the stops near or on the parking lot.
  • On the first day of school arrive at your chosen lot well before class begins - an hour before is recommended.
  • Remember San Marcos has trains, expect the unexpected and delays.
  • Parking Services - click here to register your vehicle and learn about parking locations for commuters


 University/City Shuttle Bus

In addition to providing transportation from commuter parking lots, the university shuttle buses also cover a majority of the apartment complexes within the city of San Marcos. Remember you pay for these buses and your student fees so there is not any charge at the time you ride. Be sure to ask about if a property is on a commuter shuttle route when looking for a place to live.


The Capital Area Rural Transportation System (CARTS) can provide assistance for travel between Austin and San Marcos.  

I'm looking for Information on Commuter Meal Plans.

Texas State University offers many options for eating on campus. Commuters are able to purchase meal plans that can be used across campus.

I'm looking for Information on Getting Involved on Campus.

Texas State has a wealth of involvement oppourtunities for students looking to create an exceptional college experience.  Below are just a few links to get your started in finding a place to get involved!

Off-Campus Living - Department of Housing and Residential Life 

512.245.5595 - OffCampusLiving@txstate.edu