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San Marcos

San Marcos is the heart of Texas

San Marcos has the freedom and excitement of the city, with a cozy neighborhood vibe.

Sewell Park

Sewell Park

Sewell Park

Outlet Malls

Outlet Malls

Outlet Malls

Coffee shops

Coffee shops

Coffee shops

Purgatory Creek Natural Area

Purgatory Creek Natural Area

Purgatory Creek Natural Area

Future Students

TXST sound like the place for you? We've got the details.

Future Students

Natural wonder surrounds us

From pristine waters and lush forests to creatures great and small, we’re immersed in nature.

Dive in or float by

Students paddle a canoe across the river’s clear water

The pure, pristine San Marcos River

  • Swimming
  • Floating
  • Paddle boarding
  • Wading
  • Relaxing
  • Historic glass-bottom boats

Run, hike or bike

Students hike down a forested trail at sunrise

More than 22 miles of hiking and biking trails

  • 45 regional, neighborhood and special-use parks, green spaces and natural areas
  • Explore sweeping grasslands, wooded paths and canyon bluffs
  • Excellent birdwatching
  • Abundant natural spaces for quiet escapes (great for long dog walks, too!)
300 days of sunshine a year

300 days of sunshine a year

300 days of sunshine a year

1,200+ acres of natural areas with hiking and biking trails

1,200+ acres of natural areas with hiking and biking trails

1,200+ acres of natural areas with hiking and biking trails

The spring-fed San Marcos River is 72° all year long

The spring-fed San Marcos River is 72° all year long

The spring-fed San Marcos River is 72° all year long

Springtime explosions of blooming wildflowers

Springtime explosions of blooming wildflowers

Springtime explosions of blooming wildflowers

True BBQ masters

True BBQ masters

True BBQ masters

Day trip to Fredericksburg and Enchanted Rock

Day trip to Fredericksburg and Enchanted Rock

Day trip to Fredericksburg and Enchanted Rock

Natural swimming holes

Natural swimming holes

Natural swimming holes

The sweetness of peach season

The sweetness of peach season

The sweetness of peach season

Historic dance halls

Historic dance halls

Historic dance halls

16 miles to historic Gruene Hall

16 miles to historic Gruene Hall

16 miles to historic Gruene Hall

Take a break and explore

San Marcos is overflowing with new things to see, do, taste and experience.

Places to See

Cheatham Street: Historic live music hall

Cheatham Street: Historic live music hall

Cheatham Street: Historic live music hall

Outlet Malls: more than 250 stores at The Premium and Tanger outlets

Outlet Malls: more than 250 stores at The Premium and Tanger outlets

Outlet Malls: more than 250 stores at The Premium and Tanger outlets

How To Get Around

We’ve got ways to get you where you want to be, however you like to get around.

Dos Gatos Kolache Bakery

Dos Gatos Kolache Bakery

Dos Gatos Kolache Bakery

Wake the Dead Coffee House

Wake the Dead Coffee House

Wake the Dead Coffee House

Pie Society — pizza

Pie Society — pizza

Pie Society — pizza

  • Grocery Stores: H-E-B, The Cornucopia
  • Outlet Malls
  • Movie Theaters
  • The Growling Texas Craft Beer Bar
  • Comic Relief — comics & graphic novels
  • Spud Ranch — loaded baked potatoes
  • Loli’s Café — breakfast tacos
  • Mochas & Javas — coffee shop

Vintage clothing shops

Vintage clothing shops

Vintage clothing shops

City parks

City parks

City parks

Downtown/The Square

Downtown/The Square

Downtown/The Square

  • H-E-B grocery store
  • Coffee shops
  • Historic Cheatham Street live music
  • Target
  • River access

Out of State Students

Ready to make TXST your new home?

Residency Info

Find yourself here

Step into your future and your Bobcat community will be with you for the journey.