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105 Apartments for rent in San Marcos, TX

Last updated October 21 at 5:33pm UTC
Sienna Pointe
2913 Hunter Rd
San Marcos, TX
Updated October 21 at 3:17pm UTC
1 Bedroom
2 Bedrooms
3 Bedrooms
1624 Aquarena Springs Dr
Millview West
San Marcos, TX
Updated October 21 at 5:33pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
1008 Faris St
San Marcos, TX
Updated October 21 at 10:25am UTC
2 Bedrooms
1929 Stonehaven
San Marcos
San Marcos, TX
Updated October 21 at 9:42am UTC
3 Bedrooms
1690 Hofheinz St
San Marcos, TX
Updated October 20 at 1:36am UTC
2 Bedrooms
205 Craddock
Hughson Heights
San Marcos, TX
Updated October 19 at 2:47am UTC
2 Bedrooms
265 Cordero
San Marcos
San Marcos, TX
Updated October 16 at 6:12am UTC
3 Bedrooms
1202 Thorpe Unit 305
Millview West
San Marcos, TX
Updated October 21 at 10:20am UTC
2 Bedrooms
125 Barton Rd
San Marcos
San Marcos, TX
Updated October 21 at 9:41am UTC
3 Bedrooms
202 N LBJ
Downtown San Marcos
San Marcos, TX
Updated October 21 at 2:41am UTC
2 Bedrooms
817 Old Ranch Road 12
Southwest Hills
San Marcos, TX
Updated October 20 at 6:34am UTC
3 Bedrooms
518 Gladney
San Marcos
San Marcos, TX
Updated October 18 at 11:43pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
718 Old Settlers Dr
San Marcos
San Marcos, TX
Updated October 17 at 8:09pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
510 Harvey
San Marcos, TX
Updated October 17 at 12:40am UTC
1 Bedroom
City Guide
San Marcos
It's pronounced San Marcus

More than 10,000 years ago, San Marcos was a river town. More than 10,000 years later, San Marcos is still a river town, with a present day population spoiled by the pleasures of spring-fed waters and an old Austin atmosphere. Necessities include a guitar, a case of beer, and a tube for floating the San Marcos River.

Getting Around Town

The only public transportation system is CARTS (taken from the local supermarket – bring a friend to push - kidding), a rural bus that runs throughout central Texas and is less than convenient for most residents. However, Texas State students can enjoy a very convenient intra-urban and interurban bus system, the Bobcat Tram. Most rentals, shopping, and activities are easy to walk or bike to, and traffic is never too terrible. The worst congestion is on Aquarena Springs Drive and Allen Parkway, being the two major routes to the Texas State University campus and the most frantic escape after classes let out.


San Marcos is a great city to be a tow truck driver. These guys are really banking, with plenty of students, tourists, and even some unsuspecting locals on which to prey. Never park in a shopping center around campus unless you are shopping there, and only there. Store owners and tow truck drivers keep a close eye on the parking lots, and they will tow your car without hesitation. Don't even think about walking next door or across the street without taking your car with you. Street parking, on the other hand, is less prone to predatory tow trucks, but more prone to parking tickets. Just a half of a millisecond over the stated time limit, and you can bet you'll be getting a ticket. Rumor has it that San Marcus meter maids have olympic sanctioned chronometers and zero sense of humor.

College Town Quirks

Having such a large student population, the culture as well as the rental market sways with the seasons, with most students moving out of apartments during winter and summer breaks. For the best availabilities, look for apartments in the off season, when classes are not in session.

San Martian Fish People

The culture of San Marcos creates a very unique breed of happy river rats who spend most of their days fishing, kayaking, snorkeling, tubing, and simply relaxing along the San Marcos River. Guitar, mandolin, trumpet, ukulele, drums, and harmonica are often heard along the banks, as many lifetime locals and freshly transplanted Austin musicians like to play down by the water, especially at City Park near the top of the river, and at Rio Vista Park, downstream near the tube shoot. There are also lots of festivals and events on the banks of the San Marcos, with great local bands, Austin bands, as well as some big name acts. So, if you are new to town or have been living under a rock for the last 10,000 years (climb out - you're just being lazy and need a shower), then it's high time you get your built-in floating device to the river for some local company, dankmusic, and refreshing spring water.


West of I-35

The Texas State University campus is located here, at the top of a tiring hill that will literally take your breath away. Many students ride the bus less than a few hundred yards just to avoid taking on the steep incline, especially during the 100+ degree Bobcat days of summer. The scene on the west side is usually filled with backpack-wearing, bicycle-riding and hill-climbing students.. In the afternoons, you will witness a similar scene, except the people will be wearing swimsuits instead of backpacks.

Down the hill from the Texas State campus is where San Martians go to eat, drink, and shop. Numerous coffee houses provide caffeine as well as art and music. Alvin Ord's is probably the most popular sandwich shop, and rightfully so, with a short but divinely delicious menu, some really cool employees, good music on the radio, and thousands of doodles on the tables, walls, and booths (try the Salvation). There several bars and live music venues within walking distance, where you can hear just about every type of music alive, from jazz to drum circles, reggae to bluegrass, gypsy-punk, blues, country and funk... I can go on, but you get the idea.

Inexpensive rentals are available a bit further from campus, including apartments, trailer parks, tiny houses, and large, eclectically designed hillside homes. Here, there is a large population of fun-loving, music-making locals that come together for singer/songwriter circles at Cheatham Street Warehouse, as well as at nearby house parties and barbecues. Pricewise, the flatter the landscape, the lower the rental rates, with a few exceptions near the river.

Whether you choose to live on campus, around downtown, up in the hills, or in the less expensive flatlands, the west side has everything you could need within easy biking distance.

East of I-35

On the east side of town there is much less traffic, both in the river and on the roads. Life east of the interstate is a lot quieter, with mostly residential areas where people like to come home to sleep, not to have a party. The day time is full of outdoors activities, with plenty of river access points, including the enormous area with the mouthful-of-a-name, John. J. Stokes San Marcos River City Park.

Housing includes a few off-campus student rentals, plenty of affordable townhomes and plain-Jane apartments, as well as house rentals and trailer parks (it's Texas, after all)

On the farthest reaches of the city's southern boundary, you will find a huge outlet mall that will bring any shopaholic to their knees, and just a little farther you will find the Texas Ski Ranch, a general heaven-on-earth for wakeboarders, trick skiers, knee-boarders, skateboarders, BMX riders, dirt bikers, and everyone else that just likes to chill out and watch some extreme sports. Featuring an amazing skate park, a dirt bike area, a cable lake with rails and jumps that encircle a tiny island of grazing goats, and a full bar upstairs overlooking the water, this has got to be one of the coolest places in all of Texas.

Now is the time for the long, winding, hilly road to your new home. No matter where you land in this city, the river will always flow, and your cup will always runneth over.

Rent Report
San Marcos

October 2018 San Marcos Rent Report

Welcome to the October 2018 San Marcos Rent Report. San Marcos rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the San Marcos rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the state and nation.

San Marcos rents increased moderately over the past month

San Marcos rents have increased 0.3% over the past month, and have increased moderately by 2.7% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in San Marcos stand at $960 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,190 for a two-bedroom. This is the sixth straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in March. San Marcos' year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 1.6%, as well as the national average of 0.9%.

Rents rising across cities in Texas

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of San Marcos, but across the entire state. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in Texas, 8 of them have seen prices rise. The state as a whole logged rent growth of 1.6% over the past year. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the state.

  • Looking throughout the state, Plano is the most expensive of all Texas' major cities, with a median two-bedroom rent of $1,430; of the 10 largest cities in Texas that we have data for, Lubbock and El Paso, where two-bedrooms go for $820 and $830, are the only two major cities in the state to see rents fall year-over-year (-1.9% and -1.4%).
  • Houston, Corpus Christi, and Arlington have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (2.8%, 2.5%, and 2.0%, respectively).

San Marcos rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

As rents have increased moderately in San Marcos, a few large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more modestly, or in some cases, even decline. San Marcos is still more affordable than most large cities across the country.

  • San Marcos' median two-bedroom rent of $1,190 is slightly above the national average of $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 0.9% over the past year compared to the 2.7% increase in San Marcos.
  • While San Marcos' rents rose moderately over the past year, the city of Seattle saw a decrease of 1.6%.
  • Renters will find more reasonable prices in San Marcos than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,110, which is more than two-and-a-half times the price in San Marcos.

For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.
City Median 1BR price Median 2BR price M/M price change Y/Y price change
Austin $1,150 $1,420 0.1% 1.2%
Round Rock $1,240 $1,530 -0.1% 1.1%
Cedar Park $1,320 $1,630 0.3% 0.5%
Georgetown $1,210 $1,490 -0.1% -0.1%
Pflugerville $1,240 $1,530 -0.3% -0.1%
San Marcos $960 $1,190 0.3% 2.7%

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Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.


Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

Read more about our methodology here.

About Rent Reports:

Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.