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168 Apartments for rent in San Marcos, TX

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Check out 168 verified apartments for rent in San Marcos, TX with rents starting as low as $500. Some apartments for rent in San Marcos might offer rent specials. Look out for the
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The Cedars of San Marcos
1101 Leah Ave
San Marcos, TX
1 Bedroom
$999
713 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,153
974 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,501
1153 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 09:31 AM
Right off I-35. On-site amenities include a pool, clubhouse and basketball court. Pet-friendly. Recently renovated community with hardwood floors, fireplaces, updated appliances, and patios or a balcony.
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36 Units Available
The Palazzo
1011 Wonder World Dr
San Marcos, TX
1 Bedroom
$985
769 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,250
1081 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 24 at 09:31 AM
New elegant apartment homes feature granite counters, stainless steel appliances and patio/balcony. Luxury grounds offer clubhouse, media center, playground, business center, pool and more. Minutes from downtown San Marcos amenities and Texas State University.
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10 Units Available
McCarty Commons
1476 E McCarty Ln
San Marcos, TX
1 Bedroom
$1,060
803 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,375
1099 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 24 at 06:02 AM
McCarty Commons, a vibrant lifestyle community in the heart of San Marcos, satisfies those who want to be connected to the surrounding area, minutes from business hubs, shopping, dining & recreation.
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34 Units Available
Hawthorne at Blanco Riverwalk
191 Cotter Ave
San Marcos, TX
1 Bedroom
$1,145
807 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,429
1109 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,739
1329 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 03:48 AM
The quiet stream of the Blanco River will welcome you home to San Marcos' newest luxury apartments, Hawthorne at Blanco Riverwalk.
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8 Units Available
Sadler House Luxury Apartment Homes
1271 Sadler Drive
San Marcos, TX
1 Bedroom
$965
752 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,280
1022 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 03:48 AM
San Marcos apartment community near I-35. One- and two-bedroom homes feature granite countertops, in-unit laundry, and stainless-steel appliances. Community amenities include a dog park, a pool with sun deck, and a 24-hour gym.
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4 Units Available
Nest Apartments
518 Linda Dr , San Marcos, TX
Blanco Gardens
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,009
747 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 24 at 06:15 AM
Welcome home to Nest Apartments! Our beautiful community offers newly renovated one and two bedroom apartments, featuring modern finishes, designer colors, and superior attention to detail.
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2 Units Available
The Timbers
900 Peques St , San Marcos, TX
Forest Hills
1 Bedroom
$959
578 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$519
846 sqft
Last updated September 18 at 02:18 PM
Campus is Open for Fall 2020! Walking Distance to Texas State The Timbers offers newly renovated studio, 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments located steps from Texas State, Bikini Hill, and more. Come see why so many call us home!
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9 Units Available
Sienna Pointe
2913 Hunter Rd
San Marcos, TX
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$891
870 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,151
996 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 03:47 AM
Sienna Pointe offers our residents a beautiful retreat located on 13 lush acres in the Texas Hill Country.
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7 Units Available
Parkway Grande Apartment Homes
1811 Medical Pkwy
San Marcos, TX
1 Bedroom
$1,023
666 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,288
1010 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 03:48 AM
Luxurious in-unit amenities include laundry, patio or balcony, and hardwood floors. Community also offers gym, pool, parking, and conference room. Great location close to dining, parks, and nightlife.
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7 Units Available
Blanco River Lodge
1650 River Rd
San Marcos, TX
1 Bedroom
$1,093
607 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,081
863 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 24 at 03:48 AM
Backs onto Blanco River with downtown a short drive away along Hopkins Street. Spacious one- to three-bedroom units with hardwood cabinets, black appliances, private balcony/patio and in-unit W/D. Clubhouse, gated community. Pets welcome.
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6 Units Available
Clarewood Apartments
1400 Clarewood Dr
San Marcos, TX
1 Bedroom
$965
636 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,055
862 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,355
1050 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 06:23 AM
Apartments feature air conditioning, built-in bookshelves, fireplaces and washer/dryer. Community includes swimming pool, BBQ grills, volleyball court and pet stations. Located close to Texas State University, Bobcat Stadium and William and Eleanor Crook Park.
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17 Units Available
Springmarc Apartments
1350 Sadler Dr
San Marcos, TX
1 Bedroom
$932
666 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,098
960 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,372
1150 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 03:48 AM
Hardwood floors and granite counters in air-conditioned apartments. Internet cafe, media room and 24-hour gym on-site. Within walking distance of the Red Oak Village Shopping Center and movie theater. Next to I-35.
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5 Units Available
Encino Pointe Apartment Homes
1800 Post Rd
San Marcos, TX
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$836
892 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,100
1078 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 03:47 AM
Encino Pointe offers our residents a beautiful retreat located on 26 lush acres in the Texas Hill Country. Offering comfortably priced 1, 2, 3 and 4-bedroom apartment homes less than 5 minutes from the San Marcos Historic Downtown Square.
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10 Units Available
Park Hill
1001 Leah Ave
San Marcos, TX
1 Bedroom
$985
685 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,220
1000 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 06:15 AM
Welcome Home to Park Hill Apartment Homes! Tucked away in a wooded oasis, our cozy community offers a variety of thoughtfully created one and two bedroom apartment homes for you to choose from while still being just minutes away from everything you
1 Unit Available
102 Preston Trail
102 Preston Trail
San Marcos, TX
3 Bedrooms
$1,695
1176 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 09:42 AM
AVAILABLE NOW! 3 BEDROOM HOME LOCATED IN SAN MARCOS, TX! - AVAILABLE NOW! Nice 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car rear entry detached garage located in desirable Blanco Vista! Open floor plan with lots of windows providing natural light, kitchen has
1 Unit Available
834 Sagewood Trail
834 Sagewood Trail
San Marcos, TX
3 Bedrooms
$1,275
1373 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 09:37 AM
Great two story duplex with 3 bdrm, 3 1/2 bath. All bedrooms are located upstairs, each have its own full bath, large walk in-closets and ceiling fans.
1 Unit Available
881 Sagewood Trail
881 Sagewood Trail
San Marcos, TX
3 Bedrooms
$1,450
2084 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 09:37 AM
GREAT 3 BEDROOM 3.5 BATHROOM DUPLEX ON BUS ROUTE TO CAMPUS. THIS IS AN IDEAL PROPERTY FOR FAMILIES OR STUDENTS. COZY LIVING AREA WITH LOTS OF ROOM.
1 Unit Available
271 Cordero Drive
271 Cordero Drive
San Marcos, TX
3 Bedrooms
$1,695
1768 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 09:37 AM
Beautiful 3 bedroom/ 2-1/2 bath home in the heart of El Camino Real for lease! You'll love the updated kitchen with granite counters, dark cherry stained cabinetry, and stainless steel appliances.
1 Unit Available
516 Candlelight Lane
516 Candlelight Lane , San Marcos, TX
Sunset Acres
3 Bedrooms
$1,600
1704 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 09:37 AM
Very nice 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1 half bath this home recently remolded with fresh paint, new floor, new fixtures. Don't miss out on this centrally located home close to schools, restaurants, and shopping.
1 Unit Available
530 Lindsey Street
530 Lindsey Street , San Marcos, TX
Heritage
2 Bedrooms
$1,100
800 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 09:37 AM
Great location in the Historic district! Move in ready. Super cute 2BR 1 Bath apartment with washer dryer connections. Prefer no pets but willing to talk about it. Call agent for a showing!
1 Unit Available
165 S Guadalupe Street
165 South Guadalupe Street , San Marcos, TX
Downtown San Marcos
1 Bedroom
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3 Bedrooms
$1,550
1100 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 09:37 AM
Want to live downtown? Now you can live in this 3 bedroom/2 bath apartment just off the San Marcos Square. Walk to to Texas State campus, local restaurants and bars, and walk to the river. Large fenced patios or super large balconies.
1 Unit Available
149 Preston Trail
149 Preston Trail
San Marcos, TX
3 Bedrooms
$1,675
1510 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 09:37 AM
Charming residence located in the desirable San Marcos master-planned community, Blanco Vista, offers a convenient location to I-35 and is perfect for commuters. Home has recently received fresh paint throughout and new vinyl plank flooring.
1 Unit Available
310 Pat Garrison Street
310 Pat Garrison Street
San Marcos, TX
2 Bedrooms
$1,200
864 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 09:37 AM
Nice 2 bedroom/2 bath condo with close proximity to Texas State University and downtown (just 2 blocks from each)! Ideal setup for the professional or student with a low maintenance living setup right in the heart of downtown San Marcos.
1 Unit Available
1202 Thorpe Lane
1202 Thorpe Lane
San Marcos, TX
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,200
1036 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 09:37 AM
Available for Immediate move in! Beautiful and spacious 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom condo with an open floor plan. Downstairs unit with a private patio with access from each bedroom. 2 Reserved parking spaces covered and uncovered.

Median Rent in San Marcos

Last updated Sep. 2020
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in San Marcos is $977, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,216.
Studio
$801
1 Bed
$977
2 Beds
$1,216
3+ Beds
$1,631
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Frequently Asked Questions
How much is rent in San Marcos?
In San Marcos, the median rent is $801 for a studio, $977 for a 1-bedroom, $1,216 for a 2-bedroom, and $1,631 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in San Marcos, check out our monthly San Marcos Rent Report.
How much is rent in San Marcos?
In San Marcos, the median rent is $801 for a studio, $977 for a 1-bedroom, $1,216 for a 2-bedroom, and $1,631 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in San Marcos, check out our monthly San Marcos Rent Report.
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You can use the pet-friendly filter to find San Marcos apartments that allow pets.
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While some San Marcos properties may not allow visitors at this time, most are open for business by phone or email. Please reach out to them directly for virtual touring options. Additionally, some properties may offer video and 3D tours, which can be found on the listing details page.
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While some San Marcos properties may not allow visitors at this time, most are open for business by phone or email. Please reach out to them directly for virtual touring options. Additionally, some properties may offer video and 3D tours, which can be found on the listing details page.
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How can I find off-campus housing in San Marcos?
You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around San Marcos. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include Texas State University, Huston-Tillotson University, Our Lady of the Lake University, Saint Edward's University, and Texas Lutheran University.
How can I find off-campus housing in San Marcos?
You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around San Marcos. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include Texas State University, Huston-Tillotson University, Our Lady of the Lake University, Saint Edward's University, and Texas Lutheran University.
City GuideSan 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.

It's pronounced San Marcus
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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.

Getting Around Town
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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.

Parking

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.

Parking
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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.

College Town Quirks
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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.

San Martian Fish People
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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.

Cityscape

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.

Cityscape
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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.

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City GuideSan 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.

It's pronounced San Marcus
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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.

Getting Around Town
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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.

Parking

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.

Parking
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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.

College Town Quirks
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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.

San Martian Fish People
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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.

Cityscape

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.

Cityscape
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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

September 2020 San Marcos Rent Report

Welcome to the September 2020 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 slightly by 1.2% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in San Marcos stand at $976 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,214 for a two-bedroom. This is the fourth straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in April. San Marcos' year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of -0.1%, as well as the national average of 0.3%.

    Rents falling across cities in Texas

    While rent prices have increased in San Marcos over the past year, other cities across the state are seeing the opposite trend. Rents have fallen in 1 of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in Texas. The state as a whole logged rent growth of -0.1% 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 $1,457; of the 10 largest Texas cities that we have data for, 6 have seen rents fall year-over-year, with Laredo experiencing the fastest decline (-1.2%).
    • El Paso, Arlington, and Corpus Christi have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (3.0%, 2.5%, and 0.8%, respectively).

    San Marcos rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

    As rents have increased slightly in San Marcos, other large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more quickly. San Marcos is still more affordable than most large cities across the country.

    • San Marcos' median two-bedroom rent of $1,214 is slightly above the national average of $1,195. Nationwide, rents have held steady over the past year.
    • While San Marcos' rents rose slightly over the past year, some cities nationwide saw increases as well, including Phoenix (+1.7%) and Detroit (+0.8%).
    • Renters will find more reasonable prices in San Marcos than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $2,956, which is nearly 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 Rent
    Median 2BR Rent
    M/M Rent Growth
    Y/Y Rent Growth
    Austin
    $1,170
    $1,450
    -0.2%
    -1.1%
    Round Rock
    $1,300
    $1,600
    0.2%
    1.9%
    Cedar Park
    $1,390
    $1,720
    0.3%
    1%
    Georgetown
    $1,170
    $1,450
    0.2%
    -1.5%
    Pflugerville
    $1,280
    $1,570
    0
    -0.7%
    San Marcos
    $980
    $1,210
    0.3%
    1.2%
    See More

    Methodology - Recent Updates:

    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.

    Methodology:

    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.

    Read More

    September 2020 San Marcos Rent Report

    Welcome to the September 2020 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.

    View full Rent Report

    September 2020 San Marcos Rent Report

    Welcome to the September 2020 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 slightly by 1.2% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in San Marcos stand at $976 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,214 for a two-bedroom. This is the fourth straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in April. San Marcos' year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of -0.1%, as well as the national average of 0.3%.

      Rents falling across cities in Texas

      While rent prices have increased in San Marcos over the past year, other cities across the state are seeing the opposite trend. Rents have fallen in 1 of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in Texas. The state as a whole logged rent growth of -0.1% 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 $1,457; of the 10 largest Texas cities that we have data for, 6 have seen rents fall year-over-year, with Laredo experiencing the fastest decline (-1.2%).
      • El Paso, Arlington, and Corpus Christi have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (3.0%, 2.5%, and 0.8%, respectively).

      San Marcos rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

      As rents have increased slightly in San Marcos, other large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more quickly. San Marcos is still more affordable than most large cities across the country.

      • San Marcos' median two-bedroom rent of $1,214 is slightly above the national average of $1,195. Nationwide, rents have held steady over the past year.
      • While San Marcos' rents rose slightly over the past year, some cities nationwide saw increases as well, including Phoenix (+1.7%) and Detroit (+0.8%).
      • Renters will find more reasonable prices in San Marcos than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $2,956, which is nearly 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 Rent
      Median 2BR Rent
      M/M Rent Growth
      Y/Y Rent Growth
      Austin
      $1,170
      $1,450
      -0.2%
      -1.1%
      Round Rock
      $1,300
      $1,600
      0.2%
      1.9%
      Cedar Park
      $1,390
      $1,720
      0.3%
      1%
      Georgetown
      $1,170
      $1,450
      0.2%
      -1.5%
      Pflugerville
      $1,280
      $1,570
      0
      -0.7%
      San Marcos
      $980
      $1,210
      0.3%
      1.2%
      See More

      Methodology - Recent Updates:

      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.

      Methodology:

      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.