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San Antonio is a city of 1.4 million people, but it can feel like a small town with its warm and friendly faces welcoming you. With the city’s historical landmarks, parks, lively art scene, museums and annual festivals, there’s something for everyone to enjoy here.

A Vibrant and Diverse City

San Antonio is home to a vibrant, diverse culture and features iconic landmarks like The Alamo and River Walk. It’s also just a short trip away from Austin or the beach. San Antonio’s cultural personality is unique. Mexican, European, Asian, African and Western traditions blend to create something not found anywhere else in the country. When you come to study in San Antonio, you are adding to a unique cultural environment that we love to celebrate here.

Cool Facts about San Antonio

  • Everything is bigger in Texas – San Antonio is the second biggest city in Texas and the seventh largest in the nation. Its metro area is twice the size of Chicago and it has a population of 1.4m—that’s more than the entire state of New Mexico!
  • San Antonio is the 7th largest city in the U.S.
  • We’re a hotspot for travel – About 41 million tourists visit San Antonio every year. The Alamo, located Downtown, is Texas’s top tourist attraction.
  • A city of champions – Home to five-time NBA champion the San Antonio Spurs.
  • Business is booming – San Antonio is the headquarters of six Fortune 500 companies including Valero Energy, Andeavor (formerly known as Tesoro Corp), USAA, iHeartMedia, NuStar Energy and CST Brands, Inc.
  • Three centuries of history – 2018 marked the tricentennial year for the city of San Antonio, celebrating 300 years of San Antonio’s history, arts, culture and heritage.
  • The Alamo was named the ‘Best Free Attraction in the USA. (USA Today)

There are so many places to see.

The Shops at La Cantera

Visit The Shops at La Cantera, located across from UTSA, for shopping, dining and entertainment activities.

The Shops at La Cantera
The Block

Located across from UTSA, this park offers a great (and dog-friendly!) atmosphere to watch sporting events and enjoy San Antonio’s best food trucks.

The Block
Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Located next to La Cantera, this large amusement park features dozens of rides, shows and activities.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Santikos Palladium IMAX

This Greek-themed, art-house movie theater offers IMAX screens, table seating, and a full food and drink menu!

Santikos Palladium IMAX
Tower of the Americas

Located in downtown San Antonio, the 750-foot Tower of the Americas provides the most spectacular view of Alamo City.

Tower of the Americas
The Historic River Walk

One of San Antonio’s most popular attractions! This world-famous urban waterway is lined for miles with hotels, restaurants and shops.

The Historic River Walk
Pearl Historic District

This revitalized neighborhood has grown into a communal gathering space that features a wide mix of dining and entertainment.

Pearl Historic District
San Antonio Zoo

Located in beautiful Brackenridge Park and voted best zoo in Texas, this 35-acre zoo features a collection of over 3,500 animals to visit and learn from.

San Antonio Zoo
AT&T Center

Thanks to its seating capabilities, building configurations and tech upgrades, the AT&T Center hosts events that can range from an ice show, basketball game, boxing match, rodeo and more.

AT&T Center
Seaworld San Antonio

This 250-acre marine life amusement park houses an oceanarium and water park and is located on the city’s west side.

Seaworld San Antonio
Military City

San Antonio has been home to a consistent military presence for nearly 300 years. It’s why we’re called a Military City.

Military City
Guadalupe & Comal Rivers

Tubing on the rivers in and around San Antonio is a Hill Country pastime and a favorite South Texas tradition.

Guadalupe & Comal Rivers
Creative City of Gastronmy

We love our food and culinary heritage! San Antonio is designated as a Creative City of Gastronomy by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

SA City of Gastronomy

UTSA is considered one of the best universities in the world, making it a great choice for higher education.

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San Antonio is the #1 most visited city in Texas.

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San Antonio is the second biggest city in Texas with a population of 2.4m.

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The San Antonio Zoo is the third largest in the US.

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Recognized as the #4 Best Big City in the U.S for young grads.

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Home to five-time NBA champion the San Antonio Spurs.

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San Antonio has six Fortune 500 companies.

San Antonio’s cultural personality is unique.

Here, Mexican, European, Asian, African and Western traditions blend to create something not found anywhere else in the country. When you come to study in San Antonio, you are adding to a unique cultural blend that we love to celebrate.

San Antonio explore city art

San Antonio Art Museum

Located on the River Walk, the San Antonio Museum of Art has large collections of ancient Mediterranean art, Asian art and Latin American art with a notable contemporary collection.

Sana Antonio Institute of Texan Cultures

Institute of Texan Cultures

This signature exhibit at the Institute of Texan Cultures contains a display floor that highlights more than 20 cultures that migrated to Texas and made it their home.

San Antonio Missions

San Antonio Missions

The five Historic Missions of San Antonio are a certified World Heritage site! The Alamo is the most famous of these.

Pave your Own Way

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San Antonio B-cycle Stations

Our bike share is designed for short trips and quick adventures around town. When you’re done riding, you can conveniently dock your bike at any B-station.

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Greenway Trails

Hiking and biking along the Greenway trails is a great way to enjoy the outdoors through an ever growing network of multi-use trails that wind through natural landscapes.