San Antonio

San Antonio

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. Historical landmarks, parks, a lively art scene, museums and annual festivals—whether you’re a foodie, amusement park adrenaline-junkie or art enthusiast, there’s something for everyone here.

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. 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 here.

Cool Facts:

  • 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 2.4m—that’s more than the entire state of New Mexico!
  • We’re a hotspot for travel – About 32 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.
  • Named #4 as America’s Next Boom Town. (Forbes)
  • Business is boomin’ – San Antonio is the headquarters of six Fortune 500 companies which include Valero Energy, Andeavor (formerly known as Tesoro Corp), USAA, iHeartMedia, NuStar Energy and CST Brands, Inc.
  • Three centuries of history – 2018 marks the tricentennial year for the city of San Antonio, celebrating 300 years of San Antonio’s history, arts, culture and heritage.

Notable Attractions:

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.

Tower of the Americas

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

The Shops at La Cantera

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

Six Flags Fiesta Texas

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

The Block

Located across from UTSA, this park offers a great (and dog-friendly!) atmosphere to watch sporting events and enjoy some of San Antonio’s Best Food Trucks.

Santikos Palladium IMAX

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

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.

Pearl Historic District

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

San Antonio Zoo

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

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.

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.

Seaworld San Antonio

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

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.

Guadalupe & Comal Rivers

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

San Antonio Art Museum

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

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.

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.