The Southside of San Antonio is a rapidly developing neighborhood, and Texas A&M University-San Antonio is playing a vital role in driving this growth. The university is currently undertaking several new projects aimed at expanding student opportunities, increasing access to healthcare, and providing modern and comfortable housing options. With vibrant residential communities like VIDA situated nearby, TAMUSA’s fast-paced growth is helping the university strengthen its ties with the local community, contribute to San Antonio’s overall economic resurgence, and create mutually beneficial relationships with nearby communities that promise to enhance the quality of life for both TAMUSA students and residents of the area.
Student Apartments and Housing
TAMUSA is keenly aware of the importance of providing quality apartments, dorms, and other safe housing options directly through the university.
The most exciting among these new projects is the expansion of student apartments in San Antonio. In addition to existing student housing at Esperanza Hall, the university has plans to expand housing options for students. The Texas A&M System Board of Regents recently approved a $32.5 million student housing project at the TAMUSA campus, pursuant to an amendment of the Fiscal Years 2022-2026 capital plan.
With the growing demand for quality student housing, the San Antonio Student Housing Phase II project aims to provide 312 new student beds, along with some new apartments designed for staff or faculty. The nearly 100,000-square-foot facility will include four-bed/double occupancy suites and two-bed/single occupancy suites, as well as lounges, laundry facilities, and trash facilities on each floor.
TAMUSA and University Health have come together to create a new healthcare hub in South Bexar County, providing much-needed healthcare services to the local community. The hub will feature a medical clinic staffed by University Health physicians and will offer a wide menu of services designed to cater to the unique needs of the community, such as:
- General Medicine
- General Surgery
This partnership will also create opportunities for students in the healthcare field. One of those will be the addition of a new genome research unit, as well as a new public health graduate degree. It’s an exciting collaboration that will benefit university students and the local community.
TAMUSA is also very interested in investing in recreational facilities to enhance student life, improve community health, and provide new opportunities for recreation in the local community. The university has recently released renderings of a new 22,300-square-foot recreation center and gym that promises to be a state-of-the-art facility. The center will include:
- A fully equipped fitness area (weightlifting, cardio, etc.)
- Basketball courts
- Locker rooms
This facility will also create opportunities for meetings, camps, classes in kinesiology, clinics, and career fairs. Spring of 2024 is the expected time frame to open the new facility.
Recent Projects at Texas A&M University-San Antonio Beyond Student Apartments
The TAMUSA campus has already undergone significant expansion and development in recent years, including the construction of several new academic buildings and upgrades to student housing facilities. Some of the biggest projects completed in the last few years have included:
- Science and Technology Building
- Engineering Building
- Central Academic Building
Texas A&M University-San Antonio Commitment to Community
TAMUSA is committed to enhancing the quality of life for students and the local community. Through partnerships and great working relationships with local leaders, communities, neighborhoods, and institutions, the university is one of the key leaders driving growth and development in the Southside of San Antonio and throughout the city. The new student housing developments, healthcare hub, academic buildings, and recreational facilities are just some of the many ways TAMUSA is investing in the future of the community. As the university continues to expand, residents of VIDA and the surrounding area can look forward to even more exciting developments in the years to come.
VIDA and Texas A&M University-San Antonio: Building a Foundation for Growth and Prosperity on the Southside
As Southside’s vibrant, state-of-the-art VIDA residential district continues to grow and thrive alongside the great San Antonio community, TAMUSA is also growing. Part of this growth includes forging strong partnerships with the surrounding community to provide students and their families with easy access to needed amenities and services. The VIDA community offers a range of housing options, including apartments and townhomes, perfect for students looking to expand their housing search to private, off-campus, non-university units.
In addition to housing options, the VIDA community also offers residents access to a range of first-rate amenities, including a resort-style pool, a clubhouse, and a well-equipped fitness center, in addition to easy access to shopping and dining options in the surrounding area. They’ve also developed the first mile of the trail system in the Madla Greenway that will connect with trails throughout TAMUSA. It’s a great way to get out and connect with nature, whether it is just enjoying the fresh air along the creek or going out for a brisk run.