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Old 03-12-2008, 10:30 PM
 
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Hello, I'm returning to San Antonio to finish my degree at Trinity. I was wondering if anyone is familiar with relatively affordable (and safe) apartments/houses/co-ops near Trinity University.

I was really hoping to find a co-op ... but have you tried googling "co-op"? It doesn't work very well. I'm from Austin and student co-ops are all over the place here. I assumed they would be around San Antonio, too, but maybe Austin really is weird..


At any rate, I already tried to search the forum pretty extensively, but I got nowhere. I apologize in advance if this post is inappropriate somehow. Some forums get rather hostile when a new person posts, haha. I am not trying to intrude.. I promise.
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Old 03-13-2008, 06:43 AM
 
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Hi, and welcome to the forum!

I lived in a couple of co-ops in Chicago for a number of years, and to the best of my knowledge residential co-ops do not exist in San Antonio. I think that it's a problem revolving around a relatively dispersed student population--and population in general. There is an artist "compound" in Southtown, which basically revolves around a number of old houses that rent for very cheap and share some public space in their back areas. To get in there, you have to be an artist or architect. There's also something called "Home House" around Trinity, but I think it's just a few young folk and not a co-op per se.

I would recommend posting something here and on Craigslist about the possibility of starting your own co-op. I'm sure that it could be done. All you need are a few friends with similar perspectives and the willingness to labor together and, voila!, you have a co-op. There are some really big houses and cheap rents close to Trinity that would make it a great option. Let me know if I can help. I think it would make a great addition to life in Tobin Hill or Monte Vista.
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Old 03-13-2008, 12:28 PM
 
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I went to Trinity and there really are not "co-ops" nearby in the sense of what you find in Austin or other college towns. You will find, however, a number of large historic homes in Tobin Hill, Alta Vista and Beacon Hill that have been cut up into apartments or are being leased as "group homes" where 5 or 6 people are all sharing a house. The group home concept is very popular in DC, with each person renting their own bedroom and all common areas (kitchen, living room, etc.) are shared.

Your best bet to find this type of situation is craigslist... however, be aware that most people living in the group homes tend to be younger working professionals or students at SAC. Not that many TU students live off campus because they have a residency requirement through the end of junior year. You may not care too much about this one way or the other, but living off campus can make it a bit more difficult to establish relationships on campus sometimes. Feel free to DM me with any TU questions you have.
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Old 03-13-2008, 01:50 PM
 
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When I was in school I saw sheer tons of people who rented houses then rented out rooms. You should consider giving that a try.

Others simply lived at home. In fact I'd say a large % of the colelge students were still living at home.
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Old 03-13-2008, 02:31 PM
 
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My first apt was behind a house off Broadway on Elizabeth in '76. Someone else had upstairs. Guess how much? 100 bucks a month! The good ole days...
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Old 03-21-2008, 09:45 AM
 
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I would check the Marquis Apts, Keystone Apts, Crescent Apts and Contour Apartments - Many Trinity students live there. Also check out Trinity Rent Houses - This guy is a great landlord.
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