The Student Housing Problem: An Exploratory Study of San Marcos, Texas




Vite, Anna

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Purpose: The purpose of this applied research project is to explore the antecedents, processes, and impacts of San Marcos, Texas off-campus student housing policy, with an emphasis on installment lease agreements. Method: The study uses San Marcos, Texas as a case study and focuses on the relationships between Texas State University, purpose-built off-campus student apartments, and the city. The study utilizes pillar questions which uses document analysis, structured interviews, and historical archival methods to collect data. Findings: Findings showed that many purpose-built student housing complexes do not follow all the regulations under the Texas Property Code. Students also encounter issues with their roommates, excessive charges, and lease durations. Overall, City of San Marcos and Texas State University believe that the ACT agreement improved relationships for all involved, although some believe it is too one-sided.


An Applied Research Project Submitted to the Department of Political Science, Texas State University, in Partial Fulfillment for the Requirements for the Degree of Masters of Public Administration, Spring 2019.


student housing, off-campus student housing, leases, pre-leasing, rent-by-the-bed leases, installment contracts, individual leases, renting, Public Administration


Vite, A. (2019). The student housing problem: An exploratory study of San Marcos, Texas. Masters of Public Administration, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.


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