What is it like to live in San Antonio?
I just moved to San Antonio from Iowa City, IA in July so I feel fairly confident in answering this question.
Like moving to any new city, moving to San Antonio has had its pros and its cons.
Cost of living
As a recent college grad living on an AmeriCorps stipend ($492 biweekly) this is a city I can afford to live in and still have a pretty good time. My rent is very affordable, gas is pretty cheap (as long as there isn’t a scare), and you can find great food and things to do for cheap and free.
I moved down from Iowa; it is pretty freakin’ cold there for six months out of the year. San Antonio does not have that problem. It’s the beginning of November and I’ve seen the underside of 70 degrees Fahrenheit only a handful of times.
There are so many fun things to do in this city it is almost overwhelming. I have a constantly growing list of museums, parks, happy hours, and outdoor adventures I want to check out. It seems like every time I try something new, two new “must-dos” get added to my list.
One word, tacos. They are cheap, they are tasty, and they are everywhere.
Yes I said that the weather was a pro, but that only became a thing recently. Until about mid October, it was really hot here. Like hot enough that even the breeze just felt like someone had pointed a hair dryer at you. It’s not a good time.
Everything about driving in San Antonio is a real pain. The highway system is a mess, the city is really sprawled, and don’t even get me started on the other drivers. It’s so bad that I literally have to leave my house 30 minutes early every time it rains. They also cannot merge to save their lives, and are prone to freaking out about gas shortages from something as small as a Facebook post.
Cons aside though, I’ve really enjoyed living in San Antonio and look forward to experiencing more of the city.