Construction around San Marcos has excelled recently, especially in the student housing sector.
From Copper Beech to Aspen Heights to the Retreat, more options are being made available to students as they choose where to live.
With all of these new housing options, apartments such as the Villagio might seem like second-rate choices.
Amanda Lejeune, property manager for the Villagio, said this is not the case and their business is going to be fine with even the addition of new housing locations.
“Some apartment complexes might be worried about the addition of new beds, but what they really have to ask themselves is, ‘were we going to get those residents anyway?’” she said. “We are still going after the same target residents and offer something students want—value.”
Lejeune said the Villagio’s aim is to keep prices low for the student who is not looking for the extravagant lifestyle these new properties offer. At the same time they intend to provide a secure atmosphere that is conducive to studying and keeps students’ social lives relevant.
“On one side of the spectrum you can conserve and cut rent down to cater to people who are looking for a comfortable place to stay and save a little money,” she said. “But on the other side of that spectrum you might have properties that go all out and are party places year round that push their rent rates way up there.”
Lejeune went on to say what is offered to students with these new housing options is great because it provides a diverse range to students.
“It’s cool because it’s what provides for variety in the industry,” she said. “In the end, however, it really just depends on what kind of resident you are.”