Downtown Services and Resources

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The university’s downtown locations offer a wide variety of transportation, parking, dining and safety resources to enhance your experience at our campuses. Explore the topics below to learn more about how you can easily and conveniently travel between campuses, where to park, what to eat and how we keep our Roadrunners safe.

Transportation and Parking

Roadrunners have a variety of easy and convenient transportation options for traveling downtown. Students, faculty and staff have free access to VIA U-Pass, which provides unlimited bus service around San Antonio. This includes Route 93 for those traveling from the Main Campus. Learn more about traveling between campuses.

UTSA and VIA Metropolitan Transit partner to provide free, unlimited bus service as well as on-demand rides through VIA Link to current UTSA students and paid employees. The VIA U-Pass program offers cost savings and makes it easier for the campus community to leave vehicles at home, reducing traffic on campus roads and parking lots. There are convenient routes available to travel between campuses. Instructions for how to access your VIA U-Pass are available on the Campus Services website. 

The Downtown Campus offers a wide variety of parking options for UTSA parking permit holders, as well as hourly parking options using ParkMobile. Explore Campus Services’ color-coded parking maps for more information on parking options.

Students, staff, faculty and guests have several convenient options for parking near San Pedro I. UTSA students and employees can park in Lot DI or D2 with Commuter, Employee A, Employee B or Reserved parking passes. The D1 and D2 lots are an approximate 6-7 minute walk to San Pedro I. Parking near San Pedro Creek is available in the Dolorosa Lot for Dolorosa Permit holders or for anyone using ParkMobile hourly parking.   

The Southwest Campus offers multiple parking options for various UTSA permit holders, as well as a limited amount of hourly parking spaces. Parking options are shown on the UTSA interactive map. A color-coded map of parking options is also available from Campus Services.  


Dining Options

The Downtown Campus offers a wide variety of convenient and delicious dining options, including coffee, full meals and grab-and-go options. Additionally, The Eatery—created in partnership with the Hernandez Family, the team behind True Flavors Catering and La Gloria—is located at San Pedro I, a short 7-8 minute walk from the Downtown Campus.

San Pedro I is proud to host The Eatery on the first floor of the building. The Eatery, created in partnership with the Hernandez Family, the team behind True Flavors Catering and La Gloria, offers breakfast, lunch and happy hour. Learn more on the UTSA Dining website or follow The Eatery on Instagram

Located a short 7-8 minute walk from San Pedro I, the Downtown Campus offers additional dining options, including coffee, full meals and grab-and-go options. Learn more about Downtown Campus dining locations.

Students, employees and guests have multiple options for dining at or near the Southwest Campus. The Santikos Building offers vending machines with snacks, drinks and light meals including sandwiches for an easy meal on the go. Located in the heart of downtown San Antonio, there are over a dozen restaurants within 1-mile of the university’s downtown locations. UTSA has established discounts with many of these restaurants.  

Students and employees can also enjoy the dining venues at nearby UTSA locations. Located less than a mile away from the Southwest Campus is UTSA’s newest building, San Pedro I, which is home to The Eatery. Approximately 1.3 miles from the Southwest Campus is UTSA’s Downtown Campus, which offers additional dining options.

The Downtown Campus, Southwest Campus and San Pedro I are located in the heart of San Antonio, where you can find a variety of great restaurants, eateries and delis in the local area. Most of these dining options are a just a brief walk—or a quick, free bus ride with your VIA U-Pass—from each campus.

Additionally, UTSA continues to expand discount options at local participating restaurants.


Downtown Safety

UTSA Public Safety provides on-demand safety escorts by UTSAPD officers, security guards and Rowdy Watch student employees. Additional support includes 24-hour campus patrols, limited on-campus vehicle assistance and over 130 blue light emergency telephones across all campuses, providing a direct connection to UTSAPD dispatch.  Roadrunners are encouraged to follow UTSA Public Safety on social media for timely information, tips and additional resources. Find Public Safety on Twitter/X and Facebook .

Contact Information:

  • UTSAPD emergency line: (210) 458-4911 
  • UTSAPD non-emergency: (210) 458-4242 
  • UTSAPD Safety and Security Escort: (210) 458-4242 
  • Centro Escort: (210) 224-7747 

In January 2023, UTSA Public Safety formed a new partnership with Centro San Antonio . This partnership expands the range of services and resources that support a safe, clean and welcoming campus experience downtown. Services include daily patrols from trained ambassadors, safety escorts, referrals for community members experiencing homelessness or who are in crisis, and power washing services at the university’s downtown locations. Centro safety escorts can be requested by calling (210) 224-7747. 

The UTSAPD offers safety and security escorts . UTSA students and employees can call the non-emergency line at (210) 458-4242 to request a safety escort to a vehicle and/or other on-campus locations.  Safety escorts can also be requested through Centro by calling (210) 224-7747.

UTSA students and employees can access the LiveSafe app , which crowdsources safety and security notices, messages UTSAPD dispatchers in an emergency and offers a SafeWalk feature enabling family members and friends to track their loved ones as they walk across campus. Roadrunners can download the LiveSafe app from Google Play or the App Store. Once you download the app, register with your phone number and select “The University of Texas at San Antonio” as your school.  

The Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is a multi-disciplinary team of UTSA staff and faculty who identify, assess and respond to concerns and/or disruptive behaviors exhibited by students, faculty, staff and visitors who may present a risk of harm to themselves, members of the community or the institution. The BIT consists of university personnel with expertise in human resources/employee assistance, law enforcement/threat assessment/policies, mental health knowledge, legal affairs and student affairs. Anyone in the Roadrunner community can submit a BIT report