Only 31 percent of residents are students at this college.
By Brianna Rodrigue
Kevin Marshburn, Tobin Lofts leasing manager, provided pizza and lemonade for the Student Government Association meeting Monday in the game room at the apartment complex on campus to attract more students from this college to live there.
“I am very interested in making that little thread between Tobin and SAC,” Marshburn said. “I am trying to make it stronger, trying to make it thicker.”
Marshburn explained to the 13 SGA members present that out of the 552 beds in Tobin, 31 percent are students at this college, while 60 percent are from St. Philip’s College, the University of the Incarnate Word, Trinity University, UTSA, St. Mary’s and other colleges.
Tobin has about 90 percent occupancy now.
He hopes he can create a bond between Tobin and this college. Tobin Lofts, 1415 N. Main Ave., was built as a public-private partnership with this college and the NRP Group, LLC.
The rooms at Tobin Lofts are fully furnished with furniture, hardwood style flooring, ceiling fans, spacious closets and a washer and dryer unit.
The internet and cable are paid.
Amenities provided to Tobin residents are a game room, a 24-hour fitness center, private garage parking, resort-style pool and lounging deck.
Students can lease a bedroom in apartments that have from one to four bedrooms and one to four bathrooms.
There are nine floor plans.
For an efficiency apartment, one bed and one bath with 500 square feet, the student pays $940 a month.
For an apartment with four beds and four baths with 1,302 square feet, each of the four students pay $610 a month.
There is an application fee of $25 and a deposit of $175.
There are no pets allowed.
Marshburn said about15-20 rooms are available now for leasing, and he hopes students can rent an apartment soon.
“Our big season is about to kick in right now. We are currently asking our current residents to apply for renewals, and we are also inviting brand new students to move in as early as January for spring semester,” Marshburn said. “We are about to get our rates approved for fall of 2017 very soon so we will start promoting for fall 2017 next.”
The rates for fall of 2017 have not been approved but will increase.
If students receive financial aid, Marshburn said they could help the students by giving them a discount.
Students who receive financial aid must show proof of receiving money such as a refund check.
After talking with SGA, Marshburn took them on a tour to visit a room, the fitness room, the business-study room and the resort pool.
“I had never been to the Tobin Lofts before, but it was really nice to see it,” SGA President Harley Williams, psychology sophomore, said.
Williams said that touring the Lofts could help SGA promote the apartments to students who come for orientation and are looking for a place to live.
Williams said that Marshburn wants to build a stronger relationship between this college and the Tobin Lofts.
Marshburn plans to provide information and prizes at SACtacular Friday in the mall.
Students can contact the Tobin Lofts at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or call 210-320-0822.
The next SGA meeting will be noon-1 p.m. in the craft room Monday in Loftin Student Center.
For more information, students can stop by the SGA office 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Thursday in Room 260B in Loftin or follow their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SACSGA1/.
Students can contact SGA at 210-486-0133.