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About Universal City

Located just northeast of San Antonio, Universal City is a small city in Bexar County. As a resident of Universal City, you'll be able to enjoy numerous community events, several parks and recreational facilities and the comfort of a quiet, family-oriented suburb.

The city was settled in the mid-20th century, and its early economy largely centered on the nearby Randolph Air Force Base. The base's significant expansion in 1957 prompted Universal City to officially incorporate in 1960.

Living in Universal City

Although you can easily access the entire San Antonio metro area from Universal City, there are plenty of amenities and options for entertainment within city limits. Grocery stores, coffee shops and fitness centers dot the city, most located within a convenient distance of its residential areas.

Recreation and entertainment are also in plentiful supply in Universal City. The city has several parks, including a full disc golf course, the Universal City Dog Park, and large community parks with athletic fields, playgrounds and walking trails. The Ciablo Creek Nature Trails span a large swath of parkland, offering extensive walking, jogging and biking paths.

Numerous city activities are also a highlight of living in Universal City. There are family-oriented events, like a father-daughter dance and a pancake breakfast at the fire station, as well as activities for adults, including the Olympia Toga Run and UC Clean-Up.

Working in Universal City

While Randolph Air Force Base still maintains a strong presence in the area, Universal City now has a diverse economy that continues to grow and expand. It's home to a variety of businesses in the retail, financial, information technology and manufacturing sectors, along with many others. Supermarket chain H-E-B is the area's largest employer, along with financial services companies USAA and Cullen/Frost Bankers. Information technology firm Rackspace, utility provider CPS Energy, automaker Toyota and optics maker HVHC also provide thousands of jobs in Universal City and the surrounding area.

Universal City Schools

Students who live in Universal City enroll in either Judson Independent School District or Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District. You can also find a few (mostly faith-based) private schools in the city.

Universal City is also home to Northeast Lakeview Community College, which offers two-year degree programs in a number of fields.

Resources for Moving to Universal City

As you get ready for your big move to Universal City, the following information will help simplify the process:

  • Utilities: Major utilities providers in the area include CenterPoint Energy, CPS Energy and the Universal City utilities department.
  • Garbage and Recycling: Waste Management facilitates trash and recycling collection services throughout the residential communities of Universal City.
  • Transportation: There are several public bus routes available in and around Universal City, providing transportation around town as well as to neighboring communities.

Universal City Housing

There are numerous affordable homes on the city's southwestern side, and near the centrally-located Universal City Municipal Park. The city's largest and most expensive homes are typically on the north side, near Olympia Hills Golf and Conference Center. Home prices in Universal City are still very affordable despite recent growth, coming in just under the national average.