About the UTMB Living site

UTMB Living emerged out of a desire to help future UTMB employees and trainees (including students) find the perfect community to call home. This collaborative project was orchestrated between UTMB Marketing & Communications and Human Resources, and relied on the time, talent and passion of staff from throughout the organization.

The main campus of the University of Texas Medical Branch is on an island about a half mile off the upper coast of Texas. With more than 30 miles of beaches, a historic waterfront and downtown, and lots of open spaces, it’s a great place for our academic medical center’s home. On the mainland and stretching more than halfway to Houston are a network of clinics. Approximately two-thirds of our workforce lives on the island and in the mainland communities that surround these clinics; the other third of our workforce lives throughout the state, working in educational outreach, regional clinics or in correctional care.     

This site will hopefully serve as a useful guide to the many great communities, schools and housing options available to those who join us to work or learn and their families.


While we worked to be as inclusive as possible, at best we’ve provided a taste of life in these cities and towns. Not every possible community or region is included, and none are completely or thoroughly covered (especially outside the core campus areas of Galveston/Clear Lake/Houston). We’ve provided links to hopefully serve as productive launching points for additional research.

The information on these pages is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute any sort of contract between UTMB and any person or entity. Information on this website may change without prior notice. Although every reasonable effort was/is made to present current and accurate information, the University of Texas Medical Branch makes no guarantees of any kind. We worked from material that was current at the time of this site’s launch.

UTMB Living contains information that was created and is maintained by a variety of sources, both internal and external. This includes content from the state, school districts, municipal entities, promotional entities and others.

This site also contains links to external sites and services. UTMB does not endorse, control, monitor or guarantee the information contained in these linked sites or information on other external websites, and does not endorse any views expressed or products or services offered by these sites. UTMB will not assume any responsibility or liability, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on any content, information or services available on or through any of these sites or resources.

Credits and thanks

The creation of this site was a team effort and a labor of love. We extend our sincere thanks to all involved, who include:

Text, copywriting and editing
UTMB Human Resources, UTMB Marketing & Communications

Web development  and graphics:
Mike Cooper, Melissa Harman (UTMB Marketing & Communications)

Cassi Boatwright (UTMB Family Medicine) for Galveston photos
Steve Schuenke (UTMB Surgery) for Clear Lake area photos, pixels at 11
Mark Kinonen (UTMB Academic Resources/Photo Department) for Galveston and Mainland images, AR Photo website
Hardy Meredith (Stephen F. Austin State University Photo Department) for Piney Woods and East Texas photos, sfasu.edu/photos

Christian von Eschenbach (UTMB Marketing & Communications)

Project oversight:
Ian Barrett (UTMB Human Resources), Steve Campbell (UTMB Marketing & Communications)

We'd also like to thanks our employees who shared their personal experiences in our videos: Drs. Meredith and Todd Masel, Craig and Majorie Kovacevich, Tim Schilling and others. And, we are grateful to the many employees and community members who offered ideas and suggestions during the beta launch of this site.

Let our team be among the first to welcome you to UTMB Health. We hope you find happiness here and the perfect place to call home. 

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