Local Atmosphere

Huntsville, TX
Tuition (in-state)
$15,032 ($6,608)
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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: It is a college town. Some strange attractions, like a prison. Lots of activities to keep busy and shopping is relatively easy access.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Some people are very welcoming and nice.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The local city I live in is Huntsville Texas which is a very small city. Its so small that we only have one movie theater and one mall. Most people in Huntsville go to the movies or go out to eat at the restaurants. The one mall we have only has four stores so not alot of people go. Instead they go to Conroe Texas which is much bigger than Huntsville and go find what they need there. Saftey is pretty much average since bad things can happen anywhere you go. Our school has an awesome football team who always gives a 100% everytime their out on the field. The local attitude toward students is so amazing. Everyone is so friendly and all the guys on campus always open doors for the girls. Ive never experienced anything like that before but I think its pretty nice and welcoming.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There are not many places to go shopping or attractions to look at besides the Sam Houston Statue, But their are many college activities and events. All the events are controlled in a safe environment and are protected by the police department.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Huntsville is a very small town but so charming! The State Park is a great place to spend your weekends at, and the dog park is a very fun spot to go meet with people and let your dogs play. There is a movie theater and bowling alley at an amazing price range for a college student. However, I do wish there were more stores, even though Marshall's, Target, and Rue 21 are great! The mall here could use some remodeling. Overall, it is a small town but you are never bored!


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Roberautrice Eddie
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The city of Huntsville is far from big, but it has small-town charm, and the locals are generally accepting of SHSU students and welcome them into the city. Huntsville has several accommodating attractions for students, such as a number of bars, some clubs, a bowling alley, and a reasonably priced movie theater. Hastings is a fun place to spend time and relax—check out this store’s coffee shop and variety of books, movies, and video games. Though there are numerous quality places to have fun in Huntsville, there are nearly no places to do some serious shopping. There is a mall, which is simply a handful of little stores, and a new Target, but outside of these, there aren’t a lot of choices. However, 25 miles south in Conroe, there are multiple options, including a new JCPenney, Best Buy, and the Outlets at Conroe.

Huntsville is very much a “suitcase town,” meaning people commute and leave the city on weekends. This also applies to SHSU—since there aren’t too many things to do on campus, many students usually spend time away from campus. Texas A&M is 50 miles west, and Houston is 70 miles south, so many students travel to these places when they have free time. Safety is never a concern on or off campus due to the vast number of police officers in the area, so students won’t have to worry about being safe away from home.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. "Old Sparky," an electric chair used in the Texas execution chamber, can now be seen in the Texas Prison Museum in Huntsville.
  2. The city features the "World's Tallest Statue of an American Hero"—the Sam Houston statue stands at 67 feet tall.
  3. Huntsville is home to the headquarters of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). There are several prisons within the city limits.
  4. Huntsville is the final resting place of Texas war hero Sam Houston, hence the name of the University.
Notable Natives
  • Sam Houston – American statesman, politician, soldier
  • Richard Linklater – director of "Dazed and Confused"
Local Slang
  • Nasty's: Nickname for the local club Shenanigans
  • Old Sparky: The electric chair located in the Texas Prison Museum
Points of Interest
  • Sam Houston Memorial Museum and Park Complex
  • Sam Houston Statue, the tallest statue of an American hero in the world
  • Sam Houston's grave at Oakwood Cemetery
  • Texas Prison Museum
Shopping Centers
West Hill Mall, a very small mall with 15 stores, including JCPenney and Foot Locker
Movie Theaters
CineStar Of Huntsville
3027 11th St.
(936) 291-0248
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Dallas: : 3 hours
  • Houston: : 1 hour, 20 minutes
Did You Know?
Huntsville is building more in town due to the growing number of students attending SHSU.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 108 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 108 responses

  • 5% Painfully remote.
  • 16% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 47% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 28% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 5% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 108 responses

  • 41% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 20% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 39% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 108 responses

  • 42% No way.
  • 49% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 9% Totally.


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