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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There's lots to do for students, but for living after graduating, it's not that great.

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I love how A&M is practically the city of College Station and the majority of the rest of the area is wide open land

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: If you don't drive you're definitely going to need to rely on the buses! They're really convenient and the app is useful so you can keep an eye on when they're arriving. If you don't live centrally, be prepared to travel far to get to anything! Nice place, though.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The people are very friendly in College Station. There are some cultural events in Bryan, which is like five minutes from College Station, and on campus they organize some where the public is more than welcome to come.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Everyone is friendly with a howdy welcome from every citizen in town.

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Isuey Asuzena Iraheta
Houston, Texas
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Welcome to “Aggieland,” otherwise known as College Station. This small city definitely revolves around A&M—it seems like the entire city works around the University’s calendar, especially its athletic events. When there are home football games, it appears that the whole city shuts down to drive to Kyle Field, and you’ll see lots of people wearing maroon polos and sporting Aggie flags on their car antennas. However, for students coming from large cities, it will take some time to adjust. There's a lot of land, the air is clean, and while there is stuff to do here, it is limited. The cultural scene in College Station is lacking, but there does seem to be a good music scene. However, if students get bored—and they will—they can always take a quick road trip to Austin or Houston, both of which are only a couple hours away and offer an endless supply of things to do.

Overall, the city is very conservative. Drive down George Bush Drive, and you’ll pass the Barbara Bush Conference Center on your left, then the Bush School of Government and Public Service, which sits right next to the George Bush Presidential Library. College Station is also near the Bible Belt, so there is a strong Christian atmosphere in and around the city. This may not be the atmosphere everyone is looking for, but nonetheless, there is always that Southern hospitality. Overall, people either love or hate College Station, but at some point it becomes home.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Bryan is College Station's sister city. Bryan is the older, more historic city with interesting hole-in-the-wall restaurants and sites, while College Station is becoming increasingly more suburban.
  2. The city got its name from Texas A&M's location along a railroad.
  3. College Station is home to the George Bush Presidential Library.
  4. There are more than 1,100 acres of public parks in the area.
  5. Every December, the city's Central Park is decorated with more than half a million twinkle lights. There are free hayrides, visits with Santa, and even hot cocoa and Christmas cookies.
Points of Interest
  • Dixie Chicken
  • George Bush Presidential Library
  • Kyle Field
  • Messina Hof Winery
Shopping Centers
Post Oak Mall
Movie Theaters
Cinemark Movies 18
1401 Earl Rudder Freeway S
College Station
(979) 764-9692
Major Sports Teams
  • Houston Astros: MLB
  • Houston Dynamo: Major League Soccer
  • Houston Rockets: NBA
  • Houston Texans: NFL
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Austin: TX: 2 hours
  • Dallas: TX: 3 hours
  • Houston: TX: 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • San Antonio: TX: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 256 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 249 responses

  • 2% Painfully remote.
  • 6% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 12% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 71% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 9% 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 249 responses

  • 31% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 20% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 50% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 249 responses

  • 29% No way.
  • 54% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 16% Totally.



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