Local Atmosphere

College Station, TX
Tuition (in-state)
$25,035 ($8,506)
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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Not much to do besides eat.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I love the atmosphere in this town! It is competely geared towards the school's spirit!

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Small college town that is totally Aggie! The football and sports is big, the traditions are huge and make or some fun related school activities mostly.

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1 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Bryan/College Station is a terrible place to have to spend your college life, if it weren't for the university then this place would a be nothing more than a McDonalds/restroom pit stop on the highway. There isn't anything to do here that isn't A&M related. Some Texas country artists come to play at Harry's, but the rest of the live music scene is dead. The worst part, because the town is only existent because of A&M no new businesses succeed here so when the students leave for summer the shops, restaurants, attractions, etc. go under and you're left with little variety. The food selection here is absolutely horrible, if all you want is strip mall Mexican food, Chinese buffets, or chain restaurants that are littered all over then the food will satisfy you to no end.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Everyone is friendly wherever you go. When I first visited before college I was amazed that it didn't matter if you were at a store in the mall or at a drive through at MacDonalds, everyone was super friendly wherever you go. There is alot of courtesy on campus too. The corp tend to be super friendly at public events, but a bit more arrogant to classmates on campus, but the majority of the student body is nice, polite and courteous. Someone will always wave, say hello (howdy), hold a door open for you or stop so you can cross a street. Sure, everyone is in a hurry to get to classes, tutoring or jobs, but students to seem to slow down to be nice. That's what makes this a town I'd love to live in if I could find a job here.

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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 228 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 228 responses

  • 1% Painfully remote.
  • 6% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 11% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 72% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 10% 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 228 responses

  • 29% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 20% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 51% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 228 responses

  • 29% No way.
  • 55% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 16% Totally.



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