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.