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3 College Junior

Local Area: There isn't much but the town is slowly developing.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: The local atmosphere of Huntsville is great, for a prison city.

5 College Senior

Local Area: The town is small but there is alot of things to do and places to go eat. It is an hour away from houston or college station so people who seek the bigger city life can go there.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: There are places that can be easily accessible to go to. However, what's not in Huntsville could be in Conroe which is not far.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Everything is great except for public transportation and shopping.

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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 136 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 137 responses

  • 4% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 28% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 50% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 14% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 4% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 137 responses

  • 37% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 23% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 40% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 137 responses

  • 8% Totally.
  • 53% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 39% No way.


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