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5 College Senior

Local Area: Pretty dependent on a person's tastes.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: there are many locals around town and since its small everything is more compact which makes reaching it much easier

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: There's not much to do surprisingly. Cstat is what you make of it, a huge town with nothing to do and about 50,000 other bored undergrads or something like that.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: its a nice town with every thing you need close by but outside of college station is a whole lot of nothing.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Safe city, very friendly and well living for college students.

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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 294 responses

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  • 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 295 responses

  • 8% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 71% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 14% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 5% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 2% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 293 responses

  • 48% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 22% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 30% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 296 responses

  • 16% Totally.
  • 53% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 31% No way.

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