A Guide to TAMU Off-Campus Housing In College Station
Becoming familiar with the different neighborhoods in College Station will help to determine which
neighborhood will be the best fit for you, along with knowing how far your commute to the Texas A&M University campus will be.
To help make your search for housing in College Station easier, we have put together a list of neighborhood districts that are near the Texas A&M University Off-Campus Housing area. Each of these districts is within walking distance to campus, or just a short bike, car, or bus ride away.
College Station is a city built around the Texas A&M University campus. The Northgate district, which was established as the university’s population grew, is located just north of the university and is a mixture of residences, entertainment, and businesses. The district is defined as the area bounded by Wellborn Road to the west, the College Station city limits to the north, South College Avenue to the east, and University Drive to the south. Being that the Northgate District is so close to Texas A&M many of the residents in this area are college students, along with university faculty, and some permanent residents. There is a good mixture of both homes and apartments, and here, you’ll find several off-campus student housing complexes. The neighborhood has gone through a lot of revitalization and has become the center for College Station entertainment. Northgate is an extremely lively area with a great mix of restaurants, bars, and shops. Many of these establishments are favored by Texas A&M students and many of these businesses employ the college students. From fast-food spots, like Freebirds World Burrito or Dixie Chicken, to sit down restaurants offering pizza parlors and Mexican, you can find a wide variety of eateries in Northgate. On any given night you can catch live music performances in Northgate hotspots like Hurricane Harry’s and Church Street BBQ, which is a big draw for country music lovers throughout the city. In 1998, a four-day music festival called “North by Northgate” was created. In 2002, the festival name was changed to “Northgate Music Festival” and continues to be held each year. Running adjacent to the neighborhood is Hensel Park. Popular amongst Texas A&M students, the public parks offers a fitness center, picnic pavilions, trails, baseball fields, and a volleyball court.
Wolf Pen Creek District
The Wolf Pen Creek District, a major commercial area, is located between State Highway 6 and Texas Avenue and runs alongside the Post Oak Mall. Less than two miles from the Texas A&M campus, much of the housing in this district serves the university students. Many of residential units in Wolf Pen Creek are rentals. There is a good mix of houses and apartments and some of the units will come furnished. Being that Wolf Pen Creek is a large commercial district there are several warehouses, shops, restaurants, and business parks. The Post Oak Mall has over 100 different shops and restaurants located within in like Dillards and Macy’s. Residents are also located close to a Sam’s Club and Krogers, making grocery shopping convenient. Wolf Pen Creek residents can also enjoy the Spirit Ice Arena, a small lake, numerous walking trails, and the Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater. The 1.5 million dollar amphitheater hosts a variety events throughout the year such as the Starlight Music Series that begins in the late spring and runs through the summer months. Residents will bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the music and there have even been performances from artists like Tim McGraw here.
Located in the southeast part of College Station is the Southwood Valley District. The area is encompassed by Deacon Drive to the north, east of Rio Grande Boulevard, south of Harvey Mitchell Parkway, and west of Longmire Drive. Comprised of a few different communities, Southwood Valley is located about a half-mile away from the Earl Rudder Freeway. Most of the neighborhood is residential with the majority of homes being single-family houses occupied by families. However, the Texas A&M University campus is upwards of just 2 miles away. The Harvey Mitchell Parkway has a Wal-Mart Supercenter, bank, post office, and library. One mile south, there are more shopping and dining choices at the Rock Prairie Crossing retail centers and the Rock Prairie Marketplace. Southwood Valley is home to the College Station Medical Center and next door to that is Southwood Park. Southwood Park has baseball fields, soccer fields, volleyball courts, basketball courts, a playground, and a large community pool.
To recap, here are some helpful tips/reminders:
All housing in the College Station neighborhood districts mentioned are less than 3 miles to the Texas A&M University campus
Most students living off-campus in College Station live Northgate or Wolf Pen Creek, and while these aren’t all of the districts in College Station, they are most popular amongst students
Each District has several of its own smaller communities within it
Housing in some districts, other than Northgate, will require bike, car or bus transportation
Make sure your new place is easily accessible to shopping and grocery stores for running errands
Use Google Maps to determine the distance of a property you are considering to the Texas A&M University campus
College Station Crime Statistics:
In College Station, the theft crime rate has been able to remain below the State of Texass overall theft crime rate. College Stations theft crime rate has leveled out from 2013-2014 while the state of texas has shown a consistent downward trend over the years.
College Stationss violent crime rate had an abnormal increase from 2010-2012 surpassing the crime rate of Texas. From 2013-2014 College station has been able to correct this dramatic increase with a very aggressive downward trend.