The Bryan/College Station area offers residents a high quality of life in very livable surroundings, despite being one of the fast-growing areas in Texas. Our area is known for its small-town charm complete with neighborly greetings of “Howdy!” You quickly will find yourself feeling at home as you meet new friends and find almost anything you need or want – without the traffic headaches found in Texas urban areas.
Looking for more urban options? Bryan/College Station is just a short drive from Austin, Houston, San Antonio and the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Our close proximity to these urban centers means you can easily make a round-trip in a day – or spend a long weekend soaking up big city atmosphere before returning home.
Both College Station and Bryan are regularly recognized for outstanding quality of life (including affordability, safety, education, and outdoor activities) for area residents with diverse interests. Since 2010, our area has received accolades by organizations such as Kiplinger, League of American Bicyclists, Livability, Rand McNally/USA Today, NerdWallet, Lumosity, MSN, Bleacher Report, Forbes, USAA, The Princeton Review, Business Insider, CBS Moneywatch, and the League of American Bicyclists.
Our area offers a wide range of housing options for graduate students. In addition, a growing number of apartments and houses are available for lease in the Bryan/College Station. If you decide to live a distance from campus, you can always use Texas A&M’s shuttle service as well as the Bryan/College Station public transportation system. This document contains more information about housing options for all of our students.
If you have a family, you’ll discover that our area offers many quality education programs. Both the Bryan Independent School District and College Station Independent School District are recognized for providing an exceptional education. In addition, our area has many well-regarded private schools. Texas A&M University is a world-class research university with top-10 ranked programs, a Health Science Center, and nationally recognized faculty. The Texas A&M University System also has created the RELLIS Campus, which offers education programs from several system universities, the Blinn College District and leading workforce training agencies such as the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES). In addition, several regional universities – Sam Houston State University, Prairie View A&M University, and Stephen F. Austin State University – are only a short drive away.
The Bryan/College Station’s economy has continued to expand since 2010 and is performing among the best in the state. Our area’s unemployment rate averaged 3.3 percent in 2017. According to the Brazos Valley Economic Development Corporation, area industries with the most employment are professional/business services, education/health services, trade/transportation/utilities, manufacturing, construction, financial activities, leisure/hospitality; wholesale/retail, and other services. Our area’s largest employers include Texas A&M, Bryan ISD, College Station ISD, Texas A&M’s Health Science Center, Reynolds & Reynolds, Blinn College, Sanderson Farms, CHI St. Joseph Health System, Walmart, HEB Grocery, Brazos County, City of Bryan, City of College Station, College Station Medical Center, Ply Gem Windows, and Baylor Scott & White Health. Our area also is home to the burgeoning Biocorridor, which includes cutting-edge companies, such as Nutrabolt, FujiFilm Diosynth Biotechnology Texas and iBio.
Our area boasts a number of enticing amenities, including:
- Downtown Bryan, a historic area that has become a vibrant destination for visitors and locals alike. Named a 2018 “Great Place in Texas” by the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association, Downtown Bryan is home to top restaurants and bars, retail shopping, arts organizations, lofts and townhomes, and a farmer’s market. The area regularly hosts festivals, cultural celebrations and special events, such as First Friday.
- The Northgate District in College Station, which is one of the area’s premier entertainment and shopping districts. The district, which is located directly across from Texas A&M, houses many well-known restaurants and bars.
- Century Square in College Station, which is one of the area’s newest attractions. This retail area, located across from Texas A&M, includes restaurants, movie theaters, shopping, and hotels.
- Numerous local and state parks where you can enjoy nature and outdoor activities. Many of these parks have features that are especially designed for children.
- Numerous museums, including Texas A&M’s George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, the Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley, The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History, and the Museum of the American G.I.
- Seasonal attractions, including Santa’s Wonderland, the Texas Reds Festival, Texas wildflowers, the Spirit of Texas Festival, Messina Hof’s numerous festivals, the Texas State 7 on 7 Tournament, and Texas A&M College of Architecture’s Viz-a-Go-Go.
- Sporting events. As a Division I NCAA school, Texas A&M offers spectators a chance to watch a variety of sporting events, including football, basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball, soccer, track and field, swimming and diving, golf, tennis, cross country, and equestrian events. Our area also is home to two other teams: the Brazos Valley Bombers, which is a collegiate summer baseball team, and the Brazos Valley Cavalry, which is an American soccer team that competes in the Premier Development League. We also are an easy drive to Houston, San Antonio and Dallas, which are home to professional sports teams and events.
- Agritourism, including wineries, breweries, farm-to-market restaurants, and numerous area farmer’s markets.
- Great accommodations for visiting families and friends or a place for a staycation at a variety of relaxing properties, such as The Stella Hotel, The George, Calvary Court, the historic LaSalle Boutique Hotel, the Villa at Messina Hof, and 7F Lodge
- Outstanding restaurants that range from steakhouses to international cuisines. We also are home to some of Texas’ top barbecue joints. We also have lots of coffee shops and bars where you can recharge with friends or unwind.
- Cultural opportunities that will help transport you. Our area has multiple theater groups, a symphony, chamber music groups, dance groups, live music venues, and art galleries. In addition, Texas A&M’s OPAS hosts a variety of national touring groups at affordable prices.
- Transportation. Easterwood Airport, which offers daily connecting flights by American Airlines and United, serves the local Bryan-College Station area. In addition, Bryan and College Station are only a short drive away from three major international airports: Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston’s Hobby Airport, and Austin’s Bergstrom Airport.