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Renter's Guide to College Station
College Station is an upbeat city in the Bryan-College Station metropolitan area—a region in the heart of Texas that, as the name implies, also covers the neighboring city of Bryan. Though a small city itself, College Station’s central Texas location means that its residents are within a short driving distance from some of the largest cities in the entire state.
First, College Station is 95 miles southeast of Houston, a city which is 54 times more populated and 6 times larger. Second, College Station is 106 miles northeast of Austin, which has 8 times more of a population and is also about 6 times as large. Third, College station is 180 miles south of Dallas, which is about 10 times larger and 30 times more populated.
The local climate is humid and subtropical, and the weather in College Station, TX greatly varies from season to season. Winters average 51°F and are mostly warm, with occasional spats of freezing weather. Springs have a gradual buildup and lots of rain, averaging 67°F. Summers average 82°F and are hot and humid with scattered showers. Autumns average 68°F and are generally warm, but with occasional cold fronts.
College Station, TX Demographics
- Total Population111,148
Female 56,618Male 54,530
- Median Age25.31
Cost of Living in College Station, TX
With a total of 8 different color-coded routes, The District provides public transportation throughout the area. The average cost for a bus ticket in College Station, TX is $1.50, and you can transfer between routes once for free. Children ages 6-12, seniors 65 and over, disabled passengers, and those with Medicare ride for half-price.
Meanwhile, the Eastwood Airport (otherwise known as the “College Station airport”) provides 8 different flights to Houston and Dallas. The average commute time in College Station is only 15 minutes, a full 10 minutes quicker than the national average.
The cost of living in College Station is typically lower than elsewhere in the country. A meal at an inexpensive restaurant in College Station, Texas is $10, which is $2.00 less than the national average. Bottled soft drinks are $1.59 in College station (compared to the national average of $1.72), a bottle of water is $1.20 (compared to $1.38), and monthly utilities for a 915-square-foot apartment average $149.39, which is only about $3.00 above the national average.
Average Rent in College Station, TX
- College Station, TX Average Rental Price, May 2017$983/mo
- 1 Bedroom$747
- 2 Bedrooms$947
College Station, TX Apartment Rent Ranges
- > $2,00012%
College Station, TX Rent Trends
|All rentals||Studio||1 Bed||2 Beds||3 Beds|
|Sept / 2016||$990||$635||$753||$974|
|May / 2016||$946||$635||$720||$965|
|Jan / 2016||$926||$620||$725||$919|
|Sept / 2015||$881||$625||$699||$874|
|May / 2015||$883||$569||$695||$902|
|Jan / 2015||$833||$590||$655||$822|
|Sept / 2014||$839||$590||$639||$811|
|May / 2014||$852||$590||$633||$851|
|Jan / 2014||$809||$549||$633||$802|
Living in College Station, TX
Even though the area is experiencing a population boom, living in College Station feels more like a laid-back small town, but with way more entertainment and diversity than you’d ordinarily expect to find. A great commute time, a close proximity to other major cities, and some of the lowest property taxes in the state are three pros of living in College Station.
Perhaps this is why Forbes consistently ranked College Station as number one for “Best Small Texas Cities for Jobs” in 2016, and number one for “Best Small Places in Texas for Business and Careers” in 2015. At the same time, this charming and tranquil atmosphere may become a con of living in College Station for those who are used to a more fast-paced way of life.
Things to do in College Station
College Station is a wondrous blend of urban landscapes and rural settings. If you are looking for free things to do with kids in some of the most beautiful places in College Station, you have 55 public parks to choose from. The most popular of College Station’s many family attractions is Veterans Park, which has soccer and baseball fields along with a monument dedicated to College Station veterans.
Other attractions and points of interest include the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, which attracts more than 100,000 visitors from all over the country every year. If you drop by in April, you and your family will be able to participate in the annual Easter Celebration, which includes face painting, scavenger hunts, and sometimes even a visit from George W. and Barbara Bush.
Shopping in College Station is much more than just Best Buy, Target, Walmart or Lowes (although these are all available, too). Instead, try the Post Oak Mall in College Station for over 120 world-famous retail stores (such as Sears and JC Penny).
For nightlife and casual dining, head over to the Northgate District (across from the A&M University campus) to find local landmarks such as the Potato Shack, a casual restaurant serving stuffed baked potatoes and alcohol.
Common chain restaurants include Olive Garden and Texas Roadhouse, but for the best restaurants in College Station, check out The Republic (a true Texas steakhouse), Los Cucos (for excellent traditional Mexican food), or buy local foods from the HEB grocery store. If you’ve only tried Dominoes and Pizza Hut before, the Blue Baker and Hungry Howies are two local pizzerias that make you go, “wow!”
Employment and Economy
As its name implies, education is a major focus of the College Station community. The College Station Independent School District has been nominated for over 100 national awards in the last decade alone, and the A&M Consolidated High School has an Advanced Placement score that is a full point over the Texas average, and exceeds the national average as well. The Texas A&M University is a member of the Southeastern Conference, and they are well-represented by a terrific football team, the Texas Aggies.
College Station, TX Households
- Total Number of Households42,635
Family 18,229Non-family 24,405
Children 9,622No Children 33,013
- Average People Per Household2.39
- Median Household Income$44,078
- Median Household Disposable Income$17,152
Education in College Station
Education and biotechnology are College Station’s two major industries. A&M University, as one of the largest colleges in the nation, further employs the area with large-scale projects funded by NASA, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation. These projects take place in what’s known as the “Research Valley Biocorridor”. Cognizant Technology Solutions is one of the many research companies headquartered in College Station.
College Station, TX Education Statistics
- No High School5%
- Some High School5%
- Some College19%
- Associate Degree6%
- Bachelor Degree35%
- Graduate Degree29%
Tips for Renting in College Station
If you are moving to College Station from Houston, be prepared for a much younger population of mostly students. At the same time, you are legally entitled to “quiet enjoyment”, and can force the landlord to silence noisy neighbors.
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