Top 5 Places To Live As A Student In College Station

Top 5 Places To Live As A Student In College Station

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Whether you're an incoming freshman or already a College Station resident, choosing the best place to call home can become quite a challenge. Luckily here in College Station, we are privileged enough to be surrounded by many different choices to suit each one of our diverse lifestyles. As a Marketing Specialist for The Junction I've learned all about the new student living places uprising this coming summer. Let's hope this can be a guide to us all!



5. The Cottages

When I was a freshman The Cottages was the place to be! If you didn't live there, you probably weren't cool. And if you weren't spending Gig' Em Week in their pool, you were needing to reevaluate your life. The Cottages still makes the top charts in College Station. With Cottage style living as one of its main aspects, it makes for a pretty nice home while still having the benefits of living in an apartment complex.

*Located on TAMU Bus Route

2300 Cottage Ln
College Station, TX 77801
(855) 322-2695

4. U Club

In my opinion, U Club is the place to be as a freshman/sophomore. I wouldn't necessarily recommend living there past then. With that being said, I have always heard great things about U Club. Not once have I heard people having problems with their units or management. Overall, U Club is a great place to live. With its duplex style living, and convenient parking, why would you not want to live there? They also have an extremely nice clubhouse where they usually throw residential events such as Craw Fish boils.

*Located on TAMU Bus Route

801 Marion Pugh Dr
College Station, TX 77845
(979) 703-1923

3. The Retreat

The Retreat is a new student living complex coming this upcoming summer (August 2016). The Retreat also offers a cottage style living. Located right off of Harvey Mitchell Pkwy and near Wellborn, it is relatively close to campus. They over a lot of the same amenities that most of the top places in College Station offer (Sauna, pool, yoga room, tanning, clubroom, etc.) but one really cool amenity that sets them apart is their indoor, virtual Golf Simulator. Pretty cool right? From the looks of their pictures online, The Retreat seems as if it will look a lot like The Reserve that is also located in College Station.

*Located on TAMU Bus Route

701 University Dr
College Station, TX 77840
(979) 431-4646

2. The Barracks

Ahhhh, The Barracks, also known as one of my favorite student living communities in College Station. The Barracks is a pretty secluded student living neighborhood located down Rock Prairie and off of Wellborn. Most people consider this to be way too far out, as it is a few more extra miles to campus, but what most college students don't know, is all the awesome stuff located around it. Although it is a trek to town from The Barracks, you don't have to go too far to get food or any other services. If you take a right onto Wellborn from Rock Prarie, you will hit William D. Fitch, which has a ton of places for you to choose from. Located off of William D. Fitch is an HEB, Taco Bell, Laynes, Subway, Chick Fil A, Lowes, plus many more! Also coming soon in The Barracks will be their very own convenience store and a huge pool/clubhouse that they have been working on for a year which will include a restaurant, brewery, plus many more awesome amenities!

*Not located on TAMU bus route (yet)

514 Deacon W Dr,
College Station, TX 77845
(888) 567-5757


1. The Junction

The Junction is also an all new student living complex coming Summer of 2016. My prediction is that this is going to be the new happening place. Located directly next to The Cottages, it's about two miles from campus! If you love The Cottages pool, you'll love this even more. And if you don't love The Cottages pool, then you will love this pool. With it's Vegas styled pool and rockin' cabanas, how could you not want to call this place home? Another awesome aspect about The Junction is that they will have three different clubhouses. One workout clubhouse, one studying clubhouse, and lastly, one game room clubhouse. Now you don't have to deal with the overbearing noise that's coming from the guys that are way too into their ping pong game. With their Cottage style living and awesome amenities, why would you not want to call this place home?

*Located on TAMU Bus Route

Leasing Office: 1147 Holleman Drive S.
College Station, TX 77845
(979) 721-9160


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9 Things All Mexican Food Addicts Know All Too Well

Don't come between me and my Mexican food.
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In the city I grew up in, there is a Mexican restaurant just about every five miles. They are the after school hangouts and first date go-to's for most of the kids here, especially the high school girls.

I know the servers at my favorite one know my order almost every time I go in there (at least once a week). However, a lot of people apparently get tired of eating Mexican food about twice a week... but I sure don't. If you are a Mexican food addict like me, I am sure you know at least a few of these yourself.

1. Cheese dip tastes like heaven and you have to have it.

That amazing creamy white cheese dip put on a perfectly salted chip is enough to make your day better. Forget the actual food---we'd be content living off of cheese dip and chips for the rest of our lives. Our restaurant trip is not complete without an order of it and if you are lucky enough to get your favorite waiter, maybe even get a large bowl for the night.

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2. You never have to look at the menu.



We know when we decide to go what we are having and it is probably the exact same plate we order each time. I am sure the servers laugh after I order some days because there is only three things I rotate between. My burrito is always my go-to, unless I am feeling fancy.

3. Some of the servers know who you are when you walk in the door.

Either by first name or by order they know us. You are the ones that they tell to pick your own seat and already have your drink order placed by the time you sit down.

4. Your boyfriend/ girlfriend puts you on Mexican restaurant restriction on date night.


You drag them there so much, they get tired of eating there. So much so, they flat out say no when you ask to go there on date night. I mean, how does someone get tired of Mexican food to begin with though?

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5. You can hum some of the songs that come on.

We may not know what they are saying in the song, but we know the song---trust us. We are in there so much we remember them. Don't ask any questions when we start humming.

6. You "have" a parking spot.

Do not park in my parking spot that is not actually my parking spot, but is my parking spot. Got it? Just do not do it. That starts my meal bad when you take my normal spot.

7. You used to hangout there all the time after school.

It was the hangout spot. Forget the nasty school lunch--- everyone goes to eat Mexican after school. It's the cool thing to do and it started your addiction.

8. You always want to introduce new people to your favorite restaurant.

Oh, you aced that exam? Let's go eat at this amazing Mexican restaurant I love! We always want to find people to go there to eat with so we always introduce new people to it.

9. People always pick on you about your addiction.


Yes, I love Mexican food. Go ahead and tag me in all the memes on Facebook about tacos. As long as I have my Mexican food, I am fine with that.

All in all, we LOVE our Mexican food and our go-to restaurants--- so here is your warning. Don't come between me and my Mexican food.

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The 3 Best 21st Birthday Gifts For Your BFF

Cheers to 21 years!

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It's an odd time in your life when half of your friends go out to the bar on Saturday night and the other half sits in and watches movies. Now, depending on your friend, you have three ways that your 21st birthday gift idea can go.

1. For The Chill Friend

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If you have that one friend who always seems to be the rule follower and doesn't ever really go out and let their hair down, there is only one way to go: Lots Of Liquor. It's finally there chance to go out and get crazy. You, as their honorary bff, have no choice but to go all out and get them a full on basket of individual liquor bottles, bottles of mixers, and goodies to snack on! Another gift you're going to be obligated to throw in, though they may not notice, is that you'll be deemed the responsible one. Switch roles for a night and make sure your friend isn't totally re-tasting what they'd eaten for dinner... you want them to at least last through the pregame.

2. For The Party Friend

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We've all got the friend who's been breaking rules since they were able to walk. High school came around and you weren't even the least bit surprised that they were pregaming the football games in the parking lot. So, to them, happy 21st just means they can throw away their fake ID and use their real one. If this is the case, it's safe to assume they have all the necessary alcohol they want and they also already know what they like. The best gift to a party happy friend is a nice recovery basket for the next day. This should be stuffed with all the necessities, Advil, Pedialyte, and other the other day after must-haves.

3. For The Normal Friend

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All of our friends are not going to be crazy, out-of-hand rule breakers or goody-too-shoes. Sometimes you're going to have a friend who plays by the rules... most of the time. If this is the case, there is only one way to go: a little bit of both. You could probably be safe with a cute hand painted wine glass and a bottle of their favorite, but where is the fun in that? They know enough about alcohol to assume they will surely need that hangover kit the next day, but not enough to have it stocked and ready to party on their big day.

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