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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How To Play 'New Girl's' True American Drinking Game

"It's 75% drinking, 20% Candy Land, and the floor is molten lava."
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I think it's fair to say that anyone who watches New Girl knows about True American. This crazy, non-sense drinking game which pops up every so often throughout the seasons and first introduced in Season 1 Episode 20.

The game, as described by New Girl character and fan-favorite Schmidt, is 75% drinking game and 20% Candy Land with a floor of molten lava.

The point of the game is for players to navigate through the Candy Land-like spaces to the "castle," which is a table in the center of the room that holds beer "pawns" and the "king" bottle. The first person to reach and sip from the bottle wins.

SEE ALSO: 15 Things "New Girl" Fans Know to Be True

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Here's how to play:

Step #1: Prepare the "castle"

First, set up your "castle." The castle is made up of beer "pawns" and the "king," a bottle filled with the alcohol of your choice.

The bottle should be in the middle of the table, surrounded by four lines of beer pawns. There is no exact number of beers necessary for each line of beer pawns. Choose any amount of beers that seems appropriate for the amount of players.

Step #2: Set up spaces

Set up spaces using pillows, chairs or any other objects players will be able to stand on. Place an equal amount of spaces around the table. You'll want about 5-8 spaces on each side, depending on the size of the room you're playing in.

Only four of these spaces should reach the castle, lining up with the parade of beer "pawns" and allowing players to take a beer pawn from the castle. For example, in the photo above, each of the chairs touch a corner of the table at the end of the line of beer pawns. Therefore, these are two of the four special spaces that allow players to take a beer. Unlike the pillows pictured, which are just regular spaces that the players can use to move around.

Step #3: Pick teams

Teams are optional. To pick teams, all of the players will place a certain number (1-5) of fingers against their forehead on the count of three.

Any players who hold up the same number are a team. Unmatched players can team up as needed or simply pair up with the person standing closest to them.

Step #4: Begin

Begin with a shotgun "tip-off" to determine which player goes first.

The winner of this shotgunning contest will yell, "One, two, three...JFK!" to announce the official beginning of the game. All players will enthusiastically respond, "FDR!" then quickly grab a beer pawn from the castle and run to any space they wish to start at, excluding for the four special spaces that reach the castle.

Step #5: Make moves

The winner of the shotgunning contest has earned the first turn. From then on, the order of turns will move in a clockwise rotation. During each turn, the player will move one space toward the castle and choose to play one of the following mini-games.

Mini-game number one: the player whose turn it is will count to three then all players will place a certain number (1-5) of fingers on their forehead. Any player who selects a number no one else selected can move ONE space.

Mini-game number two: the player whose turn it is will recite the beginning of a famous American quote. The first player to complete the quote can move TWO spaces.

Mini-game number three: the player whose turn it is will name two famous American people, places or things. The first player to identify what the two have in common can move THREE spaces.

For example, say it's your turn. You will move one space then choose one of the three mini-games. You and all of the players will participate in that game, and the winner will move accordingly. After this, your turn is over and it's the next player's turn (in the original clockwise rotation).

Step #6: "Play on, playa."



Continue playing by these rules until one lucky winner reaches the bottle and sips from its royal glass.

The bottle cannot be opened until every last pawn is removed from the castle. Any players who fail to keep at least one beer in hand, who accidentally end up with more than three beers in hand, or who touch the lava are immediately disqualified. Disqualified players can rejoin the game by shotgunning a beer.

Congratulations!

You are now able to impress all of your New Girl-loving friends with knowledge of the workings of the epic True American drinking game. Know your limits, drink responsibly and enjoy!

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10 Things That True Coffee Lovers Will Find Relatable

There simply are not enough words to espresso how we truly feel...
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There simply are not enough words to espresso how we truly feel...

1. You blame your ill mood on lack of coffee

Short tempers and low patience levels are unavoidable without your morning cup. Also, you are slightly annoyed by really every action. In fact, if you haven't had your coffee, your friends have probably learned by now to just stay away.

2. You've researched at least one time the maximum amount of caffeine that you can drink without dying of an overdose.

Honestly, you really only researched it out of curiosity though. It's not like you would actually lessen your intake of coffee if you knew the safety limit. It almost challenges you to want to drink more caffeine. Pretty unhealthy but it's okay, right?

3. Coffee is an accessory.

Forget about the cute necklace or Pandora ring. If you have your coffee in hand as you walk around town, you feel just as fabulous as any trendy outfit would make you feel. It is an actual confidence booster, you cannot argue this.

4. With that being said, yes, you do want for your coffee to be shown in the picture.


If you and your friend are taking a picture and she gets to show off her new cute shoes and MK purse, then yes, you will proudly pose with your venti Starbucks Pike Roast or your fat-free French vanilla Dunkin Donuts iced coffee. It brings you great joy to share your love of coffee with the world.

5. Coffee does not affect your sleep schedule.


Even though you still drink three times as much the night before a big test when you are cramming, in reality, you could still fall asleep instantly if you really wanted to. Your body is simply immune. Your cup of coffee at 8 AM, 3 PM, and 2 AM is all one in the same.

6. The baristas in your hometown know your name.

They know your order, too, how to make your drink just right. You get a little nervous every time you go to a new coffee shop because you have grown so comfortable with your hometown coffee shop, your second home on a real note.

7. Forget saving money, it all gets blown on coffee.

You can withhold from buying clothes, jewelry, food, and other drinks. However, for some reason, when you see or smell coffee anywhere in sight, your senses literally make you buy it. All you can think about is how great coffee would be right in that moment. Nothing else matters, even the amount of money in your bank account. There is no greater temptation, and you give into it every single time.

8. So naturally, your body has adapted to coffee as meal replacements.

Food is great and all, don't get me wrong. But, when you are on a college budget and are sitting there with $5 in your bank account, obviously you are gonna spend it on that coffee that you see or smell and just HAVE to have rather than some nutritious. filling meal. Sounds logical enough for you and that is all that matters.

9. You love getting asked questions about coffee.

Nothing gets you hyped up more than a person who wants to talk coffee. Not to mention it is a total honor that the person trusts your knowledge of coffee enough. It really is a big deal. You want your reputation for coffee to remain trustworthy and dependable.

10. Coffee is the way to your heart. Every time.

Finally, if you are looking for a boy to sweep you off your feet, coffee has the power to do it. You simply cannot turn down a coffee date. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. Coffee is your weakness. It brings happiness to a sometimes dull world.

Although people may disappoint, you can rest in peace knowing that your coffee never will!

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