It’s hard to separate Bryan from its southern twin, College Station, home to the fourth largest university in the country—Texas A&M University. Locals refer to the sister towns as BCS (Bryan/College Station), or better yet, “Aggieland,” as school spirit seeps from every corner of this metropolitan area. Bryan is a popular choice among students for offering lower rent prices than downtown College Station, although it’s also valued for the rich cultural life of its downtown. From the best dining in the city to weekly salsa dancing at area clubs, downtown Bryan has some kind of fun for everyone. Once a month, the streets are closed down for “First Friday,” an after-hours cultural event that changes every month. There’s even an award-winning winery nestled in the Bryan countryside.
B/CS boasts low property tax (which helps keeps rent prices reasonable) and some of the lowest crime rates in the country. As a result, there really isn’t a bad neighborhood for students.
Most student housing is congregated in the southeast corner of town where Bryan blends into College Station and vice-versa. Just north of Burton Creek there’s everything from townhomes to luxury apartments to homes for rent, all convenient to the Reveille Bus Route, A&M’s furthest-reaching off-campus route.
The Fair Acres neighborhood puts students closer to downtown Brian and sits along the Old Army Bus Route that traces S College Avenue.
The Autumn Woods area along E 29th Street sits conveniently near to Blinn College at Brian’s campus, while maintaining close proximity to A&M’s bus lines.
Finally, the Eloe Addition neighborhoods along Hwy 6 put residents closest to Bryan’s parks and downtown area, but furthest from campus. They’re a great option for students looking to escape the high student-concentration of complexes on or near to campus (although this is Aggie country, so even far from campus school spirit still prevails!).