Living in Aggieland

Texas A&M University was founded in Bryan-College Station, Texas, a place affectionately known as Aggieland. As the university has grown beyond our campus into a global leader in higher education, the spirit of Aggieland has grown with it.

Find Your Place in Aggieland

When choosing a university for your graduate or professional degree, there’s a lot for you to consider: Are programs of high quality? Are they affordable? Will you enjoy living on or near campus?

Texas A&M has earned national recognition for academic excellence and value, so no matter the program you choose, you can expect a world-class education. And while your location may vary based on which college or school hosts your program, there are unique perks to living anywhere in greater Aggieland.

Get to know Bryan-College Station, Texas, the metropolitan area surrounding Texas A&M’s main campus and home to the Graduate and Professional School. You can also explore our other locations in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Temple, Kingsville, Round Rock, McAllen and campuses in Galveston, Texas and Doha, Qatar.



Learn which Texas A&M locations offer your program in the Program Directory.

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Where is Aggieland?

Technically, Aggieland is the nickname for Bryan-College Station. However, we believe Aggieland is anywhere folks say “Howdy.” Where they share values of excellence, integrity, leadership, loyalty, respect and selfless service. And where diverse, driven people join together for a common cause: to make our world a better place.


They say “Once an Aggie, Always an Aggie” because joining the Aggie family creates friends and colleagues for life. Campus events bring Aggies closer together, no matter the program. Undergraduate, graduate and professional students are all encouraged to participate in everything from gameday to remembrance events, such as Muster.



Like any close family, Aggies have lots of nicknames and abbreviations they use when speaking with each other. We’ve collected some of the lingo that is commonly used during graduate and professional studies here at Texas A&M University to help you start speaking like an Aggie!


Get to Know Bryan-College Station

Bryan-College Station is a metropolitan area in Brazos Valley, Texas. It’s centrally located among four of the nation's largest cities: Houston, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio. Made up of twin cities Bryan and College Station, it’s a dynamic and growing community, offering the modern amenities of a big city with a warm small-town charm.

Map of Bryan-College Station, Texas

As a university town, Bryan-College Station has plenty to do both day and night. You’ll find opportunities to get active outdoors, soak up some art and culture, and eat world-class local and international cuisines. 

With Texas’ mild, sunny winters, you can enjoy many of these activities year-round. And if you need to get away for a weekend, multiple major metropolitan areas are just a few hours’ drive away.



Learn more about why Bryan-College Station is an excellent place for young professionals, families and anyone who’s looking for the amenities of a metropolitan area in a more relaxed and community-oriented atmosphere.


Bryan-College Station's low unemployment rate provides opportunities for families to easily find work if desired. Many spouses seek work at Texas A&M University or one of the Texas A&M University System agencies.

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Cost of Living

Year after year, Bryan-College Station ranks as one of the most affordable places to live and work. For example, the rent for an average 1- or 2-bedroom apartment can be as low as $500 per month. The cities supply many affordable and pleasant living, dining and entertaining options.

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Local Schools

Bryan-College Station’s public schools include 24 elementary, 5 middle and 4 high schools and one special opportunity learning center. Students in these local schools receive a quality education: College Station’s Independent School District is #16 in Texas according to

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Resources to Help You Get Settled

Graduate and professional students may choose to live on or off campus. University apartments offer fully furnished options for students with or without families, and there are many attractive and affordable rentals for those who prefer to live off campus. Either way, you’ll soon find yourself at home in Bryan-College Station.


The University Apartments offers 1-, 2- and 4-bedroom apartments for approximately 2,100 students, including students with families who want the benefits of living on campus but are looking for something different from traditional residence hall living. Some graduate and professional students live in The Gardens, which gives assignment priority to families and graduate, married, international and veteran students who are at least 21 years old.

Exterior view of The Gardens apartments
The Gardens Apartments Housing for graduate and professional students and undergraduates who are at least sophomores.


If you’re looking to rent a place that’s off campus but close by, there’s no shortage of options. We recommend using AggieSearch, a tool sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs that makes it easy to search for nearby apartments, houses and other rental options.


What to Do for Fun

There are many reasons Bryan-College Station has earned a reputation as one of the best places to live in Texas. Our residents are among the least stressed in America, thanks in part to plentiful opportunities to relax and socialize. From world-class restaurants to a vibrant art scene, outdoor recreation to popular festivals, there’s something for everyone here.



Academic Building
The Academic Building A campus landmark with a fascinating history.

While downtown Bryan and College Station offer plenty of entertainment opportunities, you don’t even have to leave campus to have an incredible time.

Texas A&M is home to the nationally-recognized George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, in addition to several other museums and art galleries. We also offer recreational and gameday activities at our renowned athletic facilities.

More than 1,200 public events are hosted through our university each year, including Broadway shows, concerts, ceremonies and athletic events.


While downtown Bryan and College Station offer plenty of entertainment opportunities, you don’t even have to leave campus to have an incredible time.

Texas A&M is home to the nationally-recognized George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, in addition to several other museums and art galleries. We also offer recreational and gameday activities at our renowned athletic facilities.

More than 1,200 public events are hosted through our university each year, including Broadway shows, concerts, ceremonies and athletic events.

Crowd watches a demonstration at the Physics Festival


The Memorial Student Center (MSC) hosts several dining facilities, meeting spaces, and a lounge complete with a baby grand piano. The MSC Town Hall also brings bands, comedians and other live entertainment to campus.

If you enjoy a good movie, Aggie Cinema hosts on-campus and virtual screenings of recently released films, as well as occasional free advance movie previews.

Most weekends, you can find an event to attend, celebrating everything from physics to athletics to our diverse cultures and heritages.

Local entertainment also includes everything from a lively nightlife to a range of family-friendly events.

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Group of Aggies hiking with Outdoor Adventures


The Student Rec Center is a state-of-the-art facility with 400,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor recreation space. It contains cardiovascular equipment, free weights, group fitness classes and personal training options. The Rec Sports Program also hosts intramural sports teams and clubs like Outdoor Adventures.

Texas A&M is also home to world-class athletic facilities such as Kyle Field and Reed Arena. Visit, home of Aggie Athletics, to learn more about all of our sports and recreational facilities.

Aggie Athletics

You can also get active outdoors by exploring our 924 acres of local parks, area lakes and golf courses. Year-round, you can enjoy fishing and hiking in the beautiful piney woods of eastern Texas or boating, bicycling and camping in the Texas hill country. 

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Stage performance at Rudder Theatre Complex


You’ll find world-class performing arts at the Rudder Theatre Complex, where the Opera and Performing Arts Society hosts a range of entertainment, from Broadway musicals and modern jazz to operas and ballet.

The Wiley Lecture Series, the Jordan Institute and other campus initiatives also regularly sponsor appearances by nationally recognized speakers from many fields. 

Learn more about exciting upcoming events at Texas A&M by visiting the MSC Box Office.

MSC Box Office

Various art exhibitions are presented throughout the year by the university’s art galleries, with the most prominent pieces coming to the J. Wayne Stark and the Forsyth Galleries.


See More of Aggieland

Explore more of campus through our virtual tour and start planning your visit to Aggieland.

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How to Get Around

Aggieland offers a variety of ways to get from one place to another. You can take Texas A&M or city buses, or you can purchase a parking permit and commute. There are plenty of cabs and ride-share services, and bikes are also a popular way to travel.


Texas A&M University Transportation Services provides efficient, dynamic and innovative fleet, parking and transit services to the community. They administer fleet rental, parking permits and facilities, traffic control and enforcement and bus service both on and off campus.



Greater Aggieland: More Places That Texas A&M Calls Home

The College of Dentistry building in Dallas, Texas

Dallas, Texas

College of Dentistry, College of Medicine

Dallas is home to both the College of Dentistry and one of the College of Medicine’s campuses. Both have been recognized for excellence and allow students to work with diverse and underserved populations. Being in one of the largest metropolitan areas has its perks — there’s no shortage of things to do in Dallas. Plus, the cost of living is low so you can fit more into your budget.

Dentistry Campus

Medicine Campus

Fort Worth, Texas, near the School of Law

Fort Worth, Texas

School of Law

Choosing a law school means choosing your home for the next few years, and you won’t find a better place to learn and live than Fort Worth. The city offers unsurpassed quality of life and a legal community that welcomes and mentors young lawyers. Students have access to a broad range of employers in various practice settings, including law firms, government agencies, non-profit organizations and the legal departments of corporations.

Law Campus

The Health Science Center in Houston, Texas

Houston, Texas, and Temple, Texas

College of Medicine

In addition to the tBryan-College Station campus, the College of Medicine has a presence in Houston with Texas A&M’s Institute of Biosciences and Technology and the Texas Medical Center. Research is a major focus on this campus.

Houston Campus

As the regional Level 1 Trauma Center and stroke and cardiac center, Temple's campus is a flagship training site. It provides specialized care that is often missing from larger metro areas.

Temple Campus

The Rangel College of Pharmacy building in Kingsville, Texas

Kingsville, Texas

Rangel College of Pharmacy

In addition to the Bryan-College Station campus, the College of Pharmacy facilities in Kingsville are located on the campus of Texas A&M University Kingsville, the oldest institute of higher education in south Texas. Founded in 1904 and named for Captain Richard King of the legendary King Ranch, Kingsville is home to nearly 30,000 people and is a vital part of Texas's growing gulf coast region.

Pharmacy Campus

The College of Nursing building in Round Rock, Texas

Round Rock, Texas

College of Nursing

In addition to the Bryan-College Station campus, the College of Nursing students on the Round Rock campus complete courses in classroom settings, partake in simulation training and engage in interprofessional learning.

Nursing Campus

College of Medicine

At the College of Medicine campus, clerkship directors oversee the students' rotations in Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Surgery at sites across Williamson County.

Medicine Campus

The School of Public Health building in McAllen, Texas

McAllen, Texas

School of Public Health

In addition to the Bryan-College Station campus, the Texas A&M School of Public Health offers several degree programs at the new McAllen Higher Learning Center. Located in the 20th most populated city in Texas, the center was opened in the fall of 2018 to continue the university’s commitment to supporting the educational needs of Texas. Its top-tier educational programs will fulfill individual student career goals, enhance continued economic development of the region and help provide the necessary skilled workforce.

Public Health Campus

Branch Campuses

Texas A&M’s two branch campuses bring specialized degree programs to new areas. Texas A&M Galveston has a marine studies focus, while the Qatar campus specializes in engineering. 


Texas A&M University at Galveston is the source for all things “ocean-oriented” at Texas A&M University. TAMUG offers a unique blend of marine and maritime programs, including majors in science, business, engineering, liberal arts and transportation.

Two doctoral and three master’s degree programs are offered at TAMUG. Graduate and professional students here may also choose to join the Texas A&M Maritime Academy and work toward licensing as a Third Mate Unlimited Oceans and Unlimited Tonnage in the U.S. Merchant Marine. 

Bracewell Clock Tower on the TAMUG campus
The Bracewell Clock Tower at TAMU Galveston
Main entrance to the Texas A&M Engineering building in Qatar
Main Entrance of the Texas A&M Engineering Building in Doha, Qatar, Saudi Arabia

The curricula offered at Texas A&M at Qatar are identical to the ones offered at the main campus in Bryan-College Station. The reputation for excellence is the same, as is the commitment to training engineering leaders of character dedicated to the greater good, who are equipped to lead the next generation of engineering leaders throughout the world.

Texas A&M at Qatar offers two graduate degrees in chemical engineering: a Master of Science (M.S.) and a Master of Engineering (M.Eng.). In addition, Texas A&M at Qatar offers a full curriculum of undergraduate courses for four bachelor's degrees in engineering.








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