CollegeStation Relocation Guide

College Station Relocation Guide

Once you decide to move to a new city, such as College Station, you will have many questions about how the area will suit your lifestyle. It is important to be as informed as possible before making this big transition from the type of TAMU housing available to the best places to eat. Here are several questions that many other students have asked as well.

Do apartments in College Station allow pets?

There are several apartments within College Station that allow pets. However, each complex varies on the type of animal you are allowed to have and their various sizes. Most apartments are fine with smaller animals such as lizards, hamsters and fish. Apartments can be more particular when it comes to dogs and cats. Therefore, you only need to search for the apartments that do allow them but you must keep in mind that not all units are preferable for your dog or cat because of the lack of space. Luxury apartments in College Station, such as the Retreat at College Station, offer spacious apartments and plenty of outdoor greenspace for your dogs to play.

What are ways to remain physically active in College Station?

Most college students value regular exercise as part of their lifestyles. Therefore towns like College Station aim to support this. If you prefer to get fresh air, go to Research Park which has plenty of jogging trails for those who enjoy running. Lake Bryan is another option that allows you to participate in fun activities such as hiking, mountain biking, wakeboarding and windsurfing. You will be having such an enjoyable time, you will not even realize you are engaging in a physical activity. If this lifestyle is important to you, you can search for apartment communities, such as the Retreat at College Station, that feature 24 hour fitness centers.

How do I ensure a positive relationship with my new roommate?

Living with an individual whom you do not know can be very frightening. This is especially true because you will be seeing them everyday. It is important to begin your relationship immediately. While you are setting up your apartment, ask your roommates if they want to explore the city. This way you can get to know each other and learn more about your new town at the same time. Make sure you keep your door open and make small conversation when you are both in common areas. Most likely, they will be open to making a friend so as long as you are friendly and initiate, you can become friends in no time.

Are there any apartment complexes with friendly atmospheres?

Your time at college should be full of memories with friends. However, sometimes it can be difficult to meet people. Some luxury apartments in College Station offer events and amenities that encourage social interaction. For example, your complex may host pool parties or cookouts. It is also important to take advantage of areas where other students are. The Retreat at College Station, for instance, features a resort-style pool and a clubhouse equipped with plasma TVs and a pool table where you can meet other residents.

Will I have enough space in my apartment to have friends over?

The normal mental picture associated with the college lifestyle is that of a small and cramped apartment. There is luxury student housing in College Station that offers large rooms, walk-in closets and spacious common areas. With space like this, you can ensure you will always have enough room for both your friends and your possessions.

Are TAMU apartments safe?

There is never a guarantee with safety, but College Station student housing attempts to keep you safe. These apartments have strong locks on doors and use plenty of lights. However, sometimes you may want extra protection measures. Some luxury apartments, like the Retreat at College Station, use video cameras and electronic access to your cottages to ensure your safety. Electronic access makes physical copies of keys impossible. Therefore, no unwanted guests will ever be able to enter your home unless you open the door for them.

When my family comes to visit me in College Station, where should I take them?

When your family comes to town, they will ask you to show them around and entertain them. This may seem overwhelming at first, but there are plenty of places you can bring them. For example, you can research to see if there are any concerts at the Grand Stafford Theatre. Even if you do not know the band playing, it is always fun to see live music. Your family also might enjoy visiting the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. It is widely recognized and respected, which makes it perfect for an afternoon outing. Afterwards, be sure to walk around in the gardens outside of the museum. The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History provides plenty of interesting exhibits that educate you on the area’s history.

If I have roommates, will I be forced to share a bathroom as well?

Even if you have roommates, you can still have your own bathroom. If you abhor the idea of sharing with someone else, look for apartments that have individual bathrooms. You will be grateful for this extra requirement in the long run.

Are there any craft hobbies I can do within my apartment?

When you move into an apartment, you may feel limited as to what hobbies you can have because of the lack of garage or yard space. Yet, there are plenty of crafts you can complete inside. Knitting and crocheting are fun and easy to do at any location and make perfect gifts for friends and family. You can also learn to draw or paint within your apartment or on a balcony if you have one. If yard space is important to you, make sure to find an apartment that features plenty of outdoor space.

Where are the best places to eat in College Station?

There are plenty of delicious restaurants in College Station. For example, Fuego Tortilla Grill offers some of the best tacos in town. The portions are large and they are open late. If you are in the mood for seafood, Fish Daddy’s Grill House is your best option. Napa Flats Wood Fired Kitchen is an italian food favorite. They feature pizza, pasta, salads and main courses.

If my roommates and I all leave for long periods of time, what should we do before we leave?

Many students often leave their Texas A&M housing vacant for periods of time during holidays and spring break. It is important to make sure your apartment is in one piece when you return. Most importantly, you should verify that you have locked all doors and windows in your apartment. This may seem obvious, but if you leave it unlocked, you are making the job of a burglar that much easier. Also be sure to turn off and unplug all electronics. You do not want to come back and receive a high utility bill because you left multiple lights on. In fact, if you unplug everything while you are away, you are ensuring that you are not wasting any energy and you will therefore save money. Finally, make sure your apartment is clean. If you leave dirty dishes or food out, you may come home to the unpleasant infestation of ants, flies and cockroaches.

What are some inexpensive ways I can decorate my TAMU apartment?

When you move into a new apartment, you want to make it yours. Decorating can be the perfect tool to allow your apartment to represent your style and personality, but it can also be expensive. Painting is a quick way to drastically change a room but it can be a hassle. Most of the time, you will need to repaint the walls to their original color when you leave. Therefore, not only will you have to buy the original paint supplies, but you will need to buy them again later. Instead, use simple tricks to add color to your space with brightly colored pillows, rugs and curtains. You can also make plenty of do-it-yourself projects such as cork boards, mason jar candles and picture frames.

Are there any apartments with good internet connections?

College students are reliant on the internet. They use it for classwork, research, video games and even binge watching your favorite TV show. There is nothing more frustrating than having an extremely slow connection. When you are touring apartments, ask about the quality of the internet. The Retreat at Gainesville, for example, has high speed Wi-Fi throughout the entire complex.

What are ways to lower my monthly utility bill?

Paying utility bills monthly can seem like a frightening responsibility. However, there are several ways to make sure it remains limited. Begin by unplugging any electronics that are not in use. While this may seem inconvenient, these items constantly absorb energy even if they are turned off. Also, consider maintaining a mild temperature within your student apartment. Raise it an extra two degrees in the summer and lower it two degrees in the winter. Though you may not notice the temperature change, your energy bill will be positively affected.

Do I need to get renters’ insurance?

Renters’ insurance is used to insure your possessions within your apartment. If there is a fire, flooding or a burglary, your landlord will not be responsible and you will be forced to replace everything. If you have renters’ insurance, however, you will be reimbursed for the cost of your items. Though it may seem an unnecessary extra expense, you will be grateful if something ever does happen and you have insurance.

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