How To Find Housing In College Station, Texas Finding off campus housing in College Station is not too difficult but does require some effort. The earlier you start your search the easier it will be to find your perfect home. 1. Important Factors to Consider a) Your budget constraints b) How much you are willing to pay for housing, meals, and incidentals. c) Do you want to have roommates (flat mates), live alone, or share an apartment/house? d) Type of housing: apartment, house, duplex (two houses with an adjoining wall), or condo (a two story apartment) 2. Rent and Utilities Rent costs are determined by a variety of factors (location, number of roommates, length of lease, age of the complex, type of housing, etc). It is best to approach this by deciding beforehand what amount you are willing to pay monthly and then search for places that meet your budget. Standard monthly utilities can consist of water, electricity, gas, sewage, and garbage removal. Optional services such as phone, cable, Internet, and security can also be ordered. Some complexes provide a combination of utilities and services in the rent, be sure and ask what is and is not included. Make sure to ask what the average monthly costs are for those services not included in rent. As a general rule, apartments have the least expensive utilities, and the more roommates you have the cheaper your monthly utilities will be. Also, well-insulated walls result in lower heating/cooling costs. For example, in an apartment the top story will have the highest utilities, while the middle or lowest floors will be about 25% cheaper. More recent houses tend to have more efficient heating and cooling systems. 3. Roommates Because College Station is full of college students, there is usually someone looking for a roommate. It is best to analyze your habits with what you seek in other potential roommates. Your relationship with your roommates can enhance or detract from your experience at A&M. Important topics to discuss with your potential roommates include: • Smoking • Age • Drinking • Study habits • Noise level • Neatness • Social habits (nightlife • Pets activities) • Other personal preferences • Hobbies 4. Types of Housing Several housing options are open to you in College Station. Apartments (flats) are the most common and easiest type to find because there are so many complexes in the area. Houses, duplexes, condos, and trailers all have benefits associated with them. There won’t be noisy neighbors above you, you will have more privacy, and more space. However, you will likely not have access to a swimming pool and other apartment amenities, or have a wide variety of interesting neighbors to meet and socialize with. The length of time you plan to stay in College Station will have a strong influence on the type and cost of housing available to you. If you plan on staying for at least one academic year (August to May) or longer you will be able to fulfill a lease obligation and thus have more options. A nine-month lease is slightly more expensive than a twelvemonth lease (August-August), usually by $25 a month. If you plan on staying for a shorter period (one semester) then it will be easier if you “sublease” or rent the place of a person who will no longer be living in the apartment/house/etc. Some apartment complexes will allow you to rent on a semester basis at an increased price. Contact information for some of those complexes is listed below. 5. Apartment Links and Information Listed below are websites and other contact information for various apartment complexes in the area. Each living complex is on the Texas A&M University Shuttle Bus route or within walking distance to campus. Some apartment complexes offer semester leases. Each complex offers various services and amenities as well as price ranges. Please visit each site and contact those you would like to know more about. Eastmark Apartments 7600 Central Park Lane College Station, TX 77840 Phone: (979) 693-8066 Website: http://www.eptmgt.com/custom/ept/broc hure/brochure.jhtml *Semester leases available $360-490/ month Treehouse Apartments 200 Marion Pugh, College Station, Texas 77840 Local 979-696-5707 Fax 979-693-0902 Website: www.treehouseapartments.com *Semester leases based on availability University Commons 950 Colgate Drive College Station, TX 77840 979.764.8999 phone 979.764.1077 fax Website: http://www.capstonecompanies.com/loca tions/collegestation/ *Semester leases available *Fully furnished units *Roommate matching service available $325-$375/ month The Colony Apartments 1101 Southwest Parkway College Station, TX 77840 Phone (979) 693-0804 Fax (979) 764-7760 *Furnished or unfurnished Website: www.ssrs.com College Park – The Treehouse 800 Marion Pugh Dr College Station, TX 77840 Toll free 888-999-1578 Local 979-764-8892 *Furnished or unfurnished Website: www.collegepark.org University Tower 410 S. Texas Ave. College Station, TX 77840 (979) 846-4242 (800) UV-TOWER *Furnished or unfurnished *Housekeeping Service *Meal Plan included Website: www.ssrs.com Short Term Housing Betty Sueh 4401 Carter Creek Bryan, TX 77807 979-846-2084 1 bedroom apartments- $675 for 1st month, $625 each additional month. Ideal for sharing with a roommate, visiting professors often stay here while at Texas A&M University. 6. Other Links Here are some great links for locating subleases, or apartment locator services. Often you will find less expensive housing options and meet some great people through these links. There are many other locator services in the area, you might want to use online search engines or yellow pages to find more listings. MSN or Yahoo! Yellow pages directories are good sites to visit. The Battalion Online: http://battalion.tamu.edu The Battalion is the Texas A&M Newspaper, students will often post “roommate wanted” or “sublease” classified ads towards the end of each semester. Off Campus Student Housing: http://studentlife.tamu.edu/ocss/ This site allows you to search current listings for roommates wanted or post your own notice. The univeristy Off Campus Student Services office maintains this site. This is a very useful site. Bryan- College Station Eagle: http://classifieds.theeagle.com/ The Eagle is the local newspaper, again students often post ads in the classified section for roommates or subleases. Finders Keepers Apartment Locators: www.finderskeepers-aggieland.com 313 Church Ave College Station, TX 77840 979-846-1887 This free locator service will help you find housing that is right for you. However, they will not be able to find you roommates. Rentnet.com: www.rentnet.com This website allows you to search local apartment, house, duplex, condo, and trailer listings based on your criteria. It also provides you with contact information for the properties. MSN Yellow Pages: http://search.yellowpages.msn.com YellowPages.com: www.yellowpages.com These two search engines will allow you to search for apartment complexes in the area and provide the necessary contact information. 7. Furniture Rental Agencies Since not all apartments come furnished you might opt to rent furnishings while you stay. As with apartments, the cost of furniture depends on your tastes, preferences, and budget. Most companies/stores offer same or next day delivery. Cost for basic bedroom furnishings are also listed. Ask about special student or package rates when you call. You can also search the classified ads for inexpensive used furniture. If you sublease, furniture might be included with the room. Aaron’s Rental: www.aaronrents.com 3516 Texas Ave, Bryan, TX 979-846-2424 Cort Funiture Rental: www.cort1.com 1-800-446-7826 Rentway: www.rentway.com 1111 S Texas Ave Bryan, TX 77870 979-822-5778 8. Final Note Again, the best piece of advice is to start your search early!! The Internet will be the most efficient way to gather more information, and contact people who can help you in your search. All of the websites listed are current and provide contact links for you to request further information. Many apartment complexes in Bryan and College Station are on the Texas A&M Shuttle Bus route (very important if you will not have a car). Houses and other accommodations may be within walking distance to a shuttle bus stop or to campus. Be sure to find out before you sign the lease. This document is meant to give you some good leads and basic knowledge on finding housing in the Bryan, College Station area. The yellow pages and other online search engines can give you a complete listing of local apartment complexes and their websites. If you start early, take initiative, and remain persistent, your search will pay off!