I have found to Bluebonnet to be the best value in the Bryan-College Station area. It does not cost too much to play there, but it is nicer than most other munis. In addition, when I have played there it has not been too crowded, which is nice. The course is a standard layout and have golf carts that you can rent.
Probably the biggest downside is that is about a 25 minute drive from College Station out to the course. But it's worth it in my opinion.
Located right next to Academy off Highway 6, this is probably the best place in the area to practice hitting golf balls. Fairly normal driving range, you can hit off grass or golf mat. The prices for a bucket of balls is good compared to other golf ranges. One can also take golf lessons at the range.
One of the lessor known off-campus bookstores compared to Traditions and Loupot's, it is a good place for finding books that other places may be sold out of.. Also, they give decent resale value for selling back your book. But I wouldn't recommend it as a first choice for buying books, as I have found books at other stores around town for cheaper.
The bookstore also has A&M clothing, bumper stickers, etc.
This is a decent place to bowl, if you are looking for a place to go in the BCS area. The only downside is that it could be a lot better if it had a good food stand and bar area, especially being in a college town.
Located right off Highway 6.
A good course for a beginner (The A&M Golf team does not play here). Likely due to the low cost of playing here, the fairways and greens are not maintained that well. In addition, the golf cart path is falling apart in sections of the course. In addition, it's conveniently located on the South part of main campus with plently of parking available.
Another element of excitement is added on the few holes where the course runs parallel to major roads surrounding the campus, be sure to not hit a car!!
University Tower will be likely one of the first things you notice when driving into town, as it one of the tallest buildings in College Station. The oldest private dorm, converted from being a hotel previously, it features tight security and an indoor pool. In addition, they have a cafeteria and is walkable to main campus. Each floor has an RA and has mainly freshman living in it.
The downside is the higher price than living in a dorm and being farther away from campus. In addition, security can be overbearing, with seamingly cameras on you all the time as you walk around there and on people's balconies of their dorm rooms.
Basically an alternative to living on campus as a freshman, the Callaway House is loaded with amenities, RAs, garage parking, and good security. More expensive than living on campus and less convenient to getting to class than dorms, but you will in a nicer room than anyone on campus.
The building is relatively new, right off Wellborne, across the street from the baseball stadium.
If you decide that a private dorm is right for you, I would check the prices of other private dorms in town to make sure you are getting a good deal, before signing a lease.
Melrose is a very nice apartment complex. With basically every community amenity you would want... In addition, it is located on the bus route, which is a plus. The major downside is the relatively high pricing compared to some other places around town. Also, crossing the train tracks can be pain when getting to class on main campus.
This is by no means the nicest apartment complex that you will come across in College Station. It is likely one of the oldest apartment complexes in its area. But it is a great value because of its lowering rent prices then the other places in the area, while still offering maintenance service and community pool that you expect at other more expensive place.
I would definitely get a price quote at Polo Club before signing a lease at a different apartment complex. About a 5-10 minute drive from campus.
Located off Southwest Parkway, the complex is not especially close to campus, but not too far (about a 15 minute drive in traffic). University commons has apartments for up to four roommates (separate room each, with center living area and kitchen). UC has a community pool, hot tub, and tennis court.
The price is better than Melrose and some other places in town, but probably more expensive than some other smaller complexes that don't advertise as much. It's a good place to make the transition for dorm life to off-campus living.