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Living in BCS

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Living in Bryan-College Station

Texas A&M University is situated in the center of Bryan-College Station, a metropolitan area that is colloquially referred to as "BCS" and "Aggieland." According to 2019 population estimates, Bryan has approximately 85,000 residents, and College Station has approximately 123,000 residents.  The region combines the modern amenities of a big city with the warmth and charm of a small town.

Area attractions include the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, the Brazos Valley African American Museum, the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History, the Museum of the American G.I., and the Brazos Valley Children's Museum. Historic Downtown Bryan is another popular attraction that combines antique shops, family-owned restaurants, art galleries, and boutiques, a restored Art Deco-era theatre, a Carnegie Library, and the open-air Palace Theatre. One of the most popular times to visit is on First Friday, a free event that takes place every month. 

The following online guides provide more information about what the community has to offer residents and visitors alike:


The area childcare centers listed below includes providers that some faculty have reported using for childcare.  The list was put together in the mid-2010s and may not be totally up-to-date or comprehensive.

A&M United Methodist Church Weekday School   (6 Weeks)
Becky Gates Center (12 months)
Bullfrogs and Butterflies Childcare Center (8 weeks)
Covenant Presbyterian Children’s Center  (6 weeks)
Peas in a Pod Learning Center (6 weeks)
Southwood Learning Center  (18 months)
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Parish Child Development Center  (6 Weeks)



Some faculty have reported using the websites listed below to identify babysitters/nannies. The list is neither comprehensive nor are the sites/providers specifically endorsed by ADVANCE.
Jobs for Aggies



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There is a wide range of Christian denominations in the Bryan-College Station area. Many of those churches can be found in the Worship Directory.
Bryan-College Station Eagle Worship Directory

The list below focuses on resources for non-Christian religious and spiritual organizations that are active in the Bryan-College Station area (listed in alphabetical order).

Aggie Muslim Alumni Network (AMAN)
Atheists - Freethinkers Meetups
Brazos Valley Insight Meditation Buddhist Group Meetup
Buddhist Association for Peace, Culture and Education in Bryan
College Station Chinese Bible Church
Congregation Beth Shalom
Hillel Center at Texas A&M
Hindu Society of the Brazos Valley
Islamic Community of Bryan/College Station

There are two primary grocery store chains in Bryan College Station: H-E-B and Kroger. There are also several Walmart Supercenters.

The Brazos Valley Farmers Market is open every Saturday in Downtown Bryan.

Specialty grocery stores include:
BCS Food Market (Asian Foods)
Farm Patch Produce Market
Mini (Indian) Market  (3800 S. College Avenue, Bryan, TX 77801)
Aapka Apna Desi Store  (Shell Station, 609 University Drive, College Station, TX 77840)
Texas A&M Rosenthal Meat Center
The Crawfish Hole  (supplier of live crawfish)
Ed's Butcher Block  (600 N. Texas Avenue, Bryan, TX 77803)
La Perla Tapatia Meat Market  (510 William J. Bryan Parkway, Bryan, TX 77803)
La Michoacana Meat Market, Produce and Bakery 
Readfield Meats & Deli
Khairallah Halal Meat  (3525 Texas Avenue, Bryan, TX 77802)
Ruffino Meats & Food Services

KC Beauty Mart  (2224 Texas Avenue S, College Station, TX  77840)

Q Beauty (2702 Texas Avenue, College Station, TX 77840)

Sally Beauty