Upscale Housing Hot Trend in College Station

COLLEGE STATION- Thousands of freshman A&M students and Blinn College students will be moving into College Station and Bryan this weekend. Many will be living at several new upscale housing units which are the hottest trend on college campuses across the country.

Roughly 780 students will be moving into their apartment units this week, which apartment manager Nicki Mahanay says looks nothing like college living five years ago. "People expect and want what they grew up with at home. Those modern finishes and the privacy and the floor plans we have here, and private bedrooms and bathrooms."

The clubhouse is equipped with study rooms and a computer center with Mac computers for studying. When it's time to relax, there's a resort-style pool to take a dip, a tanning bed, and a 24 hour gym. All these luxuries under one roof, for a reasonable price, and within walking distance from campus.

A good deal for many students says Research Economist Jim Gaines with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M who says this luxury living is popping up all over town. "Here at College station, we simply don't have enough dorms not surprisingly, so the private sector the private market does have to pick up on it."

Management says the U-Centre at Northgate is full for the Fall season

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