About Galveston

Texas A&M University at Galveston is located in historic Galveston, TX on the central Texas coast.  With its mild, semi-tropical weather year round, Galveston Island’s nearly 48,000 residents enjoy an abundance of outdoor activities throughout the year. Galveston Island boasts 32 miles of beautiful Texas beaches, of which 10.4 miles is protected by the sea wall, built after the Great Storm of 1900 to shield the Island.  With its close proximity to Houston, it’s just 50 miles from the city’s center; students at Texas A&M University at Galveston have access not only to historic Galveston Island, but also the fourth largest U.S. city, Houston. Galveston Island, TX offers a close-knit, small town atmosphere with all the amenities of a major metropolitan area.

There are many sights to see on Galveston Island all year round. From vibrant downtown Galveston all the way to Seawall Blvd., Galveston Island has many great attractions to offer. Moody Gardens, Schlitterbahn Waterpark, 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA, the OCEAN STAR Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum, and The Grand 1894 Opera House are some of the many attractions located on Galveston Island. The Strand is the location of many well-known Galveston events, including the two largest, Dickens on the Stand and Mardi Gras! Galveston. Galveston also has several other island events, including Art Walk, the Historical Homes Tour, Oktoberfest, Galveston Island Beach Revue,  July 4th fireworks, Yaga’s Wild Game Cook-off and Lone Star Rally to name a few.

Galveston Island has many housing options for students, with average one-to two-bedroom apartments ranging from $500-$800. With many living, dining and entertainment options, Galveston Island is a wonderful place to live. Galveston Independent School District serves the nearly 6,500 students on Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula with five elementary schools, four middle schools, two high schools and an early childhood learning center. With a rich cultural history and first-rate amenities, Galveston has something for everyone.

Did You Know?

  • Houston’s many attractions and events are only 1 hour from the Island
  • Bryan/College Station, home of Texas A&M University, is 2.5 hours drive
  • Bolivar Peninsula is accessible from Galveston Island by the Galveston Island Ferry