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Summer Hangout Spots In Aggieland

Here are 10 perfect spots for you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the Aggie spirit in Aggieland this summer.

Photos and text by Anna Burson ‘24 

Happy Summer Ags! I’m a psychological and brain sciences major working in Bryan-College Station this summer. I’ve noticed Aggieland takes on a slower pace in the warm summer months of June, July, and August when the student population in town shrinks significantly. That makes it the perfect time to discover new hangouts or reconnect to some old favorites with a little more solitude.

I’ve put together a list of the best hangout spots around campus for you to enjoy in Aggieland this summer. What better way to get in that sunshine state of mind than grabbing a friend, a good book, or your favorite meal and heading to one of these destinations! 

1. The Gardens 

Two women enjoy a stroll through The Gardens at Texas A&M University.

First up on our list is The Gardens with 7-acres full of gorgeous flowers, a water feature, and wooden swings.Whether you’re out for a summer stroll or looking for a place to catch up with friends, this is the place for you! 

2. MSC Hall of Honor

The Hall of Honor in the Memorial Student Center on campus.

Located near the “Honor” entrance of the Memorial Student Center, the Hall of Honor recognizes eight Aggies who have received the Medal of Honor. While this is a more somber spot on campus, it’s a great location to learn about and honor those who exemplify the Aggie core values. 

3. The Academic Building

The Academic Building on a sunny day.

The Academic Building is a great historic hangout spot on campus and is the new home of the College of Arts & Sciences. If you look up in the rotunda, you will see a replica of the Liberty Bell. At three stories high, there is plenty of seating to study or read in the rotunda! 

4. Military Walk

A girl takes a study break on Military Walk.

Located in the heart of campus, Military Walk is an excellent spot with plenty of shade for your summer activities. You can even stop by some historical and educational markers along the way and read about the history of Texas A&M University!

5. Brookshire Brothers 

Areal view of the deli counter in Brookshire Brothers.

Go grab a meal and experience a new addition to Aggieland. An outdoor concert venue, dining area, and grocery store combined, you will have so much to explore.

6. Rudder 

Incoming students sign into their new student conference.

With New Student Conferences in full swing this summer, you’ll have no trouble making new friends when you stop by Rudder!

7. East Quad by the Liberal Arts and Humanities Building 

A green field in front of the Liberal Arts and Humanities Building on a sunny day.

The East Quad is an outdoor green space located near the Liberal Arts and Arts and Humanities Building. This spot is perfect for outdoor games, lounging, or a summer picnic.

8. MSC Flag Room

A student studies for summer classes in the Flag Room.

If you’re looking for a quiet place to study, look no further than the Flag Room in the Memorial Student Center. Known also as “the living room” of Texas A&M, the comfy couches and the opportunity to hear live piano music make this spot a relaxing choice.

9. Innovative Learning Classroom Building Rooftop Patio 

View from the rooftop patio on the ILCB.

On the second floor of the ILCB, you’ll find an outdoor patio equipped with seating and a gorgeous view of main campus. How could you not want to hangout here with views like this?

10. The Junction 

A mural of the Aggie Barn greats dinners in The Junction at the Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center.

This coffee shop within the Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center is a great summer hangout. Perfect for grabbing some iced coffee and some friendly competition from their wall of board games!