Upscale housing seems to be the hottest new trend on college campuses.
Texas A&M University has caught onto this craze and new luxury student housing is rising up close to campus to make the commute easier and the living much more plush.
After gaining air rights, something College Station has not granted before, new buildings are reaching for the sky. Two ultra posh "high rises" (at least by College Station standards) — The Rise at Northgate and The Stack at Legacy Point — have already been built and a third one, Northpoint Crossing, is on the way.
The Rise at Northgate will have a full service spa with tanning beds and a steam room.
Phase one of Northpoint Crossing is scheduled to be completed by next summer and phase two will be done by 2015. This complex will include 307 apartments with two parking garages.
The Stack, which is only five stories, is smaller in height than the Rise at Northgate, which is 18 stories, however it has more apartments.
Northgate Crossing and the Rise at Northgate will be multi-use developments that will not only offer living areas in the upper levels but will also have shops, restaurants and grocery stores on the lower levels.
All the buildings offer pools and fitness center that more closely resemble amenities you'd find in a high-end hotel rather than typical dorm living.
Each room at the rise at Northgate will also include a 42-inch flat screen TV, yet that is not the most outrageous perk being offered in this plush arms race. The Rise at Northgate will have a full service spa with tanning beds and a steam room. Who's the projected clientele? Johnny Manziel.
What do you think? Is this luxury living trend progress or too much for college life?