McAllen is a growing area due to the economic growth they've been experiencing over the years. Look for apartments as soon as you can because you are not only competing with other students but people coming to the area for work as well. With the gulf within an hour's drive many people don't mind living in McAllen and commuting so you want your application to standout from all the rest.
Applicants need to have completed and detailed applications turned in as soon as possible. Be prepared to put down the deposit and first month's rent as soon as possible if you want to have a chance at beating the competition. Spring and summer will be competitive times due to local industries hiring,.
McAllen does have public transportation. Metro McAllen is the city's public transportation system. You can find information about local fares by going to www.mcallen.net/metro. While McAllen is an average size town, having your own means of transportation will be a lifesaver when it comes to getting around or visiting areas around McAllen.
For an average size town, McAllen has a lot of the features you'd find in the bigger cities. Exercise enthusiasts can sign up for Tai Chi in the Park. Art is an major part of McAllen so you will find various artist groups as well as live entertainment. Get a sense of the local culture and history by visiting the museum.