Welcome to Corpus Christi! I think the area has some wonderful choices, for quality of life and investment I like waterfront/beachfront and waterview condos...they are on the Island (15min from campus) and North Beach (15-20 min) and the CCBayfront (5-15min). There are also lofts downtown with walking distance to clubs/nightlife/music venues.
Enjoy your "Island University" experience and all that CC,Texas has to offer!
You have so many options! It's a perfect time to be a home buyer ;). Go check out th is site for instant access to the MLS (just like a realor).
Call me if you see something you like and I'll take you to see it. I represent buyers.