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Houston, TX
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$37,292
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Very Hard
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Campus Dining: Food on campus is not half bad. The residential college system allows for there to be a number of small cafeterias that make the dining situation better. At my residential college, we have family-style dinners every night where we sit down, and freshmen wait on upperclassmen. It's a really fun tradition.

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Campus Dining: The food at the new campus serveries has recently been rated as some of the best food at colleges around the country. Professional chefs are given a great deal of room in which to work, and new developments and refinements come along frequently.

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Campus Dining: Each residential college has its own commons and either its own servery, or a servery shared with only a few colleges. You can eat at any college you want with your card. I think the food at the bigger serveries is good, but the meal plan is really expensive. Some of the smaller serveries have not-so-good food.

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Campus Dining: With the new dorms recently opened, food is actually decent. We have the residential college system, and food is relatively good, especially compared to years ago. One thing, however, you will get sick of it! After eating different things, you will get sick of it regardless of how good it is. That's okay, though, because Houston has the most restaurants per capita, and it's super cheap to eat here. There are plenty of places around Rice and in Houston to eat.

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Campus Dining: Food on campus is kind of blah; there are not a lot of options. The residential colleges are all getting these new serveries now that offer a lot more options, and the food is better because it is fresher-they don't have to ship it from one central location anymore.

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Campus Dining: The food is edible. All things considered, it's pretty good. However, quality varies across campus. The best food is at the South College Servery. Chef Roger is in charge there, and the food is both tasty and interesting. The rest of the food across campus is alright. It varies from day to day how good it is, and after three years of eating it, the repetition gets tiresome. Things are often overcooked after sitting out for a while, and it's sometimes questionable if the meat is even really meat. But it is also possible to eat well. The salad bar is usually very good, and there are always vegetarian and health-conscious options available. The desserts are usually fantastic. And if all else fails, there is always Subway in the student center or plenty of great (and not too expensive) restaurants in the Village.

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Off-Campus Dining: Oh, Houston restaurants are amazing. I think we have the most restaurants per capita in the nation, and there are all sorts of awesome foods nearby.

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Off-Campus Dining: There are tons of great places all around Rice, especially in the Rice Village-all cuisines, price ranges, and atmospheres, from buffalo wings, to tapas, to pizza, to Chinese, to Cuban. There's just anything you could possibly want. Chinatown is close too, and there are tons of great places there.

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Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of really good restaurants in Houston, but you need to drive to them because they are all spread out. The Rice Village is nice, but it's quite a walk across the parking lot to get there, so most meals you eat will be on campus.

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Off-Campus Dining: You can eat at the Istanbul Grill, a Greek restaurant, a burrito joint, Jason's Deli, burger places, Cuban places, Mexican places, a French bakery, a smoothie place, lots of Thai places, Two Rows-all located in Rice Village, within walking distance of campus.

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Off-Campus Dining: I mainly go to the ones that are open 24-hours. Taco Cabana is a cheap Mexican place with good tortillas and decent queso. The House of Pies has great pie and good breakfast food, too. Rice is right in the middle of Houston, so there are hundreds of restaurants around. Just about anything you want, you can find.

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Off-Campus Dining: Houston is a great city, culturally. You want it, Houston's got it. It might be a drive away, but it's around. Fortunately, Rice is conveniently located next to the Rice Village (full of great restaurants) and near downtown (also full of good restaurants). Some favorites: Lai Lai's in China Town, Thai Spice (the village), and Miss Saigon (Vietnamese food).

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Off-Campus Dining: I love Houston restaurants. I've been spoiled rotten living here, and I've discovered my absolute passion for Asian food (the Asian food in Houston is fabulous). I go home to my small town during the summers and I'm lost. Suddenly the town's Chinese buffet seems so disappointing. I spend three months every year just counting the days until I can come back to school and go out for some Pad Thai or Vermicelli!

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Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining is really good. It's Houston. There are lots of restaurants here. Some of my personal favorites in the village are Ruggles, La Madeline, Kin's Cafe, and Quiznos.

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Off-Campus Dining: There are an abundance of excellent restaurants for a plethora of moods and occasions in the downtown area. Popular late-night destinations include Taco Cabana and the legendary House of Pies. On the opposite end of the scale, upscale restaurants like Masraff's and Americas provide unbelievably good food and an incomparable atmosphere for the finest in fine dining.

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Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants in the Village, and in Houston in general, are great. Some good spots close by are Two Rows, Texadelphia, Istanbul Grill, Miss Saigon Café, Ruggles Café and Bakery, Goode Company Texas Seafood, 59 Diner, and Houston's.

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Off-Campus Dining: Excellent. Houston's restaurant scene is basically unrivalled in the USA, with cuisine ranging from BBQ, to simply TexMex, to Ethiopian.

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Off-Campus Dining: There are a billion great Houston restaurants cheap enough for students-discover your own! My favorites include Brasil (for coffee and food), Barnaby's (the location on Fairview is more fun and funky than the one on Montrose), Paulie's (for good vegetarian fare), Empire Cafe (Tuesday night is half-price cake night), Chapultipec is open late and has good margaritas. Everyone has a preferred Mexican restaurant in Houston. There's also Yan Sushi (also known as sushi-to-go and the sushi cube) and Bubba's (a buffalo burger shack). There are a lot of restaurants open all night or near to it-Mai's Vietnamese, Taco Cabana, IHOP, and the ever-popular House of Pies.

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Campus Housing: The dorms are great. You don't have a choice, so you can't avoid any one over another. They all have their pros and cons, but generally they are very nice places to live.

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Campus Housing: Compared to other universities, Rice housing is virtually luxurious.

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Campus Housing: I don't live in a dorm. I live in a Residential College. The residential college system creates buildings that are more than just a dorm. They house my friends, my `Rice family,' my sports team, my theatre productions, my servery, my laundry facility, my computer lab, my pool table, my hammock, and my livelihood. It is a microcosm of Rice, but without the academics. It is my home away from home. It's why I chose Rice.

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Campus Housing: The dorms are pretty nice. I've only ever lived in Jones College, and at this point the thought of sharing a small bedroom with someone is intolerable, but the singles there are nice and spacious and new suites were just built a few years ago. I think all the dorms have something to offer. The north campus dorms are comparatively, inconveniently located further away from most academic buildings, but the whole campus only takes about 20 minutes to walk across, so the difference isn't as great as it is made out to be.

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Campus Housing: When you go to Rice, you're pseudo-randomly assigned to a college so that there's an even mix of students between the colleges. Not all of the dorms are the same quality, but most rooms on campus are pretty nice.

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Campus Housing: The dorms are mostly really nice. We all live in residential colleges, which I think is the best thing about being at Rice. Your college is your family for four years. You live with these people, eat with them, study with them, and form lasting friendships with them. Everyone is assigned randomly to a college when they first enroll at Rice, so all of the colleges are very diverse and full of people from different backgrounds, hobbies, interests, and majors. We also have Masters and Residential Advisors (RAs) who are faculty members that live here at the colleges with us. They serve as our liaisons to the administration, as well as being adults we can go to for advice and support. They're not at all like parents, more like favorite aunts and uncles or close family friends.

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Campus Housing: Basically, all of the residential colleges are nice-some are a little newer than others, and each has a different culture and spirit-but since you're randomly assigned to one, it's not really something to choose. And whichever one you get assigned to, you'll become convinced that it's the best.

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Overall, Rice students are highly satisfied with their college experiences. While they complain about some of the negative aspects of Houston (pollution, transportation, traffic, panhandlers), they also admit that there are many positive aspects to Rice’s location (cultural and social opportunities of a big city, great restaurants!). Similarly, students have gripes about the University, including the increasingly bleak parking situation and a somewhat repetitive social scene (the same parties every year). Many aspects of Houston and Rice can be seen as both positive and negative. Houston weather is warm and temperate for the winter months, but it is oppressively hot and humid in the summer. Rice’s small campus and student body are nice because they create a personal environment and allow students to meet more people and not just feel like faces in the crowd.

Rice students love the residential college system. They also find their courses to be challenging but manageable. With few exceptions, the instruction is very engaging, and professors are accessible and personally interested in students. Rice University is steeped in tradition, and some of these traditions (O-Week, Willy Week, and Beer Bike) are the most anticipated social events of the year. Rice is small enough that these events bring together almost the entire student body. The traditions, high academic standards, and amazing people that make up the Rice community create an extraordinary and irreplaceable environment, making Rice an incredibly unique and unparalleled university.

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