Although situated in the heart of a huge city, the Rice campus, for the most part, feels like it’s sealed by an invisible, protective forcefield. Most Rice students feel exceptionally safe and secure on campus. The Rice University Police Department goes to great lengths to keep the campus secure and build a positive relationship with the student body. While many students complain about the severity of parking ticket enforcement, the overall consensus is that the RUPD does its best to ensure the safety and comfort of college students on campus. In other words, they are not out to bust crazy college kids and drain their meager bank accounts; they are there to protect and serve the student body and make sure a productive learning environment is not disturbed by unwanted outsiders.
The safety services (blue-light phones, escorts, dorm alarms) are very effective and helpful. While there have been a few isolated incidents of theft or trespassing in the last few years, most students agree that they have never felt unsafe at Rice, and many students feel comfortable enough with campus security to leave their rooms unlocked.