Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States, and the urban sprawl, heavy traffic, and air pollution can be very intimidating at first. However, there are amazing advantages to living in a large city. Many Rice students acknowledge that the social life on campus is enough to keep students busy without needing to look beyond the Rice hedges for entertainment. However, outside of the Rice bubble ("over the hedges"), there is a world of diverse cultural and social opportunities to explore. Be sure to make time to experience the plethora of restaurants, museums, theaters, clubs, bars, sports teams, concerts, and everything else that Houston has to offer. While there are definitely areas of town that should be avoided late at night or when you are alone, students say that you only need to use common sense and exercise caution to guarantee your safety.
Overall, Houston is a fairly happening place for a young person to live. Go off the beaten path of typical Rice hangouts and discover your own. If nothing else, you can keep things interesting by dining at a different restaurant every time you go out, and you probably won’t run out of options before you graduate!