Local Atmosphere

Location
Houston, TX
Undergrads
3,803
Tuition
$37,292
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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5 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Houston is a bustling and vibrant city.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The school is well located in a neighborhood with lots of shopping, restaurants, museums and internship opportunities.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Houston is an interesting city if you know where to go. The Galleria is great shopping but it is somewhat hard to get to. Sometimes there are concerts or attractions downtown, which are convenient by train (which students ride free on) but it sometimes takes some digging to find things to do. Mostly, the attractions offered on and very close to campus are rich enough to occupy most students' time and interests.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Houston is an incredible city. There's something here for everyone. (Also, despite being in Texas, Houston is super liberal. It's an oasis of leftism in this red state. Don't let the Texas Conservative stereotype be a deterrent.)

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I love Houston! Rice is in a great neighborhood with lots to do and see. Also, the Texas Medical Center is right across the street, so there are abundant opportunities.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

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!

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
Each spring, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo comes to town and attracts a large following. Ranchers from across the state ride into town on their horse and carriages, often riding on the shoulder of Houston highways!
Notable Natives
  • Wes Anderson - director
  • Clint Black - country musician
  • Hilary Duff - actress
  • Howard Hughes - business magnate
  • BeyoncĂ© Knowles - pop star, actress
  • Tara Lipinski - Olympic figure skater
  • Jim Parsons - actor ("Big Bang Theory")
  • Patrick Swayze - actor
  • Renee Zellweger - actress
Local Slang
  • H-Town: Houston
  • The Loop: Refers to 610 Highway
Points of Interest
  • Alley Theatre
  • Bayou Place
  • Children's Museum of Houston
  • Cockrell Butterfly Center
  • Downtown underground city
  • Galveston Beach
  • George R. Brown Convention Center
  • The Health Museum
  • Hermann Park Conservancy
  • The Houston Museum of Natural Science
  • Houston Zoo
  • Jones Hall for the Performing Arts
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH)
  • NASA
  • Reliant Astrodome
  • San Jacinto Battleground
  • Space Center Houston
  • Wortham Theater Center
Shopping Centers
  • Houston Galleria
  • Memorial City Mall
  • Rice Village
Movie Theaters
AMC Studio 30
2949 Dunvale
Houston
(888) AMC-4FUN
Movie Theaters
Edwards Grand Palace Stadium 24
3839 Weslayan St.
Houston
(713) 871-8880
Major Sports Teams
  • Aeros: American Hockey League
  • Dynamos: MLS (soccer)
  • Houston Astros: MLB
  • Houston Rockets: NBA
  • Houston Texans: NFL
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Dallas: : 4 hours
  • New Orleans: : 6 hours
Did You Know?
Houston was ranked by Kiplinger as the number-one place to live, work, and play in America.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 44 responses

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Excellent
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 45 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 20% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 2% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 78% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 44 responses

  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 82% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 18% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 44 responses

  • 7% No way.
  • 59% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 34% Totally.

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