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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Easy to use SuperShuttle to get to one of the two airports. The Rice Shuttle makes trips to Rice Village on Friday and Saturday nights and trips to Target on Saturday afternoons. The metro system is pretty easy to navigate to get downtown or to Reliant Stadium. A lot of people have cars though, so you're likely to have a friend that has a car.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: There are buses that run on campus and to Rice Villiage on Saturday nights. There is really little need to use them because everything is so close together. All students have access to the MetroRail which isn't ideal but works to go some places. There is also a shopping shuttle on Saturday that goes to Target and the grocery store.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Love the transportation provided by the university, the shuttles are so very helpful and convenient. On the other hand, Houston Public Transportation is not quite as reliable...

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportation is definitely doable. Houston itself isn't the friendliest city for pedestrians, but Rice's Passport to Houston gives students a free refillable metrocard that makes transportation more convenient. Parking kinda sucks, but only by Rice standards. If you missed the shuttle and don't want to wait 10 minutes for the next one, it only takes 15 minutes to walk from the opposite end of campus to the farthest parking lot. Our campus is very small, and so those 15 minutes are comparatively massive to the 7 minutes it takes to get anywhere else. The biggest complaint is the cost, but it's semi-understandable given that the lot is in a highly demanded area in downtown Houston alongside the medical center.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Getting around campus is easy- it's a small school, and there are shuttles that run almost everywhere that you need to go, including Target and Rice Village for dinner on the weekends.
Getting off campus is a bit more difficult, but we get free lift rail passes, so if something is along the metro line, then you can get there easily as well (downtown, museum district).


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Rice students all agree that public transportation in Houston is inconvenient. While Amtrak, Greyhound, taxis, and the light rail system are all available, most Rice students prefer to hitch a ride with their friends to get around town. Metro bus stops are located very near to campus, but some students indicate that they do not feel safe riding the city buses, and the bus stops themselves are scary places if you are alone at night. The travel times on the city buses also vary with traffic, making them undependable at best.

If you want to travel around town, you should definitely bring a car if possible, despite the cons of parking. Most students have their own cars or rely on the kindness of friends who have cars to get them around town. Houston traffic is a nightmare, as are Houston drivers (although students from other large U.S. cities seem to think the driving is comparable).

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Have a car. If you are unfortunate enough to live in Houston and not have a car, you should make friends with people who have cars.
  • If you MUST find alternate means of transportation, try walking, jogging, running, biking, skating, taking the Metro bus, a taxi, or the light rail.
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to IAH costs between $42 and $46.
  • A cab ride to the Hobby airport costs between $24 and $28.
Did You Know?
The Passport to Houston program provides students with free METRO passes, so they can hop on the light rail system to get around the city. Many museums and theaters around Houston discount tickets to Rice students through the program, as well.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Escort service
(713) 348-6000 or (713) 348-3333
Sunday-Thursday 10 p.m.-6 a.m. (Friday-Saturday upon request)

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Rice Campus Shuttle Service

There are different shuttle schedules: Inner Loop, Rice Village Apartments/Greenbriar, Graduate Apartments, Texas Medical Center, Rice Village, and Night Escort.

(713) 348-5223 transportation manager

(713) 348-5996 transportation department coordinator

Monday-Friday 6:30 a.m.-10:40 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (every 45 minutes)

Public TransitWhat's This?

Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO)

The METRO serves the Greater Houston area.

(713) 635-4000 route and schedule info

(713) 658-0854 lost and found

(713) 658-0180 comments, compliments, complaints

1900 Main St.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

William P. Hobby International Airport

Hobby is about 12 miles and approximately 20 minutes driving time from Rice.

7800 Airport Blvd.

(713) 640-3000

George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)

IAH is about 24 miles and approximately 40 minutes driving time from Rice.

2800 N. Terminal Rd.

(281) 230-3100

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


The Greyhound bus station is in downtown Houston, approximately three miles from campus.

2121 Main St.

(713) 759-6565

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


This station is located approximately five miles from campus.

902 Washington Ave.

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 69 responses

  • 70% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 25% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 6% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 0% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 68 responses

  • 0% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 15% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 72% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 13% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 0% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 27 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 27 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 27 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 68 responses

  • 13% Very easy.
  • 51% Fairly easy.
  • 31% Fairly difficult.
  • 4% Very difficult.
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