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Rice: Unconventional Wisdom

Houston: Where Students Go


Rice's campus is in the heart of a thriving global city. Centrally located to downtown, midtown and the Texas Medical Center, our students easily take advantage of all that Houston has to offer.

Within walking distance of campus, the Rice Village is a bustling neighborhood of shops and restaurants. It's where students head to browse funky boutiques and name-brand stores, dine on ethnic cuisine, enjoy a smoothie or meander through bookstores. Free shuttle bus service from campus is available on Saturdays but most students choose to walk the short distance from campus to the Village. The Galleria, a few miles from campus, is more than a million square feet of designer stores, boutiques, restaurants and an indoor ice skating rink.

Arts lovers spend their free time in both the downtown Theater District and the Museum District, taking in new, avant-garde plays, musicals, concerts, multimedia art shows and world-renowned exhibits.  The Edwards Theatres and AMC Cinemas nearby provide 54 screens for movie lovers.

Theater and Performing Arts

Alley Theatre
Broadway in Houston
Da Camera of Houston
Houston Ballet
Houston Grand Opera
Houston Symphony
Main Street Theater
Society for the Performing Arts
Stages Repertory Theatre
Theater LaB Houston
Theatre Under the Star (TUTS)
Uniquely Houston 


Buffalo Soldiers National Museum
Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
Czech Center Museum Houston
The Health Museum
Holocaust Museum Houston
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
Houston Center for Photography
Houston Museum of Natural Science
Houston Zoo
The John C. Freeman Weather Museum
The Jung Center of Houston
Lawndale Art Center
The Menil Collection
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
The Orange Show
Rice University Art Gallery
The Rothko Chapel 

For sports buffs, the Astros (baseball), Rockets (basketball), Texans (football), Dynamo (soccer) and Aeros (minor league hockey) provide professional entertainment to supplement the excitement of campus sports.

Restaurant Recommendations Near Campus

Amazon Grill
Amy's Ice Cream
Brian O'Neill's Irish Pub
D'Amico Italian Market Cafe
Empire Café
The Ginger Man
Goode Co. Texas Barbeque
Goode Co. Texas Seafood
House of Pies

Jason's Deli
Kraftsmen Baking
Niko Niko's Greek and American Cafe
Pasha Turkish Restaurant
Raven Grill
Ruggles Café and Bakery
Thai Spice
The breakfast klub

Shopping Options

The Galleria
Rice Village