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Glasscock School of Continuing Studies

Campus Life


When walking on the Rice campus, it’s hard to imagine you are only three miles from bustling downtown Houston. The tall hedges, green lawns, abundant trees and architecturally distinct buildings form a serene, self-contained environment. Just outside the hedges, Rice is surrounded by some of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the city and the Rice Village, a popular area of shops and restaurants. Within walking distance of campus are the city’s vibrant museum district, the Texas Medical Center and Hermann Park. Houston’s light-rail line can transport you to downtown attractions and major sporting events in a flash.


Housing, Meals, and Transportation

Research Resources and Workshops

Health and Wellness


In addition to receiving a first-class education at Rice University, your college experience will be intellectually and socially enhanced by a multitude of social activities, volunteer opportunities and internships in the nation's fourth-largest city.

Houston is an international city, with an energetic and diverse culture. From attending world-class performing arts events to cheering professional sports teams to shopping at trendy stores, you'll find plenty to do and see. And with Rice's Passport to Houston, venturing beyond campus is easy because students receive free unlimited use of the Houston bus and light rail system as well as discounted or free admission to several cultural attractions.

Looking for entertainment beyond the hedges? Here's a sampling of what you'll find.

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