From the East
Take I-10 West, exit onto Highway 59 South
From the West
If you are coming from the I-10 East, take the exit for the 610 loop going South. Stay on 610 until you reach Highway 59. Take Highway 59 North.
From the South/North
Take I-45 to Highway 59 South
Then, from Highway 59, exit toward Shepherd and Greenbriar and turn (left from 59 South, and right from 19 North) onto Greenbriar Dr. Continue down Greenbriar and turn left onto University Boulevard.
From Hobby Airport (HOU)
Take Airport Blvd and follow sign for I-45 North. Take I-45 north until you reach Highway 59. Continue down Highway 59 South, exit toward Shepherd and Greenbriar and turn left onto Greenbriar Dr. Continue down Greenbriar and turn left onto University Boulevard.
From Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
Once you exit the airport, follow signs for Highway 59 South. Take the 59 for ~25 miles and exit toward Shepherd and Greenbriar and turn left onto Greenbriar Dr. Continue down Greenbriar and turn left onto University Boulevard.
(You can also take a taxi/Uber or SuperShuttle to campus from either airport. For Super Shuttle information and reservations, visit supershuttle.com)
You will enter Rice campus through Entrance 8 on University Boulevard and pull up by Hanszen (Building 32 on the campus map). After you have finished unloading, your parents will continue to drive around the inner loop until they reach West Lot 4 for parking. The Hanszen O-Week Advising Team will guide you through the move-in process!
Houston is a great city with all sorts of cool opportunities. Most of the year, the weather is great (though you may want to invest in rain boots and an umbrella for the days it’s not). Since Houston is the fourth largest city in the country, you never run out of interesting things to see and do. The city’s massive diversity means great food and a variety of cultural events. If you have a car, you can easily drive to the Galleria (Houston’s largest mall), NASA Space Center, Kemah Boardwalk, or even the beaches of Galveston Island! If you don’t have a car, no worries! You can always ride the METROrail (with a card that Rice funds for all of its students) to see professional sports games, ballet/opera/symphony performances, the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo in the spring (aka the world’s BIGGEST rodeo), Discovery Green park, and all sorts of hip places to eat or grab coffee in Midtown or Downtown. You can walk to Hermann Park for festivals, music in the Miller Outdoor Theater, the zoo, and a great running trail. We have the Houston Museum of Natural Science and the Museum of Fine Arts very close to METROrail stops. You can drive (or even bike) to the Houston Arboretum and Memorial Park to walk the trails and take a break from urban life.
There is really never a shortage of fun things to see and do in this awesome city (there’s just not enough time to experience all of it!). The METROrail is expanding, friends have cars, and the weather is usually good enough for biking or walking. Though Rice will be hard to leave because it’s such a wonderful place, don’t forget that there is an amazing city right outside the hedges that is just waiting to be explored.
Packing for college can be a stressful experience-- but worry not! Below is a list of things you can bring to get you started. No need to stress, though. There are tons of stores close to Rice if you find that you need to go out and buy anything else!
We couldn’t be more excited for your arrival on the first day of a new, exhilarating, Hanszen-filled part of your life. You’ve got a great week ahead of you, and here are some helpful bits of information to know before you come on move-in day:
If you have any trouble finding Hanszen, don’t hesitate to ask for help! You’ll know once you make it to Hanszen. You’ll hear a bunch of people shouting your name and running towards your car. These are your Advisors, Co-Advisors, and Affiliates who will be with you for the entire week! Your Advisors, along with members of Rice’s football team, will take care of getting all of your stuff, your bags, and your clothes to your room. We’ll take you inside our Commons, and there you’ll get to meet our O-Week Coordinators, Magisters, RAs, College Coordinator and the Hanszen President and Chief Justice. Once hands have been shaken, names exchanged, and room keys given, you’ll want to strike a pose for your first picture as a Hanszenite!
Once all that’s done, we’ll take you up to your room where you can unpack your things and get to know your roommate. Take some time to settle in and check to see if you have everything you need. Even if you don’t, the Gophers or your Advisors will be able to help you out in getting anything you’re missing. Next, we’ll have lunch! South Servery will prepare a great meal for you and your family. Enjoy it and spend some time with your parents. Don’t be afraid to sit with strangers because you’ll be meeting new people all week! After lunch, you’ll say goodbye to your parents. Say your real goodbyes before you get to campus – it might be overwhelming once you get here. However, take all the time you need. Remember that your parents are only a phone call away, so don’t forget to call them now and again. You’re about to have a busy, fun-filled week, and we promise that it’ll be well worth it! Welcome to Rice. Welcome to Hanszen.
Welcome to O-Week!
August 12-14 for the greater Houston area and August 15-16 for new students that are coming from out of town. More information will be available.