CrescendO-Week FAQ

Arriving to Hanszen by Car

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.

If you are arriving from a Houston Airport

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

Once You Arrive at Rice

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.

The Houston Rodeo (from Flickr)
The Houston Skyline (from Wikimedia Commons)
Miller Outdoor Theater at Hermann Park (from Wikimedia Commons)
An O-Week Advisor at Rice is a current student who will be there for you throughout your experience during O-Week and beyond. The goal of an Advisor is to integrate you into the Rice community and residential college system as smoothly as possible. The transition to life as a college student is not always easy, but your Advisors are here to help you with whatever you may need. Whether you’re looking for academic advice, a devoted and kind listener, or just have general questions about what resources to take advantage of while at Rice, you’re sure to find what you need with the help of an Advisor. Your O-Week group advising team will consist of two current student Advisors from Hanszen, one Affiliate, and one Co-Advisor. An Affiliate is a Hanszenite who is an Advisor but also has a unique role, and a Co-Advisor is an Advisor who comes from one of the other residential colleges. Co-Advisors play important roles because they help you learn more about the culture of colleges outside of Hanszen, and they also give you a chance to expand your social network. This great group of people will support you throughout your first year and, in many cases, through your entire time at Rice. Advisors come from different backgrounds and have a great deal of experience they’d love to share, so make sure to ask about what they’ve learned during their time as a proud Rice Owl. Advisors are truly great mentors, confidants, and friends who will be huge sources of encouragement and support as you transition to college life at Rice.

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!

Room Items
  • Extra long twin bed sheets
  • Pillow(s) and comforter
  • Cell phone charger
  • Alarm clock
  • Desk lamp
  • Extension cords/power strips
  • Storage boxes
  • Clothes hangers
  • Bath towel(s)
  • Other miscellaneous bathroom supplies
Clothing Items
  • Casual or athletic clothing
  • Umbrella/raincoat (it can rain a lot)
  • Pajamas (if you wear them)
  • Flip flops or sandals (you may want some for the shower)
  • Dress clothes (required at Matriculation)
  • Sweatshirts/hoodies
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Clothes that can get dirty
Personal Items
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Shower caddy
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Any medicine you may need
  • ID (driver’s license, passport)
Laundry Items
  • Laundry hamper
  • High-efficiency detergent
  • Dryer sheets
Class Items
  • Laptop (not required, but very useful)
  • Notebooks
  • Paper
  • Calculator
  • Stapler
  • Flash drive
  • Pens and pencils
  • Other organizers (folders, etc.)
Optional Considerations
  • Posters
  • Room decorations
  • Photos
  • Stereo/speakers
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Febreze or other deodorizers
  • Command hooks
  • Pool towel
  • Swimsuit
  • Ethernet cable
  • Plates, bowls, cups, silverware, etc.
  • Dry erase board and markers
  • Gaming systems/video games
  • Bicycle with u-bolt bike lock
Coordinate With Roommate
  • Extra furniture (couches, chairs, etc.)
  • Mini-fridge
  • Microwave
  • TV
  • Gaming Console/Unit
  • Printer (also available for use in the Computer Lab)