Author: Janai K., ’23
As an out-of-state student, part of why I choose Rice is because of Houston and everything it has to offer. During my first semester at Rice, I have found that there are many different things that make living in Houston very entertaining.
One place students go often is Rice Village. Rice Village is a nearby shopping center where many students can go out to eat, shop, and relax. It’s approximately 2 miles from campus, which is a long walk if you don’t have a car, but on Saturday evenings Rice provides a shuttle for students to go visit the area. I go for all the food items that are in the area. One of my favorite restaurants is Hopdoddy! They have burgers with unique topping combinations that taste wonderful. While I could go on about everything Rice Village has to offer, it’s best to be explored because it’s a nearby place if you just need to get off campus for a little bit.
The Houston Zoo is another place near campus where students can go explore and have fun. As students at Rice, admission is free, so you can go and look at the animals whenever. The zoo has a variety of animals and activities, so there is something there for everyone.
Near Rice we are close to a multitude of museums that focus on a variety of topics meant for everyone. Some museums that we have free access to are: Museum of Natural Sciences, Museum of Fine Arts, Contemporary Arts Museum, and Holocaust Museum Houston. Each of these places are amazing resources and a good way to learn more outside of the classroom.
Hermann Park is the park located right outside of Rice’s main gates. The park hosts a variety of events all throughout the week and weekend. For example, on Saturday mornings at 8 AM there is yoga in the park. Along with the activities the park hosts, there are beautiful gardens and playgrounds for people of all ages to explore and enjoy.
Around Houston itself there are many different events that go on. Most events are accessible through the METRO, Houston’s public transportation system, which is free for Rice students. One event I went with friends to was Zine Fest. It was a local festival that got me to explore Houston and what things occur in the area.
Houston is a great city to explore because of all the accessible activities around. This means that there’s always something to do if you ever need a break from studying or campus!