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Pre-Arrival Information for International Visiting Research Students

The following information is intended for visiting international students who are not pursuing a degree at Rice University, but are instead coming for a short visit to conduct research.



Transportation to Rice Campus
1) Super Shuttle, Phone: (800) 258-3826
- Cost: ~$25.00.
- Set-up: Go to www.supershuttle.com to make a reservation.
- How it works: Take your confirmation receipt to the Super Shuttle counter in the baggage claim area of the airport, where the shuttle will be waiting for you. Super Shuttle will transport you the location you requested during your reservation.

b) Taxi
- Cost: ~ $60 from Intercontinental Airport, or $40 from Hobby Airport. An additional charge may apply for heavy luggage such as trunks. There is no charge for a regular suitcase. Taxi drivers are customarily tipped about 15% of the fare.
- Set-up: Upon arrival go to the taxi pick-up area near baggage claim.
- How it works: Taxi will take you to your destination. Expect about 45 minute drive from Intercontinental to Rice area, or 25 minutes from Hobby Airport.

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Summer Programming:
Special programs coordinated by the Office of International Students & Scholars are available to all international summer visitors as part of the cultural exchange, professional development, community building, and acculturation efforts of the Rice International Summer College. You are encouraged to participate in any or all of these programs during your stay at Rice for the summer.  Click here to see the calendar of activities.

Events & Activities
Take advantage of your time in Houston! Whether you’re interested in buying tickets to a baseball game, seeing an opera or finding an art museum, these sites will help you discover all that Houston has to offer.

  • Passport to Houston - Rice’s online guide to events and venues off-campus. Full of useful information and links.
  • Visit Houston Texas - Designed for tourists. Provides coupons and information on special offers

Transportation Around Houston
Don’t have a car? You can still explore the city! Houston’s light rail, conveniently located on Main Street next to Rice campus, offers an easy way to go beyond the hedges. Although buses can also take you where you want to go, always plan your route carefully, check online for time tables and build extra time into your schedule to anticipate potential delays.