Housing

Temporary Housing - Hotels, Hostels & Dormitories

Short-term on-campus housing may be available for summer visitors. For more information, please see http://campushousing.rice.edu.

Information on area hotels is available at https://campustravel.com/university/rice-university/.

Write or call ahead to make reservations. All prices are subject to change. 17% taxes are added to all hotel rates. If you would like the hotel discount for university students and personnel, please be sure to state this when making a reservation. Most hotels require paid reservations in advance or a major credit card account number. Unpaid reservations are usually lost after 6:00 p.m., unless the hotel is notified in advance of your late arrival plans.

Most hotels have free swimming pools and 24-hour coffee shop or restaurant. Some have free shuttle bus services. Some allow children to stay at no extra charge. The term “double” usually means two double beds. A “single” usually costs less for a couple. The cost of a “single” and a charge for an extra person may be less than that for the “double.”

Near Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport:

  • Holiday Inn - Airport – 1522 JFK Boulevard, Houston, TX 77032. Tel.: 281-449-2311 or toll free 800-465-4329. Complimentary shuttle to airport (4:30AM-Midnight) and Deer Park Mall.
  • Doubletree Hotel Intercontinental – 15747 JFK Blvd., Houston, TX 77032. Tel: 281-848-4000.

Near Hobby Airport:

  • Econo Lodge Hobby Airport – 8381 Broadway Street, Houston, TX 77061. Tel: 713-645-1333. Free continental breakfast.
  • Days Inn Hobby Airport – 1505 College Ave., Houston, TX 77587. Tel: 713-946-5900.
  • Hilton Hobby Airport – 8181 Airport Blvd., Houston, TX 77061. Tel: 713-645-3000.

Youth Hostel/Dormitory available at these locations:
(**Note: Hostels in the U.S. may not be comparable to those in Europe)

  • Houston International Hostel – 5302 Crawford at Oakdale, Houston, TX. Tel.: 713-523-1009. Registration is between 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. or 5:00 - 11:00 p.m., or by arrangement. Call only during office hours. Reservations are available, but not required. It is located at a reasonable walking distance to Rice.
  • International House Dormitory – 2719 Capitol Ave, Houston, TX 77003. Tel.: 713-237-8443. Space is limited. Call in advance. However, safety is a concern in downtown Houston, especially in the evening.

Permanent Housing

For Rice on-campus housing, please see http://campushousing.rice.edu/.

Off-campus housing – Apartments and rooms for rent far from Rice University may be less expensive than those nearby. However, public transportation may be a problem with the more distant locations. If you do not own a car, you should find out about bus routes before selecting a place to live. Please note that apartment scams are unfortunately very common in the U.S. Please always make sure any apartment posting is legitimate before paying any fees or deposits! For more information, please see the USA.gov website on rental scams.

Rates vary according to location, neighborhood, amenities provided, age, and condition of the complex. The average one bedroom unfurnished (without furniture, but with appliances) apartment near campus costs approximately $750 - $1800 a month. Renting with furniture adds approximately $300 more per month. An unfurnished two-bedroom apartment has an average cost of approximately $950 - $2000. Utilities (gas, electricity and telephone) are usually charged separately and add approximately $150 to your monthly costs. Students often prefer to share an apartment in order to save money. Occasionally, rooms in homes are available at a lower cost.

The standard apartment lease is for a period of six or twelve months. A small number of apartments also provide short-term leases, either furnished or unfurnished. You will be expected to pay a deposit of approximately $500 when you sign a lease on an apartment in addition to paying the first and last month’s rent in advance. If you break your lease or damage the apartment, you will lose your deposit. Be very careful before signing anything. Get advice from current students and from your academic department. Be sure to get as much information as you can before you sign a contract. Read your lease carefully!

In the U.S., furnished apartments do not include bed linens, towels, silverware, china, or kitchen utensils (pots and pans). Basic items will cost you $350 or more to purchase. Be sure to include “garage sales” and discount stores in your search in order to save money on many household items. Graduate international students benefit from the use of the Graduate Student Loan Closet, which allows them to borrow used household items collected by the Faculty Women’s Club. This service is available at the beginning of the academic semesters and thereafter by arrangement with the project’s coordinator.

Recommended Resources

Apartment Locators – your free personal resource to finding housing in Houston
AMANDA BOOS
Apartment Living Locators
Cell: 713-703-6734
Email: aboos0731@aol.com
Free service, highly recommended, has helped many international students and scholars at Rice in the past.

KAREN REICHEK
Martha Turner/Sotheby's
Email: karen.reichek@sothebyshomes.com
Cell: 713-826-6527
Free service, highly recommended, has helped many international students and scholars at Rice in the past.

The apartment locators listed above have been reputable and reliable. However, if you're looking for an apartment independently, please keep in mind that unfortunately apartment scams are common in the U.S. Please use caution and always make sure that the posting is legitimate before paying any fees or deposits! For more information and a list of contacts to avoid, please see https://offcampus.rice.edu/housing/be-careful-these-common-scams. Although the entire website is maintained by Rice, some of the postings are by people who are not affiliated with Rice, and unfortunately may not always be trustworthy.

Utilities

Visit www.moving.com/movers/moving-relocation-tools.asp to locate and compare rates for different service providers. You may contact the company directly to verify rates.

Electricity: For electric companies, visit www.powertochoose.org
Deposits range from $80 - $400 and up, depending on size of apartment. Deposits can be waived if a co-signer can be found who will be responsible for the deposit amount if you do not pay the final bill. You may also get the deposit waived if you can show a 'letter of credit' from your previous U.S. utility service with which you did business for at least one year. The letter of credit must show no more than 2 late payments. Most companies require at least 24 hours notice before being able to turn on your electricity.

Gas: For gas, visit http://www.centerpointenergy.com or call Tel.: 1-800-752-8036. A deposit of $45 - $120 (could be more expensive) is paid to the service man, who turns on the gas.

Landline Telephones/Internet: AT&T– visit www.att.com. If telephone outlets are available in the house or apartment, the basic installment fee is ~$55. There are additional charges for special services. Applicants may be asked to give a U.S. Social Security number and a Texas ID or Driver’s License number. If you don't have a Social Security number, you may be able to provide your passport ID number. For information on cell phones, please see our Cell Phones webpage.