Welcome to Rice! We are excited to have you here as a part of our community! The following items should help your transition from wherever you were to graduate school here at Rice.
First stop, orientation! The map of the locations, the schedule and the handouts are available for download.
Once at Rice, you absolutely, hands down, need to have your Rice ID card. To get one, you go to the Rice University Police Department and provide them with your Student ID number (it starts with an S). Also, you must activate your NetID (it comes in handy for everything, including logging into on campus computers and the WiFi). You will also need to register for courses and pay enrollment and your student bill (all which start on Esther).
As a graduate student, you are required to have Health Insurance. Rice works through Aetna or you can provide your own, as long as it meets Rice’s criteria.
Living in Houston
Everyone needs somewhere to live and a way to get around. Make sure to learn a bit about the areas you can live in and how to deal with transportation before anything else. Also, Rice’s off-campus guide (Beyond the Hedges) can give you a bit of insight into things to do and where to live. On that note, please read this letter from the RUPD Chief of Police about Campus Safety.
If you need to find a place of worship, Houston has a very diverse population with people from many different countries who follow different religions. Hence, Houston has a large number of worship places for different religions. You can find a list of some of the places of worship here.
Also, if you have any concerns about life as a graduate student at Rice, there are many resources on campus, especially on the administrative side.
The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) will serve to be your key resource when it comes to any international matters. Be it anything to do with your immigration documentation, your immigration status during your stay as a graduate student or getting work authorization; make sure you pay a visit to this office and consult with their expert staff.