Guide to Grad Life | Transportation and Parking


The Rice Transportation Department offers a variety of resources to get around Houston by Metro bus or rail, Zipcar, BCycle bike share, and campus shuttle or bus. Learn more about how to register your bike with Rice University Police Department, shuttle operation times, and apply for parking permit the Transportation Website.


Graduate students may also be eligible to purchase a Student METRO QCard through the Bursar's Office.

BRC Rainy Day Parking Pass

The BRC Rainy Day Parking Pass is an occasional-use parking pass developed by graduate students, for graduate students. The pass is designed for students who only have an occasional need (~1x/week or less on average) to park a vehicle in the BRC Garage.



  • Available to BRC grad students only
  • BRC Grads must have at least a Grad Night Owl permit to purchase Rainy Day Passes (student must be registered in the Rice Parking system)
  • May purchase up to 48 parking validations per academic year at $2.50 each, minimum 4 per order
  • Good for BRC Garage ONLY, and it expires at the end of academic year or if you have fall permit then it will expire on 12/31 of that year
  • Each validation will have the name of the Grad student on them; that student is responsible for their own validations
  • No entering and exiting privileges; each pass is good for only one exit within 24 hours of entry to the garage. No overnight allowed and multiple validations in one transaction doesn’t work on our gates.


  1. Go to (net ID and password required)
  2. Ignore minimum requirement of 20 -- the order minimum is 4 for this pass
  3. Under Contact, put your name
  4. In "other notes," enter "BRC GRAD RAINY DAY."  
  5. After submitting the form, the validations can be picked up and paid for with check or cash, from Central Garage Parking Offices only during normal business hours (m-f, 7a-5p; excluding holidays)   

HOW TO USE: The passes function like normal daily parking validations. When entering garage, you would need to insert a debit/credit card to enter. When exiting, insert the BRC Rainy Day passes first then the card used upon entry.


QUESTIONS: Please direct any questions to or call x2020.