Getting to Rice

Move-In Instruction for 2020 (2021 Move-In Instructions will be determined later this spring)

Before move-in, students must first report to a designated location on campus for COVID-19 testing.

Please see full testing details here. Shuttles will be available at the testing location, Robert L. Waltrip Indoor Training Center. Did you not sign up for testing yet? Please emailugdean@rice.eduto select a time as soon as possible.

Upon arrival to each college, please be sure all parties are wearing masks. Our advisors are so excited to help you unload all of their luggage and set up your room. Please note that families and guests will not be able to enter the residential college at this time.

Please say your goodbyes to your families and guests after the car is unloaded. We very much regret this, but hope you understand why this is necessary. For a detailed list of move-in Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), please visit our website below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Important Testing Site Info

We ask all new students to please arrive promptly for their scheduled appointment time and bring a valid driver’s license or other official form of identification. They must proceed directly to the testing location and will not be permitted to stop anywhere on campus until after they have had their test.

The testing will take place at the Waltrip Indoor Training Center. The Waltrip Indoor Training Center is located in the Greenbriar Lot located on the corner of Greenbriar and Rice Blvd. You will enter the building at the north side entrance (marked on the map below).
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Waltrip Indoor Training Center Testing Site

Note: There is no specific address for the Waltrip Indoor Training Center. Here are some potential options to help with navigation:

  • Use 5600 Greenbriar Dr. Houston, TX 77005, which is the Rice building just across the street from the Greenbriar Lot where Waltrip is located. This is what the Rice Farmer’s Market list as their “official address”
  • If you type “Rice Bike Track” or “Rice Greenbriar Lot” into Google Maps, it will take you directly to the parking lot.

The test will take approximately 30 minutes for results. Upon arrival the student will register and complete the necessary consents. They will then be tested via a nasal swab and will be seated in testing center while the test is run. The process should take approximately 45 minutes. No one may accompany you into the testing center.

The pharmacist running your test will call them on their cell phone while they are seated and deliver the results. The student will then stop at a table on the way out to pick up a packet containing a hangtag and a wristband so that they can proceed to their college to move-in. They are not permitted to move in unless they have this hang tag and wristband. They are expected to keep the wristband on through the weekend. They may remove it on Monday, August 17th.

Should they get a positive result, they will pick up a packet containing a hangtag and wristband and proceed to Sid Richardson. The hang tag and wristband will be specific to Sid Richardson. We understand it might be difficult for anyone getting a positive result, but know that we are here to support them and have worked incredibly hard at setting up a process that will allow them to recover and join their peers as quickly as possible. Upon check out at the testing center, the student will receive further instructions.

If the student is headed to a north college (Brown, Jones, Martel, McMurtry, or Duncan) please exit the parking lot via the north exit. If they are headed to south college (Lovett, Baker, Hanszen, Will Rice, Wiess, or Sid Richardson) please exit the parking lot via the south exit.

Please keep reading for move-in instructions by college.

Move-in Instructions by College

Students will begin move in the morning of August 12 through August 16. We couldn't be more excited to welcome them to the Rice Family. By now you should have already received their exact move-in time and details for this weekend. We have asked that each student label their boxes with their name, college and room number. Please click the link below for move-in directions by residential college.

Have a questions about move-in? Your student can email their coordinators. Please find their contact information here. No college assignment? Your student can email oweek@rice.edu and we will confirm your assignment.

Move-in details | Rice Campus Map

Getting to Rice

These directions are general and may change slightly in the event of road construction or closures. If you are using a search engine or GPS to get to campus, use 6100 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77005 as the destination address.

By Car

From I-10 East or West, or I-45 North or South, take US 59 South. From US 59, take the Shepherd/Greenbriar exit (about five miles south of downtown). Turn left under US 59 and follow Greenbriar to the light at Rice Boulevard. Turn left onto Rice Boulevard. Rice University will be on your right.

By Plane

From Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH): Follow signs to US 59 South. Once on US 59, proceed south approximately 25 miles and exit at Greenbriar. Turn left under US 59 and follow Greenbriar to the light at Rice Boulevard. Turn left onto Rice Boulevard. Rice University will be on your right.

From Hobby Airport (HOU): Exit onto Broadway and follow signs to I-45 North. Take I-45 North approximately 6 miles to US 59 South. Once on US 59, proceed south approximately 3 miles and exit at Greenbriar. Turn left under US 59 and follow Greenbriar to the light at Rice Boulevard. Turn left onto Rice Boulevard. Rice University will be on your right.

SuperShuttle provides service from both Bush Intercontinental and Hobby Airports to Rice. For more information and current rates, please call 1-888-888-6025 FREE.

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