Visiting Campus During Owl Together

We are excited to welcome Rice alumni and families back to campus Oct. 28-29 for Owl Together celebrations. Use these resources to help plan your visit.

Hotels Near Rice University

Residence Inn Houston West University*
2939 Westpark Drive
Houston, TX 77005
Courtyard Houston West University*
2929 Westpark Drive
Houston, TX 77005
Holiday Inn Express Medical Center*
9300 S Main Street
Houston, TX 77025
Courtyard Medical Center*
7702 Main St.
Houston, TX 77030
713-668-4500 Fax 713-660-8986
Hampton Inn & Suites - Medical Center/Reliant Park*
1715 Old Spanish Trail
Houston, TX 77054
Four Points by Sheraton Houston Greenway Plaza*
2828 SW Freeway
Houston, TX 77098
713-942-2111 Fax 713-942-9934
InterContinental Houston Medical Center*
6750 Main St.
Houston, TX 77030
The Westin Houston Medical Center*
1709 Dryden Road
Houston, TX 77030
713-730-2404 Fax 832-550-2484
Hilton Houston Plaza
6633 Travis St.
Houston, TX 77030
24 Hour Central Reservations:
713-313-4000 Fax 713-313-4660
Houston Marriott Medical Center
6580 Fannin St.
Houston, TX 77030
713-796-0080 Fax 713-770-8100
Hotel ZaZa Houston
5701 Main St.
Houston, TX 77005
Residence Inn by Marriott
2939 Westpark
Houston, TX 77005
713-661-4660 Fax 713-661-4844
Courtyard Inn by Marriott
2929 Westpark
Houston, TX 77005
713-661-5669 Fax 713-661-5996
Holiday Inn Houston Reliant
8111 Kirby Dr.
Houston, TX 77054
713-790-1900 Fax 713-799-1378
The Westin Galleria Houston
5060 W Alabama St.
Houston, TX 77056
The Westin Oaks at the Galleria Houston
5011 Westheimer at Post Oak Blvd
Houston, TX 77056

Some hotels offer shuttle service directly to Rice University. Please check before making your reservation.

*Special Rice rate available


On Friday, Oct. 29, free parking is available for Owl Together attendees in West Lot 3 and West Lot 4. On Saturday, Oct. 30, guests must present their Owl Together name badge to the parking attendant in order to receive free parking in West Lots 3 and 4. Please check in at Owl Together Headquarters first before parking in the West Lots. Locations and times are outlined below.

8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Grand Hall, Rice Memorial Center
6:00 to 9:30 p.m., Dean’s Commons, Anderson-Clarke Center

9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Grand Hall, Rice Memorial Center

Guests who need to pick up name badges on Saturday can park for up to 15 minutes in the circle drive of the RMC. Once you receive your name badge, you can park for free in the West Lots.

Accessible parking is available in nearly all parking locations. These marked spaces are within close distance to Rice shuttle stops for easy transportation, and all Rice shuttles are equipped to carry passengers in vehicles and provide this service through a ramp or a lift. Please refer to the campus map for accessible parking locations.


Visitors to campus have access to Rice’s shuttle system that circles the university’s inner loop and connect Rice Stadium, the Annex Building, Graduate Apartments on Bissonnet and Rice Village Apartments to the rest of campus. Explore available shuttles and specific routes.


On-campus events at Owl Together are largely outdoors and in various locations across campus, so please consider how weather conditions and walking distances will affect your comfort and safety. Events will take place at their designated locations, rain or shine. We encourage guests to plan ahead and dress accordingly. View the upcoming forecast.

Accessibility Accommodations

Those that require special accommodations are asked to contact ahead of their arrival. Outdoor events, including the All-Reunion Lawn Party and the Owl Together Tailgate, will feature wheelchair-accessible tables and seating. Accessible parking is available in nearly all parking locations. Please see parking information above.

Rice Football Tickets

Your ticket to the Owl Together Tailgate and Family Picnic on Oct. 30 does not include attendance to the Rice football game. Information to purchase tickets is below.

Families have the opportunity to sit with their students in sections 115 and 116. General admission tickets are $20. Purchase here.

Alumni can purchase discounted general admission tickets for $25 here.

For questions or to purchase tickets by phone, please contact the ticket office at 713-348-OWLS (6957).

Campus Resources & Dining

Little Kitchen HTX at the Brochstein Pavilion
Located on the west side of Fondren Library
Hours: Friday, Oct. 29, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 30, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Rice University Campus Store
Located in the Rice Memorial Center
Hours: Friday, Oct. 29, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Rice Coffeehouse
Located in the RMC
Hours: Friday, Oct. 29, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 30, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Little Bird at Sammy’s
Located in the RMC
Hours: Friday, Oct. 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 30, closed

Ambassador Chinese Cafe
Located in the Rice Memorial Center
Hours: Friday, Oct. 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 30, closed

Explore Houston

Say Howdy to Houston! Rice is located in the nation’s fourth largest and most culturally diverse city, and we consider ourselves lucky to be surrounded by such rich history, culture, cuisine and innovation. Explore our home outside of the hedges and fill your weekend itinerary with off-campus excursions and even more exciting activities. See what there is to do.