Campus Resources & Administrative Offices
For a complete listing of directories and offices at Rice, please search in the Campus Directory. For a map of those offices referred to on this directory, please visit the campus maps. Office hours and map building numbers are subject to change.
- Cashier’s Office
The Cashier’s Office bills tuition, fees and a variety of other campus based charges to students via a student billing system. Bills are issued electronically each month and are generally due within 10 days of being issued.
You can purchase subsidized Metro Q cards from the Cashier's Office as well. The card value is $500, and the cost to graduate students is $55. You can also cash checks (see their staff for guidelines) by presenting your student identification.
- Center for Academic and Professional Communication
The Center for Academic and Professional Communication (CAPC) provides tools to help students communicate at the graduate level. Some of their services: one-on-one consultations on writing, presentations and visuals, dissertation camps, writing groups, fellowship coaching, and communications courses for international graduate students. See more here.
- Center for Career Development
The Center for Career Development (CCD) offers programs, services and resources to guide students in pursuing their career goals. They offer career counseling and assessments, mock interviews, resume reviews, professional communication workshops and panels, and work to connect current students with employers and alumni.
- Center for Teaching Excellence
CTE is a great resource for grad students and postdocs who want to become more effective teachers. They offer a certificate in teaching and learning as well as interactive institutes and TA training!
- Campus Dining
Rice University's Dining department has worked in conjunction with the Graduate Student Association to create a meal plan for graduate students. This meal plan allows graduate students to pick up food from selected undergraduate serveries. Space is limited; more information can be found here.
Additionally, there are a number of public dining options on campus, including Ambassador Chinese, Little Kitchen HTX, Coffee House, the Whoo Deli and more. View a list and menus here.
- Disability Resource Center
A wide range of support services is available to provide students with equal opportunity to benefit from the educational offerings of the institution and to participate in the life of the university. Students who need accommodations should contact the DRC to discuss their needs and begin the registration process.
- Doerr Institute for New Leaders
The Doerr Institute courses alllow students to build and develop leadership competencies and skills. They offer executive-quality leadership development, at no cost, to all Rice students, as well as individualized coaching from certified coaches with the objective of connecting Rice students with the awareness and tools that will help them find, sharpen, and grow their true leadership potential.
- Student Financial Services
Contact Student Financial Services for their guidelines. Appointments are suggested.
- Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is here for you! Our staff, along with your academic program administrator, will be your academic partners as you pursue your graduate degree. Our office handles thesis submission, candidacy declaration, graduate student career development, payroll and tuition, fellowship and funding guidance, community building, student support for wellbeing and academic issues, and special events. Meet our team below, view our office hours, or contact our office at (713) 348-4002 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Graduate Student Association
The Graduate Student Association (GSA) of Rice University is the inclusive student governing body of all Rice students enrolled in a graduate-level degree program. The officers and representatives of the GSA strive to continually improve the Rice graduate experience. Get involved! Join a committee or an event.
- Health Insurance
All degree seeking students are required to have health insurance. Information on the Rice plan, options for early matriculants, subsidy for doctoral students and forms can be found here. Contact Jazel Dingcong, the Student Benefits Specialist, here. Postdocs: check the Rice employee benefits page.
- Student Health Services
Morton L. Rice Student Health Center (map)
semester hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., closed weekends.
summer hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., closed weekends.
713-348-4966 | Website
If you are not feeling well, visit Rice Student Health Services! They provide preventive and outpatient clinical care for all students of Rice University, regardless of insurance - appointments are included in student fees. Student Health is located on-campus in the Morton L. Rich Health and Wellness Center, next to the Brown Magister's house.
- Housing & Dining
Various Locations; Website
Housing Services at Rice University combines Undergraduate Housing, Residential Dining, Graduate Apartments and Summer Conference services in one department.
Furnished graduate apartments are available in a variety of floor plans and the Rice Shuttle Service provides easy transportation to and from campus, nearby grocery stores, and shopping centers. High-speed internet is provided and the Rice network which allows access to the online journals and databases of the Fondren Library. The Rice Graduate Housing staff host many virtual social events.
- Office of Information Technology
OIT can get you set up with the technology, accounts, and access necessary to study at the university. A number of computer labs are scattered across campus, and you can print in campus labs for a small fee.
- Office of International Students and Scholars
The Office of International Students & Scholars supports all Rice internationals and academic departments with all matters related to immigration, international compliance, and cultural adaptation! They serve as the chief liaison office for: immigration advising, cultural adaptation, international compliance, networking / public connections, and academic support, with university departments, government agencies, and community advocates.
- Fondren Library
Fondren Library offers a number of services essential to graduate students, including Interlibrary Loan, study room reservations, poster printing, research guides, equiment rentals, audio/video classes, short courses, digital scholarship assistance, scholarly communications assistance, research support, and more. Learn about all their departments here.
- Parking Office
The Parking Office will issue parking permits and register vehicles. Bring your student I.D., and be sure to register for your courses before attempting to register your vehicle. You may also register online at parking.rice.edu.
This is where you can obtain tax information (W-4 and I-9), sign up for direct deposit and obtain timesheets if you are working a campus job. A mail drop is available for any before or after hours mail. Payroll processes all university payrolls, provides foreign nationals with resources for accurate federal withholding and reporting, and prepares and files all federal and state deposits and reporting within federal and state tax regulations.
- Police Department (RUPD)
RUPD's mission is to provide a safe and secure environment for the university! Their emergency dispatch runs twenty-four hours per day. To obtain your student I.D. card, RUPD will accept anything that has your student identification number listed (memo on department letterhead, your paid statement, etc.) along with a photo ID such as a driver's license or passport. You may also register your bike with the police department.
- Gibbs Recreation and Wellness Center (Gym)
The Recreation Center encourages a lifetime of health and wellness for our campus. They offer intramural sports, fitness classes, aquatics, dance, and club activities. They also rent outdoor equipment such as tents, kayaks and more! Membership information is available via their website.
- Registrar’s Office
Visit the registrar's office for issues with your Esther account or when you need to submit an Esther Special Registration Request Form.
- Rice Memorial Center and Ley Student Center (Student Activities)
The Rice Student Center provides facilities, resources, events, and services that enrich the social & educational development while allowing for the self-directed engagement of the Rice Community Members and university visitors.
Student Activities is dedicated to helping students develop as leaders and supporting them in their efforts to make a positive impact at Rice University. There are many ways for students to get involved on campus and this is one connection point for students in finding the niche that is right for them.
- The Safe Office: Interpersonal Misconduct Prevention and Support
This office provides care management and navigation to students who are reporting an incident of interpersonal violence perpetrated against them and to students who have been accused of perpetrating interpersonal violence. They provide education and support for students who have experienced or are experiencing: sexual violence, relationship violence, stalking, sexual harassment, family violence, gender discrimination, and pregnancy discrimination.
- Wellbeing and Counseling Center
The Wellbeing and Counseling Center is an excellent first point of contact for students who want to talk to someone about solutions to their wellbeing concerns. They host a variety of workshops and programs to promote student wellbeing. Additionally, confidential consultations and short term counseling is available to all currently enrolled Rice graduate and undergraduate students, as appointments are included as part student fees.