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Metro Information

Rice undergraduate students can obtain a METRO Q Card for unlimited use on regularly scheduled METRO transportation systems, including the light rail, during the academic year. Graduate students (excluding Jones School) are eligible to purchase Metro Cards with a value of $500 for $55. Metro Q Cards for new students are distributed during O-Week through their colleges and upperclassmen and graduate students can obtain theirs from the Cashier’s Office in the Allen Center.


Free with your METRO U Pass. Taking the bus is quick and painless. It takes a single bus ride to get to the Galleria or Downtown. See ridemetro.org for routes.

  • University at Main
    • 34 Montrose Crosstown
    • 73 Bellfort Crosstown
  • Greenbriar at Rice
    • 27/26 Outer/Inner Loop Crosstown


Free with your METRO U Pass. The light rail connects Rice to restaurants, cultural institutions, sports arenas, and shopping districts. The biggest draw is Downtown, just 15 minutes away by train. The historic north end of Downtown is full of restaurants and clubs, all clustered around the Preston station. The Theater District – opera, symphony, ballet, plays, and concerts, as well as restaurants, a pool hall, and the Angelika Film Center – is about six blocks from the same station. Minute Maid Park is six blocks in the other direction.

There are two stations next to campus. The Hermann Park/Rice U station is at the corner of Fannin and Sunset, just across Main street from entrance one. The Hermann Park-Zoo station, a block from entrance three at Fannin and MacGregor is also an option.


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