General Information

Housing Options

Rice has 11 residential colleges with over 2,500 beds available each summer. Our dorms are located within historic, state of the art buildings and include options for:

  • Single Occupancy Rooms
  • Double Occupancy Rooms*
  • Triple Occupancy Rooms
  • Quads
  • Suites*

* Private bathrooms are available in many of our double and suite style rooms. In addition to basic housing, each of our colleges has common areas located throughout its buildings such as laundry facilities, kitchenettes, large and small common rooms, study rooms and more. Some of these rooms are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis, while other rooms are able to be reserved for exclusive use for a small hourly fee. Please ask us if you would like information on renting or using any of these spaces!

For information on housekeeping and keys, click here, you can also check out our Welcome to Rice Flyer.

Dates for Conference Housing

The Conference Housing Season begins the Friday following Rice’s graduation and closes 15 days prior to the start of freshmen orientation.

  • For 2024: The Conference Housing Season will run from May 10 – August 3
  • For 2025: The Conference Housing Season will run from May 16 – August 2

Minimum Requirements for On-Campus Housing

Groups must be on-campus for a minimum of four days (three nights) in order to utilize on-campus housing. Stays of less than three nights will be considered for large groups only and will include additional charges.

Check-Ins and Check-Outs

Check-ins to conference housing occur from 3pm – 6pm daily and check-outs are available from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Check-in and check-out locations are generally in the Commons closest to the dorm your group will be staying in. For groups smaller than 25, check-ins and check-outs will occur in the Housing and Dining Main Office. Participants who need to check-in or check-out at a different time from the rest of their group will need to arrange this with their conference coordinator. Due to our busy conference season, early check-ins or late check-outs are generally not available. However, in some cases this may be arranged for an additional fee of $10 per room.

Classroom and Meeting Room Reservations

Classrooms may be available for reservation and use through the Registrar’s Office, depending on the time frame desired. Standard rates for classroom vary per room.

The Rice Memorial Student Center has a variety of meeting rooms available to our guests ranging from small meeting rooms to the Grand Hall, which can accommodate up to 325 people. Preliminary information is available by clicking here to view the Student Center event planning page.

Library Services

Fondren Library is a place to meet, to collaborate, study, do research, to observe and to learn about the newest methods of obtaining information. Click here to see more information about these services.

Groups may arrange a tour of Fondren Library. To do so contact 713-348-5698, or email

Laundry Facilities

Laundry facilities are available in each residential college free of charge.

Fire Safety

Always react to alarms. No exceptions. Fire safety hangers including evacuation routes have been placed in each room. No smoking on campus except in designated smoke areas. To view Rice University tobacco policy, click here.

Do NOT hang items on the sprinkler heads. Putting pressure on the sprinkler head may cause it to break and release gallons of water into your room and onto your things.


Parking passes are first-come, first-serve for all lots. You may include parking passes as a part of your contract or have participants purchases passes individually. If participants are purchasing passes on their own, they may pre-purchase these passes through our online order form at or they may purchase them in our office on-campus.


Mail service is not available to Conference Housing participants or non-Rice student interns. If you are not a current Rice undergraduate, please note that any mail sent to the Residential Colleges will be returned to the sender.

To begin the process of reserving your space, please complete our Conference Housing Interest Form.