Parking & Directions

Parking for classes is easy! See your enrollment acknowledgment for the location of your class or call 713-348-4803 if you have not received your enrollment acknowledgment by the day your class begins.

Continuing Studies provides free parking for its participants in West Lot 4 or 5. Entrance #8 at the intersection of University Boulevard and Stockton Drive provides the easiest access to West Lot 4 and 5. Entrances to the lots are designated on the campus map. The greater loop bus route now services our building for convenient transportation. View Interactive Campus Map.

Using Your Parking Card and Hangtag

Along with your enrollment acknowledgment, you received a parking card and hangtag. When you arrive for each class meeting, you will gain access to West Lot 4 by inserting the parking card into the gate receptacle, barcode up, arrow pointing towards the receptacle. You must push the 'Help' button to gain access to West Lot 5.

Please hang the hangtag from your rearview mirror with the printed side facing outward. You may only use the parking card and hangtag to park on campus during your class time. (To maintain the integrity of the parking card, do not bend, fold, or expose the card to sun or water.)

Note: If your class takes place during the day of an athletic event, you will not have to pay the fee to enter West Lot 4, as your parking card and hangtag are still valid.

Shuttle Bus on Weekdays

Inner Loop shuttle buses operate Monday through Friday, 6 a.m.-10:45 p.m. and leave from West Lot 4 every 5-8 minutes during the school year. If you are unfamiliar with the campus, please tell the bus driver the name of the building in which your class meets so he or she may assist you. Summer schedule is 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Greater Loop shuttle buses operate Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and leave from the entrance of the Anderson-Clarke Center every 10-15 minutes. Note: Runs only during the school year. You can see where the shuttle buses are in real-time on the Shuttle Tracker System.

Weekends and Holidays

The Rice shuttle buses do not run on weekends or holidays. If your class meets on a weekend or holiday and you do not wish to walk from West Lot 4 or 5, you may choose to park in a paid visitor lot that may be closer to your building (see below).

Parking Validations

Some participants in classes that meet on the main Rice campus may be given parking validations instead of parking cards and hang tags. These validations may be used in the paid visitor lots. You will be sent separate instructions.

Paid Visitor Lots

Credit Card Required: If you choose to park closer to interior campus buildings, several paid visitor lots are available. The Founders Court Lot and Lovett Saddle Lot accessed by Entrances 1 or 2, the North Lot and the Central Campus Garage near Entrance 20, and the BRC Garage are available for a charge $1.00 per 15 minutes, with a maximum cost of $11.00 per day. Credit cards are the only acceptable form of payment for these lots (American Express, VISA, MasterCard, Discover; debit cards are not accepted).

Intensive English Program students must purchase a parking permit. Information on how to obtain the permit will be provided on the first day of class. Students in Foreign Language and ESL Communication Skills programs will receive parking cards and hang tags on the first day of class. Parking for all students is free on the first day of each session and on placement testing days. Call 713-348-4019 for questions about the Language program.

You will not be sent a parking card or a hangtag. You will be sent separate instructions.