When walking on the Rice campus, it’s hard to imagine you are only three miles from bustling downtown Houston. The tall hedges, green lawns, abundant trees and architecturally distinct buildings form a serene, self-contained environment. Just outside the hedges, Rice is surrounded by some of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the city and the Rice Village, a popular area of shops and restaurants. Within walking distance of campus are the city’s vibrant museum district, the Texas Medical Center and Hermann Park. Houston’s light-rail line can transport you to downtown attractions and major sporting events in a flash.