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Shopping opportunities abound in Houston. Rice Village is a lively neighborhood shopping district adjacent to the campus. One of Houston’s first shopping areas, the village offers more than 400 stores and restaurants. From familiar names to funky mom-and-pop shops, the village is a place where students can browse through unique import stores, buy a pair of jeans or the latest CD, or linger over a latté at an outdoor cafe. The Village is within walking distance of campus, and a shuttle-bus service is also offered from the university.

The Uptown Houston (Galleria) area is a concentration of upscale, modern hotels, fine restaurants and sophisticated shopping venues. The area's lure is its fabulous shops — such as Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Gucci and Tiffany & Co — but, other diversions include galleries, restaurants and a year-round skating rink. The Galleria Mall is the seventh largest in the nation at 2.4 million square feet. Expanding the shopping and dining options in the area are Highland Village's 50 shops, including Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel and Anthropologie.

If you are willing to take a little road trip to save some money, Katy Mills mall is just 30 miles west of downtown on Interstate 10. The outlet mall features the usual array of designer and electronic outlet stores with the added attraction of Neiman Marcus Last Call, Saks Fifth Avenue's Off 5th, Banana Republic and Ann Taylor.


Houston is well-known by travelers for its array and preponderance of restaurants. Every ethnicity and price range are available in all areas of town.

Rice Village features dozens of dining and club/pub experiences in all price ranges. If you want ethnic, the Village has French, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Mexican, Spanish, Mediterranean, Vietnamese, Indian and Thai restaurants.

Online listings and reviews of area restaurants