Students looking for a roommate are encouraged to post a message to the Roommates discussion topic on the 2013 admitted student’s facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/462975653759956/. It might be helpful to provide information about yourself and characteristics you are looking for in a roommate: male/female, study habits, bedtime/wake-up time, pets, smoking & drinking preferences, guests, etc.
Houston is a huge and bustling metropolis with innumerable opportunities and an overwhelming array of choices of places to live. Houston is diverse in culture offering many neighborhoods and boroughs to live in. Included on this page are numerous resources to help you locate the place that is right for you.
Houston is traversed by numerous highways - the ‘Eastex’ the ‘Gulf’, the ‘Southwest’ the ‘Beltway’. Eventually you will learn them all. As you search for an apartment, you will want to know whether you are inside or outside the “Loop.”
Loop 610 is a major highway encircling the inner part of the city, including Downtown, the Medical Center, the Heights, Greenway Plaza, West University, Allen Parkway, and Midtown. Additionally, the Loop runs adjacent to Uptown and Bellaire among many other attractive neighborhoods. Living inside or outside the Loop will impact the amount of time you spend traveling to school everyday.
Downtown Houston is in the midst of a remarkable revitalization with the opening of Houston's new baseball stadium, Minute Maid Park, and the attendant shops and restaurants. The theatre district and business activity downtown draw people from all over the world. Downtown Houston has become the new hot spot to live and hang out. There are new lofts and apartments opening regularly downtown. If you want to truly experience the big city, downtown may be the place for you.
Adjacent to downtown and South of Interstate 10 one will find the major thoroughfares of Allen Parkway and Memorial Boulevard. The city's most popular parks can be found here.
The Inner Loop has many fine communities with the highest concentration of professionals in Houston. Additionally, it is centrally located only minutes away from the University of Houston Law Center and many other attractions in the Houston area. Greenway has numerous apartments in a variety of price ranges. Close to everything, this part of town may be the best for you.
The Houston Galleria is well known for its world class shopping and Uptown is, for many, the place to be. With the greatest concentration of apartments and endless dining and shopping options, Uptown draws many UH Law Center students. Located just outside Loop 610 on the Southwest side of Houston, Uptown is also convenient to Highway 59, the Southwest Freeway, which brings many students to school everyday. There are a variety of price ranges and apartment communities within minutes of the University of Houston.
These areas are perhaps the most convenient to the UH Law Center. Within minutes of the campus there are a substantial number of housing options in every price range. The Medical Center is home to some of the world's most renowned hospitals and medical schools. Adjacent to Rice University, the Museum District and Montrose, this area provides a number of cultural and intellectual activities, as well as outdoor fun at Hermann Park and the Houston Zoo. The Reliant Park area has numerous apartments. This area, home to the NFL's Houston Texans, hosts the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and many other exciting events throughout the year. Convenient to school, downtown, and the Galleria, this area may be the one for many students.
There are numerous options available on campus for students who want to truly immerse themselves in the academic environment. In August 2009, the Calhoun Lofts, located adjacent to the Law Center, welcomed its first residents. From Moody Towers, a dormitory environment, to Cougar Place, Cambridge Oaks, Bayou Oaks, and Cullen Oaks (on-campus apartments), students have several choices on the University of Houston campus. On-campus housing is a convenient and affordable option. For more information call (713) 743-6000 or visit University of Houston Residential Life and Housing Department page.
If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, the internet is a great resource for locating accommodations. Below is a list of popular sites to help in locating your new home:
If you want some help, commercial apartment locators can be a very useful and convenient mode of finding an apartment or other housing accommodations. There are many locators in Houston; a few are listed below. Renters should choose a locator that has experience serving UH graduate students and is especially familiar with properties “inside the loop” west of Interstate 45.
Phil Silberman (UHLC Alum)
Phone: (713) 688-5585
Houston Apartment Insiders
Fredell Belasco / Melanie Levy
Phone: (866) 918-4022
Michelle Nguyen (UHLC Alum)
Phone: (832) 594-7555
EzzyLiving Apartment Locators
Khuzaima Raja / Hatim Raja (UH Alum)
Phone: (713) 589-2860
Most apartment complexes charge a security deposit depending on the size and rent of the unit. If you are renting a house, you can expect a deposit of at least one month's rent. In addition, most landlords will require additional deposits (refundable and non-refundable) for pets of all sizes and breeds. Foreign students may be required to submit a copy of their Letter of Financial Backing, passport and social security number when signing a lease agreement.