Rice University

Visiting Rice

Whether you walk the campus on your own to admire Rice's unique architecture or come with a group and follow a student guide, a Rice campus tour is a memorable experience. For prospective visitors, several options are available:

Virtual Tour

Want to see the campus before ever setting foot here? Our virtual tours feature panoramic, 360-degree photographs of the people, buildings and landmarks that make Rice such an enjoyable place to study, work and play. 

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Admission Tours

Prospective Rice students in grades 9–12 and members of their families should contact the Office of Admission to join one of their regularly scheduled admission orientation sessions and student-led campus tours. 

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Group Tours

Guided tours for groups of elementary, middle school and adult visitors are offered by the Rice University Welcome Center at 10 a.m. daily, Monday through Friday. Because we rely on volunteers to lead our tours, we regret that we are unable to accommodate groups larger than 40, and reservations for group tours must be requested at least two weeks in advance. Please click here to schedule a group tour.


Visitor parking is available in the Founder's Court Visitor Lot in front of Lovett Hall. To access the lot, enter campus through Entrance 1 or 2 from Main Street. The lot will be located on the left. If the lot is full, West Lot 1 is your next best parking option. Visitors can expect to pay about $3–$5 per hour for parking with a maximum daily limit of $12. Parking lots accept only credit or debit cards.

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