Rice Village / West University

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Houston Rice Village and West University Apartments
Houston Rice Village and West University Apartments
Houston Rice Village and West University Apartments

What Its Known For

Famous for its namesake shopping and restaurants options at Rice Village.
Literally there are over 300 in these 16 blocks. We're not kidding.
Looking for running trails in Houston? Rice University trails have plenty of options to offer.


The Rice Village / West University (a.k.a West U) neighborhood encompasses the area just inside the 610 Loop and South of 59 until you reach Braeswood and the Med Center. To paint a picture — think gorgeous, mature trees lining the streets of homes you can’t help but daydream about. As one of the most walkable neighborhoods in Houston with easy access to Rice Unversity and Medical Center, this area is one of the most sought-after places to live.

Rice Village’s walkable shopping center is home to brand names, boutiques, and tons of eats to choose from — Local Foods, Hungry’s, and Coppa Osteria are some tried-and-true favorites. And for dessert, it would be outright distasteful to mention the fresh baked chocolate chip cookies at Tinys No. 5.

Even if you aren’t a student at the prestigious Rice University, checking out the campus is a must. We recommend spending a sunset at James Turrel’s Twilight Epiphany art installation or simply walking around to take in the gorgeous architecture.



Being such a desirable place to call home, apartment pricing can tend to ring in a bit higher than surrounding neighborhoods. Options for renters include luxury mid-rise complexes, older apartments with vintage charm, and student housing as you get closer to the Rice campus.

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Shop till you drop then grab a drink after. This area is seriously gorgeous.

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