The University of Houston is an urban campus in the fourth largest city in the United States. The student body at UH is ethnically and culturally diverse; UH boasts the greatest diversity of all major research universities in the US. This, combined with the cultural attractions of a major city make UH and Houston an interesting and vibrant place to live. UH enjoys close intellectual ties with Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine, both also located in Houston. Several faculty are adjunct at these other institutions, and their proximity allows people to move among them to attend seminars, to get together for lunch, etc. Such frequent movement is uncommon at many other institutions, and makes for intellectual environment richer than can be offered by any single department or school.
Some current photos from the city are posted above; below are links to some of the mainstream cultural aspects of Houston – some of the lesser known but fun things to do around town can be found here. The city has a pretty good alternative press paper, The Houston Press, that lists all the events going on weekly.
Brigitte Dauwalder, Department of Biology and Biochemistry
University of Houston
Houston TX, 77204-5001, USA