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Area Information - Houston TX

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Tel: 1(713) 331-7690
E-mail: hou@ELS.edu

  • Mild climate year-round
  • NASA Space Center nearby
  • Near exciting nightlife, dining and shopping
  • Near professional sports
  • Off-campus location with affiliation to the University of St. Thomas
  • Located in the safe and fashionable Upper Kirby/River Oaks/Greenway Plaza Professional Districts


Area Description

ELS/Houston is located in Houston's fashionable River Oaks/Upper Kirby/Greenway Plaza Professional Districts which is a short 10 - 15 minute commute to the University of St. Thomas campus via Metro bus. A major destination for international students, Houston is America's fourth largest city and the center of the world's energy industry. You can enjoy weekend visits to the National Air and Space Administration (NASA) Space Center Houston, Gulf of Mexico beaches and much more.

Area Attractions

  • National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) Space Center Houston
  • Gulf of Mexico beaches
  • Possible weekend trips to San Antonio, New Orleans or Mexico

Distances to Key Locations (from ELS Center)

Housing Options: Minutes Method
Homestays in the area (Homestay) Up to 45 Walk/Bike/Bus/Car
Houston Student Residence (Student Residence (off campus)) 20/40/15 Bike/Bus/Car
Local Places:    
 Airport 45/35 Bus/Car
 Bank 5/5/5 Walk/Bike/Car
 Downtown Area 35/20/15 Bike/Bus/Car
 Post Office 35/20/15/10 Walk/Bike/Bus/Car
 Restaurants 5/5/5/5 Walk/Bike/Bus/Car
 Shopping Mall/Outlet 35/20/15 Bike/Bus/Car
 Supermarket 10/5/5 Walk/Bike/Bus/Car
Sports Stadium 35/20/1 Bike/Bus/Car
 Pharmacy 10/5//5 Walk/Bike/Car
Public Transportation 3/3 Walk/Bike
Other Nearby Cities:    
Galveston, TX 60 Car
San Antonio, TX 210 Car
New Orleans, LA 390 Car
Dallas, TX 390 Car

Local Transportation

There is public transportation in Houston in the form of buses and a light rail service to Downtown, which is adequate for students' needs. Cost is $1.25 one direction (50% off with UST student ID Card and Q card). Some routes are limited on the weekend and in the evening. Many of our students rent cars or share taxis and divide the expense. International students can obtain a Texas Driver's License by going to the appropriate state office and passing a written and a driving test. Ask the International Student Advisor for additional information.

Recommended Hotels

Contact hotel directly for prices.

DoubleTree by Hilton Houston-Greenway Plaza
6 Greenway Plaza East
Houston, TX 77046
Phone: 713.629.1200

Marriott Residence Inn - West University
2939 Westpark Drive
Houston, TX 77005
Phone: 713.661.4660

Extended Stay America, Houston Medical Center, Greenway Plaza
2330 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77098
Phone: 713.521.0060