In our Must do things around Greater Houston series, we take a look at Houston’s vast array of communities, neighborhoods and destinations to bring you five fun, tasty, surprising and engaging reasons why you should visit them.
Founded in 1927, the University of Houston is the third-largest university in the state, with nearly 43,000 students, 280 degree programs, and 12 academic colleges.
From exhilarating collegiate sports (go Coogs!) to emerging arts and theater, there are plenty of reasons to visit this campus.
5 Must-Do Things at the University of Houston
Hit the food trucks
A rotating selection of Houston’s most popular food trucks park at multiple pads around campus, with daytime and late-night hours. Look for popular mobile restaurants like Fried Chicken, Burger, and Waffle Slinger Waffle busmobile hot dog restaurant Happy endingand the Korean wing favorite Seoul Wings.
Live the art
Start with the Blaffer Art Museum, which prides itself on being a catalyst for creative innovation and experimentation. Each year you will find an exciting list of visual and contemporary art exhibitions. Those wishing to discover a particular exhibition can register for a guided tour by a docent (available at certain times of the year or for groups). Admission is always free. Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Artsa collaboration between the performing, visual and literary arts, holds annual conferences and is known for staging Against the Current Festival, a daring audio and visual festival taking place in unexpected locations across the city. Don’t miss the performances at Cullen Theater, which hosts a lineup of music, opera, dance and theater events; or the Moores Opera Centerwhich offers musical entertainment ranging from opera productions to jazz ensembles. Lynn Eusan Park also occasionally hosts festivals and film screenings and there are public art to explore throughout the campus.
Reinvigorate yourself at the Nook Cafe
Need a morning, noon or midnight pick-me-up? Look no further than the Nook Cafe. With hours from 8 a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday (closed Sundays), this Cougar Den Plaza cafe serves coffee, lattes and espresso (try the Cougar mix), beer and wine, juices freshly squeezed fruit and sweet and savory pastries and desserts. .
Encourage the Coogs
With 17 intercollegiate teams in the American Athletic Conference (with a move to the Big 12 in 2023) and more than 30 titles in the past 10 years, there’s a reason fans fill the seats at Cougars sporting events. . Enjoy a game at TDECU stage, the 40,000-seat open stadium that hosts the UH Cougars football and women’s soccer teams; to Fertitta Center, fans can cheer on UH men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams; and spacious Darryl Park and Lori Schroederthere are seats for 3,500 baseball fans.
Have a drink at the quirky campus bar, The Den
Join Coogs fans in their element with an on-campus pop-in hangout, The Den. The sports bar offers a range of 30 draft beers, a full liquor selection, 8 HD flat screen TVs and a giant 200-inch projection screen for all your games, as well as food ranging from nachos to chicken and sticks mozzy with angus burgers topped with guac, bacon, jalapeno and more. Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday noon to 2 a.m.