Other Benefits – Discount Programs
Places to Eat On Campus
Located in the Ley portion of the student center. In addition to nearly every coffee drink imaginable, Coffeehouse also sells smaller food items, including bagels, cookies, pastries, and biscotti. Come grab an espresso with your snack! Be sure to think of coffeehouse for your holiday gift needs. We carry great coffee mugs and Coffeehouse T-Shirts as well. We also have a great catering menu. We deliver all over Rice Campus and pick up is available anytime during our business hours. For prices and more info please check their website.
Droubi’s Mediterranean Grill
Droubi’s has moved to South Servery in the old location of Whoo Deli. Stop by for a delicious lunch featuring gyros, falafel, wraps, burgers, and daily hot line specials.
The Owl Cove
Located in the RMC basement (Willy’s Pub) of the Student Center, the Owl Cove offers lunch options, Monday – Friday from 11 am – 2 pm featuring food from local Chinese restaurant “Ambassador Cafe”.
Located in the basement of the RMC portion of the student center. Run by students, for students, Willy’s features Quizno’s subs and Freschetta pizza during all operating hours—even at 1 a.m. It’s your definitive on-campus late-night food option! After 5 p.m., Willy’s offers bottled and draft beers for those 21 and over.
Valhalla started over 40 years ago as a place for graduate students to hang out, relax and socialize after a long day of school/work. Four decades later, not much has changed. Located under the stairs to Keck Hall 100, Valhalla is staffed by graduate students and alumni volunteers with student co-managers who report to the Board of Directors of V&W Permits Inc. They are a popular lunch spot (11:30 am – 1 pm, M-F) for their inexpensive selection of Jersey Mike’s subs and Les Grival’s Banh Mi sandwiches. Valhalla offers a wide selection of draft and bottled beers along with assorted snacks.
Located in the Rice Student Center, The Hoot is Rice University’s only late-night, student-run café serving a variety of hot food, snacks, and drinks to keep you energized through the night!
Categorized under: Fun & Unconventional
Available to: Staff, Faculty, Retirees, Family
Rice University offers a variety of benefits and programs to assist you when traveling both inside and outside the United States. These programs include Aetna urgent care, travel insurance, international travel coverage, and airport parking discounts.
Do you commute to work? Chances are you can save big on taxes. Go green and save some green!
Train. Bus. Van pool. Parking your car at the station or at a non-Rice facility. However you ride, the Commuter Benefits Program lets you pay for your eligible commuting costs through automatic, pre-tax payroll deductions. It works wherever you do: for any transit system, anywhere, plus any non-Rice parking provider or van pool operator nationwide.
The more you spend, the more you save on your taxes — up to $1,680 each year. And all it takes is a quick online order to get your pass delivered to your home every month and set up direct, automatic monthly parking payments.
Do you commute to work from Sugarland, Katy, or Humble? If so, you may want to consider using MetroStar Van Pool.
Learn more about the MetroStar Commuting Benefits Program here. →
What is a "Mothers' Room?"Rice's first lactation room is a place for nursing mothers to pump breast milk or nurse their child in a private and comfortable setting.
Where are they located?
- There are two:
- The first is located in the renovated "lounge" area in the women's restroom near the Grand Hall in the RMC. It is a secure, private, walled-off environment with a sink, refrigerator, etc.
- The second is located on the fourth floor of Fondren Library in Room 411. Visit Fondren Library's Mother's Room page for a list of features.
I'm a new mom and would like to use this room—how do I access it?
- RMC Location: Stop by the Information Desk in the RMC/Ley Student Center to get the access code—no key necessary. Please do not share the code with others, as we would like this space reserved only for those who need it.
- Fondren Location: A key is available for checkout during Visitor Hours at the East Entrance (quad side) Service Desk. For more information, please visit Fondren Library's Mother's Room page.
For many of us, family is very important. Rice offers many child care resources for your family while you are at work. Rice’s Child Care Resources are available to all Rice faculty and staff. Examples may include programs at the Recreation Center, YMCA, or at the Rice Children’s Campus. We also provide tools for additional resources around Houston.
Rice is pleased to provide backup care for any member of your family that depends on you for care through the Back-up Care Advantage Program® All benefits-eligible faculty and staff are eligible for the program.
In addition to disability programs, Rice University provides certain holidays and paid time off programs for staff.
Rice also has benefits that cover work-related injury, family illness, bereavement, professional, primary care giver and military service leaves, which may be granted with or without pay. Each policy may apply to different populations at Rice, so please read each policy carefully (the top of the policy should clarify to whom it applies).
As a Rice University employee, you have access to membership and special discounts at several area banks, including Smart Financial Credit Union, Frost Bank, and Chase Bank.
With your current Rice ID card, employees may apply for membership at the Faculty Club, receive discounts at the campus bookstore, and use all facilities on campus: recreation center (with paid membership), library, and more!
Rice University is a qualified employer under the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. The federal PSLF is a program that allows certain federal student loans to be forgiven after 10 years of repayment. To benefit, borrowers need to have a qualifying loan and sign up for a qualifying repayment plan. After 120 on-time, qualifying monthly payments, the remainder of the loan(s) is forgiven.
For any questions or updates to this page, please contact the Benefits Team.