Information Desk

Maps & Building Partners

Many resources are located at the Information Desk (713) 348-4096. The Information Desk provides patrons with both Rice and non-Rice information. Houston area phone books, various schedules, and Rice maps can be found at the Information Desk. Local newspapers as well as numerous popular magazines are available. A student ID is needed to borrow these items

Mail Services

The Information Desk is your one stop shop for getting your mail where it needs to go. Grab an envelope (we sell 'em), get a stamp for it (we sell those, too), and drop it off in our conveniently located mailbox.

The Information Desk houses magazines, as well. Swap your ID to read one while you hang out, turn the magazine back in for your ID. It's that easy!
Key Access/Request Form (advisor signature required)

Key Access List/Request Form

The Student Center is responsible for issuing all keys to the Rice Memorial Center/Ley Student Center, as well as managing all security issues surrounding the use of these keys.

One individual is designated from each administrative office and student organization to authorize the issuance of keys to that respective office or organization. This individual is responsible for updating the information regarding who is able to receive keys. Once authorized, individuals may pick up their keys from the Information Desk. All individuals are required to sign a key card agreeing to the terms and conditions surrounding the use of keys.  Keys for student organization doors require a signed key card from the Information Desk to request a key.  Keys are on loan for the term of the academic year and must be returned by the last day of classes.

Lost, misplaced or stolen keys should be reported immediately to the Information Desk.  If you have any questions, contact Tim Abraham:

Lost & Found
Lost and Found items may be taken to the Information Center. After 60 days, items left in the Lost and Found are donated to local Houston charities.
Poster/Flyer Approval

The Information Desk does not accept advertisements. The staff at the Information Desk will assist patrons in locating public boards (near the Coffeehouse) for this purpose. See advertising policy on page 11 of the Student Center Policies PDF.

Postage Stamps
A maximum of ten postage stamps may be purchased at the Information Desk. For larger quantities, individuals may purchase them from Delivery Services (located behind RUPD). Envelopes are also available for sale for $.25.
Tickets for Rice Program Council and Passport to Houston events are also sold at the Information Desk (often at a discount). Tickets for RPC events require a valid Rice student ID.

The Information Desk telephone is not available for public use; however, there are phones located throughout the building for patrons' use. If a car service (shuttle, taxi, etc.) is desired, the Information Desk attendant would be happy to call one for you.

Building Services

At the Student Center, we have a number of different services to make your life easier and more convenient, including the use of advanced audio/visual equipment, a coffee shop, pub, and many more. Take advantage of them!

The Student Center has a full-service Chase automated teller machine located in the Bookstore Lobby.
Bulletin Boards
Located next to the bookstore, these boards are usually packed with interesting announcements: items for sale, job openings, or meeting notices. Go to the Information Desk to have fliers approved for posting.
Computer Terminal
Check your e-mail or surf the web at the conveniently located terminal at the Information Desk.
Located on the lower level, across from the Captain's Graduate Student Lounge, is a coin copier to assist with those last minute copy needs. Black and white copies cost $.10/each.

The University Copy Center will be closing July 22.

The Document Center in the Jones Graduate School of Business will be providing copying services for the entire campus starting July 25. The Document Center is located on the fourth floor of McNair Hall, and the hours are 8:00am – 6:00pm. The Document Center currently provides high quality services to clients in the business school, and customers elsewhere on campus in a limited manner. This new initiative will expand their full set of scanning and printing services to the entire campus.

A request for services can be accessed at The Document Center can be contacted at ext. 6571 or

Courtesy Phones
Courtesy phones are located throughout the Student Center facility. There are two phone booths located at the top of the Sammy's lobby stairs, just across from RechargeU. Please dial the last four digits for on-campus calls or "9" to access an outside local line.
Off-Campus Housing Information

In addition to the Campus Housing Guide published each Spring Semester by the Student Association, the Office of Student Publications oversees the Off-Campus Housing Database.

Phone Charging Stations
There are charging stations for cell phones located in the basement, outside the bookstore adjacent to the construction at Droubi's, and near the information desk.
Containers for aluminum, glass, mixed paper and plastics number 1 and 2 are located throughout the facility.
Student Organization Storage Options

There are several storage areas (all lockable) available for registered student organizations in the basement of the RMC:  3 closets, 13 cabinets, and 24 lockers. These resources are free of charge, assigned once a year in the Spring, and can include the summer.  An email with an application link will be sent to the club president's listserv at the end of April. If you are no longer the president of the club, please forward this email to the new president. Storage is assigned on a first come, first served basis. 

Please note: Student Organizations Resource Center (Clubs Office) is open during Student Center hours. Grad students have 24-hour access to the storage space. To obtain storage access, organization presidents must e-mail a list of their members (key access list can be found here) to Tim Abraham, Facilities Coordinator of the Student Center, at Students do NOT need to be members of any specific organization to use the space during normal Student Center operating hours.

Vending Machines
Soda and snack vending machines are located next to Willy's Pub in the basement.
Wall Outlets
The Brown Garden and Sammy's provide electrical outlets for laptops, phones, and anything else that needs to be plugged in.
Wireless Internet

Portable access to e-mail and the Internet is an immediate benefit. Some wireless access requires a valid Rice computing account and password, as well as device specific authentication. There is also more restricted wifi for visitors.