Posted on February 13, 2018

Living day to day life in a foreign city can be challenging when you do not know where to go and how to get work done, find below a gist of everything you need to have knowledge about to lead a comfortable and eventful life! Now that you are all settled in your new apartment, here's something to make your life easier:

Entertainment

Need to unwind after a long week?

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Museums

Treat yourself to some art and history every once in a while!

  • Children's Museum of Houston founded in 1980 is a children's museum in the Museum District of Houston. It is one of the 15 children's museums in Texas. The building was designed by Robert Venturi, who studied child psychology and wanted to instill an idea of universality within the Museum.
  • Houston Museum of Natural Science established in 1909 is a science museum. It is located on the northern border of Hermann Park in Houston. One of the most popular museums in the United States, the museum attendance totals over two million visitors each year.
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston locatedin the Museum District of Houston. The museum has a collection of over 64,000 works from six continents spans over 6,000 years of history. It was founded in the year 1900.
  • Contemporary Arts Museum is dedicated to presenting contemporary art to the public. Located in the Museum District of Houston it was established in 1948.

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Theatres

Attend a concert or alternate between old movies and live events, there's a plethora of choices.

  • River Oaks Theatre is a historic movie theater located in the River Oaks Shopping Center in the Neartown community in Houston. It was built in 1939. The theater's focus changed from first-run films to alternative films such as re-released films, and classic, foreign, cult, and old films.
  • Alley Theatre is an award-winning indoor theatre in Downtown Houston. Built in 1949 the theatre has nine towers and open-air terraces that give the Alley Theatre a castle-like quality.
  • Wortham Theater Center is a performing arts center located in downtown Houston. It officially opened on May 9, 1987. The theatre has 2 performance facilities which are used for opera and ballet productions.
  • Hobby Center for the Performing Arts is a theater in Houston. Opened to the public in 2002, the theater is located downtown. Sarofim Hall is a theatre that is acoustically designed for Broadway productions. And the Zilkha Hall showcases the ensembles of the Uniquely Houston program. It is a series that fosters artistic and administrative growth for smaller and performing arts groups in Houston.

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Sports

Catch a game and vibe with the spirit of Houston.

  • Rice Stadium is an American football stadium located on the Rice University campus in Houston. It has been the home of the Rice Owls football team since its completion in 1950. The stadium also hosts events such as speeches and concerts.
  • NRG Stadium formerly known as Reliant Stadium, is a multi-purpose stadium. The stadium is the home of the National Football League's Houston Texan. The stadium has hosted several other events such as motorsports, concerts and hockey matches.
  • BBVA Compass Stadium is an American soccer-specific stadium located in Houston. It is home to Houston Dynamo, a Major League Soccer club and the Houston Dash of the National Women's Soccer League. It officially opened on May 12, 2012 and hosts games of soccer and rugby.
  • NRG Astrodome, also goes by the name of Houston Astrodome. It is the first location in the world to offer a multi-purpose, domed sports stadium. It opened in the year 1965. The Astrodome was well-renowned for a four-story scoreboard , composed of thousands of light bulbs that featured numerous animations.

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Festivals

Lights, Street Performers and Art.. Houston has it all!

  • Houston Art Car Parade is an annual event in Houston being held since 1988. It is the first and largest Art Car parade in the world, spectators will see cars, bicycles, motorcycles, roller-skaters, and many other types of motorized and human-powered vehicles all decorated in various themes.
  • The Texas Renaissance Festival is a Renaissance fair in Todd Mission. Started in 1974 on the location of an old strip mining site is held over a span of nine weekends, each weekend of the festival takes on a different theme, influencing the performances, costumes, food, drink, art, shops, contests, and games throughout the festival grounds.
  • Houston Greek Festival was started in 1966. The three-day festival is held annually on the first weekend in October and features Greek food, live Greek music and Greek folk dances, as well as a gift shop and tours of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Houston.
  • Bayou City Art Festival takes over Memorial Park in the spring and downtown in the fall, turning each area into a giant art gallery. The art festival includes a juried art exhibit featuring works from artists both local and national.

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Places to Visit

For the tourist in you!

  • Space Center Houston is the official visitor center of the of NASA center for human spaceflight activities. The center is home to space artefacts and hardware and several other space attractions.
  • Houston Zoo is a 55-acre zoological park located within Hermann Park. The Zoo houses over 6,000 animals as a part of over 900 species that the zoo has to offer, and receives 2.55 million visitors each year and is the second most visited zoo in the United States.
  • USS Texas (BB-35), the second ship of the United States Navy named in honor of the US state of Texas, is a New York-class battleship. The ship was launched on 18 May 1912. Texas is notable for being the only remaining World War I--era dreadnought battleship.

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Everyday Eating

All restaurants mentioned under this category offer take out, and are affordable for consistent eating!

  • Liberty Taco at Richmond avenue is a taco and seafood restaurant. Open from 7:00 am --- 9:00 pm on all days of the week this eatery offers inexpensive meals at under $10.
  • Rachels Cafe at San Jacinto Street is anAmerican style eatery. Meals are under $10 and the cafe remains open from 11:00 am --- 6:00 pm on all days but Sunday.
  • Inferno Pizza at Westcreek Lane is an inexpensive joint. It serves from 10:30 am --- 10:00 pm on all days of the week. This pizza place also serves alcohol at cheap prices.
  • Roostar Vietnamese Grill open on all days from 11:00 am --- 9:00 pm and remains closed on Sundays. Located in Richmond Ave a meal costs under $10.

Coffeehouses

These coffee houses will make you forget Starbucks.

  • Throughgood Coffee at The Heights
  • Fix Coffeebar at Montrose
  • Blonde Biscotti at Montrose
  • A 2nd Cup at The Heights
  • Campesino Coffee House at Montrose

Shopping

Fresh and trending!

Drugstores

These drugstores have several branches in and around Houston, visit their websites to know which one you're closest to.

  • CVS Pharmacy
  • Walgreens

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Convenience Stores (Grocery/Supermarket)

Popular amongst students and locals alike, there are a lot of branches around Houston for these stores.

  • Trader Joe's
  • Krogers
  • Whole Foods Market
  • H-E-B

Clothing (women & men)

  • Forever 21 at Downtown
  • El Bambi at The Heights
  • Fallas at Pine Valley
  • Dillard's at West Oaks
  • Komal's at Harvin Dr

Convenience

We're sure you miss the comfort of home.

Laundromats

Most of the time, you'll find this basic amenity at home or in your apartment building, incase you don't ..

  • 24 Hour Laundry at Chimney Rock Road
  • Soap Suds Coin Laundry at N Main Street
  • Stanford Laundromat at Stanford Street
  • Washateria at Richmond Avenue
  • Spin Washateria at Main Street

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Food Delivery

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