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Cool and Diverse

Forbes Magazine’s article, “Houston Tops Our List of America’s Coolest Cities,”gives Houston a nod for its strong theater scene, stylish downtown housing and youthful residents with employment options. Houston’s economy makes the city an attractive place to live and work. The Huffington Post recently published “Houston Surpasses New York and Los Angeles As ‘The Most Diverse In The Nation.’” Houston is a friendly and welcoming city, making ethnic diversity a strong part of its identity.

Houston, Texas

Houston is a dynamic, diverse and cosmopolitan metropolis of six million people — the fourth-largest city in the United States. With a thriving economy, Houston features opportunities for internships and employment in energy, health care, business, the arts and more. Houstonians also enjoy myriad opportunities for entertainment, culture and cuisine.

The University of St. Thomas is located adjacent to the Museum District, just down the street from the Texas Medical Center, a few miles from downtown and about five miles from the Galleria, an indoor shopping mall including more than 400 stores. Explore more information about the 19 museums nearby campus on our neighborhood page.


The Texas Medical Center (TMC) covers 1,300 acres, employs nearly 100,000 people and hosts 7.1 million patient visits annually. Downtown is home to businesses including Pennzoil, Waste Management, Shell Oil and KBR, Inc. There are many large complexes in Houston for companies like BP, Halliburton, Mustang Engineering, and ConocoPhillips. The Port of Houston exceeds 200 millions tons in volume of imports and exports each year. It is the busiest port in the nation in terms of foreign tonnage.

The Johnson Space Center is one of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) locations for astronaut training, research and mission control. Many of Houston’s scientists, engineers, and researchers are involved with the center’s operations. The Apollo Mission Control building is a national historic landmark. The Johnson Space Center offers tours of the facility.


Sports Teams and Venues

Houston is the place for avid sports fans. Take in a game at the Reliant CenterMinute Maid Park or the Toyota Center. Check out Houston’s professional sports teams: 

The Arts

Texas is truly a state of the arts. The Houston Grand OperaHouston Symphony and the Houston Ballet offer seasons of interesting and beautiful programs. The Alley Theater features plays from classics like Death of a Salesman to contemporary works and Christmas performances. All performances at the Miller Outdoor Theater are free of charge.

Annual events including the Bayou City Arts Festival, the Houston Fine Art Fair and the Art Car Parade make Houston’s arts scene a lively and fun attraction to the city.

Parks and Recreation

Houston’s public spaces are filled with ways to relax and play. Memorial Park features a golf course, tennis courts, a running path and bike trails. Hermann Park is down the street from UST and around the corner from the Houston ZooDiscovery Green is a park downtown that offers Zumba classes, an ice rink during the winter and exciting events year-round.

Vibrant Music Scene

Concerts and performances are taking place every day in Houston. Your favorite band could be coming soon to venues like Bayou City Music Center, the House of Blues or the open-air Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Nationally known musicians and bands perform at the downtown Toyota Center, while local and regional acts play all over Houston in smaller venues.

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is an annual event celebrating agriculture, education, entertainment and Western heritage from late February to mid-March. The Rodeo includes big musical acts like Tim McGraw, Mary J. Blige and Blake Shelton. Rodeo-goers enjoy the rides at the carnival, chuck wagon races, bull-riding competitions and the downtown rodeo parade. The World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest includes 300 competitors and outstanding barbeque.

Official Visitorís Web Site

Please visit the official visitors’ site for Houston at www.visithoustontexas.com for more details on hotelsthings to do and where to eat. Enjoy your stay!

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