About Houston

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Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States, has a population of more than 4 million. Its residents, representing a variety of cultures, contribute to Houston's strong international orientation in the arts, entertainment, commerce, and education. From multi-cultural extravaganzas such as the Houston International Festival and the Houston International Film Festival in the spring to the Italian, Caribbean, Greek, Hispanic, Mediterranean and Egyptian festivals in the fall, international students will find numerous diversions that remind them of home. The city also offers a broad variety of ethnic cuisines, such as Chinese, Ethiopian, Bangladeshi, Greek, Indonesian, Indian, South American, Japanese, Persian, Mexican and Thai. Between festivals and dining at a favorite ethnic restaurant, the international student can also enjoy the traditional performing arts. Houston is home to permanent companies such as The Houston Grand Opera, The Houston Symphony, The Houston Ballet, and The Alley Theater and The Ensemble Theater.

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Houston, of course, is also home to the Johnson Space Center, which includes the control center for all manned U.S space flights, and the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world. As major international business center, Houston ranks third nationally in the number of foreign trade offices and is the base of operations for the international energy industry. In addition, more than 50 foreign governments maintain consular offices in the city, making Houston's consular corps the largest in the South and Southwest.

Arrival in Houston

You can reach TSU from any part of the Greater Houston area in less than 20 minutes. Three major freeways exit near the campus, and Metro has several bus stops in front of the University.

Houston has two airports, Houston Bush Intercontinental and Houston Hobby. Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport is located 25 miles north of the city. The airport bus service, located near the baggage claim area, runs every 30 minutes from 7:15-12:45 a.m. The bus goes to downtown Houston. From there, students can take a taxi to the university or to a hotel near the university.

Alternatively, students can travel by taxi from the airport directly to the university. Taxi fare is more expensive than the airport bus fare. Houston's Hobby Airport is much closer to the university. Taxi service is located in the airport's ground transportation area.

Texas Southern University is a small version of the City of Houston, with its many cultures and great vitality. Students of all ages and ethnic backgrounds mix in a comfortable atmosphere. TSU's location in Houston, its diversity and its vitality make it an exciting place to study and learn.

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