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Hi, we will be visiting Houston to see Rice University next month. Suggestions of where to stay or not to stay near the university? How close should I be and are there areas near Rice to avoid? If anyone has done PL or Hotwire, for Houston, any suggestions.

I will have the evening of the overnight and then the two of us will have another afternoon/evening free as well. Suggestions appreciated!

Should I rent a car or get a hotel with a shuttle to the airport? We are flying home early morning on a weekend day--should we move to a hotel by the airport? The negative is that it's extra hassle to move lodgings and cuts into our visiting time the day before.

Thanks for all advice!

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