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Pre-Arrival Information

Entering the U.S.

You should not enter the U.S. until you have your F-1 Student Visa. When you board the plane for the U.S., you must have the following documents:

  • Passport (must be valid for at least six months after your arrival date)
  • F-1 Student Visa
  • I-94 Card

When you enter customs in the U.S, you may be fingerprinted and photographed, which is part of a new security-screening program called US-VISIT. Established in 2004, this program prevents terrorism in the U.S. For more information regarding this program, please visit the US-VISIT website.


Note: We cannot accept students on B Visas for more than 1 session full time, and a second session part time

What to Expect in Houstonflags

  • Houston is a large, multicultural city. There are many activities; and you will feel welcomed.
  • Expect mild to warm weather. Summers are humid with an average temperature of 83 degrees. Winters are relatively mild and comfortable, averaging 56 degrees. Bring cool cotton clothing for summer and cool light jackets and sweaters for winter.
  • Houstonians use air conditioning in houses and buildings during the summer months. You may need to use a light sweater indoors until you adjust.
  • Clothing, food, and personal items are inexpensive in Houston.
  • Many cultural restaurants are available in Houston. Meal prices vary considerably reasonable. Sporting events, nightclubs, movies, performing art shows, and amusement parks are just a few of the recreations available.
  • Medical treatment is expensive in the U.S. Please use traveler's insurance and be prepared to purchase university insurance to protect yourself.


From the airport to your destination

Students entering Houston usually fly into the Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The University no longer arranges airport pick-up. However, a Houston company called Student Transportation Service offers airport pick-up. If you desire this service, you must schedule transportation services prior to arrival. To do so, please email Students may also take a taxicab, an airport shuttle bus or a city bus.


Arriving at UHD

The University of Houston-Downtown is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Students who arrive at the airport on the weekend or later than 3:00 p.m. on business days, should go directly to their housing location.
When you arrive at the University, be prepared to register for your courses. You will need your passport, I-20 and I-94 card. You will pay for your classes at registration, so please bring a credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover), U.S. check, money order or cash.
Note: We do not recommend traveling around town with lots of cash.



If have not established housing, please visit our Housing webpage. It is better to secure your housing before you arrive.


For additional information, please call 713-221-8047 or email us at


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Last updated or reviewed on 2/25/15

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