5 Must Do Things at University of Houston

Fill your time on campus with our 5 Must Dos | Courtesy of University of Houston

In our Must Do Things Around Greater Houston series, we take a look at Houston’s vast array of communities, neighborhoods and destinations to bring you five fun, tasty, surprising and enticing reasons you should give each one a visit.

Founded in 1927, the University of Houston is the third largest university in the state, with nearly 43,000 students, 280 degree programs, and 12 academic colleges.

From exhilarating collegiate sports (go Coogs!) to emerging arts and drama, there are plenty of reasons to check out this campus.

5 Must Do Things at University of Houston

Hit the food trucks

Grab a lunch at rotating food trucks that swing through the UH campus | Courtesy of UH Dining Services

A rotating selection of Houston’s hottest food trucks park themselves on several pads around campus, with daytime and late-night hours. Look out for popular mobile eateries like fried chicken, burger and waffle slinger Waffle Bus, mobile hot dog eatery Happy Ending, and Korean wing favorite Seoulside Wings.

Experience the arts

A “Little Shop of Horrors” production on stage in UH’s performing arts venue | Courtesy of University of Houston

Start with the Blaffer Art Museum, which prides itself on being a catalyst for creative innovation and experimentation. There, you’ll find around an exciting roster of visual and contemporary art exhibitions each year. Those looking to explore a particular exhibition can sign up for a docent-led tour (available at particular times during the year or for groups). Admission is always free. Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm; Saturday and Sunday noon to 5pm.

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, a collaboration across the performing, visual and literary arts, hosts annual lectures and is known for putting on the CounterCurrent Festival, a bold audio and visual festival that takes place in unexpected sites across the city. Don’t miss performances at the Cullen Performance Hall, which hosts a lineup of music, opera, dance, and theatrical events; or the Moores Opera Center, which features musical entertainment that ranges from opera productions to jazz ensembles. Lynn Eusan Park also hosts occasional festivals and film screenings and there is public art to explore throughout the campus.

Perk up at the Nook Cafe

Board games, pastries, coffee and outlets make for all you need at UH’s coffeehouse | Courtesy of The Nook Cafe

Need a morning, noon or midnight pick-me-up? Look no further than Nook Cafe. With hours from 8am to midnight Monday to Saturday (closed Sunday), this Cougar Den Plaza coffee shop serves up coffee, lattes and espresso (try the Cougar blend), beer and wine, freshly-squeezed juices, and sweet and savory pastries and desserts.

Cheer on the Coogs

Fertitta Center plays host to UH basketball in the spring | Courtesy of University of Houston

With 17 intercollegiate teams in the American Athletic Conference (with a move to the Big 12 in 2023) and 30+ titles in the past 10 years, there’s a reason fans fill the seats at Cougars sporting events. Enjoy a game at TDECU Stadium, the 40,000-seat, open stadium that plays home to the UH Cougars football and women’s soccer teams; at the Fertitta Center, fans can cheer on the UH men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams; and at the spacious Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park, there is seating for 3,500 baseball fans.

Have a drink at original campus bar, The Den

Have a pint at UH’s on-campus bar | Courtesy of The Den

Join Coogs fans in their element with a pop-in to on-campus hangout, The Den. The sports bar rocks a lineup of 30 draft beers, full liquor selection, 8 HD flat screen TVs and a giant 200″ projection screen for all your game watching, plus eats from chicken nachos and mozzy sticks to angus burgers topped with guac, bacon, jalapeno and more. Monday to Saturday 11am to 2am; Sundays noon to 2am.

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Brooke Viggiano is a food and lifestyle writer residing in Houston. When she's not contributing to publications like 365 Things to Do in Houston, Thrillist Houston and the Houston Press, she's on the hunt for the coolest happenings in the city. You can follow her musings on Twitter @BrookeViggiano .