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

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

Hit the food trucks

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.

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

Experience the on-campus arts

Start with the Blaffer Art Museum, which prides itself on being a catalyst for creative innovation and experimentation. There, you’ll find 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 seasonal programming from across disciplines.

And don’t miss performances at the Cullen Performance Hall, which hosts a lineup of music, opera, dance, comedy and theatrical events; or the Moores Opera Center, which features musical entertainment that ranges from opera productions to jazz ensembles.

Lynn Eusan Park, sandwiched between Cullen Performance Hall and the College of Global Hospitality Leadership, also hosts occasional festivals and film screenings and there is public art to explore throughout the campus.

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

Perk up at the Nook Cafe

Need a morning, noon or midnight pick-me-up? Look no further than Nook Cafe.

Open daily from 8am to midnight, the newly expanded two-story coffee shop serves lattes, espresso and coffee, plus beer and wine, freshly-squeezed juices, and sweet and savory pastries and desserts.

Take to the new rooftop patio and stake your spot for you next study session.

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

Cheer on the Coogs in the Big 12

With 17 intercollegiate teams collecting more than 30 titles in the past decade—and now battles with fellow Big 12 opponents—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; cheer on the UH men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams at the state-of-the-art Fertitta Center; and take to the spacious Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park, where there’s seating for 3,500 baseball fans.

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

Have a drink at original campus bar, 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, there’s eats from chicken nachos and mozzy sticks to angus burgers topped with guac, bacon, jalapeno and more.

Open daily 11am to 2am.

Don’t Miss Out on Tomorrow’s Fun!

Subscribe to our free Weekend Guide newsletter and receive a round-up of great things to do every weekend in Houston, hitting your inbox on Thursday.

Don’t want to miss anything? Opt in for our Daily Updates to discover new things happening in Houston and receive special updates and offers, every weekday.

Previous articleTop Performing Arts & Live Theater This Week: August 21 to 27, 2023
Next articleThe 15 Best Things to Do in Houston This Weekend: August 25 to 27, 2023
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 .