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Housing

General Apartment Information

The majority of apartments in the Houston area are garden apartments. The average size of apartment complexes is between 100 and 300 units. Apartments vary from one-room efficiency units to larger two- and three-bedroom units. Most apartments are equipped with all major kitchen appliances, including dishwasher and disposal. Also, carpeting, mini-blinds, drapes, central air conditioning and heating, maintenance and parking are usually standard items. Several newer complexes provide tennis courts, exercise rooms, racquetball courts, saunas and jacuzzi.

Most apartment complexes have a swimming pool. Some have washer-dryer connections, or a washer and dryer may be included in the unit. Coin-operated laundry facilities are provided by all complexes, even those that have connections in the individual units.

Apartment rental rates vary depending upon location, neighborhood, amenities provided, age and condition of the complex.

Electricity can be very expensive during the summer because of air conditioning.

The Houston economy is good and rental rates are expected to increase. The standard apartment lease is for a period of six months. Most complexes require a security deposit; some may require first and last month's rent in advance; part of this will be a non-refundable administration fee. In complexes where pets are allowed, a pet deposit is usually required. Only one pet is generally permitted and the pet must weigh under 25 pounds.

There are a small number of apartments in the Houston area that provide short-term leases, either furnished or unfurnished. For those who need to lease furniture, there are several furniture leasing companies in Houston (check the yellow pages).

UT Housing

The UT housing complex at 7900 Cambridge (713-500-8444) is approximately one mile from the Texas Medical Center. One-, two- and three-bedroom apartments are available to full-time students and their families. A number of units are available for the physically handicapped. Although primarily used by undergraduate and graduate students at The University of Texas Health Science Center, persons affiliated with MD Anderson are eligible to reside there.

Each apartment is fully carpeted and features an all-electric kitchen with a frost-free refrigerator, dishwasher and garbage disposal. Three laundry rooms equipped with coin-operated washers and dryers are also available. Both furnished and unfurnished units are available.

The campus police provide 24-hour security. A shuttle bus runs on a regular morning and evening schedule between University Housing and The Texas Medical Center for residents of the housing complex. University Housing provides a map with the designated routes.

An outdoor Recreation Center is adjacent to the housing complex and allows resident members direct access to the facilities, which include pools, tennis, racquetball, basketball, volleyball and club house with lockers and showers.

If you are interested in leasing UT Housing, contact the apartment complex directly at UT Housing, 7900 Cambridge, Houston, TX 77030 for an application and information on deposits and fees.

Off-Campus Housing

Housing is expensive in the Texas Medical Center area of Houston. Below are a few more local options you may try in your search for accommodations. Note that MD Anderson does not endorse any particular one. This is for your information only.


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