Even though Houston is a big city with a thriving economy, the cost-of-living is low and housing options are relatively inexpensive, especially compared to other big cities and other parts of the country. Want to crunch the numbers? See these cost-of-living calculators:

Looking for a house, apartment, condo or even dormitory? You’ll be able to find a large range of options for what you’re looking for.

As a general rule, the closer you live to the Medical Center, the more expensive it is, but you’ll have to factor in the additional cost of transportation and parking here if you live further out. The Houston Neighborhood section of the Greater Houston Hotels and Visitors Bureau website provides descriptions of neighborhoods around the city and allows you to search for rental and sales listings by neighborhood.

"Houston is a much large city than I am used to. If size is a worry, the TMC, where most students live can make the world smaller if you want. But, you can also choose to branch out and there are so many choices -- food, theater, rodeo, museums, etc." - Austen Carie, Health Professions Student

Other ways to find housing include:

Keep in mind that the neighborhoods/areas close to the medical center are:

  • Rice-Medical Center
  • Binz
  • Montrose
  • West University-Southside Plaza
  • Greenway Plaza
  • River Oaks
  • Reliant

If you’re planning to purchase a house or condominium, Houston Association of Realtors is a good starting point.

Apartment Locating Service

An easy way to find an apartment, condominium or house for rent is to go through a locating service. There are a number of free locator websites, and many of these websites also list realtors, which are also free and can give you personal attention.

ABODO Apartments – easy way to find an apartment online

Apartment Access Locators - free Houston apartment locator
Phone: (713) 780-1140
Toll free: (800) 846-4423

Apartment Giver 
Contact: Haley McGee
Phone: (713) 819-4629

Apartment Living Locators
Toll free: (800) 972-4004

Apartment Locator
Contact: Suzanne
Phone: (713) 838-0229

ApartmentList.com- searches hundreds of websites

ApartmentWIZ – free Houston apartment location service
Phone: (713) 688-5585

Find It
Toll free: (800)-435-RENT

HotPads - map-based apartment and home rental search engine

Houston Apartment Insiders  - free Houston apartment location service 
Phone: (713) 581-1055
Toll free: (866) 918-4022
Email: info@houstonapartmentinsider.com

Houston Apartment Living – online database for Houston area apartments
Phone: (713) 572-0824

Martha Turner Sotheby's International Realty - Free Apartment Locating
Contact: Karen Reichek
Phone: (713) 826-6527

RentXYZ.com - free apartment location service
Phone: (713) 464-7530

Tel (713) 629-1900

Urban Living - full-service real estate company specializing in inner-city lifestyle
Phone: (713) 868-7226

*Please note that Baylor College of Medicine is not providing endorsements, but an informational reference list. If you have any recommendations for additional information, please email pa-webteam@bcm.edu