The SMART Program is a residential program, emphasizing the importance of getting to know other participants and sharing ideas and dreams for the future. Housing is assigned by the SMART Program near the Texas Medical Center typically at Rice University. Rooms will vary from a few singles to double occupancy. Accepted applicants will be sent additional information regarding housing and registration.
The SMART Program does not provide transportation for participants. There are two airports in Houston, Hobby and Intercontinental. Hobby is the closest airport to the Baylor complex. Participants should arrange personal transportation to and from the airport. However, upon your arrival, there are number of mechanisms you can use in order to get to Rice University. You can take a taxi or a more reasonably priced shuttle to your dorm. During your stay in Houston you can take advantage of Metro, our Houston area bus system.
Baylor is located in the Texas Medical Center. You might want to bring your car for the summer. If you have a car, you will be quite popular. There is parking at Rice University for SMART program participants, but keep in mind that it may be blocks from the dorm. Houston has extensive bus transit. A new light rail line connects the Medical Center to some areas of Houston. We are a spread out city and there are great places to take weekend road trips - the beach at Galveston (50 miles), the Hill Country, Austin, San Antonio and Padre Island. Parking details will be provided once arrangements are finalized.
During your nine-week stay at Baylor College of Medicine, you may purchase monthly access to the Baylor gym. The facilities include a full-size, indoor basketball court, an aerobics and cardiovascular room, and a weight room.
SMART participants have many dining options during their stay; however, we do not offer a meal plan. The SMART program and graduate departments may provide some meals during the week. There are common kitchens in the dorm, with a number of small appliances furnished by the SMART Program. BCM affiliated students, faculty and SMART participants receive a discount at all Baylor College of Medicine affiliated hospitals. The food is good at these hospitals and you can check what is being served that day by calling their dining hotline.
Houston is known for its world-renowned restaurants. You can walk to Rice Village to find some great restaurants. More restaurant options to fit every price range can be found a drive or metro ride away.
Groceries may be purchased at nearby Fiesta or Kroger or many other stores.