• Equipment Rentals
    Monday - Friday; Closed Weekends

    We rent top of the line equipment for camping, backpacking, surfing, canoeing, kayaking, and more. We have an educated staff on hand as well as maps and guidebooks to help you plan your next adventure. Reservations can be made most weekends, including fall and spring recess and spring break. We also offer extended rentals over winter and summer break. Reservations must be made in-person at the Outdoor Adventure Center and the full payment for the rental must be made upfront. There is no additional reservation fee, however if a reservation is canceled, the rental fee is not returned. If you would like to inquire about equipment availability before coming in to make a reservation, please contact us by email at rope@rice.edu or by phone at 713-348-HIKE (4453). The OAC is open most weeks Monday - Friday. The office is closed weekends and during academic recesses.
    Rental service is currently only available to Recreation Center Members.


    Phone: 713-348-HIKE (4453)
    Email: rope@rice.edu

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     *It is required that you provide proper transportation vehicles when renting canoes, kayaks, or boards.

    + The OAC is unable to provide butane canisters or 10lb propane tanks at this time. Fuel can be found at your local department store. 


    • Rice University assumes no responsibility for accidents or injuries resulting from the use of rented equipment.

    • If the equipment is returned damaged, the renter may be subject to repair fees. This includes the cost of materials required to fix the items plus a repair shop fee of $15 per hour. If equipment is damaged beyond repair, the full retail value of the item and shipping costs will be charged.

    • Persons returning rental gear beyond its due date will be charged the difference between the reservation rate and the next tier for rental pricing. Payment will be made upon the successful return of the gear. If the gear isn't returned by 3 weeks after the rental, then full retail value will be charged. The renter’s student account will be charged if payment is not made prior to the end of the semester.  

    • Individuals renting gear for an entire group are liable if the equipment isn’t returned properly.

    • All reservations and fees must be paid by cash, credit card, or check made payable to Rice University. Currently, credit cannot be accepted past 4:30 PM.

    • ROPE does not issue refunds in the event of patron cancellations within 3 weeks of rental pick-up. Cancellations made more than 3 weeks from the pick-up will be issued rental credit.