Ai, Art Institute of Houston, The

Housing Location Type Offers Scholarships Student Population Offers CLA
Available for Undergraduate Urban Yes 2700 (Total) Yes
Degrees Offered Public/Private Institution Type Student Body
Associate, Bachelor Private Baccalaureate College Co-educational

Yearly Costs / ELS Level

Living Expenses
Degree Tuition Fees Housing ** Meals OtherExpenses I 20/Visa* (Total Required Funds) ELS
Associate $$$ $$ $$$$ 109
Bachelor $$$ $$ $$$$ 109
 I-20/Visa costs include Tuition, Housing, Meals and all other fees in USD
Housing cost may include meals and other expenses to equal Living Expenses


Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States, with a population of over 2.1 million people. The city is known for its diverse cultural history, due in part to its large number of educational institutions and its close proximity to Mexico. This proximity makes it easy for students to take quick trips to warm beaches year-round. Houston is different than many large cities in that it has multiple business districts instead of a central business district. These areas include Uptown, Midtown, Texas Energy Corridor, and Greenspoint. Major industries in the region include energy and shipping-and the city is becoming known for its commitment to pursuing renewable energy resources such as solar and wind power. The city's largest employers include Continental Airlines, ExxonMobil, Shell Oil, HP, and ARAMARK. Creative agencies including Lopez Negret Communications, Adcetera, and FKM also have a large presence in the marketplace. Houston has a large theater district that's home to nine performing arts organizations, as well as a cultural district that includes arts museums and a zoo. There's also a music center and the world renowned NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center. Because of the year-round warmth, students enjoy the city's numerous parks and outdoor activities located throughout the region. Sports enthusiasts follow the Houston Astros, Houston Rockets, Houston Texans, and Houston Dynamo.


The estimated cost of housing and living expenses (food, transportation, rent and miscellaneous expenses) for an academic year is $10,350. Student sponsored housing is located at a nearby apartment complex. The actual student housing rent for an academic year is $4,185. This does not include meals or other living expenses.

Student life

Student groups include the American Society of Interior Designers, the Great Chefs Club, National Technical Honor Society and Student Government.

The Student Government represents all Art Institute of Houston students and is the primary vehicle for student participation in institutional decision-making. Student Government acts as a voice on behalf of the student body and sponsors speakers, workshops, seminars and other activities. All students are eligible to belong to Student Government.

If a student or a group of students seek change or have a request that will impact the student body as a whole, Student Government serves as a forum for discussion and decision-making. First, an issue or request must be brought to Student Government. After discussion, the item is brought to a vote. If ratified, Student Government works on a proposal to be submitted to the Student Success Committee. This written document must reflect any background information, student polls, cost analysis or other pertinent information that will support Student Government's request. The Student Success Committee meets to review the proposal. If approved by the Student Success Committee, The Student Success Chair submits the proposal to the Executive Committee for approval. If accepted by the Executive Committee, the request can be implemented. All decisions made by the Executive Committee are final.

The National Technical Honor Society is another student group that provides input to The Art Institute administration. For more information about this organization visit the Faculty Advising Center, or for information on other school clubs, visit the Student Affairs office.