Family Weekend FAQ

How does the schedule work?
The schedule for Family Weekend is created to resemble a “conference” type schedule, meaning what you decide to attend is completely up to you! We strive to host a variety of events that will appeal to a wide array of interests, so there may be some sessions scheduled at the same time. Please note, some departments are also hosting “on-going” events throughout the entire weekend, these are great departments to visit in your free time as you explore our campus.

What is Family Weekend?
Family Weekend will be held October 17-18, 2014. The focus of the event is to welcome parents, family members and family friends of our students to campus so that they can have the opportunity to experience a portion of their student’s life at The University of Houston.

Who can attend Family Weekend?
This is an ideal time for families of all our students to visit UH. We invite parents, siblings, aunts and uncles, grandparents and anyone else in your family tree to join us for this exciting weekend!

Do I need to register?
Yes all participants must register to attend. Registration is available here and will be available ONLY via this website. The deadline to register is Monday October 6th.

What is the registration fee, and what does that include?
There are two Family Weekend packages, the only difference is that one package includes tickets to the UH football game. Family weekend registration packages can be purchased for either $50 (including the football game) or $30 per person. A package includes admission to participate in activities listed on the Family Weekend schedule of events including educational and social activities, the Family Brunch and the official UH Family Tailgate party. Every person registered will also receive the official Family Weekend T-shirt as well as additional give-away items and discounts to various venues across campus.

UH students get into all activities for free when their family members have registered for the event. Please be aware that while your student is able to attend the football game for free, their tickets are for seats located in the student section, which is adjacent to our Family Weekend section. If you would like to reserve a ticket for your student to sit with you in the Family Weekend section, you must purchase a Family Weekend package for them ($50).

What do we do when we first get to campus and how do we meet up with our student?
Please go to the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center on Friday to check in and pick up your registration packet. This location would be a good spot to meet up with your student. Make sure you communicate with your student (before you arrive for the weekend) where and when you plan to meet- we won’t know how to reach your student. If you know that you will be arriving after 6:00 on Friday, you might ask your student to pick up your registration packet for you sometime during the day.  

Can my student pick up my registration packet?
Yes, if you are unable to attend check-in for the weekend, your student can pick up your registration information. Please make sure your student brings his/her UH student ID.

How can I purchase tickets to the Family Weekend football game? Will they be mailed to me?
Football tickets are included in the $50 Family Weekend package. Tickets will be included in your registration materials that you will pick up at check-in on Friday, October 17 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. or Saturday, October 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. If you cannot make it during any of these times, we will also have a table at the Family Game Day Celebration. Tickets will not be mailed.

If I purchase a football ticket with my package, am I guaranteed a ticket?
Football tickets can be purchased as long as we have tickets available. We encourage you to register early to ensure that football tickets are available at the time you complete your registration.

Where can I park during Family Weekend?
Parking on campus is available in Lots 20A, 20C and 21B. Exit Spur 5; turn right on University Dr. then at the stop sign turn right (by the Pizza Hut and Murphy’s Deli). The parking lots are directly on your right across the street from The Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. Please make sure that you do NOT park in Lot 21A as you will be towed.You may also choose to park in the East or Welcome Center Parking Garage for $9 per day or by the hour. On Saturday, you can park in the East or Welcome Center Garage for $3 for the entire day.

Click here for general visitor parking information

Are refunds available?
All Family Weekend packages and football tickets are non-refundable.Please encourage your student to pick up your registration materials even if you are unable to attend. Your student can use the football tickets if they’d like.

Are tickets needed for every event?
Admission to all activities requires a Family Weekend wristband. Please wear this wristband throughout the entire weekend, any person without one may be excluded from events. Damaged or lost wristbands can be replaced at the Family Headquarters located in the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center on Friday from 9:00am-7:00pm or Saturday 9:00am-11:00am.

What Can I expect at the Family Tailgate?
Enjoy a family-oriented tailgate experience in the Lynn Eusan Park located to the right of the UH Hilton directly in front of Cougar Village I and II. We will provide traditional tailgate food as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.  Feel free to bring games, cards or anything else as this is a great time to socialize and cheer on the UH team before the big game! This event is open to ALL Family Weekend participants and is not dependent on you attending the game.

If I’m not attending the football game, where can I watch it?
If you are not planning on going to the game, UH fans are invited to the following locations for UH Alumni game-watching parties to cheer on the Coogs!

Watch Party closest to UH campus in Houston Mid-town area

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1910 Bagby Street.
Special prices on beverages, wings and sliders.

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5810 Beverly Hill.
Special prices on beverages and hot dogs.

What if I need to contact someone during the event?
If you have questions, need assistance, or just want to take a break, please stop by our Family Headquarters located in the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. This is the same location where you pick up your registration packet. Family Headquarters will be open Friday 9:00am-7:00pm and Saturday 9:00am-11:00am.