Severe Weather Update

Dear Residents, 

All of Texas has been hit by an unprecedented cold-weather event that has created a significant impact on all citizens. Many have been without power since last night or early this morning. CenterPoint directly powers several of the buildings on campus that have been affected by the outage, including, Cougar Place and Cougar Village II. It is reported that other buildings have been or will be impacted by rolling blackouts and that power stability may not return tonight or even tomorrow. Even buildings with power are having trouble keeping warm due to the freezing temperatures impacting the HVAC systems. 

In response, the University of Houston will remain closed through Thursday, February 18.

Emergency Monitoring

Please note that the weather and power issues have significantly impacted technology and response time to issues on campus. Please reach out to your building staff and/or front desk for assistance. At the moment the University fix-it system is responding to email requests at

To get updates on the current weather emergency from the City of Houston Emergency Operations Center please monitor:  Monitor your local news for up-to-date information.

Additionally, check Alert Houston for weather emergency updates: 

For UH, please monitor and the following social media sites:


To minimize risk, we also encourage you to: 

  • Dress in warm, layered clothing, including gloves, a coat, and a hat when you are outside.  
  • Remember that vehicles, during cold weather, can act as refrigerators and expose individuals to sub-freezing temperatures.
  • Never use a generator, grill, camp-stove, candles, or any gasoline, propane, natural gas, or charcoal-burning device to heat your unit (or any enclosed area). These devices can generate carbon monoxide, which cannot be seen or smelled but is deadly.
  • Remain socially distant and wear face coverings while in public.

Dining Updates

  • Please note dining and campus stores in the Student Center, and Cougar Village I are operational. 
  • Dinner will be served in the Student Center between 5 and 8:30 pm.
  • Breakfast tomorrow will be served between 7 am and 9:30 am at the Panda Express station. 

We know many of you are very uncomfortable with the temperature and we hope the weather and power situations improve quickly; given what we are hearing from the city and new sources, we should expect continued challenges today and tomorrow.

Student Housing & Residential Life

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