Most Rice students prefer the convenience of Health Services. Prices are pretty competitive here, especially when compared to those offered by bigger clinics or private practice doctors (this only applies to members of the Rice community). Even when it's not necessarily required to make an appointment, make one at Health Services. That way, you'll be sure to speak with a doctor, and you should get treated most efficiently and effectively (seriously, even for general testing, call first to verify all details and to put your name on the list for the day…). Health Services is a great resource for us—for prices, hours, location and more, click HERE.
EC is on site at no additional charge to the student. This can be done because Health Services uses the Levlen 4+4 routine. This is as accurate as the other forms of EC but is administered in the form of varied doses of birth control pills. Basically, this means that it can be given without a prescription and that the student can get it at Health Services and not at a pharmacy. For more information about Levlen, see http://ec.princeton.edu/Pills/levlen.html.
There is no pharmacy on campus, so while Health Services does prescribe oral contraceptives, the patch, and the ring (see birth control info under the Womens' Section link for more info about these forms of BC), the student pays a price according to her insurance at the pharmacy of her choice.
Condoms are available free on a walk-in basis. There is no set limit for the number of condoms a student can take, but Health Services asks that students restrict themselves to a reasonable amount at each visit.
Unless you only want to grab condoms and go, make an appointment at Health Services for whatever you need. STI testing is provided, but it is always a good idea to discuss the tests you before getting them done. After all, it never hurts to be reminded of the risks, and we can all think of questions we might want to ask a doctor every once in a while. Plus, you will always be served better if you make an appointment (this rule applies everywhere, not just at Health Services).