It happened at the bus stop near the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center on University Drive around 8:30pm.
The student told police a man got out of a black pickup truck on the opposite side of the street and tried to take his iPhone.
The victim says he kicked the suspect, who then ran away and fled the scene in the black pickup.
The student was not hurt.
If you have information about the crime, call UH authorities at 713-743-3333. The suspect is described as a black male, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 160 pounds. He had short hair and was wearing a white, short-sleeved T-shirt, black shorts and white shoes.