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Classics Graduate Student Resources

The MA in Classics involves more than just a program of study. It is also a formative life experience. There are new and exciting challenges, from creating new professional and personal relationships, to living in a new place, to navigating a new university and role within it. Where can one find out about all it has to offer?

Texas Tech offers many resources to help all graduate students; these can be found via the Graduate School Website. Drawing on the experience of current and former Classics MA students, Classics offers this resource page to help our current and prospective students with the transition to Lubbock, and provide a sense of what daily life in Lubbock is like.

Funding

In addition to departmental support, students can apply for university wide fellowships from the Texas Tech Graduate School. Students are also eligible to apply for conference travel funding and graduate research support. Always be mindful of application dates for all funding opportunities posted by the graduate school concerning each of these resources. 

For other funding opportunities for study abroad and research available outside of Texas Tech, see the Classics study abroad funding opportunities page.

Health Care

The Texas Tech Student Health Services website is the the central hub for anything health related, including immunization requirements, academic health plans, etc. We encourage students to read over the website, as there are many valuable resources found via student health services, including the student counseling center.

Housing

Many students live in off-campus housing in one of the neighborhoods near the University. There are many apartments and houses for rent/lease nearby. Often graduate students live together to lower the cost of rent and utilities. Houses can be searched for on various websites, and it is helpful to search "Lubbock leasing companies".

Some housing is also available for graduate students on campus, but students must talk with TTU Student housing about this.

We encourage students to consider whether they will have a vehicle or not when they come to Texas Tech. If not, it is often best to find housing that is located on bus routes (see transportation below). 

Many students live in the following neighborhoods: Tech Terrace, Heart of Lubbock, North Overton, South Overton.

For utilities, the main power/water company in Lubbock is Lubbock Power and Light. For units which do not have their own washer or dryer, Lubbock does have companies which rent appliances. Laundromats are also an option.

Transportation

In addition to ride order programs and fellow students, there are many means of transportation available to students living near the Texas Tech campus. The bus system for on and near the campus is very good, and the TTU student government has partnered with DoubleMap to provide students a real-time bus route tracking app. Students can find more info on the busing web page.

Bicycles for transportation use on and near the campus are also very useful and quite manageable. For more information on bicycle campus resources, see the bicycling web page.

There is a ride share option for vehicles on campus, Zipcar, and the campus has partnered with Lime to provide ride share scooters and bicycles.

In addition, students may request rides on and off campus via Raider Ride for free or a small fee. Please see the Raider Ride web page for details.

Culture & Entertainment

There are many opportunities at Texas Tech and in Lubbock to enjoy local culture. They also offer a wide array of entertainment options, including a bustling music scene, farmers markets, a monthly art trail, and local wineries and breweries. Though not exhaustive, here is a small list of our favorite local options.

  • Entertainment: Lubbock Symphony, TTU Theater and Dance, Alamo Draft House
  • Farmers Markets happen at different times of the year both in Lubbock proper (e.g. Downtown), and surrounding towns (e.g. Wolfforth). 
  • The music scene in Lubbock boasts many local and regional artists, as well as national touring acts. There are many local venues found in the Depot District.

Student Life & Community Resources

There is much support for research and student life at Texas Tech for Graduate students. Many of the key resources for graduate students can be seen by checking out the Graduate Student Center. We particularly enjoy the free drip coffee on the weekdays! The Writing Center is also very helpful. In addition to our Classics workshops , The Graduate School also offers academic and professional support, including workshops and career service aids. Additionally, students who are eligible can utilize the academic resources provided through Student Disability Services.

Students interested in graduate student representation on campus should consider attending the TTU Graduate Assembly. Their role on campus is to improve the lives of Texas Tech University graduate students and foster a welcoming and inclusive graduate community. The Graduate Assembly's main goals are to represent graduate student interests, offer leadership opportunities, support professional development, and promote graduate social life.

Finally, there are many ways to get connected socially to the campus and community in Lubbock. Texas Tech has a variety of resources via the office of campus life, such as various student organizations, community service opportunities, rec sports, etc. There are also opportunities to get plugged into diverse campus communities and resources, including the LGBTQ+ campus community, and International Student community

International Student Resources

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Donald Lavigne, Graduate Advisor

Maurice Gonzalez, Departmental Graduate Student Representative

*Please note this is a resource provided by the Classics department as an aid for its students, and is in no way an endorsement of Texas Tech University concerning any establishments, nor a reflection of the opinion of the university concerning any details provided here in.

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