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University Writing Center

The University Writing Center offers undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and staff 30-minute, one-on-one tutorials on any type of writing, including resumes, personal statements, research papers, and articles for publication. We believe that writing serves as one of the primary means for learning and communicating and that every good writer needs a good reader.


The Learning Center

The Learning Center offers a variety of FREE services to all currently enrolled Texas Tech students to ensure academic success: Drop-in peer tutoring in subjects such as Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Accounting, and Engineering. Individual academic counseling with a Learning Specialist. Peer academic coaching that provides students with skills in test taking, time management, etc. Online tutoring Monday through Thursday from 7:30-10pm


Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction offers free, peer-led review sessions for historically difficult courses. SI Leaders, peers who have demonstrated academic competency in the course, prepare weekly review sessions by attending lecture, taking notes, and meeting with the course instructor. Sessions offer guaranteed study time and additional support outside of the classroom.


TECHniques Center

The TECHniques Center is a fee-for-service program of Student Disability Services. The only tutoring program of its kind in Texas, the TECHniques Center provides supplemental academic support services to meet the needs of, and to promote the retention of, undergraduate students with documented evidence of Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders.


University Advising

University Advising and its constituent programs exist to engage, equip, empower, and encourage students (and their families) to explore and excel in their educational goals and beyond.


University Career Center

University career center provides apt guidance for future career.


Student Legal Services

Student Legal Services provide legal advice, counsel and limited representation for currently enrolled students at TTU/TTUHSC. Our licensed attorneys can advise and/or represent students in variety of legal areas including, but not limited to: landlord/tenant disputes, expunctions, misdemeanors, name changes, essential needs licenses, and small claims consumer disputes.


Red to Black

Red to Black is for Student Financial Planning


Student Counseling Center

Student Counseling Center provides Individual, couples, and group counseling. MindSpa services also include massage chars, meditation, yoga, and stress management audio recordings.


Student Disability Services

With over 1,500 students registered for services, Student Disability Services encourage students to overcome challenges and attain personal and academic success while the SDS staff functions as a student advocate. Through active involvement with all areas of the University, SDS is able to monitor conditions relevant to students with disabilities and offer support in decisions affecting their quality of life.


Student Health Services

Student Health Services serves for initial health issues of students.


Behavioral Intervention Team

While countless resources exist to help students adjust to college life and the additional stress it may create, students may still find themselves at risk, without an awareness of these resources. One of the ways Texas Tech University is addressing these issues is through the work of the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT). In order to promote the safety and health of its students, the BIT addresses student behaviors that are disruptive and may include mental health and/or safety issues.


Recreational Sports

Recreational Sports has Intermural sports, fitness/wellness, Outdoor Pursuits, Sport Clubs, Aquatics, and more.


Mentor Tech

The Lauro Cavazos & Ophelia Powell-Malone Mentoring Program (Mentor Tech) was introduced during the fall semester of the 2002. Named for Dr. Lauro F. Cavazos, the first undergraduate to serve as President of Texas Tech University and Ophelia Powell-Malone, the first African American undergraduate of Texas Tech University, the program seeks to enhance the quality of the educational experiences of students from underrepresented groups through programs, services, advocacy, and campus and community involvement.


Student Leadership and Involvement

Student Leadership and Involvement (Student Housing) - The Leadership Development Center is located in theCarpenter/Wells Complex » and serves as a central hub for student leadership in the residence halls. Offices for the Residence Halls Association, National Residence Hall Honorary, and University Student Housing Student Staff Council are all located in the Leadership Development Center as well as a wide variety of meeting and study rooms.


TTU Chess Program

The Chess Program brings outstanding students from all over the world to the Texas Tech University.


Student Organizations

Student organizations to help students more closely.


Tech Activities Board (TAB)

Tech Activities Board (TAB) is a select group of student leaders dedicated to programming social, diverse, traditional, and educational events to enhance each student's individual experience at Texas Tech University. TAB brings the best of college programs to Texas Tech and the Lubbock community, varying from concerts, novelties, and comedians to classic Texas Tech traditions such as RaiderGate, Homecoming, Raider City Limits, and Arbor Day.

Transportation

Transportation around Lubbock and Texas Tech might be a little different from what you are used to. We have broken transportation into 5 basic themes.

  1. Car – Texas is a very big state, and the majority of people drive because of the distances. This is not the only option, but domestic students will almost always have a car on campus.
    • Parking: If you buy a car, you have an option of parking on campus
  2. Bus – There are on and off campus buses. Every year our bus system gets better, so here are some things that will help you navigate the bus routes.
  3. Bike – Biking in Lubbock is easy, but it is difficult to find safe streets. Many students buy a bike and leave it on campus to get around quickly.
  4. Walking – Many people walk on campus from their close apartments.
  5. Taxi/Uber – We have 2 taxi services. Uber is growing in popularity. Both cost to use.

Buying a car

  • Buying a car can be difficult. Leasing for international students is almost never an option because there is no “credit history” (data showing how good you are about paying back your loans and other borrowed money).
  • If you can pay cash for your desired car, then it works for the most part.
  • Also, many times a Texas Driver’s License is required. For how to obtain a Texas Driver’s License, please go to www.dps.texas.gov/. If under 25, a Texas Adult Driver Education Certificate is usually required before taking the actual Road Test. For websites that provides online courses, please visit www.tdlr.texas.gov/driver/drivereduonline.htm
  • You are exempt from a driver education course if you have a driver license from Canada, South Korea, France, Taiwan, or Germany.
  • On Texas Tech Traffic and Parking Regulations 2016-2017, please visit Rules & Regulations for further information

Renting a car

  • Renting a car, especially for weekend trips etc., is always an option. Several things need to be noticed though: Rental car places usually do not rent cars to people under the age of 21.
  • For renting a car under 25, an extra charge is usually applied to cover possible risk for the renting agency.
  • Further, insurance has to be added additionally (assuming you do not have any other car insurance in the U.S.).

Parking on Campus

Parking e-Permit

Students who wish to park any type of vehicle on the Texas Tech campus must purchase an e-Permit (electronic permit).

Note: Parking on campus is controlled by the Traffic and Parking Regulations. Parking maps of the Texas Tech University campus can be found on www.parking.ttu.edu/shared/mapsclassic

Notable campus parking

Parking on Campus

Commuter Parking
  • Commuter North
  • Commuter West
  • Commuter ICC
  • Commuter Satellite
  • Commuter West
  • Tower Icing for Commuter West
Garage Parking
  • Flint Avenue Parking Facility (Available to residence hall students, commuters, faculty, and staff)
  • Raider Park Parking Garage (Available to commuters)
Athletic Event Parking
Residence Hall Lots
  • Z1 (Gordon/Bledsoe/Sneed)
  • Z2 (Horn/Knapp/Boston Avenue)
  • Z3 (Wall/Gates/Hulen/Clement/Boston Avenue)
  • Z4 (Chitwood/Weymouth)
  • Z5 (Stangel/Murdough)
  • Z6 (Carpenter/Wells/Murray)
  • Z7 (West Campus Village)

*Note that there are on campus buses as well as off campus buses

  • From many off-campus housing locations, there is a bus towards the University and back during school sessions.
  • Busses are running across campus on school days to help you get from building to building and to parking lots.
  • Busses are free with Texas Tech student identification card (I.D.).

On-Campus Bus Route

Are you staying on campus until late because of assignments and projects?

Here are some options to take you home safely

  • Student Service fees provide for a free Citibus night shuttle. The shuttle is a curb to curb pickup and delivery to anywhere on campus. All one needs is a tech ID. Dial (806) 742-6483
  • Shuttles also pickup anywhere from campus and go to the following apartments: Heritage, Raiders Pass, Raiders Walk, Savoy, College pointe
  • For other options visit CitiBus website for more information.

*Note: Pickup starts from7:30 P.M.- 1:30 A.M

Going to Walmart from Campus

Option A

  1. Walk to the West Hall Bus Stop
  2. Take the North Overton route
  3. Hop off at The Cottage of Lubbock Apartment Complex
  4. Walk north on Avenue T for about 4 minutes
  5. Walmart on Marsha Sharp will be right in front to your right side. Follow the same route back to campus, starting at The Cottage of Lubbock Apartment Complex.

Option B

  1. Check the most convenient schedule for you at CitiBus website
  2. Walk to the SUB (Bring your Tech ID) Our citibus stop at the SUB is called 15th & Akron
  3. Take Route 5 at the SUB on the side where the metallic tables are set up
  4. Ride this bus for about 20 minutes
  5. Hop off at Walmart Southloop. Take the same bus route going EASTBOUND or INBOUND to get back to campus

Safe Way Home Programs

  • Safe Ride (742-RIDE)
  • S-Bus
  • Night Shuttle (742-NITE)
  • Raider Safe Mobile App
  • Blue Light Phones

Visit Texas Tech's SGA website for more information.

Citibus: Off Campus Buses

CitiBus Fixed Route Schedules

Lubbock has a growing bus network connecting campus, the mall, the social security office and other places. Many busses run every 20 minutes, even on Saturdays. However, during the later hours and night hours, busses are not always an option. All Citibus buses can be used at no charge when you provide a Texas Tech student identification card (I.D.).

Google Maps

*Tip: Google Maps can be helpful in planning your trip:


How-to read your bus schedule

From where are you leaving?

TTU Student Union Building

Where are you going?

South Plains Mall

  • Step 1: TTU’s bus stop is called 15th and Akron, located at the SUB.
  • Step 2: Check on the Westbound part of the brochure, because taking Lubbock as a Loop, the Mall is located in the West part. (ALWAYS take as a safe reference TTU Campus, which is located in the center part of Lubbock, or towards Downtown.) Locate the 15th and Akron spot (B).
  • Step 3: All the times under spot B are the scheduled times when the bus will stop by the SUB.
  • Step 4: If you for instance take the bus at 11:30am, by 12:10 you will be already at the South Plains Mall.
  • Busses are running across campus on school days to help you get from building to building and to parking lots.

Route-5

Note that the bus has additional stops to the ones marked in the brochure. Spots A to F are just significant location for reference of the customer.

How to go back to TTU from South Plains Mall?
  • Step 1: Read the Eastbound part of the brochure (now you are moving towards Downtown and East of Lubbock)
  • Step 2: If you take for instance the bus leaving from South Plains Mall, at 12:50, you will be at 1:30pm in TTU’s SUB.

Note: Lines (-) on Westbound part of the brochure, on the scheduled times, represent the times where the bus will run up to Walmart (spot D), but it WILL NOT keep on going up to South Plains Mall. It will stop running at Walmart.

This is important to take into account as, they will not do the complete route you could be expecting.

Tips for Riding Off Campus Buses

  • The Citibus brochure marks the main stops only. If you want to know all the stops on a particular route, you will need to take the bus once when you are free and explore the process yourself.
  • Accordingly, when you need to know when the bus arrives at your stop, you would think about the time a bus can possibly take to arrive from the nearest big stop marked on the brochure.
  • The bus only stops when you pull the yellow string to signal to the driver that this is where you need to get off the bus.
  • In some countries, it is conventional to ask the driver to stop somewhere between two bus stops. You need to know that this is not the rule in the US. Some drivers are nice to let you do that, but you need to take that into consideration when planning your trip.
  • You can download the schedule of the bus route you want to take onto your phone. This will make it easier to know when and where to expect the bus.
  • You can also take your bike on the bus as there is a special place for bikes on the front of the bus.

Attention (Problem): The last bus from campus leaves at 6:40 PM and off campus buses leave earlier, depending on which route you take.

The Night Owl

There is a bus connecting some bars to some student housing places on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. The Night Owl busses can be used by Texas Tech students for free. Just bring your Texas Tech student identification card (I.D.)

Bike lanes

  • It is harder to get around in Lubbock by bike (at least compared to a European perspective).
  • Only a few bike lanes exist, and even those are not safe at night. It is important to understand that car drivers in Lubbock are not used to taking bikers into consideration when driving.
  • It is very important for bikes to take extra precaution.
  • Bikes should stay away from bigger streets and highways if possible.
  • However, riding a bike across campus and in the areas close to campus is certainly a possibility.

Bicycle Repair Stations on Campus

Texas Tech offers Bicycle Repair stations now, making tools and a pump available to students at several locations on campus. These stations allow you to quickly fix your bike without you needing to buy tools yourself.

Also see the Article in Texas Today on: Texas Tech installs Bicycle Repair Stations


Bike repair stations

Bicycle Sales on Campus for Students

  • It has been a known problem for years that at the end of the school year many students just leave their bikes when they move on.
  • A new concept now actually collects those bikes and offers them for sale to you at a very small price at the beginning of each semester.
  • They even give you a bike lock with your bike as well.
  • So instead of heading over to a store for a new bike, you may want to take advantage of this great opportunity and get yourself a used bike in good condition. www.parking.ttu.edu/bicycling-on-campus/bicycle-sales. Also see the article: A Win-Win on Two Wheels

Bike Shop

  • Are bike troubles keeping you from riding to class? Is your bike becoming yard art? Don’t get frustrated or abandon your ride, OPC can help! The OPC (Outdoor Pursuit Center) is located right next to the Student Recreation Center (also called Rec Center).
  • Some of their services to get your bike back up to working condition include tube replacement, brake adjustment, chain repair, and others!
  • If you have trouble with your bike, the OPC is the place to get help with that! You can check their business hours on the rec center website. For business hours check: www.depts.ttu.edu/recsports/

Bike Tech

  • Bike Tech is a collaboration between the Student Government Association and the Texas Tech Outdoor Pursuits Center (OPC) to make Tech a more bike-friendly campus. They offer free bike rentals but also give you a chance to register your bike. The registration and the included sticker to put on your bike should reduce probable theft of your bike. www.depts.ttu.edu/recsports/opc/biketech.php

Bike Safety

  • Make sure to lock your bike to something steady.
  • Texas Tech has several bike-rack areas around campus, which you should use. Further, lock your bike frame AND the front wheel. If you do not do that, parts of your bike may be stolen.
  • The best lock is a U shaped lock, because it is very sturdy and very difficult to break by thefts.
  • Do not leave your bike unlocked!
Bike Safety
  • There are few pedestrian sidewalks besides in residential areas.
  • Walking is certainly convenient close to campus and across campus, but in the blocks further away from campus, walking may become uncomfortable and unsafe.
  • We do not recommend walking anywhere in the dark.
  • For Europeans, it may be important to mention, that being in public spaces while intoxicated may lead to an arrest by the police.
  • The App “Uber” allows you to order a driver to take you to any location you want at your own costs.
  • It works like a Taxi/Cab, and is pretty reliable.
  • However, you pay yourself.

*This is not supported by Texas Tech, and you will use it at your own discretion.


Bike Safety

What to do in Lubbock

Lubbock is an amazing college town in the United States!

There are several activities that take place in the city, so make sure to check those out!

The First Friday Art Trail

  • Like arts? Check on this event happening every FIRST FRIDAY of the month.
  • Venue: The Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts.
  • Bring cash if you are willing to taste some of the wines and food they have to offer throughout the art display.

Into movies but hungry?

  • Alamo Drafthouse in Lubbock is your way to go! Watch a movie while having good foods from their menu.
  • Check their website as they have special prices for students when bringing your Tech ID: drafthouse.com/lubbock
  • Cinemark is another movies option which is cheaper: www.cinemark.com/theatre-23
  • Premiere Cinemas is your third option for movies at the South Plains Mall, check both the movies and the mall all at once: www.pccmovies.com
  • Additionally, if you are interested in watching a movie under the stars, you can go to stars and stripes. driveinusa.com/lubbock/

Adventurous?

If you are adventurous, love nature, and want to spend some time away from school and work, the Outdoor Pursuits Center at Texas Tech is for you. Every semester, they offer many fun, exciting, and challenging short trips to areas surrounding Texas. The trips range from canoeing, kayaking, biking, climbing, and caving, among others.

For schedule and more info, you can visit www.depts.ttu.edu/recsports. This is an excellent way for international students to explore the US, make friends, and appreciate the beauty of nature in Texas and other surrounding areas.

What other things are there to do during the day?

Lubbock has a lot of activities for excitement and fun. The only thing is that you need to know where to look for the activities. Here are some other fun options:

  • Jones AT & T Stadium: The football Stadium of Texas Tech and the home of the Red Raider team. After numerous renovations and expansions, the Stadium holds 60,454 fans.
  • Bayer Museum of Agriculture: “To preserve the history of, tell the story of, and instill pride in American agriculture and values” This is a museum with agricultural machinery which explains the story of agriculture in the south plains. agriculturehistory.org
  • Texas Tech University Museum: “The Museum of Texas Tech University, as an education resource for a diverse audience, collects, researches, and disseminates information about the natural and cultural heritage of local and related regions.” It is a museum with more than five million pieces of art related to the humanities and other sciences. For more information, you can access to: www.depts.ttu.edu/museumttu/
  • Cactus Theater: Built in 1938, it is a theater where live music is performed.
  • Buddy Holly Center: The center is named for Buddy Holly, one of the pioneers of rock and roll. The Center houses a museum of the artist and a gallery of Art.
  • Lubbock Memorial Civic Center: A center that commemorates the residents who died in the tornado of 1970. It is a large place for exhibitions, commemorative events, fairs and concerts. www.mylubbock.us/departmental-websites/departments/civic-center/
  • National Ranching Heritage Center: A place where you can see structures of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries with homes, railroads, farms, schools, windmills and many other traditional structures. www.depts.ttu.edu/nrhc/

Are there other things to do at night?

Yes! There are a lot of activities during the night. You can enjoy food at one of Lubbock’s many restaurants or go dancing while singing karaoke.

For a complete guide with information about the activities and places to go out for fun, you can access to the following link: www.lubbocknightout.com


Grocery Stores in Lubbock

Walmart

Main Services/Products:

Beauty, Electronics, Furniture, Grocery, Office, Pets, Pharmacy, Sports Equipment, Video Games, Photo, Cereal, Books, DVD, Photo Center.

United Supermarkets

Its stores operate bakery departments that offer a variety of products, including cakes, doughnuts, cookies, homemade meringue pies.

Market Street

Market Street stores offer ice cream, corn, green beans and peas. It provides gift cards of several denominations. The market offers online discount coupons. Market Street also provides online ordering services.

Sprouts Farmers Market

Natural meats, organic supplements and body-care products.

Natural Grocers

Small grocery store but it stock many things. The prices are actually cheaper on many things than other stores, and all their produce is organic. They also have an online rewards system that allows you to earn coupons.

Food King

Food King is great for sales. Many times the sales price beats their competitor's prices, even with the fee.

Lowe's Marketplace

Groceries with a lower price can be found in this store. Fresh produce and meat products are available for grocery shopping.

Leonard's

The prices are rarely the lowest and it is across the street from Texas Tech University's campus.

Sam’s Club or Costco

Wholesale markets. Buy groceries and home products by bulk.

See the following link for more information: www.yellowpages.com/lubbock-tx/grocery-stores

Oriental Markets

Sells international products that cannot be found in the Main Grocery stores. Most item are brought from Houston.

Amigos, Gandhi Bazaar, La Michoacana Meat Market, Asian Market, Asian Food Market, Far East Supermarket

Point of Interest Address
Texas Tech University 500 Broadway, Lubbock, TX 79409

Groceries stores

 
Amigos United 112 N University Ave, Lubbock, TX 79415
La Michoacana Meat Market 2131 Clovis Rd, Lubbock, TX 79415
United Supermarkets 401 Slide Rd, Lubbock, TX 79416
1701 50th St, Lubbock, TX 79412
2630 Parkway Dr, Lubbock, TX 79403
2703 82nd St, Lubbock, TX 79423
5801 Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, Lubbock, TX 79404
8010 Frankford Ave, Lubbock, TX 79424
Market Street 3405 50th St, Lubbock, TX 79413
4425 19th St, Lubbock, TX 79407
Gandhi Bazar 2815 34th St, Lubbock, TX 79410
Lowe’s Market 2706 26th St, Lubbock, TX 79410
5725 19th St, Lubbock, TX 79407
Oriental Market 4220 50th St, Lubbock, TX 79413
Walmart 1911 Marsha Sharp Fwy, Lubbock, TX 79415
702 W Loop 289, Lubbock, TX 79416
4215 S Loop 289, Lubbock, TX 79423
6315 82nd St, Lubbock, TX 79424
9809 University Ave, Lubbock, TX 79423
11415 Quaker Ave, Lubbock, TX 79423
Sprouts Farmers Market Kingsgate Center, 8201 Quaker Ave #140, Lubbock, TX 79424
Food King Rockridge Plaza, 8208 Slide Rd, Lubbock, TX 79424
Asian Food Market Mission Plaza Event Center, 3501 50th St # 210, Lubbock, TX 79413
Natural Grocers 7208 Slide Rd, Lubbock, TX 79424
Far East Supermarket 2808 34th St, Lubbock, TX 79410
US Post Office 5001 Avenue L, Lubbock, TX 79452
Texas Department of Public Safety Driver’s License Division 1404 Lubbock Business Park Blvd #100, Lubbock, TX 79403

Hospitals

 
Covenant Heart & Vascular Institute 3514 21st St, Lubbock, TX 79410
TrustPoint Hospital Lubbock 4302 Princeton St, Lubbock, TX 79415
Grace Medical Center 2412 50th St, Lubbock, TX 79407
Lubbock Power & Light 1301 Broadway, Lubbock, TX 79401
Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport 5401 N Martin L King Blvd, Lubbock, TX 79403
Greyhound Bus Lines 801 Broadway St, Lubbock, TX 79401

Housing

Housing at Tech is broken into two categories; On and Off Campus housing. As a freshman, you are required to live on campus. If you have more than 30 hours, you may choose to live off campus. We have summed up the options from an international student point of view. You should also look into the websites that we offer for more information.

*This is not meant to advertise, just to inform.

  • On Campus Housing
    • Traditional
    • Apartment style
  • Off Campus Housing
    • Websites
    • Questions to consider before moving in
    • Roommate
    • Visiting
  • Points of Interest in Lubbock

On Campus Housing

There are two types of housing offered on campus. Visit TTU Housing website, for more information.

Traditional

Rooms are shared with one or more roommates, with a communal bathroom on the floor, and communal laundry rooms. Prices range from $3,510-$4,510

  • Bledsoe/Sneed: Triple rooms with movable furniture – All boys (usually Engineering students) – Close to Engineering Key and Holden Hall
  • Horn/Knapp: Double or Triple rooms with movable furniture – All girls (usually science related majors and Engineering students) – Close to the Student Union and Human Sciences Building
  • Wall/Gates: Double room with fixed furniture – Co-ed (Fine Arts and Transfer Students Learning Communities) – Close to the Student Union and the Library
  • Hulen/Clement: Double room with fixed furniture – Co-ed (Architecture, Design, and Education Students Learning Communities) – Close to the Architecture Building and the Library
  • Chitwood/Weymouth: Double rooms with fixed furniture – All girls and all boys, respectively (First Year Students) – Close to Urbanovsky Park and Rec Center
  • Coleman Hall: Double room with fixed furniture – Co-ed (International students Learning Community) – Close to the Rec Center and Urbanovsky Park
  • Stangel/Murdough: Double room with fixed furniture – Co-ed (Health Science, Pre-Law, PEGASUS, and Mass Media Learning Communities) – Close to the Mass Media and Communications Building and the Urbanovsky park

Apartment

Individual Rooms, shared common areas (living room and kitchen) with two or four roommates. Prices range from $5,220-$7,750

  • Gordon: Double rooms, shared common areas with four roommates, semi-private bathrooms – Co-ed – Close to Biology building and Business College
  • Murray: Single rooms, shared common areas with four roommates, semi-private bathrooms, fridge and microwave oven – Co-ed (Business majors and Honors students) – Close to Biology building and Business College
  • Carpenter/Wells: Single rooms, shared common areas with two or four roommates, semi-private bathrooms, fridge and cooktops – Co-ed – Close to Biology building and Business College
  • Talkington: Single rooms, shared common areas with four roommates, semi-private bathrooms, fridge and microwave oven – Co-ed – Close to Student Union and the Music Building
  • West Village: Single rooms, shared common areas with two or four roommates (or it can be single), semi-private bathrooms, fridge and cooktops – Co-ed – Close to the Law School

Off Campus Housing

You will find a variety of apartments in Lubbock according to your income status and desire. As the rent of apartments shows fluctuating behavior over time, it is advised to consult websites from time to time. Some of the popular websites providing information about off campus housing in Lubbock are listed below.

Off Campus Transportation

Citibus, in partnership with Texas Tech University, offers off campus transportation services. The bus routes and schedule changes according to semesters. Therefore, it is advised to consult the website of City Bus Texas Tech. Similarly, you may want to visit the website of Citibus Lubbock for fixed routes. Always remember to have your university I.D. to get a free ride.

Questions You Might Ask Before Moving in

When you are moving to an apartment, you might consider asking the following questions:

General
  1. What are the lease terms?
  2. How much is my monthly payment?
  3. Do they need the first months rent upfront?
  4. How long is the lease?
  5. How often does rent go up? By how much?
  6. What does my monthly payments include? Electricity? Internet? Insurance? Sewage and water? Trash fee? Pest control fee? Cable?
  7. How much does utilities generally cost?
  8. Do they require renters insurance? Is the insurance included in the monthly payments?
  9. How much will I pay in up-front costs when I sign the lease?
  10. How are emergency repairs taken care of?
  11. How secure is the property?
  12. Is there a fee if I have to break my lease? How is the process?
  13. Under what circumstance can a landlord terminate my lease?
  14. Do I have to find a roommate? If not, what is the process of roommate matching?
  15. Which roommate will be held responsible if we do not make rent?
  16. Are the apartments furnished?
  17. Are there smoke alarms?
  18. Which appliances are included? How old are the appliances?
  19. What is the quality of the buildings?
  20. How many rooms do the apartments have?
  21. Am I allowed to decorate the apartment without penalty?
  22. How is the policy if I want to have a barbecue, dinner, party?
  23. Are pets allowed? If so, is there a fee?
  24. How is the guest policy?
  25. Is there laundry in the building/complex? Is there a laundry in the apartment?
Transportation
  1. Is parking included? If not, how much does parking costs?
  2. Is it assigned?
  3. Does the city busses that run near the apartment complex?
  4. Does the Texas Tech busses run near the apartment complex?
Neighborhood
  1. How and where are UPS/FedEx deliveries left?
  2. What are the other residents like?
  3. Are there other students from Tech?
  4. How are the complex demographics?
  5. Are there sidewalks to run on?
  6. Is there a health club in the complex?
  7. Is there a pool?
  8. How close is the apartment with regards to key points in the city such as grocery store, the University, hospital, parks, restaurants, etc.?
  9. Is there a history of theft, vandalism or other crimes?
  10. How much noise comes through the walls? Are they party walls?
Roommate

If you share apartment with a person you do not know, you can ask that person some questions such as:

  1. What time do you usually go to bed?
  2. Do you smoke?
  3. Which chores you do not mind doing?
  4. What time do you usually wake up?
  5. Do you like pets?
  6. What are your study habits like?
  7. What is your typical weekend like?
  8. Are we going to share groceries together?
Visiting

When talking with the staff and visiting the facilities is important to ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Do the people in the leasing office seem like they care?
  2. Does the apartments have central Air? In wall Air conditioner? Air conditioner at all?
  3. Do windows open?
  4. Does the roof leak?
  5. Is there enough closet space?
  6. Will the apartment fit your storage needs?
  7. Where will you store your vacuum cleaner?
  8. Where will you store your bicycle?
  9. Can you have a grill on your balcony?
  10. Is there a peep hole on the door?
  11. Will your couch fit through the door?
Point of Interest Address
Texas Tech University 500 Broadway, Lubbock, TX 79409

Groceries stores

 
Amigos United 112 N University Ave, Lubbock, TX 79415
La Michoacana Meat Market 2131 Clovis Rd, Lubbock, TX 79415
United Supermarkets 401 Slide Rd, Lubbock, TX 79416
1701 50th St, Lubbock, TX 79412
2630 Parkway Dr, Lubbock, TX 79403
2703 82nd St, Lubbock, TX 79423
5801 Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, Lubbock, TX 79404
8010 Frankford Ave, Lubbock, TX 79424
Market Street 3405 50th St, Lubbock, TX 79413
4425 19th St, Lubbock, TX 79407
Gandhi Bazar 2815 34th St, Lubbock, TX 79410
Lowe’s Market 2706 26th St, Lubbock, TX 79410
5725 19th St, Lubbock, TX 79407
Oriental Market 4220 50th St, Lubbock, TX 79413
Walmart 1911 Marsha Sharp Fwy, Lubbock, TX 79415
702 W Loop 289, Lubbock, TX 79416
4215 S Loop 289, Lubbock, TX 79423
6315 82nd St, Lubbock, TX 79424
9809 University Ave, Lubbock, TX 79423
11415 Quaker Ave, Lubbock, TX 79423
Sprouts Farmers Market Kingsgate Center, 8201 Quaker Ave #140, Lubbock, TX 79424
Food King Rockridge Plaza, 8208 Slide Rd, Lubbock, TX 79424
Asian Food Market Mission Plaza Event Center, 3501 50th St # 210, Lubbock, TX 79413
Natural Grocers 7208 Slide Rd, Lubbock, TX 79424
Far East Supermarket 2808 34th St, Lubbock, TX 79410
US Post Office 5001 Avenue L, Lubbock, TX 79452
Texas Department of Public Safety Driver’s License Division 1404 Lubbock Business Park Blvd #100, Lubbock, TX 79403

Hospitals

 
Covenant Heart & Vascular Institute 3514 21st St, Lubbock, TX 79410
TrustPoint Hospital Lubbock 4302 Princeton St, Lubbock, TX 79415
Grace Medical Center 2412 50th St, Lubbock, TX 79407
Lubbock Power & Light 1301 Broadway, Lubbock, TX 79401
Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport 5401 N Martin L King Blvd, Lubbock, TX 79403
Greyhound Bus Lines 801 Broadway St, Lubbock, TX 79401

On and Off Campus Organizations

On Campus Organizations

Make friends and build leaderships

  • A good way to meet new people and make friends on campus is to get involved somehow with the community through student organizations. There are over 800 registered organizations on campus, and there are many more emerging every year.
  • These organizations fall under many different topics, such as volunteering, spirituality, sports, academics, professional, social, and multicultural.

Helpful links

Many of the student organizations are accessible through Orgsync, where most of the time they provide information about who they are and contact information.

Off Campus Organizations

Volunteering Opportunities in Lubbock

Lubbock has many organizations and institutions where you can work as volunteering to enhance your engagement with people in the society. Below are some of the links of organizations which you may want to contact regularly for volunteering.

  • Lubbock Volunteering Directory provides volunteering opportunities in health sector.
  • The children's home is an organization assisting children and families in crisis. Some of the volunteering activities include teaching independent living skills for older teens, assisting in workday projects, providing desserts or planning special day for children.
  • Animal Services, City of Lubbock requires minimum age of 16 years old while some programs require 21 years old. Volunteering opportunities include administrative support, front desk greeter, playing with dog, cat cuddling and grooming.
  • Voice of Hope, Lubbock helps survivors of sex trafficking and sexual assault and is always looking for dedicated volunteers. You may apply through the website of organization.
  • Managed Care calls for volunteers in number of areas including being an advocate for policies that help prevent youths from engaging in alcohol and drugs.
  • South Plains Food Bank also offers volunteer work in warehouse, reception desk and for special events.
  • Great Non-Profits provides list of websites and information about a wide range of charity organization.

Internship Opportunities in Lubbock

Internship is another way to enhance your skills while you are studying. You may consult following websites regularly to find and apply for internship opportunities according to your interest.

  • Groovejob
  • Jobs Radar
  • Glassdor
  • Bridge of Lubbock
  • TTU Intern Government and public service internship program is a unique way to understand about how the federal or state governments work. The internships are offered each semester in Washington, Austin and in Lubbock. Check the website regularly to make sure you have enough time to apply for this amazing program.
  • Software Builders Cotton Systems is a software company specializing in web applications. They offer a 6-months long fall internship and less structured internship programs throughout the year. A stipend of $300/month and housing will be provided.

Churches in Lubbock

Throughout Lubbock, you can definitely see some religious influences. There are many different churches and lots of people around here are organized in their church communities. There are plenty of different churches, so you may find the church you used to visit at your home country. If not, you may find one that are close to your belief. Just go to their services and check them out. People are very friendly and welcoming!

A list (that may not be complete, but to the best of knowledge at this point) of all the different churches:

  • African Methodist Episcopal
  • Assemblies of God
  • Baptist
  • Bible
  • Calvary Chapel
  • Catholic
  • Christian
  • Church of Christ
  • Church of God
  • Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints
  • Church of the Nazarene
  • Community
  • Episcopal
  • Evangelical
  • Foursquare
  • Foursquare Gospel
  • Full Gospel
  • Interdenominational
  • Lutheran, Methodist
  • Non-Denominational
  • Pentecostal
  • Presbyterian
  • Reformed Church in America
  • Seventh Day Adventist
  • United Church of Christ
  • United Methodist
  • Unknown Denomination

Some churches are walking distance from campus! Check out these two websites for more information: www.churchangel.com/WEBTX/

An outstanding job in their work with and for international students and generally for all students at Texas Tech University is done by TECH BSM. This organization provides a free lunch every Tuesday from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM during the semester to all students, also organizes daytrips, English conversation partnerships, cultural exchanges with Texan families, they also may be able to help you with furniture, etc. To get a free lunch or any other sort of support from the TECH BSM they do not require you to share their beliefs! Check out their website or just walk from campus over to their free lunches, make some friends, and get involved: www.techbsm.com

However, if you are not religious or share other beliefs, Lubbock does not impose its beliefs on you! But you need to expect that when you sneeze, there will be a strong “God bless you!” in response most of the time.


Bank Accounts & Billing

We know that money is something that you need to pay attention to. Here are some helpful tips to keep up with your money while at Tech.


As an international student, opening a bank account is a little bit trickier than a resident. Most international students don’t have a Social Security Number, a document which most Americans have since birth. This document is the one required to open an account faster.

As international students we have to present more documents, such as:

  • Unexpired passport
  • I-94 card
  • I-20
  • DS-2019

For Texas Tech, the banks that are closer to campus are:

  • Prosperity Bank: 103 Student Union Building (On Campus)
  • Wells Fargo: 1215 University Ave
  • City Bank: 611 University Ave
  • Bank of America: 1901 University Ave

* Remember that ATMs tend to charge extra fees if they are not from the bank that you have your account in. Check this website for more information: How to Open Up a Bank Account in the US

Why Have a U.S. Bank Account

With a bank account, you can pay all of your bills by check, and manage your bill payments online. In addition, many banks issue debit cards with a MasterCard or Visa emblem, which enables you to use the card to make purchases anywhere that accepts credit cards.

Types of Bank Accounts

There are two main types of bank accounts in the US. They are

Checking Accounts

These allow you to frequently deposit and withdraw money. They are a great way to pay your monthly bills. When you open a checking account, it usually comes with a checkbook and a bank card. There are usually minimum monthly balances and service fees, and these vary depending on the type of account you open. Most international students only need a checking account, which they use for managing living expenses while at school.

Savings Accounts

These are for long term deposits for accruing interest. The interests, minimum balances, and service fees will vary from bank to bank. As an international student, you will probably not need a savings account.

How to Choose a Bank

Ask your school’s international student office or check their website to find out if your school has a relationship with a specific bank to which they refer their international students. If a bank is used to working with international students, the process of opening a bank account will run much more smoothly for you. You might also try to find a bank with a branch close to your campus.

You will want to compare services and costs of several different banks before choosing one at which to open a bank account. Find out whether the bank offers interest on checking accounts, what the interest rate is for savings accounts, and whether the account offers overdraft protection. You will also want to find out how long it will take to “clear” a check, meaning how long from the time you deposit a check in your account until you are allowed to withdraw the funds. Generally, wired funds are available immediately, but the hold on checks (local, out of state, and foreign) varies by state and by bank, and can be several days to a week or even longer.

How to Open a Bank Account

Although many banks advertise that you can open an account over the phone or online, you should plan to open an account in person. As an international student, you do not fit neatly into any category set by US banks, and it will be easier to deal with any complications in person. In addition, it’s always useful to establish a face to face relationship if you require additional services. When you go to the bank to open a bank account, you will need to bring:

  • Your full name, home address, home telephone number, your campus telephone number, and your college address (Letterhead showing the local address – i.e. utility bills or apartment contract), Unexpired passport, I-94 card, I-20, DS-2019 or I-797 approval notice, any secondary form of identification (such as: your passport, your Student ID card, birth certificate, state driver’s license, or a letter from the International Students and Scholars Office), Enrollment verification letter from your school.
  • You will also need the funds you want to deposit and open the account with. Every bank has slightly different requirements, so make sure you ask beforehand so you don’t forget something you need.

Debit and ATM cards are two of the most popular ways to access money in the checking or savings account. Students need to be aware of any fees that may be charged when they use their card.

Debit cards

  • Most banks offer a debit card which is also known as a check card. When using the debit card, the money comes directly from the checking account, just like when someone writes a check.
  • Debit cards have a Visa® or MasterCard® logo on them. A debit card doesn’t help building a credit rating layer.
  • Students can use a debit card to make purchases without accumulating interest layer because the money comes directly from the checking account. Debit cards can take the place of writing checks, paying with cash or using a credit card. Moreover, debit cards allow students to withdraw cash or deposit money at an ATM machine.

ATM cards

  • Some banks offer an ATM card that allows students to withdraw money from the checking account, but only through an ATM machine. Unlike debit cards, ATM cards do not have the Visa® or MasterCard® logo.
  • ATM cards give easy access to the money, but students need to be careful because that easy access might cost you. For example, if a student withdraws money from his or her account at the bank's ATM, the student probably won't pay any fees for that transaction. However, if the student withdraws money from a different bank's ATM, he could get charged a fee from that bank as well as from his own.

Credit Cards

Having a credit card is very useful in the States: You may need one to get a rental car or book hotel rooms when you travel. Further, if you plan to stay longer in the US, an American credit card helps you to build a CREDIT HISTORY. A credit history shows how good you have been in the past with paying your rent, loans, and your credit card bill. A great credit score means you have been very reliable with your financials, which may help you get a future apartment, less interest on a car loan, or even a job (some employers may check your credit history to check how reliable you are). You may also have to allow internet providers and other utility companies to check your credit history (personally, I remember that I had to allow Suddenlink, an internet provider, to check mine).

There are two main options to get an American credit card, even as an international student:

  1. You may just apply for a credit card that you like. Without a steady income and no credit history (since you have not had a chance yet to build a good credit history), it is rather unlikely that you will get approved, though.
  2. You check with the bank you opened a bank account with (Wells Fargo and Bank of America are two big banks, that both have offices right across the street from campus, and both are used to international students coming in), and let them know you are interested in a credit card. Usually, they are able to offer you a SECURE CREDIT CARD. That means, you out down a security deposit, and you are then able to use the credit card for up to the security deposit per month. For example, you put down a security deposit of $500, so you can use your credit card each month for up to $500. This helps you to build a credit history. Banks then typically transfer the secure credit card into a “normal” credit card with a certain credit line. This is the best way to not only get a credit card and not overspending, but also to build a credit history.

On the other hand, if you are just coming for a short period, you may want to consider applying for a credit card back home, and/or have your parents co-sign. A credit card from back home works just as fine to pay for groceries, coffee, etc. However, you want to check out the details, because most credit cards charge you some money for international use!

If you want to get more information about this matter, you may want to check out this VERY GOOD article: How International Students and Immigrant Workers Can Get a Credit Card But be aware, the article talks about co-signing for friends. Please NEVER do that! It makes you liable for their debt!

There are different ways to pay the rent:

Cash or Money Order with Receipt

When you pay with this method, always ask for a proof of your payment.

Personal Check or Cashier's Check

You can write a check or you can request from your bank a cashier’s check. The bank will send the cashier’s check straight to your landlord.

Electronic Deposit

You can work with your bank to set up an electronic transfer to a specific account. You can even set up a recurring monthly payment. This option is popular for students because it is cheap. It is also quick and convenient.

  • How to transfer money? - You can do this by going to the bank or by setting an online banking account. The information needed will include the recipient's bank name, ABA number, the recipient’s account number and the amount being sent.
  • What is the ABA number? - Is the number that identifies a financial institution. This number is used to identify the bank. This number is generally located at the bottom left corner of the accounts check or you can also find the information online.
  • Where should I find the account number? - It is important that you ask your landlord this information. Sometimes, they do not feel comfortable giving out this information. In this case, you will have to choose another method.

Once the information is ready, the recipient will have the money within two days. Sometimes a fee is charged depending on the bank.

Credit Card

In this case, you can set up your account to send the money straight to the landlords account or you can go by the office to pay.

Online Payment

If you are living in a complex of apartments, they will usually have a website where you can pay. The information that you will need to pay with your account instead of paying with a credit card would be your name, routing number, and account number. You can find that information in a check.

Texas Tech offers Presidential Scholarship for incoming freshmen. Prospective students will have to submit their applications at an earlier deadline in order to be considered for scholarships. This is renewable for 4 years under requirements. For deadline and criteria info, please visit Incoming Freshman Scholarships

International students loan are also available but a US citizen sponsor is required as co-signer. Please visit www.internationalstudentloan.com or consult TTU Financial Aid office to apply for loan.

Each academic year, continuing students will have the opportunity to apply for Annual Texas Tech Scholarships. The applications will be sent to each student’s specific college and department. From then, students will receive awards according to their own colleges and departments’ financial fundings. Please visit Continuing Students Scholarships to apply as continuing student.

For Transfer students and external scholarship opportunities, please go to Scholarships website.

The TTU Office of International Affairs provides info about financial assistances exclusively for international students Scholarships and Financial Assistance for International Students.

Information on Teaching Assistantship for Graduate students

Funding your graduate education is quite expensive and many people struggle hard to work to make ends meet. As an international student, it is more difficult because of many financial hitches such as exchange rate fluctuations and transfer of money from your country to support yourself. The good news however, is that there are numerous opportunities available for you to get financial support for your graduate education. Below are some options available to you to explore:

Graduate Assistantship

A graduate student in an institution of higher education employed in support of a department or unit responsible for work assigned by the supervisor within the unit or department which utilizes knowledge beyond undergraduate academic studies.

Research Assistantship

A graduate student in an institution of higher education employed in support of the research mission of the unit, its director or faculty, in laboratory, field, or computer work, or such other activities as may assist the unit's research effort.

Teaching Assistantship

A graduate student in an institution of higher education employed in support of the teaching mission of the unit who is responsible for a quiz, drill, or laboratory section.

Graduate Part-Time Instructor

A graduate student in an institution of higher education employed in support of the teaching mission of the unit who is responsible for, or in charge of, a class or class section, or a quiz, drill, or laboratory section. Graduate student must have at least 18 graduate hours in the teaching filed.

To obtain information on these positions, graduate advisors in individual academic departments should be contacted for information regarding assistantship positions. Assistantships are not coordinated through the Graduate School.

Advantages of Being an Assistant

As an International Graduate Student, you will most likely be receiving what is called an assistantship.

Being a Teaching Assistant and a Research Assistant are both positions that mean that you are a student but also considered an employee at Tech. Such position at Tech has benefits as lower tuition and fees, and a stipend. (Consult with your advisor and specific Department on how such assistantships work, official contracts, payments and more detailed information.)

Nevertheless, there is general information useful to understand how tuition is paid when being an Assistant. Becoming an Assistant is understood as you paying state-resident tuition, instead of international student tuition.

Keep in mind that tuition differs depending on the credits you are enrolling. Still, it is important to know that this link gets updated with such tuition estimates: Tuition/Fee Estimator.

Several fees are included in this document. The easiest way to go is to know how much credits you will be enrolling. Then, read on the Semester Credit Hours column, the amount of credits you will be taking. Generally, Graduate Students are required to enroll a minimum of 9 credits per semester (Fall, Spring), and 6 during the summer. This is generally REQUIRED for you to keep your assistantship.

You can get a tuition and fees estimation on the TTU Student Business Services website: Tuition/Fee Estimator.

APPLY to fellowships! This is the way to go. A fellowship is different from an assistantship in the sense that a fellowship is offered either by TTU or external institutions and organizations that support education in the US. Fellowship recipients are often able to cover the estimated tuition above-mentioned with their fellowships or scholarships. NEVERTHELESS, it is important to know that some fellowships are just valid for Fall or Spring semesters, and Summers are NOT covered. Keep in mind this, and save throughout the year so that you don’t have any issues for Summer enrollment.

Check on the fellowships available at TTU and deadlines here: Texas Tech Fellowships & Scholarships.

Check on external funding options here: TTU External fellowships and Grants.

Texas Tech offers Presidential Scholarship for incoming freshmen. Prospective students will have to submit their applications at an earlier deadline in order to be considered for scholarships. This is renewable for 4 years under requirements. For deadline and criteria info, please visit Presidential Scholarship for incoming freshmen.

International students loan are also available but a US citizen sponsor is required as co-signer. Please visit Presidential Scholarship for incoming freshmen.

Each academic year, continuing students will have the opportunity to apply for Annual Texas Tech Scholarships. The applications will be sent to each student’s specific college and department. From then, students will receive awards according to their own colleges and departments’ financial fundings. Please visit www.depts.ttu.edu/scholarships/currentStudentsScholarships.php to apply as continuing student.

For Transfer students and external scholarship please go to www.depts.ttu.edu/scholarships/.

The TTU Office of International Affairs provides info about financial assistances exclusively for international students www.depts.ttu.edu/international/financeIntl.php.

Graduate students funding opportunities

Texas Tech graduate school offers abundance of scholarships and fellowships to graduate students at Tech. Candidates for some of these opportunities are recommended or forwarded by the departments, however, most of the scholarships require an application from students. The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellowships (OGPF) coordinates the application and award of all fellowships available through The Graduate School. Here is the link for detail: www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/fellowships/.

Generally, tuition & fees is posted in eRaider before the semester starts. When the tuition & fees is posted there, you may want to choose different payment mode depending upon budget availability. Payment can be done either through eBill available in eRaider or by going to Student Business Service in person. If you go to the Student Business Service for payment, you may use either of credit/debit cards or bank check for payment.

Payment Plans

Tuition & fees can be paid using two different plans.

  1. Budget Pay Plan: 4 equal installments: 25% each
  2. Emergency Payment Plan: Not available until 10 days prior to class
    • 3 installments: 25%, 37.5% and 37.5%
    • Must owe at least $2000 of tuition & fees
    • Note: $25 maximum enrollment fee per semester & due dates will be determined upon the agreement

You are also able to pay your tuitions and fees all at once, without any payment plan.

Enrollment Process in Payment Plans

  • Click on the ‘ebill’ link from the “Student Business Service” menu in the Action items of Raiderlink
  • Click on the Payment Plans Tab once new window opens
  • Click on Enter button and select term: spring, fall or summer
  • You will be enrolled into payment plans as per your selection

Payment

Once you are enrolled in payment plans, you need to pay each installment before each deadline written on agreement. In order to pay your tuition fee via eraider, you will find your account balance after clicking ‘ebill’ tab under ‘student business service’ in eraider. You can pay each installment using your debit/credit cards from there.

International Affairs