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Life in Lubbock

Between on-campus happenings that are ever-constant as well as those in the greater Lubbock community, you can never say there's nothing to do in Lubbock, TX! Below are just some of the resources that will help connect you to local events, as well as on-campus activities!

Lubbock Community Opportunities

Lubbock in the Loop provides a great event calendar of different activities happening around the LBK, many free and family-friendly, but overall a very diverse list of opportunities!

Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts (LHUCA): Located downtown, this center is a great place to engage with art, film, music, dance and your creative side! It is the epicenter of the monthly First Friday Art Trail, and hosts free opportunities year-round to expose the West Texas community to art and culture!

Visit Lubbock: offers another great events calendar helping visitors and locals alike stay in the know about the myriad of events taking place around town, and it also features restaurants, venues, and events that are guaranteed to make your time in Lubbock memorable!

The Buddy Holly Center is a museum and cultural center that encourages interaction between artists and the local community. The center honors the legacy of Buddy Holly, Lubbock's native son who was a pioneer of rock 'n roll before he tragically died in a plane crash. It includes the home of Buddy's bandmate, J.I. Allison, a permanent exhibit on Buddy Holly and his band, The Crickets, some great selfie opportunities with Holly's famous glasses and the Buddy Holly statue, as well as temporary exhibit spaces that celebrates the diverse art coming out of West Texas. They have a popular summer concert series every Thursday night, and consistently offer programming for the local community that encourages creative pursuits!

Campus Opportunities

Lubbock Lake Landmark: A part of the Museum of Texas Tech University, this archaeological and natural history site offers 4.5 miles of walking trails, and the preserve, located just 15 minutes from main campus, contains evidence of 12,000 years of occupation by ancient peoples on the Southern High Plains. It's free to the public!  

Museum of Texas Tech University: Next door to the ICC, this FREE museum has permanent and temporary exhibits that are diverse in topic, as well as a host of programming to engage the community, including Open Studio (a come and go, fun and free art event featuring a different art medium at each session; all supplies and equipment provided) and Art Studio (a hands-on learning experience for all ages and with teaching on various art processes). 

National Ranching Heritage Center: A museum and outdoor historical park (next to the Museum of TTU) that preserves and teaches about the history of this region and the American West. Throughout the year, they offer educational programming and events for people of all ages, including annual events like Ranch Day, Candlelight at the Ranch, and Ranch Host Saturdays (select Saturdays in spring, summer and early fall) where the outdoor historical park comes alive with volunteers in period clothing to teach and show visitors what life would have been like in days gone by. Free to the public, though donations are accepted. 

TTU Athletics: Texas Tech has a phenomenal sports culture and a huge fan base between the student body, the local community, and alumni. As a student, undergraduates have FREE access to all sporting events on-campus, and graduate students can choose to opt into this opportunity. Truly, you haven't experienced Texas Tech or American campus culture if you don't take advantage of an (American) football game in the fall, been a part of the raucous student sections at the basketball games, or gone to see America's pastime (baseball) in the spring!

Student Activities Board (SAB): This board under Student Union & Activities plans and executes more than 60 FREE events per year exclusively for Texas Tech students!

International Cultural Center: There's much more that happens in this building beyond immigration advising! There are numerous community events throughout the year that exposes the community to international cultures, and there is a gallery space that changes every few months, featuring photography and art from the local community, from the student body, TTU faculty and staff, as well as creative professionals! 

J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts: The university's CVPA is constantly offering opportunities to experience music, dance, theater, and art created by their students and faculty, and tickets are often free or discounted for the TTU student body. Watch for opportunities at events.ttu.edu, in your daily Tech Announce emails and in the weekly International Student Newsletter sent out by ISL.