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.
As part of the Texas Tech Commitment, TTU also has a number of resources to help graduate students during the COVID-19 pandemic. These include "emergency assistance, loaner computers, research and scholarly activity, thesis and dissertation defenses, and extensions for degree completion." For more information, click here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- A wide variety of Local Wineries , Breweries, and Coffee Rosters/Shops
- Lubbock has many local parks and nature areas worth exploring. In addition, there are several state and national parks within driving distance of Lubbock that provide opportunities for hiking, camping and wildlife. These include but are not limited to: Palo Duro Canyon, Caprock Canyon, White Sands National Park, and Carlsbad Caverns National Park .
Student Life & Community Resources
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
- Study Abroad Competitive Scholarships (SACS) applications are there for every semester provided that they have a TTU GPA.
- All other sorts of scholarship opportunities for international students can be found on the TTU International Affairs website.
- The International Student Council is an organization with the purpose to promote global connections through campus
and community events, and to facilitate cross-cultural relationships among Tech students
and the surrounding communities.
Students may find a few of the following resources helpful when they initially move to Lubbock, and/or throughout their time at Texas Tech:
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Caroline Bishop, Graduate Advisor
Mason Schrader, 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.
AddressCMLL Building, 2906 18th St, Lubbock, TX 79409