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Frequently Asked Questions

When I arrive in Lubbock, what do I need to do my first few days?

  • Take your TSI test, complete your Immigration Check in, attend Red Raider Orientation, attend International Student Orientation, & schedule a follow-up appointment with your Academic Advisor (after you've registered for classes)!
  • Personally: open a bank account, get a local phone or SIM, orientate yourself to the campus, purchase items needed for your home and academics!

When I arrive in Lubbock, can I get a ride from the airport?

  • YES! We have an Airport pickup team that can pick you up if you arrive in Lubbock. We only offer 7 days of pickup: January 10th through January 16th and we can only accommodate pickups for yourself (the student) and one family member/friend! We want you to engage with a friendly face as soon as you arrive, so sign up below. PLEASE be sure to keep your arrival information updated. We don't want our volunteers showing up and being unable to find you because you changed your flight plans and didn't notify us!

Where can I stay when I first arrive in Lubbock?

  • If you are arriving and need a place to stay your first few days here and before the dorms open, you should take advantage of our 3 Day Stay program. Head to this link to learn more and/or sign up!

What housing options are available?

  • On-campus housing: The following is an official and complete list of Texas Tech University student housing. IMPORTANT: Any other “student-only”, or “university” housing not mentioned below is located off-campus and is NOT associated with TTU.
  • Off campus: There are a variety of options near campus that cater to the student community, and options are available at varying price points. We recommend you pay attention to whether you are within walking distance to campus, and/or on the bus routes that easily transport you to campus. Also, make a note of how close you are to a grocery store or Wal-Mart if you will not have access to a car.
    • If you are signing a lease, we recommend that you use Student Legal Services FREE service, as they will review your lease prior to signing Apartment leasing is a new experience for college students, so utilize this FREE service to make sure you understand what you are signing and are being treated fairly.

How do I get around Lubbock and campus?

  • Citibus: This is the bus system that serves campus, as well as the wider Lubbock community. As a student, you can ride on ANY Citibus, whether you are on or off-campus, for FREE. Though there are several bus lines that run between off-campus student apartments and campus, as well as loop around campus itself, the Citibus lines that exist away from campus are somewhat limited. Here is a Route Map to the Citibus lines that serve the wider Lubbock community. Here is a TTU Route Map to show you the Citibus lines that serve campus. You will need to show your student ID on Citibus lines that do not serve campus.
  • Bikes:Many students choose to buy bikes when they arrive on campus. “At the start of each fall semester, Texas Tech students and employees may purchase a used bicycle from Transportation and Parking Services. The department saves bicycles from abandoned bicycle collections (OP 76.09) that best combine quality and condition” (Transportation & Parking Services). Visit Bicylce Sales to learn about dates of the sale and how to purchase.
  • Walk: The core of Tech's campus is very walkable, but we have the second largest campus (in terms of area) in the nation, so if you are needing to reach the edges of campus, there should be a bus that can get you very close to your ultimate destination. Fun fact: The only campus that is larger is the US Air Force Academy, and that's only because of their runways!
  • Late night options:
    • 742-NITE: Call and get a ride on-campus from 6:50 PM-1:15 AM with a valid Tech ID. They offer curb-to-curb pick-up and delivery so that you don't have to walk alone on campus after dark.
    • TTU S-Bus Safe Ride: This bus serves Broadway Ave., The Depot District, & Student Apartments near campus to ensure you have a SAFE experience. Service times: Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights 9 PM to 2 AM.
    • 742-RIDE: With your Tech ID, you can call and get a free ride home between 10 PM-4 AM.
    • For more information about ALL these services, read SAFETY FIRST ON AND OFF CAMPUS!
  • Car: Car is the best way to access all that Lubbock has to offer, as the city is very spread out. That being said, most international students do not own cars and the Citibus does service 800 stops around Lubbock that you will have free access to with your Tech ID!
    • Other options: Taxi-type services Uber and Lyft serve the Lubbock community as well.

What happens if I struggle emotionally and culturally after I arrive in Lubbock and to Tech?

  • Cultural adaptation is a process, and you are going to experience highs- and lows- as you adjust, and this is completely normal. The best way to prepare for the lows is to build community so that you have a network to reach out to on those tough days as well as the great ones! As a result, we encourage you to identify clubs, programs and activities early in your first weeks that will help you connect with others, build friendships, and stay healthy physically, as these things will help you to walk through the times when you find yourself missing home and family, or struggling emotionally, physically or academically.
  • Mentor Tech: Through faculty and staff mentoring and peer group networking, Mentor Tech's mission is to improve the retention and eventual graduation rates of all students in the Texas Tech University System, with a special focus on those from under-represented groups, by fostering a campus climate that is conducive to their academic, social, and cultural needs and interests.
  • Student Counseling Center: As the primary student mental health clinic on campus, the Student Counseling Center provides a safe environment for students to explore issues of concern, resolve psychological distress, and maximize their potential at Texas Tech University!
  • MindSpa: With each new semester, many suffer the negative effects of stress with few opportunities for relief and rejuvenation. The Student Counseling Center MindSpa provides Texas Tech enrolled students, faculty, and staff a sanctuary in which to pamper and nurture mind, body, and spirit. The MindSpa provides many tools for stress management, including a massage chair, biofeedback software, yoga mats and mind-body exercise DVDs, and even Xbox 360 with games that help you relax.

How can I get plugged into campus activities and groups?

  • Well, here are some great places to start:
    • Attend International Student Life (ISL) events: These events will help you get to know other internationals who are walking the same road!
    • Attend Raider Welcome week events: There are over 100 events scheduled for Winter Raider Welcome week, happening January 14-29, 2018! These welcome events are great places to meet friends, find people with shared interests, learn more about Tech traditions, experience culture, learn how to succeed academically, and get involved in the community. Take advantage of these events designed for you—check out the full schedule!
    • Check out OrgSync: Currently, there are 728 organizations on campus that you can join! Mind-boggling, right? OrgSync has a complete list of these organizations, and pretty much any interest you have, there is likely a club or organization of people that share that interest.

What opportunities might I have for cultural exchange?

  • International Student Council: This is the student organization that is advised by the International Student Life Administrator, and exists to connect the international student body, organize events focused on cultural exchange, and be an ambassador of Texas Tech to prospective and newly admitted international students!
  • Cultural Exchange Program: Run by a community partner, this is a one year program that “matches” you to a community member or community family. You will meet with your match at least once per month, and it is a great opportunity to see American culture up close!
  • Culture Fest: Each fall, we have a festival that highlights the diversity of our campus. You can simply come experience it, you can volunteer, or you can represent your country and heritage by dressing in traditional clothing, working a booth with a country, language or culture-specific organization, or performing traditional dance or music from your country.
  • Carry your flag!: Each Homecoming week, the Tech Student Activities Board hosts a parade the day before the Homecoming football game, and International Students have the opportunity to carry their nation's flag, or the flag of a nation represented here at Texas Tech, in that parade! It's a fabulous opportunity to participate in a Tech tradition while also sharing your national pride!
  • International Student Advisory Board: This certificate program allows international students to represent their international student body for a one-year term. Their goal is to identify areas of need within the community, and then address those needs by developing systems, processes and programs that meet these needs.
  • Volunteer with our K-12 Global Education Outreach (GEO) program, that shares cultural experiences with students in elementary and secondary schools around the Lubbock region.

How do I stay up to date with what is going on in International Student Life?

  • We're so glad you asked! There are several ways to do this:
    • Join our Facebook page
    • Follow us on Instagram: ttu_isl
    • Sign up for REMIND, & you will receive texts about upcoming events as well as important information you need to know!
    • Read your weekly update email from Beth, your International Student Life Administrator, that will go directly to your TTU email.

How do I find others in Lubbock and on campus who are from my country?

  • Our list of international student organizations is the best place to start, though any International Student Life (ISL) event can offer an opportunity to engage with your fellow countrymen or others within the international student body.

Where are the best places to study?

  • Everybody has their favorite places, and you will have to find yours, but popular study areas are the Student Union Building (SUB), the Library (with numerous zones that range from individual study carrels in the stacks to the main floor computer zones to project zones where groups can work together), your dorm's study lounges, and off campus, coffee shops are always popular!

Where are the best places to eat on campus?

  • Again, this will be personal preference, but there is lots of variety available on campus! Check out this online brochure to learn about costs, where your money goes the farthest (at Hulen/Clement's all-you-care-to-eat facility & The Fresh Plate at Bledsoe/Gordon), how dining plans work, and even how special diets are accommodated!

What resources are available to help me academically?

  • TECHniques Center: This Center, located in West Hall, offers one-on-one tutoring and academic counseling!
  • The Learning Center: Located in Holden Hall, the goal of the Learning Center is to provide a student with the resources needed to obtain academic independence and success. They offer a variety of FREE services to all currently enrolled undergraduate Texas Tech students to ensure academic success, including:
    • Drop-in peer tutoring in subjects such as Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Accounting, and Engineering.
    • Individual academic planning, support, and coaching.
    • Peer academic coaching that provides students with skills in test taking, time management, etc.
    • Online tutoring Monday through Thursday from 7:30-10pm (in some subjects).
  • The University Writing Center: Located in room 175 of the English/Philosophy Building, the UWC provides tutoring services to undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty and staff. Tutorials last for 30 minutes, whether face-to-face or online. Our online services are asynchronous and feedback is returned to students within 24-48 business hours as tutors do not work on weekends. The hours of our main UWC are Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM. To set up an appointment, drop by in person or call (806) 742-2476, ext.2.
  • Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows can access writing support through the Graduate Student Writing Center (GSWC), a satellite of the UWC. To learn more about the GSWC's face-to-face and online services, please visit Graduate Student Writing Center.

What resources might be available to me should I find myself struggling financially?

  • Wreck Hunger! Food Pantry — Located in the Graduate Center, this food pantry is accessible to undergrads as well as graduates should you need the help it provides!
  • TTU Career Closet — The University Career Center wants to help you look your best for interviews and job fairs, and they understand that professional clothing can cost a lot! Contact Toni Krebbs in the Career Center for more information!
  • TPEG — Administered by a committee within the Office of International Affairs, the Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG) is for very special situations where there is a critical and compelling need to assist a student who has had a sudden and major financial problem. It is not for chronic financial mismanagement, neglect, and abuse. TPEG funding is limited and awards are usually very modest at best. Awards are normally not made during a student's first year as a student at Texas Tech. Examples of important issues might be, but are not limited to, currency fluctuations in one's home country, or a natural disaster in one's home country which affects the economy and the financial services sector and, thus, a student's ability to receive enough funds from his native country to pay his financial obligations here in the United States.
  • Raider Relief Fund Emergency Award Program — This fund, operated by Red to Black, desires to help students in emergency situations pay for living and other educational experiences. Be sure to read the guidelines and application process before beginning your application.
  • Check out this page for a list of scholarships and grants offered to international students!
  • Red to Black: This department offers peer-to-peer financial coaching to Texas Tech students. They provide individual coaching sessions and group presentations on topics such as creating spending plans, the importance of starting to save early, maximizing financial aid (including student loans), how to choose employee benefits and establishing and wisely using credit.

What are some popular experiences I could have here in Lubbock to learn about the local culture or history?

  • The Ranching Heritage Center: Located on campus near the International Cultural Center, you will have an opportunity to experience the real West at this 27-acre museum and outdoor historical park established to preserve and interpret ranching history.
  • The Buddy Holly Center: This is a center that honors the legacy of Lubbock's most famous resident and rock and roll pioneer! Take a picture with the famous Buddy Holly glasses, and experience art & music and the local Lubbock music and arts scene, both present and past.
  • First Friday Art Trail: On the first Friday of every month, you can experience a free, self-guided public art experience. Citibus provides a bus that connects you to all participating galleries, though many are located in the downtown cultural district and within walking distance of one another! Don't miss it!
  • LHUCA: The Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts' mission is to cultivate and celebrate all the arts by inspiring creativity and engaging with the community. They host the monthly first Friday Art Trail, an annual film festival, and the Helen DeVitt Jones Clay Studio-- a working studio open to the public for everyone with an interest in clay and the ceramic arts. This Clay Studio is the finest, most well-equipped studio of its kind on the High Plains of Texas, and they offer a wide variety of classes, workshops, and programs for the public.
  • Jones AT&T Stadium: This is the home turf of the Texas Tech Red Raider (American) football team. This is an absolute must-visit spot to experience the heights of Raider pride and traditions!
  • Museum of Texas Tech: Located on campus and just next to our International Cultural Center, this is a great place to see and learn about local history, and they have many changing exhibits that touch on a variety of topics! This is also a great calendar to watch, as they have summer classes for children, cultural events the entire family can enjoy, and Museum by Night events for adults! Free and open to the public.
  • United Supermarkets Arena: This is our basketball arena, the home of our graduation ceremonies, our fall convocation and even a major concert and special events venue. You must experience a variety of events in this building while you are here in Raiderland!