Texas Tech University

Arrival Information


Congratulations on your admission to Texas Tech University! The staff of the International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) office extends this welcome to you and offers suggestions in preparation for your arrival.


Lubbock may be reached from all major cities by bus or plane. Train service is not available to Lubbock. The cost of a taxi from the Lubbock airport to Texas Tech is approximately $25. If you arrive in Lubbock by bus, the taxi charge from the bus station to Texas Tech will be approximately $9. Also, there is limousine service from the airport to Texas Tech which costs $30 per hour. An UBER ride from the airport will cost about $20. 


All TTU international students are legally required to check in with ISSS at the International Cultural Center. Failure to check in with your international student counselor will result in the loss of your legal status in the US! Check in by appointment only. Before making a new student check-in appointment, you are required to watch the following presentation online:

Maintaining your F-1 Immigration Status



New Students must Check-In at the International Cultural Center no later than August 26th. 

Make an appointment for New Student Check-In with your assigned
International Student Counselor

Must watch the presentation on "how to maintain your F-1 legal SEVIS status" before making the appointment

The Graduate International Student Orientation will take place on a August 23rd. 

Location: Student Union Building



The international student orientation for First year student and transferring student will take place on a day late August (to be determined) at the International Cultural Center.

New Student Check-In at the International Cultural Center no later than August 26th.

Immigration check in and orientation is required.  You must Make an appointment for New Student Check-In with your assigned International Student Counselor

You must watch the presentation on "How to maintain your F-1 legal SEVIS status" before making the appointment for new student check-in.

Location: International Cultural Center

All undergraduate international students must also register for and complete a Red Raider Orientation and the Undergraduate International Student Orientation.  That event will take place at the International Cultural Center on August 22th. 


As Texas Tech does not provide transient housing, you will need to obtain temporary lodging until you are able to arrange permanent quarters. There are several hotels located near campus. Reservations are recommended. The cost of temporary housing for your first nights in Lubbock will be your responsibility and can cost as much as $70.00 to $100.00 per night.

Texas Tech does have on-campus housing available for single students (no married housing). If you have questions or want to discuss TTU residence facilities, please contact the University Student Housing department at housing@ttu.edu. Off-campus housing can be arranged after you arrive. The following guides can assist you in locating housing.

Visit Apartment guides and Lubbock Apartments


If you are transferring to Texas Tech University as an F-1 student from another U.S. institution, please notify your international student counselor or Designated School Official (DSO) at your current school of your intention to transfer to Texas Tech. All incoming students will need to complete and sign a F-1 Transfer Form and send it to an ISSS counselor. Your school will then release your SEVIS record to Texas Tech. Transfer procedures are described on the ISSS transfer web page.


For information and links about applying for your visa (initial and renewals), please check the ISSS Travel Web Page and watch the ISSS How to get a Visa presentation. Do not attempt to enter the United States any earlier than 30 days before the program start date on your I-20. If you do, you may be rejected for entry into the U.S. and will have to return to your home country.

All new and transfer students are encouraged to keep up with any new immigration information by going to our website athttp://www.international.ttu.edu


The program start date on your I-20 is a specific date that requires you to enter the United States by that date. If you do not enter the U.S. by the program start date on your I-20, you can be denied entry into the U.S. Once you enter the U.S., you must report to the ISSS at Texas Tech University within 15 days of your date of entry, participate in the orientation sessions, and register for classes.


For information on how to get a visa stamp in your passport, please visit the ISSS Travel Page for information and links. Do not attempt to enter the United States any earlier than 30 days before yourprogram start date onyour Form I-20. Protect and secure your documents on your person before and during your flight, and after you arrive in the U.S. Please bring your passport, I-20, and copy of your I-94 (which is now automated and you must retrieve a copy at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Web Site with you when you come to the ISSS for check-in. Also, if you have attended any other academic institution in the U.S., ISSS would like copies of the I-20s from those institutions.


The university estimates minimum expenses for nine months to be approximately $30,500 (graduate) and $37,500 (undergraduate), but actual expenses vary greatly according to tuition, fees, and number of courses taken by a given student. The university also reserves the right to make changes in tuition and fees at anytime.

Students on F-1 and J-1 visas should have at least $4,000 in their possession upon arrival in Lubbock. We recommend that you bring as much of the amount as you are allowed to transfer. Please plan accordingly. Tuition and fee payments are due before classes begin.

If you plan to bring your spouse and child(ren) with you, add approximately $6,500 for your spouse and $4,600 per child for 12-month living expenses. Students are urged to have adequate financial means for their entire period of study, since there are few financial resources at the University. Note: Please take extra care with any amount of currency that you may have on your person. Be sure to properly secure these items and your immigration documents while you are traveling.



Auto: If you plan to purchase an automobile, your required liability insurance will cost between $800 - $2,500 U.S. per year.

Medical: Emergency medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance is essential in the U.S. due to the high cost of medical care. To assure non-immigrant student compliance with United States financial responsibility requirements, Texas Tech University requires all non-immigrant students enrolled in one or more class hours to purchase the Texas Tech Student Health Insurance. For more information, visit Insurance FAQ. The insurance premium will be charged on your tuition and fee bill. In addition to the required insurance for students, we strongly recommend that all students have health insurance for their dependents in the United States. Medical insurance is particularly important in the U.S. as medical care is not subsidized by the government and is very expensive. Dependent insurance cannot be placed on the student's tuition and fee bill.

The U.S. Department of State requires that all J-1 Exchange Visitors and their dependents have health, evacuation and repatriation insurance.


Due to an increased incidence of Tuberculosis (TB), international students will be tested for this very communicable disease. If you have had a TB test within the last year bring documentation of the test results.

All students will also be required either to show proof of two (2) immunizations for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), or they will have to be immunized. Immunizations will be offered through Student Health for a fee

Students who have had two MMR immunizations must submit written proof of adequate immunization.

The state of Texas requires all students entering an institution of higher education in Texas as of January 2012 and thereafter to provide documentation that they have had a meningococcal (bacterial meningitis) vaccine. This vaccine must have been administered during the five-year period prior to the first day of classes of the semester they will enter Texas Tech. If you have had a meningococcal vaccine, but it was administered longer ago than described above, you must receive another dose of the vaccine

For more information check out the TTU Medical Information for International Students page. With all immunization records, or letters from physicians, please provide translated copies (if possible).


The University is located in Lubbock, Texas, a city with a population of more than 225,000. The city is located on the high, flat plains of West Texas, approximately 600 kilometers west of Dallas/Fort Worth, and 600 kilometers east of Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico. It is one kilometer above sea level. The South Plains area of West Texas surrounding Lubbock is a short-stem grass region that is primarily used for growing cotton. Oil production is also important in the regional economy. Its climate is excellent, with over 3,550 hours of sunshine every year. Summers are dry and not extremely hot, while winters are dry and moderate. The average annual rainfall is less than 46 centimeters. The average temperature is 16 C. The January average is 4 C, and the August average is about 27 C. Although extended periods of extremely hot or extremely cold temperatures are not common, visitors should be prepared for temperatures as high as 44 C in the summer and as low as -16 C in the winter. The average wind speed is approximately 20 km/h.

If you have additional questions, please contact us. The staff of the ISSS looks forward to meeting you.

For New Student Check-In with your assigned International Student Counselor