5 days notice: All students needing a ride from the airport must complete Transportation Request Form 5-business days prior to your anticipated arrival date to Lubbock. Planning and scheduling is needed to organize the many pick ups we run during this time, which requires adequate planning time. We cannot make any guarantees that we will be able to provide you with a pick-up if your request is submitted less than 5 days before your arrival.
Airport Pick Up
Texas Tech and the Lubbock community would like to welcome you to your new home away from home. West Texas is known for "Strong Hospitality" and we would like to show you what that means from your first moments.
Texas Tech has partnered with TTU and Lubbock community members who have volunteered their time to offer to pick you up upon arriving in Lubbock.
How do I sign up for Airport Pick-Up?
Please read the following carefully before registering:
How early should I book my flight?: The earliest that new F-1 and J-1 students should enter the United States is 30 days prior to the start dates listed on the I-20 or DS-2019. This is an immigration limitation and cannot be changed. If you are admitted for the Spring semester, we recommend that you arrive in Lubbock no later than the day before International Student Orientation. However, if you can we recommend arriving with enough time to get settled, over come jet lag and familiarize yourself with campus.
Address Required: You need to be able to provide us with an address to drop you at before making your pick-up request. If you are arriving before your dorm or apartment move in date we recommend booking a hotel or Airbnb in advance as costs can rise closer to the start of the semester.
Airport Pick-up Days: Airport Pick-up will only be offered from January 2nd -7th (No exceptions). If you are needing a pick-up before or after these dates we recommend the use of the many Lubbock Taxi services, Lyft or Uber. We WILL NOT offer any pick-up services before or after the dates listed above.
What if my flight gets in REALLY late? Can I still use this service? Yes! We understand that with no direct international flights to Lubbock there is a chance that your flight may arive late at night. When you fill out the Pick-up form below you will be asked what time your flight will arrive. Please be sure to indicate the time you will arrive for example (11:00pm) and we will ensure someone will be there to pick you up. As long as you sign up at least 5 days before you arrive for airport pick-up we are happy to accomidate you.
Form will open closer to the end of the Fall Semester
Are you interested in Volunteering?
If you are interested in being a Pickup Volunteer, please fill out the form by clicking the registration link below.
NOTE for NEW volunteers: There will be a volunteer training for NEW pickup volunteers as it's important that we meet you, and are able to share some of the finer technical details so as to minimize problems for you all as volunteers, guarantee our students have a positive experience AND get you any needed physical materials to hand off to students. This will take place at the TTU International Culture Center on TBD.
Pick-up dates this year will be January 2nd-7th 2024
Thank you so much for taking care of our international students and giving them a great first impression of Lubbock & TTU!
Keep these dates in mind when booking flights. Be sure to give yourself time to settle in and overcome jet-lag as well.
- Dorm Move in Date: Begins Sunday January 7th. More info
- International Student Orientation: BIG Changes are coming! Dates to be announced soon! *Mandatory event Visit page here
- Red Raider Orientation: Visit page here (This is a separate and entirely different event from International orientation that is hosted by the University, that undergrads are ALSO required to attend.)
- International Graduate Student Orientation: TBA *Mandatory Visit Page here
- Classes Begin: January 10th 2024
Lubbock Airport is very small and easy to navigate. with only 9 terminals and 1 baggage claim area, getting lost is not an option here!
Need Somewhere to Stay once you arrive?
Please use our discount Hotel Partnership Program!
We have partnered with Visit Lubbock to offer you discounted hotel rates until you can move into your dorm or apartment.