Texas Tech University

Our Services to Incoming Students

SIM Cards  

Need a US SIM card? Stop by the International Affairs Office at your earliest convenience between Monday-Friday, 8 AM-12 PM, 1-5 PM to obtain one from the front desk, your F-1 counselor or ISL staff. mint mobel fox

Check out our SIM card partner, Campus SIMS!     

Airport Pick-up

August 9th- 15th 2023

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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. Tech has partnered with the university's community and the Lubbock community to offer you a airport pickup service.

Service is run by volunteers and therefore only offered from August 9th - 15th. Thank you for your understanding. 

International Student F -1 Undergraduate & All level J-1 Exchange Student Orientation

August 16 & 17, 2023

International Orientation is designed to answer questions unique to you as an international student. The Office of International Affairs has created designed this with you in mind, to help guide you through your transition to Texas Tech and the culture of West Texas. Professionals that know what you are about to go through will discuss with you the people, programs, groups, materials and resources that will help you achieve great success as a student here at Texas Tech University!

Orientation is mandatory so be sure you schedule your flights to arrive before orientation day. 

In Orientation we will provide insight into: students at orientation

  • Health Care & Insurance

  • Risk-Intervention & Safety Intervention 

  • Immigration

  •  Campus Life & how to thrive

Students at orientation

  • Engage in person with Global Guides and new peers

  • Visit important and interesting sites around campus

  • Learn about the numerous resources available around campus designed to help you THRIVE mentally, physically, academically, financially, emotionally and socially!

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International Graduate students will need to attend the Graduate Schools Orientation program. Register Here

Hotel Partnership Program

August 2023

MCM EleganteTTU International Student Life has partnered with Visit Lubbock, the cities   tourism department to provide international students with special rates as they arrive for the start of the semester. We are very excited to be able to offer you several hotel choices, each with wonderful accommodations and great rates to help you settle into your new life in Lubbock before dorm/apartment move in begins.

This service is for STUDENTS and immediate family traveling with them for Orientation only. It can not be utilized for friends and family coming to visit. 

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Global Guides Mentor Program

F-1 Undergraduate students new to Texas Tech will be assigned a Global Guide to help you transition into life here in Lubbock.

These Global Guides are fellow students, who have been where you are, and want to help connect you to community, and generally be a friend and helper to you as you settle here in Lubbock. They will help out at our International Student Orientation, they will assist with dorm move in, they will be inviting you to go to different welcome events on-campus, and more! Take advantage of their expertise!

Texas Tech Global Guides Program 

Global Guide Advice for Incoming International Students

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2022-2023 Global Guide Team

Temporary Stay Options in  Lubbock

TTU Housing does not offer any type of temporary housing options between move-in or during winter break. You are responsible for ensuring you have somewhere to live during this time. This is part of your lease agreement if you signed a non-12-month lease with on-campus housing. 

TTU International Student Life has put together a Temporary Hotel Discount Program to help students during these times. We have also compiled a list of options that might help you find somewhere to stay. 

Hotel Partnership Program

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Frequently Asked Questions