Local Atmosphere

Location
Lubbock, TX
Undergrads
24,338
Tuition (in-state)
$19,772 ($9,242)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There isn't much to Lubbock, except for the University.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Outside of the university lubbock is pretty boring. Most of the sights and scenery that have sprung up have done so to keep students entertained and out of too much trouble.

2 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Local Atmosphere is not that great but just make a lot of friends and you will have a good time.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Fairly small town, but good sized college town. Without students, it's boring, but during the regular school year it's like everything is about the school and football. Great atmosphere, shopping mall available if you have a car or want to ride the bus, plenty to eat of campus places around.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Not just answering excellent to get it over with all of these categories are so incredible ! My freshman year was better than I ever imagined !

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Abby Stone
Major
Journalism
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It's not until you graduate and bump into other Lubbock alums that you realize the bond this small town builds between people. Once you have lived in Lubbock, you just get it. It may not have the best shopping, the prettiest landscape, or the greatest service at the one trillion fast food and chain restaurants, but that's what everyone loves about it! A lot of the students who go to Tech come from big Texas cities like Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, or Austin. Many have been to the classiest restaurants and shopped at the best stores—but on our little college budgets, does that stuff really even matter?

Living and breathing Lubbock (even when it smells like cow pies) imbues a person with a character that you can't obtain by going to college in a major city. Lubbock is in the middle of nowhere, which is no doubt a challenge that some people will take head on, while others will head straight back to that 84 stretch. Those who choose to stick it out will forever have the ability to find fun in any situation. A good time is found in the people you are with, and that makes Lubbock's atmosphere unbeatable. Lubbock is small, but not too small; slow, but not too slow; and fun, but not too fun. Either you love it or you hate it, and that's the bottom line.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Lubbock was named for the founder of the Texas Rangers, Thomas S. Lubbock, in 1876. His brother was the governor of Texas during the Civil War.
  2. Lubbock is nicknamed the "Hub City" because it is surrounded by five major highways, and it resembles the hub of a wagon wheel.
  3. Lubbock is the 11th largest city in Texas.
  4. Lubbock is part of the Llano Estacado, which is the largest contiguous cotton-growing region in the world.
  5. In 1951, Lubbock was home to one of the nation's most famous UFO sightings—a photograph (taken by a Tech student, incidentally) of a V-shaped formation of lights now known as the "Lubbock Lights."
Notable Natives
  • Buddy Holly – rock and roll legend
  • Natalie Maines – lead singer of the Dixie Chicks
  • Chace Crawford – actor
  • Mac Davis – singer/songwriter who produced hits for Elvis Presley
Local Slang
  • AJ: The Avalanche Journal, Lubbock's newspaper and the source of all information that is Lubbock
  • The Depot: Nickname for the Depot District, a popular area of town that's packed with bars
  • Hub City: Lubbock's nickname
  • The LBK: You will hear people around Lubbock referring to Lubbock as the LBK.
  • The Loop: Loop 289, the "highway" that loops a big driving circle around Lubbock
  • LP&L: Lubbock Power & Light, the electric company in Lubbock that you will come to know well once you move out of the dorms
  • Y'all: The classic Texas contraction for "you all"
Points of Interest
  • Annual National Cowboy Symposium
  • Buddy Holly Center
  • Buffalo Springs Lake
  • Depot Entertainment District
  • Lubbock Water Rampage
  • National Ranching Heritage Center
  • South Plains wineries (Caprock Winery, Llano Estacado Winery, Pheasant Ridge Winery, and La Diosa Winery)
  • Texas Tech sporting events
  • Vietnam Archive
  • WWII Silent Wings Museum
Shopping Centers
  • Kingsgate Center
  • South Plains Mall
Movie Theaters
Cinemark Movies 16
5721 58th St
Lubbock
(806) 796-2804
Movie Theaters
Tinseltown USA
2535 82nd St.
Lubbock
(800) 326-3264
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Austin: TX: 6 hours, 30 minutes
  • Dallas: TX: 5 hours, 30 minutes
  • San Antonio: TX: 6 hours, 30 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 146 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 144 responses

  • 11% Painfully remote.
  • 8% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 12% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 60% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 10% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 144 responses

  • 39% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 37% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 24% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 144 responses

  • 40% No way.
  • 46% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 15% Totally.

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