Lubbock, TX
Tuition (in-state)
$19,772 ($9,242)
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3 College Senior

Parking: permit costs aren't too ridiculous. Hard to get permits for the ones you want depending on the location. Don't need a car because of the buses unless want to go off campus. Don't park on campus without permit

3 College Student

Parking: There is plenty of parking and the police generally enforce permits and speeding heavily.

3 College Junior

Parking: Being a closed campus it is hard to get on campus with a car even if you are dropping something off. You can park anywhere after 5:30 which is nice but sometimes I have meetings earlier than that and they won't let you on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: There is always an open spot. Some times it can be hard to find, but that's rare. The campus cops are good about penalizing the cars that aren't suppose to be there.

3 College Freshman

Parking: It's just as easy to get a ticket as it is to not.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 668th
    Best Parking Availability
  • 1068th
    Best Off-Campus Parking
  • 1178th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs

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Abby Stone
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Remember back in middle school when having the cool carpool meant you were cool? Well pick your friends wisely, because those days are back. Parking is the No. 1 complaint students have about Texas Tech, and it doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon. Commuter lots are set up on either side of campus, and they are connected with the bus system. These lots are far enough away that walking will create perspiration on even the coldest days, but the constantly-running buses make it so that you won't have to wait or walk.

For those who are lucky enough and have the funds to buy a spot in the Flint Parking Garage, congrats. This garage is right next to the business building and is so tempting to park in when the Lubbock winds are blowing and the nearest non-commuter parking spot is on the street at least five blocks away. The parking patrols take their job very seriously, and they will give tickets to anyone who challenges the "Parking Permit Only" signs or chooses to stay longer than 30 minutes in the designated spots. Parking tickets add up, so get one of the few commuter passes early or get a bike.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
  • $237 for residence hall parking
  • $620 for Flint Avenue Garage parking
Common Parking Tickets
  • Permit improperly installed: $10
  • Expired meter: $20
  • Parking in non-designated areas: $25
  • Parking without a valid permit: $25
  • Parking in a fire lane: $50
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • On 19th Street in between Flint and Boston
  • The 30-minute spots at the Rec Center
  • The 45-minute to 2-hour spots across University Avenue on Broadway and along streets heading towards 4th Street
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
The 30-minute spots at the entrance of campus
Getting a Parking Permit
The easiest way to sign up for a parking permit is online. You simply sign on to your eRaider account and follow the instructions. Once purchased, your parking permit can be picked up at the permit office. There are a limited number of spaces available, so as soon as you decide to go to school at Tech, you should also decide whether or not you are going to park at Tech.
Parking Services
University Parking Services
MS 43161
Administrative Support Center, Room 145
(806) 742-PARK(7245)

Student Polls

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 23 responses

  • 35% Nowhere if you don't have a parking pass.
  • 24% Commuter parking lots
  • 16% Live near by and walk or take the campus busses
  • 8% On 19th Street in between Flint and Boston
  • 8% The 30-minute spots at the Rec Center
  • 8% Parking near an apartment complex

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 146 responses

  • 8% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 10% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 27% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 14% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 32% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 10% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 146 responses

Very poor
  • Distance from class
  • Distance from dorms
  • Ease of finding a spot
  • Parking enforcement
  • Permit cost

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 24 responses

  • 44% Anywhere
  • 41% The 30-minute spots at the entrance of campus
  • 7% Nowhere
  • 7% Tickets are 3x the amount of a city ticket
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