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3 College Sophomore

Parking: If you're willing to take a long bus ride, you can park cheap and get front door service

2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is only convenient if you are a freshman living in the dorms because you get the dorm parking lot, other than that its horrible.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Usually parking at Texas Tech is inconvenient. Commuter lots are usually expensive and buses take forever to take your destination. Honestly, I do park next to apartment complexes so I can just walk which takes 15 minutes. I love you, Texas Tech. But the parking situation really needs improvement.

3 College Freshman

Parking: There isn't much visitor parking, and if you park in another dorm's lot for longer than fifteen minutes, you are likely to get a ticket.

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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


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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

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 266 responses

  • 10% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 34% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 11% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 26% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 11% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 8% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 271 responses

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