Jun 14, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Housing and Hospitality

Tanya Massey, Senior Managing Director
University Student Housing

Wiggins Complex | 3211 18th St. | Box 41141
Lubbock, TX 79409-1141 | T 806.742.2661
F 806.742.2696
housing@ttu.edu | www.housing.ttu.edu

Kirk Rodriguez, Senior Managing Director
Hospitality Services

Wiggins Complex | 3211 18th St. | Box 42184
Lubbock, TX 79409-2184 | T 806.742.1360
hospitality@ttu.edu | hospitality.ttu.edu | @EatAtTexasTech

University Student Housing serves as a catalyst for student success by providing valuable learning experiences that recruit, retain, and support students through graduation. Our services, programs, activities, facilities, and staff will provide the foundation for learning and success. 

University Student Housing offers a variety of living options and provides convenient and affordable housing for over 8,000 students. University Student Housing offers Learning Communities (LCs) across campus. These are unique and transformative communities where students seeking similar academic goals can live, learn, and socialize together. Texas Tech University currently has 18 Learning Communities where over 4,000 Red Raiders (about one-half of our population) reside. Across campus are traditional, pod, and suite style residence halls. Traditional halls consist of both built-in and moveable furniture styles such as Knapp Hall, which houses the Women in Science & Engineering learning community (WISE), and our towering Weymouth Hall, which houses the First-Generation learning community. Suite-style halls consist of Carpenter/Wells, Gordon, Murray, and Talkington. These suite-style halls offer private room accommodations and shared bathroom facilities within the suite. Our pod-style accommodation is Honors Hall, which can be found on the northwest side of campus. This hall houses the Honors learning community and features a full-service Starbucks®. Our apartment style housing accommodations consist of West Village A, available to students of sophomore or higher classification, and West Village B, for students who are 21 years of age or older. These apartments offer full kitchens and private room accommodations. Most recently, University Student Housing has expanded its room selection options by offering Flex Housing. Flex Housing assignments refer to a housing option in which two or more students mutually agree to share a multiple-occupancy apartment without regard to the gender of the occupants. 

All halls on campus have Wi-Fi throughout the building. Other services include limitless laundry rooms, study lounges, and in-hall 24-hour professional offices. An experienced and trained team of Residence Life staff manage each residence hall. The in-hall offices assist residents with concerns, maintenance requests, and room and roommate assignments and are a general resource for information. The interest of students living on campus is promoted through the Residence Hall Association and individual hall governments. Each hall government sponsors social, cultural, educational, and recreational activities.

On-Campus Housing Requirement

In support of the Strategic Plan of Texas Tech University, the university requires enrolled first-year students to live in the university residence halls. Institutional research suggests that students who live on campus are significantly more inclined to remain in college and achieve higher GPAs in comparison to students living off campus.

The On-Campus Residency Requirement applies to students enrolled in more than six hours for the fall and spring semesters, and/or enrolled for three hours per summer session.

Compliance with the university housing policy is a condition of enrollment, as set forth in the Student Handbook approved by the Board of Regents and Operating Policy 30.25. Failure to comply with the On-Campus Residence Requirement will result in the student being placed in a “Non-Compliance Status” and charged for all applicable Housing and Dining Plan fees.

It is the responsibility of the student to update any incorrect information regarding place of residence with the Office of the Registrar.

On-campus housing for married couples or individuals with children is not provided.

Registered sex offenders and students convicted of any felony are not permitted to live in university-owned housing. The information submitted is subject to verification.

On-Campus Residency Exemption Process

Subject to verification and authorization by University Student Housing, students may be eligible to live off campus provided any one of the 11 exemption categories listed below is satisfied:

  1. A student is currently residing and will continue to reside in the established primary residence of their parents (or legal guardian) if it is within a 60-mile radius of Texas Tech University. The parents (or legal guardian) must have established their primary residency at least six months prior to the request for an exemption. Legal guardianship must have been established by a court of law at least one year prior to the request.
  2. A student presents sufficient evidence of an extreme financial hardship condition based on guidelines similar to those required for Financial Aid.
  3. A student is married or has dependent children living with the student.
  4. A student is 21 years of age or over on or before the first day of classes of the initial semester of enrollment.
  5. A transfer student has successfully completed 30 or more semester hours of academic credit prior to the student’s enrollment or reenrollment. Credit earned by exam (Advanced Placement, CLEP, ACT, SAT) and hours received from concurrent high school credit are not considered.
  6. A student is awarded a university scholarship/sponsorship that is managed by a university department or college, which minimally includes the equivalence of the current academic school year’s room, board, tuition, fees, and textbooks (as estimated by the Student Financial Aid Office) during an academic school year. Upon prior approval from the managing department or college, the student may request to be exempt from living on campus. The managing department or college must provide verification in writing to University Student Housing prior to the student’s enrollment and/or re-enrollment to the university.
  7. A student is enrolled in the Graduate School or Law School.
  8. A student has served in active military service, as verified by a discharge certificate (DD214).
  9. A student presents sufficient evidence of an extreme medical condition, as documented by their treating physician, for which on-campus accommodations cannot be made.
  10. A student presents sufficient and satisfactory evidence of extreme or unusual hardship that will be intensified by living in the residence halls.
  11. A student has completed a full academic year (fall and spring terms) of living on campus in the Texas Tech University residence halls or provides sufficient evidence of living on campus at another university and receives confirmation of approval from University Student Housing.

Subject to verification and authorization by the University Student Housing, students may be eligible to have their housing hold temporarily removed, and not be required to live on campus for the given term, provided any one of the three conditions listed below is satisfied:

  1. A student is enrolled in online classes only and classified as a distance education learner.
  2. A student is taking less than six hours during the academic year.
  3. A student enrolled for a Texas Tech University or Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at a campus other than the Lubbock campus.

To request approval to live off-campus, the student must submit an Exemption Form along with all required documentation. University Student Housing staff will review and send denial/approval notices to the student’s TTU email account. 

No exemptions will be approved once the student has moved into the residence halls. 

In conjunction with the university’s support of academic integrity, evidence of deliberate falsification of information, data, or any materials submitted or providing false or erroneous information in connection with an application for exemption from the on-campus housing requirement will be grounds for disciplinary action. Such action may include, but is not limited to, revocation of a previously approved exemption, restitution of up to a semester’s room and dining plan fees, or probation, as determined by the Office of Student Conduct and in accordance with the Code of Student Conduct of Texas Tech University.

Signing an off-campus lease will not relieve the student of contractual obligations that may have been assumed with the university. It is the responsibility of the student to comply with all provisions of the signed contract.

Housing Sign-Up Process

Residence halls, like all other services and facilities of Texas Tech University, are available to all students regardless of race, creed, national origin, age, sex, or disability. Applications for admission to the university and applications for residence hall accommodations are separate processes. To sign up for housing at Texas Tech University, students must first be admitted to the university. Students are encouraged to sign up for housing as soon as they are notified of their admission status and receive and activate their eRaider account information. To complete the housing sign-up process, go to housing.ttu.edu and follow the instructions provided.

Students sign a University Student Housing and Hospitality Services Contract for the academic year (fall and spring semesters), a 12-month contract (fall, spring, and summer), or a summer-only contract. Any student wishing to cancel their University Student Housing and Hospitality Services Contract should email housing@ttu.edu to discuss the cancellation provisions.

Housing and dining plan rates are based on a per person charge. Rates will be established by the President. All rates are subject to change with appropriate notice. The most recent rates are posted on the University Student Housing and Hospitality Services websites.

A $75 non-refundable application fee is required with all housing applications. This is a one-time fee. A $400 Initial Deposit is required for all housing room reservations for all residence halls, including traditional spaces and suite/apartment/pod style spaces, and is due with the signed contract. The $400 Initial Deposit is potentially refundable (less any fees or billed charges) if the contract is completed or properly canceled as outlined in the contract. A $250 Additional Deposit is required for a housing room reservation in a suite/apartment/pod style space (Talkington, Gordon, Carpenter/Wells, Murray, Honors Hall, and West Village) and is due with the signed contract if selecting a suite/apartment/pod style space or when a student elects to upgrade to a suite/apartment/pod style space. The $250 Additional Deposit is potentially refundable (less any fees or billed charges) if the contract is completed or if the student never reserves a suite/apartment/pod styles space. The $250 Additional Deposit is non-refundable if the contract is canceled at any time before the end of the contract period. For additional information on fees, deposits, and cancellation procedures, please review the housing contract on the University Student Housing website.

The university agrees to provide a room and dining plan only after the student has submitted the required application, properly signed the University Student Housing and Hospitality Services Contract, and paid the application fee and applicable deposit(s). The student agrees to pay the housing and dining plan fees and any billed charges (i.e., damage charges, lock change charges, late/improper check-out charges, etc.) at the time scheduled by the university. All housing and dining plan fees and charges are billed in a combined account with the university tuition and fees. These accounts are managed by Student Business Services.

Students with academic year or 12-month contracts are charged 60% of the academic year housing and dining plan rate for the fall semester and 40% for the spring semester. Students entering the residence halls for the spring semester with an academic year contract are charged 50% of the academic year rate.

For additional information or questions, please contact University Student Housing at 806.742.2661, or you may email housing@ttu.edu.

Dining Plans

Hospitality Services provides a wide variety of fresh, healthy, and convenient dining options and Dining Plans. Dining Plans can be used at the all-you-care-to-eat location, The Market food court at Stangel/Murdough featuring Fazoli’s®, the Student Union food court featuring Boar’s Head Deli® and Pizza Hut®, The Commons at Talkington Hall, Raider Exchange in West Village, Einstein® Bros Bagels and Chick-fil-A® at the Rawls College of Business, Starbucks® at the Honors Hall, and any Sam’s Place Mini-market or Sam’s Express Kiosk. For a complete list of dining locations, visit hospitality.ttu.edu.

Three levels of Dining Plans offer students the option of selecting the level that best fits their individual appetites and needs. For example, the Red & Black level is best for those students who consistently eat three meals per day. These plans also have plenty of flexibility for students who need late-night options and will take maximum advantage of the extensive offerings of the mini-markets. The Matador level will appeal to students who eat most meals on campus. The Matador level is the default Dining Plan when no plan is selected in the Residence Hall Contract. The Double T level is a choice for students who may miss meals for various reasons or work off campus. The West Village Dining Plan is available exclusively to students living in these apartments. For more information, view the Dining Plan & Rates at hospitality.ttu.edu.

Dining Bucks allow Red Raiders the freedom of purchasing complete meals or on-the-go snacks. Students receive a preset amount of Dining Bucks per semester and their balance declines as they purchase meals from any of the all-you-care-to-eat dining location or food items from retail operations.

Hospitality Services Dining Locations*:

  • Chick-fil-A® @ RCoBA
  • Chick-fil-A® @ Student Union
  • The Commons @ Talkington
    • Einstein Bros® Bagels
  • Einstein Bros® Bagels @ RCoBA
  • The Market @ Stangel/Murdough
    • Fazoli’s®
    • Day Break Coffee
  • Raider Exchange @ West Village
  • Sam’s Express Kiosks
    • Holden Hall

    • Human Sciences

    • Library

  • Sam’s Place Mini-markets
    • @ Murray
    • Poolside @ the Rec Center
    • @ Student Union
    • West @ Wiggins with Chick-fil-A®
  • Starbucks® @ Honors Hall
  • Retail Corridor @ Student Union
    • The Break Smoothies 
    • Sam’s Place
  • Sneed Traditional Dining
  • Wall/Gates All You Care-to-Eat

  • Student Union Food Court
    • Pizza Hut®
    • Raider Pit BBQ
    • Boar’s Head Deli®
    • Sub-to-Go featuring Sushi with Gusto®

 * all location availability subject to change

Commuter Dining Plans are a great way for off-campus students to take advantage of all the great dining locations on campus. Commuter Dining Plans can be added to students’ tuition bill, and the balance carries from semester to semester if students are enrolled with Texas Tech University. Commuter Dining Plans can be purchased in increments of $50 up to $300 (Commuter Dining Plans include a Dining Operations Cost of $2.50 plus the current applicable state/local sales tax). Visit hospitality.ttu.edu for more information on all Dining Plans.

The Transact mobile ordering app makes it easy for Red Raiders to order food to go! Students can use the Transact app to order food for pickup with an on-campus Dining Plan from Hospitality Services. All on-campus Dining Plans will work exactly as they normally do with the same Dining Plan discounts and no fee for placing an order through the app!

When placing your first order, be sure to select your correct on-campus Dining Plan at checkout!

Follow campus dining on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @EatAtTexasTech! Be in the know about special events, giveaways, new food locations, tasty treats, and more!!!

Room and Dining Plan Rates

Rates for room and dining plans are based on a per-person charge and established by the President. Twelve-month room rates are available for Carpenter/Wells and West Village.

Room and dining rates for 2023-24 can be found at the following: