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As Texas Tech students have experienced what life is like away from home after their first year in college, now they need to decide their living arrangements next year.

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In addition to figuring out roommates for next year, if and where one will live off campus, rent, food and all the other responsibilities of next year’s housing, prioritizing safety should be included when planning for next year.

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When people think of owning a pet in college, they often think of what it will be like to have a four-legged companion to snuggle with at night. However, they may not consider just how much time and money really goes into owning a pet.

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There are some items you may want to keep easily accessible on moving day. After a long day, no one wants to unpack 15 boxes just to find some light bulbs, a fork or a roll of toilet paper.

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In addition to making sure you can afford the rent and other expenses that come with renting an apartment or house, there are certain documents you’ll want to have with you when it comes time to sign your lease. Make sure you ask what specific documents your future landlord might require bef…

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You may be sharing space with a stranger. Your best friend. Or someone you’ve been acquainted with for a while but really don’t know too well. Whatever the case, what’s the best way to get along?

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The apartment is perfect. It’s got just enough space but not too much. The view is nice and parking is easy. There’s a washer and dryer and the pool is gorgeous. Before you jump into a legal agreement in the form of a lease, take a few minutes and consider some questions to ask a prospective…

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Moving into a new home or apartment comes with a lot of expenses. From decorating to rent, money can be spent quickly. Knowing how to do some basic repairs will save a significant amount of money. However, knowing when it’s time to call a professional can be key to avoiding larger issues.

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Living off campus is part of the college experience. Here are some things to think about when considering your off-campus destination.

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Moving into a new home or apartment comes with a lot of expenses. From decorating to rent, money can be spent quickly. Knowing how to do some basic repairs will save a significant amount of money. However, knowing when it’s time to call a professional can be key to avoiding larger issues.

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While most apartment complexes require tenants to have renter’s insurance, Texas Tech does not, and choosing not to have insurance can leave students living in the residence halls paying hundreds if not thousands of dollars to replace personal property in the event of damage or theft.

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Bike Tech and the Bike Shop are services offered inside the Outdoor Pursuits Center that help students with bicycle repairs, rentals and any questions they may have, according to the Bike Tech website.

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Whether it’s during halftime or between innings, Texas Tech students may find themselves on the field or the court to participate in games and activities to win prizes.

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• Texas Tech students enrolled in four or more hours pay a $57.20 fee to attend Tech home athletic events. Students simply need to swipe their valid student IDs at the appropriate entrance.

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Since 1925, students have walked the same paths you’re about to walk and gone to classes in many of the same buildings. As you look forward toward the path to graduation — it will be here far quicker than you can realize — check out a list of things to do before you leave Raiderland. Use #TT…

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The Texas Tech Library, open 24 hours a day, five days a week (24 hours a day, seven days a week during finals), is the most frequented building on campus with 1.5 million visitors per year.

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Your student ID is important for many things, whether it’s getting into your residence hall or athletic events, paying for your meals or taking advantage of services offered on campus such as the Student Wellness Center. One thing you may not realize your ID can do for you is give you access…

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In addition to its TechAlert! mass notification system that delivers email, text and voice messages about emergency situations or class cancellations/delays (sign up at appserv.itts.ttu.edu/EmergencyAlert/), Texas Tech has an outdoor siren system designed to alert students, staff, faculty an…

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Packing for college is no easy feat. You know you need sheets, towels, clothes hangers, a mini fridge and other standard items; however, there are several dorm essentials that will make campus life easier and much more comfortable.

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• The Student Wellness Center, open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., is a professional primary care clinic, offering mental health referrals, nutrition counseling, laboratory services, X-ray services, a sports medicine clinic and a pharmacy. To schedule an appointment, call 806-743-2848. F…