The great migration of college students begins as the fall semester approaches.
The fall semester is starting soon, which means students are making a comeback. I was helping my partner move into a new apartment this weekend, and there were also quite a few families moving in their students.
As any inhabitant of Lubbock knows, during the summer the town’s population loses a large chunk of its population. The reason for this is the large student population who live in Lubbock while attending university.
The Texas Tech University System had its highest number of students enrolled last year with 57,146 students. This number includes Texas Tech University, Texas Tech University Health and Science Center, Angelo State University, and Texas Tech University Health and Science Center El Paso. Of these students, approximately 45,500 students were based in Lubbock, Texas.
We also have to consider the 1,400 students of Lubbock Christian University as well as some of the 7,000 students of South Plains College who live in Lubbock and go to the Reese Center or their main campus.
Not all of them, but many of these students come from other parts of Texas or even other states. Most also don’t choose to stay in the central city all year round and will return to their hometowns for summer and winter vacations.
As someone who lived full time in Lubbock during my year at South Plains College and my two years at Texas Tech, I have seen this migration happen every summer. It’s really nice when the students leave for those of us who live here all year round as the restaurants near campus aren’t as crowded and the roads are a bit smoother.
Of course, we also appreciate the return of all the students to the city. Lubbock is truly a college town at its heart, and everyone is so proud of our school which gives the city a truly unique energy. Returning students also means more people are benefiting from our local businesses and events.
It might seem a bit more crowded and you might have to queue longer at your favorite restaurant, but you’re fine in the end.
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