The University of Texas at Dallas

Travel Guide

Welcome to UT Dallas! We’re glad you’re here! Traveling to a new country may seem difficult. Below are some tips to help guide the way.

Timing of Arrival

Port of Entry Advice

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement provides information about what an F-1 student or J-1 exchange visitor can expect upon arrival at a U.S. port of entry. You may want to download and print this information to carry it with you as you travel to the U.S.

What to Pack

On March 21, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security released Aviation Security Enhancements for Select Last Point of Departure Airports with Commercial Flights to the United States. It requires all passengers traveling from, or transiting into, 10 specific overseas airports to place all personal electronic devices (PDE’s) larger than a cell phone or smart phone in checked baggage. The measure remains in effect.

To learn more information about what to pack for your trip to the U.S., watch the What to Pack video on Youtube or Youku.

Traveling to Dallas, Texas


Train and Bus Services

Transportation to the UT Dallas Campus

BigHowdy, a program run by students, community volunteers and local churches, offers free airport pick-up for new students (before fall and spring semesters). Visit their website to request pick-up.

*Please note, airport pickup for spring 2021 students is not available due to COVID-19. Please continue to check the Big Howdy webpage for information about welcome activities and to learn how to be connected to the local community.

There are many available options to travel to campus, please see below for some options. Approximate price and time to campus is from DFW Airport.

Mode of TransportationApproximate PriceTime to CampusResources
Shuttle (shared ride)$25 – $4030 mins minimum (depends on how many people are sharing the shuttle with you)Super Shuttle

*may require US phone number

*may require US phone number
$55 – $75

$45 – $75

$45 – $75
30 mins

30 mins

30 mins
List of Authorized Taxis from DFW
Public Transportation: Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)$52 hoursTake DART Orange Line or Red Line towards Parker Road Station. Stop at Bush Turnpike Station and take Comet Cruiser Route 883 to campus

Getting Around Dallas

Driving in the U.S.

Driving in the U.S. requires a valid U.S. driver’s license and sufficient driver’s insurance. Insurance requirements vary by state. Your insurance must meet the requirements for the state in which you reside. If you own a vehicle, there are additional requirements.

NOTE: F-1 students whose Optional Practical Training (OPT) Employment Authorization Document (EAD) has expired, but are pending approval of either a STEM OPT extension or H-1B Cap-Gap Relief, will be unable to renew their license until the new status is approved.


  1. For information about obtaining a Texas driver’s license, pick up a brochure in the International Student Services Office.
  2. See the Texas Department of Public Safety website for driving laws.
  3. See the Texas Driver Handbook for information about Texas insurance requirements.
  4. Car owners must register their vehicle.

Parking at UT Dallas

You are required to purchase and properly display a valid UT Dallas parking permit if you plan to park a car on campus. This requirement also applies to parking at your on-campus housing location. Visit the Parking & Transportation webpage for more information.