DPS and Parking Information

Department of Public Safety (DPS)

Our DPS security officers are a dedicated group of individuals who are vigilant in the watch they keep over our campus. Every officer makes it a point to get-to-know the faculty, staff, and students by sight, and if possible, by their name.

The DPS security desk is located in the main entry area of the first floor as you enter the building.  On-duty officers may also be reached by dialing the last four digits of their phone number, (713) 794-2222, from any campus phone.

Lost and Found

All lost or found articles should be reported or turned in to the DPS security desk. You may also contact DPS on campus at extension 2222 and an officer will respond.

If you lose an item, the DPS office would like to encourage you to inquire about it frequently, as it may turn up well after your initial report. Ours is a safe campus, and theft is not a common occurrence. If you happen to mislay an important item, or think you have forgotten it in a classroom, lab or lounge area, please make sure to report it immediately to DPS. It is not unusual for “found items” to be turned back in to the officers, regardless of the expense. Please give the TWU community 24 hours to get the items back into the hands of the DPS Officers to return to you.

For more information regarding DPS information and procedures, visit the main DPS website.

Parking and Transportation Information

Parking costs $320/semester which is required to be paid at the beginning of the semester. Contract parking can be secured at the Standard Parking Office. There office is located in Scurlock Tower of The Methodist Hospital. Please go to the crosswalk level (2nd floor) to Suite 290. The office door (very plain and unassuming) is found next to Murphy’s Deli and across from the Prescription Drug Store.
NOTE: Spaces available for Open Parking are located on the 4th Floor and above. DO NOT park in those spaces with gray and white signs: “TWU Reserved Parking”. These are set aside of TWU faculty and staff. All others who park in these spaces will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Contact Information: 713-441-4499
Office hours: 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m. 
Free shuttle from TWU to Scurlock Tower: 713-793-7209
This service runs every ten minutes, Monday through Friday, 5:00a.m.-6:30p.m.

Lam Parking Lot

  • The Lam parking lot is across from TWU on the Main Street side.
  • This “Park and Lock” has a $5.00 a day charge to use their open space.

Texas Medical Center Contract Parking

  • Smith Lands Lot (2103 S. Braeswood)
  • The Parking Office for TMC is located on the ground floor of Garage 2 at the corner of Bertner and Holcombe.
  • The METRO Rail is used to take people to and from the lot to the Medical Center. The cost is $58.00/month plus tax.
  • Evening students may want to consider the Proximal Off-Peak (POP) Parking. From 4:30p.m. to 4:00a.m., Monday through Friday and 24 hour access on weekends, this contract $36.00 per month plus tax would allow you to park in Garages 1, 2, 4, 6, 7 and 10; lots AU, LAV & 2450 Holcombe Lot, plus the Commons Garage.
  • Contact Information: 713-791-6161 (TEL) and/or www.texasmedicalcenter.org

Fannin South Park & Ride Lot

  • The Fannin South Park & Ride lot is behind Sam’s just past Loop 610 (beyond Reliant).
  • It is $3.00 to park there, and another $2.50 to use the Light Rail ($1.25 each way).


A Student Pass is being offered through METRO in the form of a Q card. Use of this card with the “Pass” element provides the student user with a 50% discount off the regular fare. Only full time students are eligible for this Student Pass: Undergraduate – 12 hours; Graduates – 9 hours. The initial issuance of the Q Card with Student Pass can be accomplished at:
The Downtown Transit Center
1900 Main Street
1st Floor – METRO RideStore
*If you take the Light Rail, the stop to exit is termed the “Downtown Transit Center”; it stops right in front of the building. The hours are 7:30a.m.-5:30p.m. 

When applying for this Student Pass, you will need to show two out of the following three: 

  1. TWU Student ID Badge
  2. Driver’s License
  3. Proof of Enrollment/Class Schedule/Bursar’s Paid Receipt showing credit hours (must be full time)

Once you have the card in hand, you may add money onto the “Smart Card* at many locations, including HEB, Kroger, Randall’s, and METRO RideStores. More funds may also be added through the Internet by Credit Card payment. MaserCard, Visa and Discover are all accepted. Again, when you use the card, half of the traditional fare will be debited against your account.

METRO Contact Information: 713-635-4000 and/or www.ridemetro.org 

Page last updated 9:41 AM, January 25, 2016