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

The garage associated with TWU is owned by The Methodist Hospital, and has entrances on Main Street as well as “Old Main Street” (a small street between the Bank of America and TWU).  Parking costs $320 per semester (plus a $15 one time processing fee for the first time students), paid in full before the first day of classes each semester. Contract parking can be secured at the Standard Parking Office.  The 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.

Non-Contract Parking
Possibilities for evening and weekend students

Night Rate Monday through Thursday
Arrive after 5:00pm and depart before 5:00am - Flat $6.00 fee/24 hours. No in/out privileges.

Fannin South Park & Ride Lot

The Fannin South Park & Ride lot is behind Sam’s just past Loop 610 (beyond NRG Stadium). It is $3.00/vehicle.

For METRO Q Card Holders with half off traditional fare (FULL TIME enrolled students), there is a $0.60 fee charged each way ($1.20 round trip) to take the Light Rail into the Texas Medical Center.

For NON-full time enrolled students, the fare is $1.25 each way ($2.50 round trip) to utilize the Light Rail transportation into the Texas Medical Center.


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, please be prepared to show the following: 

  1. TWU Student ID Badge
  2. Driver’s License
  3. Proof of full time enrollment on TWU letterhead from the Registrar's Office on the first floor.

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 8:25 AM, June 13, 2016