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Living in residence halls

University Housing will communicate directly with students about move-in, logistical information, and expectations.

Updated: February 15, 2021

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Students will need to follow health and safety expectations
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols are in place.

University Housing is working to provide a safe, healthy, and comfortable environment for all Vols.

On-campus residency requirement waived

Due to COVID-19 cases in our community, the changes to the university class schedule to ensure social distancing, and the number of waiver requests we have received, on-campus residency requirements for first-year students are waived for the 2020–21 academic year.

Learn more about the waiver of the on-campus residency requirement.

Important Dates

  • Residence halls will close on May 8 at 8 pm.

Health and safety

  • Some residence hall policies have been modified to protect students and the residence hall community. As the university continues to monitor the prevalence of COVID-19, policies are subject to change.
  • Students can have up to two guests to assist with move-in.
  • After move-in, only current UT Knoxville students will be permitted as guests in the residence halls, and students will be permitted to have no more than one guest at a time.
  • Students are expected to adhere to personal safety measures such as handwashing and wearing a face covering as required. Gathering in common areas will be limited. Students are asked to be mindful of capacity limits in kitchens, laundry rooms, and other common areas.
  • Residence halls, like other campus buildings, have enhanced cleaning protocols in place. University Housing staff will conduct frequent enhanced cleaning in high-touch areas such as elevators, lobbies, etc.

Learn more about housing policies, safety measures, and health and wellness practices.

View CDC guidance on living in shared housing.

Response to COVID-19 cases

In consultation with health experts, University Housing will help coordinate self-isolation for residential students who test positive for COVID-19, have symptoms of COVID-19, or may have had close contact with a COVID-19 case.

The university has contracted for additional isolation or quarantine space for campus residents at nearby apartment complexes and hotels.

University Housing recommends that students living in residence halls be prepared to move to isolation or quarantine space on short notice if they need to self-isolate. Students may want to make a list of essentials they would need to pack or even keep a bag packed with important items such as clothes, medication, and phone chargers.

The following guides provide details on what residential students can expect if they need to self-isolate and what they should do if they feel sick.

Learn more about when to self-isolate.

Learn more about what to do if you feel sick.

Learn more about how and where to self-isolate.

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