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Living in residence halls

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

Updated: August 18, 2020

Here’s what you need to know:

  • To accommodate social distancing, move-in will be conducted by appointment. Appointments will be scheduled August 9–15 for first-year students and August 9–19 for returning students.
  • 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.

Move-in appointments

  • To accommodate social distancing, move-in will be conducted by appointment. Appointments will be scheduled August 9–15 for first-year students and August 9–19 for returning students.
  • Appointments will be in three-hour increments beginning at 7 a.m. and ending at 10 p.m. daily.

Learn more about move-in this fall.

Move-in process

Students should complete the daily health self-screening form no more than two hours before arriving on campus on their scheduled move-in day. The form is available online at or through the Tennessee app. All students and guests are asked to monitor their health and refrain from coming to campus if they feel unwell. University Housing will work with students who need to delay move-in.

Learn more about daily health self-screening.

Students can have up to two guests to assist with move-in. Face coverings will be required for both students and guests. Review the requirement to wear face coverings.

Learn more about the move-in process.

On-campus residency requirement waived

Given the rising number of 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.

We feel this decision is in the best interests of students who may prefer to live off campus or at home for their first year. We want all students to make the choice that is right for them based on current data.

All students, first-year and returning, can cancel their housing contract by logging into the University Housing portal, selecting “Manage my Housing,” and following the prompts to request cancellation. Students who exercise this option by August 5 will receive an updated statement on August 10 with housing fees removed. If students make a cancellation request after their assigned move-in date, they will receive a prorated refund.

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

Students who wish to stay in a residence hall should continue with their existing move-in plans.

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 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.

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