Living on campus is a critical part of your Volunteer experience, and we are excited to meet you this fall! We know there are a lot of things to consider as you prepare to come to campus, and we want to help you along the way so that you are prepared and excited to join us on Rocky Top!
Recently, you should have received an email from University Housing with instructions to log in to your University Housing Portal account to participate in Room Selection. Every student living on campus is assigned a time slot to select their room, and the process is really easy from there!
Here are some things to keep in mind as you get ready to select your room:
Find a roommate
Before you select your room, you can use the University Housing Portal to find a roommate! Try to find someone that has the same likes and dislikes, or simply request someone that you already know. If you want to pick a roommate, it is important to request someone before you select your room.
Don’t want to request a roommate? That’s ok! Lots of students leave it to chance and opt for a random roommate. Many students end up making a new lifelong friend with someone they might not have met otherwise.
Contact Your Roommate
If you decide to request a roommate, we recommend reaching out to them before you pick your room. It’s important to get to know each other, decide what halls you want to try to select during Room Selection, coordinate what to bring, and compare likes and dislikes. Having these conversations early and often during the summer will help set you up for a great experience in the fall semester!
Once you and your requested roommate have confirmed in the University Housing Portal, you can select a room on campus. Whoever has the first time slot should pick the room on campus for both of you, since earlier time slots often have more options available.
Students that don’t request a roommate before Room Selection will have the opportunity to connect with their assigned roommate through the University Housing Portal after Room Selection is complete!
Selecting the best hall on campus!
We are always asked what the best hall is on campus. Our answer? All of them! The best hall for you depends on a few factors. What are you looking for in a college experience? Do you want to meet a bunch of people, ensure you have a quiet place to study, or do you want to live close to your classes?
Hess, Massey, Orange, and White Halls are community-style halls, making it really easy to meet a ton of new people and make a lot of friends. Both are also centrally located on campus, making your walk to class fast and easy! A lot of students love their experience in Hess and Massey, and many come back to live in these halls for a second or even a third year.
There are seven different suite-style halls, the most common type of residence halls at UT. This type of hall is a great option because several students in a suite and share a semi-private bathroom. Suite-style halls are all over campus, so it’s important to think about the hall’s proximity to the things important to you. Do you love to work out at the gym? Maybe North and South Carrick, Magnolia, or Stokey would be a good fit because they are close to TRECS. Want to be close to the Student Union? Check out Brown Hall or Clement Hall. Take a look at our campus map to get a feel for where all the residence halls are located.
You may also hear about apartment-style halls on campus. These halls are reserved for sophomores and above and are great options to keep in mind for next year!
Virtual Residence Hall Tours
Getting measurements for your room and getting all your shopping done is really important! You need to know what type of sheets to buy, what kind of organizational solutions you want to bring, and whether or not you will have room to bring all your favorite shoes.
Since we can’t show you in person what rooms will look like, we want to show you virtually! University Housing is hosting virtual tours where you get to see a room in the hall you will be living in this fall in real-time and ask questions to one of our staff members. If you are curious about measurements, just ask! Want to know the best storage solutions for your type of room? We got you covered.
Get to know your RA!
Resident Assistants, or RAs, are amazing resources for you beginning the first day you arrive for move-in at UT. They will help make sure that you are feeling connected to campus, know how to find your classes, help you meet other students, and plan
great events for you to attend. RAs are older students that have been in the same place that you are in now, and they have all the insider knowledge to help make your freshman year amazing. They can’t wait to meet you!
Move-in and other campus activities will be a bit different this year to keep your health and safety in mind, but we are committed to making it a great experience for you! The campus is making plans for the fall, and we will share how those plans impact move-in as the information becomes available.
To stay up to date on campus announcements about UT’s response to COVID-19 by visiting utk.edu/coronavirus.
We can’t wait to see you this fall and hope you’re just as excited to get your UT experience started! Be sure to follow University Housing on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for all your housing needs for this fall.