Skip to content Skip to main navigation Report an accessibility issue
An overview of Ayres Hall and the new Student Union as snow covers campus

What’s Open on Campus?

You may be away from campus during winter break, but Rocky Top is still open and eagerly awaiting your return. Outside of official administrative holidays and closings, many student support services offered by the university are still available throughout December and January. Here’s a roundup of what’s open on campus.

Student Counseling Center

The Student Counseling Center will be closed December 22 through January 2, 2022. The center will reopen at 8 a.m. on Monday, January 3, 2022, and resume its regular business hours Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Being home over break can be unexpectedly difficult, especially for first-year students. Know that you are not alone. There may be new expectations to negotiate and new roles and attitudes. That’s OK! Stay connected with friends and don’t be afraid to reach out for extra support if you need it.

Student Health Center

Hours for the Student Health Center are as follows:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: Closed
  • December 22 through January 2: Closed

The Telephone Triage Nurse will remain available 24/7 at 865-974-5080. After-hours care, including holidays, weekends, and days when the university is administratively closed, will remain available through UT Medical Center’s ER.

Student Union

December hours for the Student Union will be Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and closed on Saturdays and Sundays. The Student Union will continue with modified hours for the Winter Mini Term from January 1–21, 2022. During this time, the union will be open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Hours may change so be sure to check their website for updates. The Student Union will also be closed during the university’s winter holiday, Wednesday, December 22, through Sunday, January 2, 2022.


TRECS and the Student Aquatic Center are open on a modified schedule until Tuesday, December 21. All other RecSports facilities will be closed during this period.

All facilities will be closed Wednesday, December 22, through Sunday, January 2, 2022. January hours will be updated online at a later date.

University Libraries

Over winter break, University Libraries will remain open on a modified schedule. All libraries will be closed during the university’s winter holiday from Wednesday, December 22 through Sunday, January 2, 2022. Libraries staff will still be available to assist with research needs and provide hold-for-pickup and scan-on-demand services, except for university holidays.

Vol Dining

Winter break hours for UT’s various dining locations are limited, but there are still options at Chick-fil-A in the Student Union, Which Wich, and select POD markets. All locations will be closed during the university holiday break December 22 through January 2, 2022. See the schedule and email or call 865-974-4111 with any questions.

Big Orange Pantry

The Big Orange Pantry is open throughout winter break on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. and other dates and times by appointment. Students, faculty, and staff can make appointments online. The pantry will be closed during the university’s winter holiday break December 22 through January 2, 2022. Send any questions to Regular pantry hours will resume at the start of the spring semester.>

The T (Transit)

The T Bus schedule will have limited operations through December and January. Check UT Parking and Transit’s website for the latest route information. Full service will resume at the start of the spring semester on January 24, 2022.