Off-Campus Housing

Knoxville, TN
Tuition (in-state)
$27,582 ($9,092)
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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I currently live off-campus (about a ten-minute walk). With all of the construction, I have to go out of my way to get to the campus I have classes on and so I tend to drive (it's a 30 minute walk to that area of campus and very hilly). Cost is high near campus, but I like that the library is a ten minute walk from me and would prefer to live in the area I live in rather than branch further away. Parking is terrible for our campus with parking spots allotted towards 1 1/2 cars per spot. This is even worse during SEC football season!

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Some pros of off-campus housing are, being able to choose roommates and the prices can be less expensive as on-campus housing.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The houses are like 100 years old...

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I've lived in two off-campus locations now, both being polar opposites of each other in every way, and I have LOVED them both. UT offers quiet and serene life on Cherokee Trail, or more compact but convenient life in the Fort Sanders area.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live in off campus housing.


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  • 49th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kristen Lewis
Litchfield, NH
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Most students choose to move off campus after one year of living in the dorms. Luckily, Knoxville provides many different options in terms of price, location, and comfort. In general, it is best to start searching as early as you can. Many of the more popular apartments actually have waiting lists and are difficult for the unprepared to rent from, so be sure to pick up free brochures and apartment guides so you will know the details.

The rules for freshman living arrangements are rather elaborate. Unless you are commuting from a dwelling with a relative, you are required to live in the dorms. Make the best of this by meeting as many people as possible and enjoying your first year. Living in an apartment comes with many responsibilities and expenses, but can be much more enjoyable in later college years.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Popular Areas
  • Crossing Place Apartments
  • Sterling University Heights
  • The Commons
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $550
  • 2 BR: $700
  • 3 BR: $850
  • 4 BR: $1,150

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 135 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 133 responses

  • 2% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 3% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 66% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 29% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 132 responses

  • 45% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 43% Somewhat helpful.
  • 11% Extremely helpful.
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