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Hess Hall

1720 Melrose Place, Knoxville, TN 37996
Front Desk: 865-974-2516

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Named after James P. Hess, a long time UT business manager and Secretary of the Board of Trustees, this residence hall began as an annex to Melrose Hall. Currently housing 1,036 residents, Hess Hall features comfortable double-occupancy rooms and large community bathrooms on each floor.

A welcoming courtyard leading to the main lobby provides space for students to hang out, study, and host events. Residents in Hess Hall enjoy the ability to flexibly arrange furniture within their rooms, a student-centered floor plan that encourages genuine interaction with floor-mates, and convenient dining options located downstairs adjacent to a spacious and friendly lobby area. Hess Hall is located near Hodges Library and the Humanities and Social Sciences building, making studying and going to class easy!

  • Air conditioning
  • Card access entry to living areas
  • Book and supply store
  • Kitchens
  • Laundry rooms
  • Security cameras
  • Sprinklers
  • Study lounges
  • TV room

Double Shared Floor Plan

Double Shared Room Dimensions

Hess Shared Triple

Triple Shared Floor Plan

Single Floor Plan

Single Room Dimensions


Each room is furnished with:

  • Twin XL bed
  • Mattress with nylon cover
  • Desk
  • Desk chairs
  • Dressers
  • Microfridge (combined refrigerator, freezer, and microwave)
  • Recycling Bin
  • Trash Can

Building capacity is subject to change.  Numbers below represent typical capacity usage.

Room Type Bed Capacity
Double Occupancy Community 1,009
Single Occupancy Community 6
Staff Rooms 21
Total Capacity 1,036
The Hess Grocery is a food service facility that offers a variety of food items, and is located in the building. The Hodges Library, International House, and the Frieson Black Cultural Center are conveniently located within a block of Hess Hall.