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Room Selection for Returning Students

On-campus housing for the 2023-2024 academic year will be limited and in high demand as we prepare to welcome another first-year class on Rocky Top. To accommodate current students on campus, Room Selection eligibility for students who want to live on campus next year will be determined through an application and randomized selection process.

October 11, 2022 time determined by the assigned timeslot in your email

You may log in to the University Housing Portal and begin your application. Once your application time has started, you can apply at any time prior to October 18. Log-in times are to improve system performance only and do not affect your chances of eligibility for a room. The initial application process will take less than 5 minutes.

October 18, 2022 9 a.m.

Applications for returning student Room Selection close.

October 20, 2022

You will be notified by email if you will be eligible to select a room on campus, or if you have been placed on a waitlist.

October 21 through October 26 at 5 p.m.

Eligible students may complete a housing contract, search for eligible roommates, and select a room on campus.  After room selection closes at 5 p.m., eligible students who did not select a room will be moved to a waitlist status.

October 27, 2022 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Students that were placed on the waitlist are encouraged to attend the fall Off-campus Housing Fair on Thursday, October 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom and check out

If you have been notified of eligibility for Room Selection, the dates of your eligibility can be found in your notification email.  Eligible students may participate in Room Selection for Fall 2023–Spring 2024 during the dates specified. Students may select their current room if it is available, or select a different room.

If you do not select a room during your specified eligibility dates, your eligibility for room selection will expire and you will be moved to the waiting list for on-campus housing.

Roommate Search/Match

Once initial eligibility is determined, you can search and match with a roommate who is also eligible for on-campus room selection in the University Housing Portal.

Students on the waitlist were will be notified on October 20 with details on their waitlist status for the fall 2023-spring 2024 academic year.

We continue to explore opportunities to expand our housing offerings to students. We anticipate that any of the additional housing options we can provide may likely be located in off-campus properties.

Waitlist students will become eligible in groups as we have enough capacity to allow for additional room selection processes.  When made eligible, students will be notified of dates that they can select a room.  We will also update students who remain on the waitlist on their new position and status.

Next steps

  • If your status on the waitlist changes and you are eligible to select a room, you will receive a notification to your UTK email address.
  • In the meantime, waitlisted students should continue to explore alternative options, including the Off-Campus Housing Fair on Wednesday, October 27.

What if I am eligible to select a room, but am not yet sure if I want to live on campus? 

You can cancel a selected room at any time prior to May 1, 2023 without any financial penalty. Cancellation will remove eligibility for future room selection. 

When will I know if I am moved off of the waitlist? 

The waitlist will be reviewed periodically and frequently. When available space makes it possible to allow a new group of students to select a room, we will notify newly eligible students with a room selection timeline. 

Will I know my position on the waiting list? 

Once the waiting list is set, we will let you know your initial position. Because the waitlist will move frequently and relative to gender, this number will change often. We will keep you updated throughout the process until the waitlist has been exhausted. 

Can I request a specific roommate for on-campus housing? 

Once initial eligibility is determined, you can search and match with a roommate who is also eligible for on-campus room selection in the University Housing Portal. 

Can I request a specific roommate for off-campus housing? 

If you plan to live off-campus, or want to explore options, you can visit and search for off-campus roommates.

Questions? You can contact us at 865-974-3411 or by emailing us at

Off Campus Housing Fair

Looking for a new place to live off-campus? Join University Housing for the Fall Housing Fair on Thursday, October 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. Off-campus properties will be available to answer your questions and help you explore off-campus housing opportunities in the Knoxville community. Check out the roommate matching tool on to find other UT students that want to live off campus too!