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Knoxville

Knoxville and East Tennessee

Whatever your passion, you will find opportunities here. Our 910-acre campus is situated in the heart of Knoxville, a thriving modern city with small town charm, known for its access to outdoor adventure and a downtown with a diverse music scene and more than 90 restaurants within one square mile. It’s no wonder U.S. News and World Report lists Knoxville among the top 100 places to live.

Check out the official UT Visitor’s Guide or visitknoxville.com to help you plan your visit to Knoxville!

Student at his internship at ORNL.

Opportunities

Our region is home to major businesses and innovators that offers opportunities to learn and work during college and after graduation. Nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the US Department of Energy’s largest science and energy laboratory, is co-managed by UT and is just one of the many sources of opportunity for research, collaboration, and employment.

Rock Concert

Entertainment

Our historic and revitalized downtown hosts events that bring in thousands of visitors each year. The region’s rich and progressive music scene features everything from local hip-hop concerts at shoebox-sized clubs to mainstream artists at the 700-seat Bijou Theatre and the historic 1,000-seat Tennessee Theatre. Restaurants, pubs, clubs, eclectic shopping, an outdoor farmers’ market, street festivals, the Sunsphere, art galleries, history collections, and museums like UT’s Downtown Gallery are all just a few short blocks from campus.

Dickerson Quarry hike

The Great Outdoors

Knoxville and the surrounding East Tennessee region are the perfect places to spend a day outdoors. The nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers more than 800 miles of maintained hiking trails and beautiful scenery. Lakes and rivers wind through Knoxville, and more than 100 miles of paved greenway trails cover the city, making it an outdoor adventurer’s paradise. It’s easy to plan a day hike or an afternoon of biking, kayaking, or boating.

Outdoors in East Tennessee

Football game

Tennessee Pride

Volunteer pride runs deep throughout East Tennessee and beyond, and devoted Vols fans follow our teams in every part of the state. Saturday home football games can draw more than 100,000 fans from all over the nation to campus to cheer on the Vols at Neyland Stadium. With 18 men’s and women’s competitive team sports, you’ll almost always find a meet, match, or game to catch on campus, so check utsports.com for the latest information. You can also take advantage of Knoxville Ice Bears professional hockey games and Tennessee Smokies minor league baseball in venues just a short drive from campus.

Convenient Location

Many airlines offer low-cost flights from McGhee Tyson Airport to beaches in the Southeast and cities in the West.

Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of nearly half the US population. Your biggest challenge is picking a destination for those weekend trips and spring break getaways.

Asheville, NC 110 miles
Chattanooga, TN 115 miles
Nashville, TN 180 miles
Atlanta, GA 200 miles
Charlotte, NC 240 miles
Cincinnati, OH 250 miles
Louisville, KY 240 miles
Memphis, TN 390 miles
Charleston, SC 375 miles
St. Louis, MO 500 miles
Washington, DC 500 miles





Nearby Hotels

Visitors to campus are eligible for special rates and packages with several nearby hotels. After you register for a campus tour you will receive a confirmation email with details on how to reserve a room at one of these hotels and receive the special visitors rate. Please be advised that rates are based on hotel availability and are unavailable during high-occupancy, sold-out, or blackout dates. All home Tennessee football weekends are considered blackout dates.

Downton Hilton Hotel.Downtown Hilton

501 West Church Avenue
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902

865-523-2300

The Hilton Knoxville is located in the heart of downtown Knoxville. Within walking distance of the business district, major offices, World’s Fair Park, and the university, it is perfectly situated for any stay.

Hilton Downtown Knoxville

Hilton Garden Inn

1706 Cumberland Avenue
Knoxville, Tennessee 37916

865-437-5500

The Hilton Garden Inn Knoxville/University is located just off campus on the popular Cumberland Avenue, known as “the Strip,” and is within walking distance to most campus offices. The Garden Inn provides a free shuttle to and from campus and the UT Visitors Center.

Hilton Garden Inn

Hyatt Place.Hyatt Place Knoxville/Downtown

530 South Gay Street
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902

865-544-9977

Stay just one mile from the university and explore Knoxville’s bustling downtown from this hotel on South Gay Street, a thoroughfare where the city’s historic sites rub shoulders with lively restaurants and shops. With modern rooms, a downtown location, free transportation on the Orange Line Trolley to UT, rooftop space, and an on-site Starbucks, you’ll fall in love with Hyatt Place.

Hyatt Place Downtown Knoxville

Courtyard by Marriott/Residence Inn

210 West Church Avenue
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902

865-566-9100

Centrally located in the heart of downtown Knoxville, you can enjoy two unique experiences under one roof. The Courtyard/Residence Inn is only a half mile from campus, an ideal location for your extended visit or for a quick trip to town.

Courtyard by Marriott

Residence Inn