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First-Year Commuters

You don’t have to live on campus to make the most of your first year at UT!

First-Year Commuter Definition

A first-year commuter is a new, first-time college student to the University of Tennessee in their first academic year. First-year commuters are students whose primary residence is that of their parent(s) or legal guardian(s), located within 50 miles of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville campus.

Freshman Residency Requirement

Living on campus significantly impacts your experience as a student, and we are committed to the programs and services that enhance student success. To ensure the quality of your first-year experience, UT requires all first-year students to live on campus. Learn more about University Housing here.

First-Year Commuter Experience

To ensure the quality of the first-year experience, Commuter Student Engagement provides programs and services to support first-year commuters.

If you plan to live off-campus during your first year, please ensure that you complete the University Housing Residency Requirement Exemption form and submit all supporting documentation.

First-Year Commuter Program

Join Commuter Student Engagement for monthly programs for first-year commuters. Connect with other first-year commuters, hear from campus partners, and learn about involvement and engagement opportunities.

Click here to learn more about First-Year Commuter Programming