Housing for International Students Attending University of Tennessee


You have finally secured admission to the University of Tennessee Knoxville, UTK as a freshman or transfer student. First off, big CONGRATULATIONS!

Now it’s time to adjust to a new environment, considering that UTK might be different in many aspects from where you come from. So having a comfortable and convenient place to live is crucial to help you adjust and make the most out of your college experience.

And that’s where our Knoxville student apartments come in handy!

We offer affordable student housing options near campus so you can enjoy living at home while attending school. Whether you’re looking for a furnished apartment with air conditioning, a studio with a kitchenette, or even one-to-four-bedroom apartments with exceptional amenities, we’ve got something for everyone.

Please keep scrolling to learn more about how our housing options for international students attending UTK can enhance your stay on campus!


We are within 10 minutes walking distance from the University of Tennessee International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

Located Close to the University of Tennessee International Student Office

Our student apartments are conveniently located within (less than a 10-minute) walking distance of the University of Tennessee International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Office at 1620 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville. Perhaps this goes without saying, but as an international student, staying close to the ISSS office is overly beneficial in several ways:

  • You’ll enjoy easy access to critical services such as advising, orientation, registration, visa processing, and other academic needs.
  • You’ll get an opportunity to effortlessly network with other international students who might be experiencing similar adjustments.
  • You’ll receive assistance in navigating the university system.
  • You’ll feel more confident knowing that you won’t be far from your professors and classmates.

But that’s not all. You’ll also never need to worry about driving around town when you want to go shopping or grab some food. And since our apartments are just minutes away from campus, you will always be close by if you need anything else during your stay.


Looking for flexibility? We offer two different utility programs for you to choose from.

Simplify Your Living Expenses

Living in a student apartment saves you lots of money on everyday expenses and utilities. But don’t take our word for it – here are some numbers to back up our claim:

  • On average, international students pay $1,000 to $2,000 per month for rent alone.
  • Utilities like electricity, internet, heating, phone subscription, and water cost approximately $50-$100 per month in each category.

Summing all these up, it can be quite overwhelming to afford the monthly living expenses. But the good news is, opting to live in such a budget-friendly Knoxville student apartment as The Commons simplifies your living expenses immensely.

The Commons offers a wide range of amenities that make life easier for you:

  • 24/7 Emergency Maintenance. At The Commons, you’re never going to be “left out in the cold” when something happens, even if it’s the middle of the night. If your heat goes out and you’re burning the midnight oil studying for an exam, all you have to do is call. That’s what we call an emergency! That’s also what we call service, and we offer it with a smile: 24-7.
  • Security System. We want you to feel safe and secure – college life may not be all about fun, but you shouldn’t have to stress about safety and security either. Our building security system should put your mind at ease; and our on-site courtesy officers are available to assist you in any way, at any time.
  • On-Site Management. Our on-site management team is the “grease” that keeps everything running smoothly, day-in and day-out. You won’t have to worry about a thing, even during vacations and on holidays, because we’ve got you covered. We can answer your questions, replace a lost key, schedule a maintenance appointment, help find you a new roommate, and maybe even help with a computer glitch. We probably won’t walk your dog, though.
  • Furnished Apartments. No need to scrounge for hand-me-downs and flea-market bargains when you lease a furnished apartment. You’ll get modern, comfortable beds, sofas, desks, chairs, and lamps when you opt for the furnished package chosen explicitly for your floor plan.

Located Close to Study and Work

It’ll barely take you 10 minutes to walk from the campus to your room. That means you’ll have no trouble getting to class on time or attending classes even before they start.

And if you’re already working or looking to seek a part-time opportunity in the Knoxville metropolitan area, then you’ll have no trouble getting to and from your job on time. We know many great companies in the area, including those offering internship opportunities. So, if you’re interested in pursuing any career path, you’ll find the perfect fit right next door.

Located directly west of downtown Knoxville and north of the University of Tennessee, The Commons is in the middle of Fort Sanders – a haven for college students and recent grads. Fort Sanders is named after a Civil War Union bastion that once stood near the center of town, and the neighborhood’s history runs deep. The Fort Sanders Historic District is filled with original Victorian-era houses and buildings, many named on the National Register of Historic Places. Many others are either rented out or have been converted into apartments to fit the growing renter population in the neighborhood.

The Commons offers a cozy and inviting atmosphere. With the University of Tennessee campus as your front yard and Knoxville’s thriving music and arts scene at your back door, you also have easy access a thriving walkable community and stunning nature within a bike ride or short drive:

  • The University of Tennessee. Our apartments are located steps from the UT Knoxville main campus, a 10-minute walk to be precise. Talk about easy living.
  • Restaurants. Within a short walk of The Commons, you’ve got access to Knoxville’s best dining and nightlife options.
  • Coffee Shops. Live that laid-back but always stimulating college life. Treat yourself to a daily or weekly ritual at one of the neighborhood’s many cozy cafes.

Part of the application involves a roommate questionnaire to ask about your academic focus, study habits, and social life. We use the answers from these questions to pair you with roommates in your selected floorplan.

Living with Roommates

Admit it; living alone is pretty boring and deprives you of the college experience, a chance to explore campus resources, learn new cultures, and create long-lasting memories. At The Commons, we understand this perfectly. That’s why we’ve created a program where we can match you up with another student roommate, making it effortless to share common areas, expenses, chores and break the boredom.

What’s more, our apartment complexes have an entire community of college students just like you. It’s an excellent way to meet new people, exchange ideas, and make real friends while saving money. And because we’re located near the university, you’ll never feel isolated from the rest of the world.

Here are some reasons why you should consider living with roommates:

  • Learn More About Your City. You’ll get to know your city better by sharing experiences with others. Plus, you’ll be able to ask questions and discuss issues with fellow students.
  • Make New Friends. Roommates will become your best friends as soon as you move into the complex. You’ll enjoy spending time together, learning about each other, and exploring the city together.
  • Get Involved. You’ll be able to participate in activities and events organized by the local community.

Find Out What Makes Us Different!

There are many apartment options in Knoxville, but not all are designed for international or transfer students. If you’d prefer a home away from home, look no further than The Commons. We offer everything you need to live comfortably and safely during your stay.

Get started today by calling us at (865) 268-8255 or visit us online to find your preferred student apartment from our numerous options. We also invite you to see our virtual tour to experience what we offer in real-time.