The Office of Residential Life at The University of Tennessee Southern operates Criswell Hall, Upperman Hall, Oakwood Academic Excellence Apartments, and Student Apartments. While Criswell is a female facility, Upperman, Oakwood, and the Apartments are co-ed facilities. All students must complete an application through the Office of Residential Life, either for on-campus housing or for off-campus residency.
Please see the Housing Handbook for Residential policies, rules, and regulations.
The Residential Life Team is committed to making your experience within the residence halls a safe, student-centered, and memorable part of your time at The University of Tennessee Southern. By living on campus, our residential students are in the center of campus life with easy access to student organizations, sporting events, and on-campus resources.
COVID-19 Response and Procedures
The health and safety of our residential students is our top priority in Residential Life. Residential Life has increased frequency and thoroughness of cleaning (including the thrice-daily cleaning of doorknobs and bathrooms) and the installation of additional alcohol-based hand cleaning stations, and we will continue to closely monitor the situation and our facilities.
While The University of Tennessee Southern remains open, residential halls will remain open but will observe strict physical distancing protocols.
Residential students will not be allowed to host guests in their residential facilities (including overnight and guests from other residence halls), and are are encouraged to regularly clean their personal space and belongings. Any residential student exhibiting symptoms during their stay on campus should Covid notification form immediately.
New Students for 2021-22
Students applying to live at The University of Tennessee Southern for the first time should complete the New Student Application beginning February 1, 2021.
New students must pay a $150 application fee and provide proof of meningitis immunizations. These can be completed in the online application or over the phone via 931-363-9819. No new students will be allowed to move into residential facilities without receipt of the application fee and proof of meningitis immunizations.
A list of what to bring is available here. New students may want to consider purchasing bedding through our partnership at OCM. OCM bedding is guaranteed to fit The University of Tennessee Southern’s beds.
New students wishing to live off campus should complete the Off Campus Application beginning February 1, 2021.
Commuting Students/Living Off Campus
Students wishing to commute to campus, or live off campus, for 2021-22 should complete the Off Campus Application beginning February 1, 2021.
Failure to accurately complete this application and provided any necessary supporting documents will result in the student being in violation of the Residential Requirement and fined.
To determine if you are eligible to commute/live off campus, please review our Residential Requirement below. If a student decides to commute or live off campus but does not meet the exceptions in the Residential Requirement, the student will be fined as being in violation of the Residential Requirement.
All full-time students under the age of 21 and enrolled in at least 12 hours of coursework each semester are required to live on campus or at home with a parent, legal guardian, sibling (over the age of 25), or a grandparent within a 40 mile radius of campus.
Exceptions to the Residency Requirements:
- Student is 21 years old and in good academic and student conduct standing prior to August 1 of the academic year.
- Student has acquired 90 credit hours prior to August 1 of the academic year.
- Student lives at home with a parent, legal guardian, sibling (over the age of 25), or a grandparent within a 40 mile radius of campus. Documentation may be required to demonstrate the relationship in addition to a copy of the current driver’s license of the parent, legal guardian, sibling, or grandparent with whom the student will reside. The student must live in the residence with the stated family member full time. The parent, legal guardian, sibling, or grandparent must have lived in the area for at least one year preceding the date of first enrollment.
- Student has a documented disability, with a corresponding Reasonable Accommodation on file with the Vice President of Student Affairs.
- Student is a military service veteran.
- Student is legally independent, with documented proof provided.
- Student is married or has dependent children.
- Student is enrolled solely in online courses.
If a student believes themselves to be in an exceptional circumstance, the student may submit a petition for an exception. Contact Residential Life for more information. If a student decides to move off campus and does not meet one of the above exceptions, they will be charged a fee.
Residential Requirement: Petitioning for an Exception
To petition for an exception to our residential requirement, a student must write a letter to the Housing Appeals Committee.
The letter should explain the exceptional circumstances that the committee should consider. Please be as detailed as possible. Petitions should explain in detail the reason an exception is needed and what solutions the student has tried to make on-campus housing work. If the reason for petitioning is medical, the student must have a Reasonable Accommodation Request on file before including this as reasoning in an exemption petition. With this, the student must provide current medical documentation, and a clear explanation of this reason must also be included in the petition.
Petitions should be submitted by July 1, 2020 to Director of Student Life, Sarah Catherine Richardson (email@example.com). Petitions will be presented to the Housing Appeals Committee for a decision.
Signing a lease does not exempt a student from financial responsibility for an assigned space in campus housing. Students are recommended to refrain from signing an off-campus lease or make other contract obligations until they hear back from Residence Life.
Students petitioning for an exception to Residential Life policies are recommended to consult with the Financial Aid office to determine how living off-campus may affect the student’s financial aid package.
Residential Life prioritizes the best fit for a student in terms of roommates, conditions, etc. over specific locations, and we do not take requests to live in specific buildings outside of the Housing Selection Process.
Students can view their assignment, when available, by accessing the Housing Portal.
How to Access Your Housing Portal:
- Go to Portal: Access Student Account
- In the very top center of the new webpage, hover over a tab labeled Student Portal. Click On a Computer (even if you’re using a phone!) when the window appears.
- You will be taken to a new page where you will need to enter your personal UT Southern credentials.
- After signing into CAMS, on the far-left side, under Administrative Services, there will be a tab labeled My Housing.
- Click on My Housing, and you will be taken to a page that will have your housing information posted!
Meal Plans for All Students
Residential meal plans are included in each student’s Room and Board charges. Residential students may select one of the following plans, and selections must be made within the first 2 weeks of the Academic Term (semester):
- 19 meals per week, plus $50 Flex to use at RedHawk Cafe
- 15 meals per week, plus $75 Flex to use at RedHawk Cafe
- 10 meals per week, plus $100 Flex to use at RedHawk Cafe
All commuting students have $25 Flex to be used in the RedHawk Café or Dining Hall. Non-residential meal plans are also available for commuting students, and should be purchased through contacting the Dining Manager Pedro Reyes (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- 25 meals for $185
- 50 meals for $300
Residents may opt to purchase cable television access for their residential room for the year through PES. Cable is $80 for the year. (Residents must provide their own coax cables and televisions.)
To connect cable services, residents should contact Crissy Jordan (1st floor of Reveille House) at email@example.com or 931-363-9882.
We have four on-campus residential halls, and details on each are below! You may also view pictures of recent residents’ rooms by clicking here.
Student Apartments, consisting of two multilevel structures, house 116 students. Each apartment has four single bedrooms, two full baths, a small kitchen and dining area, and washer/dryer facilities. Apartment kitchens come with a 4-person table and chairs in addition to a full-size refrigerator and microwave, but hot plates are not permitted due to the fire code. Apartment living rooms have a small couch and chair, as well as a coffee table. Each bedroom is furnished with the following: extra-long twin bed frame (height-adjustable) and mattress; desk and desk chair; 3-drawer chest of drawers; 3-drawer nightstand; and a standing wardrobe (closet) with a hanging rod.
Criswell Hall, a traditional dormitory-style building, provides comfortable living quarters for female students. This building has a guest lounge, a resident lounge for the private use of the students, a laundry room, the Resident Director’s apartment, and a chapel. Each room is furnished with two of each of the following: extra-long twin bed frame (height-adjustable) and mattress; desk and desk chair; 3-drawer chest of drawers; 3-drawer nightstand; and closet space with hanging rod. Located in an elevated position, it commands a panoramic view of the campus and provides easy access to the Student Union.
Upperman Hall is a traditional dormitory-style residence hall for both men and women. This building has a guest lounge with a pool table, a resident lounge for the private use of the students on each floor, a laundry room, the Resident Director’s apartment, and an outdoor courtyard. Each room is furnished with two of each of the following: extra-long twin bed frame (height-adjustable) and mattress; desk and desk chair; 3-drawer chest of drawers; 3-drawer nightstand; and closet space with hanging rod. This building is conveniently located in the heart of campus life with easy access to offices, academic buildings, and the Student Union.
Oakwood Apartments for Academic Excellence, located on West Flower Street, are apartment-style units with two bedrooms connected by a shared bathroom. Each apartment also has a washer and dryer, and a kitchen with a full-sized refrigerator and stove. Apartment living rooms have a small couch and chair, as well as a coffee table. Each bedroom is furnished with the following: extra-long twin bed frame (height-adjustable) and mattress; desk and desk chair; 3-drawer chest of drawers; 3-drawer nightstand; and a closet with a hanging rod. To be eligible to live in Oakwood, students must have a cumulative collegiate grade point average of 3.30 or higher.
To tour a residential hall, please contact the Director of Student Life, at firstname.lastname@example.org!
The Residential Life Staff consist of an Assistant Director, 3 Hall Directors, and 14 Student Resident Assistants. Our staff host programs within the residence halls to build community and encourage student involvement. Please reach out if you have questions!
- Caleb Truelove – Upperman Hall Director & Security Officer-in-Residence:
- Dr. Stanton Belford – Oakwood Honors Director & Faculty-in-Residence:
- Jana Williams – Criswell Hall Director:
- Skylar Phillips – Student Apartments Director: email@example.com, 931-309-5643
On Call Numbers
Residents needing assistance within their Residential Hall should contact the On Call Phone for their building. Emergencies should be directed to Security at 931-309-7502.
- Upperman Hall: 931-309-1226
- Criswell Hall: 931-309-1023
- Student Apartments: 931-309-1012
- Oakwood Apartments & On Campus Houses: 931-309-0939
- To view the New Student Housing Application for 2021-22, please click here.
- To view the Returning Student Housing Application for 2021-22, please click here.
- To view the Off Campus Application for 2021-22, please click here.
- To view the Immunization Requirements for 2021-22, please click here. (We do not yet have immunization requirements for 2021-22, but we expect them to be similar to the requirements linked here.)
- To view a copy of the 2021-2022 Room and Board Agreement, please click here.
- To view a copy of Work Order instructions, please click here.
- To view a copy of the Housing Handbook for 2021-2022, please click here.