The UT housing website said the Holiday Inn Express on Papermill Drive will provide an affordable housing option for transfer students.
Knoxville, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee (UT) will use a hotel on Papermill Drive as an off-campus housing option for students this new school year.
According to UT’s website, the university has secured the Holiday Inn Express on Papermill Drive for this upcoming school year “to provide an affordable housing option for transfer students in a high-demand housing market.”
The website says the hotel will act as an on-campus residence hall with an on-site manager and Resident Assistants (RAs). A shuttle service will also be available to take students from the hotel to campus and back.
In a statement to 10 News, UT said only students will stay at the hotel while it is under university management. He also said the hotel’s main entrances will be locked at all times.
UT staff said by securing the hotel, they hope to provide some relief to students and families struggling to find accommodation before the start of the school year. It’s a problem Sherry Hopson knows all too well.
Hopson and her family traveled to Knoxville in late July to help move her daughter into an apartment as she was soon to start school at UT. However, the search was far from easy.
“We had a list of every apartment complex in Knoxville, and not a single availability because at least they were telling us like September, maybe October, November, and we weren’t going to get in,” he said. she declared.
Hopson’s daughter was lucky and was able to land an apartment at the last second, but her mother said the process was beyond stressful.
“It was beyond nerve-wracking to think that I should have put her in an AirBnB or a hotel for a month or something until something became available because there is such a shortage “, she said.