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Learn About Knoxville
The city of Knoxville, home to the University of Tennessee College of Law, is one of the best places in the country to live. But don’t just take our word for it. With its genuine hospitality and central location, Knoxville will surprise you.
Cost of Living
Consistently named among the best U.S. cities under one million population, Knoxville boasts plenty of charm with a low cost of living. In fact, Forbes ranks Knoxville second on its list of the Most Affordable Cities in America.
Things To Do
The walkability of downtown allows you to discover local and live music, historic sites and museums, eclectic restaurants, cultural attractions, and much more. Travel and Leisure gives Knoxville high marks, ranking it #8 of America’s Favorite Cities for its variety of food, live music, and historic city venues. Knoxville’s Market Square, named one of the “Great Public Spaces” in America in 2017 by the American Planning Association, houses restaurants and small business as well as the Farmers’ Market from May to November. Knoxville is home to several museums and art galleries, and some of the region’s best artwork is on display the first week of each month throughout the year at an evening event called “First Fridays.”
The city enjoys a wide-range of festivals and events throughout the year, from concerts to scavenger hunts to eating contests. For example, each year the Big Ears Festival causes Knoxville to have one of the highest concentrations of Pulitzer Prize, MacArthur “Genius Grant,” and Grammy Award winning musicians and artists of any city in the U.S.
In Knoxville, you’re steps away from the Great Smoky Mountains, the country’s most-visited national park – perfect for a weekend hike or scenic drive. Our urban wilderness consists of eighty-six miles of greenways and nature trails.
Don’t forget to visit the UT Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, the only facility of its kind dedicated to all levels of women’s basketball and honoring those who have contributed to the sport, including the University of Tennessee’s Lady Vols basketball team’s legendary head coach Pat Summitt.
Looking for more information about attractions, festivals, transportation, or even recycling services? View this Knoxville Newcomer Information to get to know the city.
Exploring the Region
Knoxville’s central location provides easy access to a number of cities that are just a short road trip away. Airlines offer low-cost flights from Knoxville to beaches in the Southeast and cities in the West. Your biggest challenge will be picking a destination for those weekend trips and summer break getaways.
Finding Your Home
You’ll find properties for rent or sale, and you might even find a roommate through the UT’s Off-Campus Housing Service website. You can access the site and simplify your housing search by using your UT Net ID and password. Apartment-style residence halls are also available for graduate students. Visit University Housing’s website for additional details about available living options.
The opportunities for exploration and entertainment in Knoxville are plentiful. Culture, nature, and adventure – Knoxville has something for everyone.
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