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Places to Live

  • Fountain City: a short drive north, mixture of old and new architecture, moderately conservative, a range of housing prices
  • West Knoxville: newer area with suburban living, more conservative with a lot of new development, good access to shopping
  • South Knoxville: more wooded areas, range of housing prices. Currently, the south side of the river is under construction, traffic delays and detours should be taken into consideration.
  • Bearden: west of campus, cute shops and more expensive housing, a range of architectural styles
  • The Fort: close to campus, “party area,” a higher percentage of undergrads, high crime rate
  • Downtown Lofts: a trend toward urban renewal with some great yet pricey lofts, predominantly young and progressive, easy access to events and campus
  • Historic Districts:
    • Parkridge: inexpensive neighborhood near campus
    • 4th and Gill: progressive neighborhood with Victorian houses just north of downtown
    • Old North Knoxville: some great deals, but housing quality varies


  • KUB (Knoxville Utilities Board) – gas, water, electricity
  • West Knox Utility District – water
  • Comcast – cable, internet, phone
  • Knology – cable, internet, phone

Food and Other Necessities


Knoxville offers a variety of restaurants and grocery stores that suit almost any appetite or budget. An extremely helpful website is There you can find a list of most of the major restaurants in town, many with menus provided. Listed below are recommendations from fellow graduate students:


  • Kroger: several locations
  • Food City: several locations
  • The Fresh Market: Kingston Pike (gourmet and specialty items)
  • Earth Fare: Kingston Pike and Parkside Dr. (gourmet, specialty, and organic items)
  • Publix: University Commons (right next to campus); West Knoxville
  • Whole Foods: Papermill and Kingston Pike


  • Litton’s Market and Restaurant (2803 Essary Dr.) – “Located in Fountain City, Litton’s has been a Knoxville landmark since 1946 offering great burgers and onion rings as well as a dessert counter to die for. The atmosphere is relaxed and reminds you of an old fashioned neighborhood diner.”
  • Nama (506 S. Gay Street) – “Best sushi in Knoxville, and they have lots of specials including half price bottle of wine night and sushi happy hour with half priced rolls.”
  • Sr. Taco (3325 N. Broadway) “A fun and cheap Mexican restaurant located on Broadway. They have a wide variety and a salsa bar to boot, and it is a regular hangout of the Anthropology crowd.”
  • Naples (5500 Kingston Pike) “Great food, excellent atmosphere, good variety of price ranges, nightly specials Mon-Thurs. And chocolate ravioli, what more can I say!!”
  • Sunspot (1909 Cumberland Avenue) “A great and inexpensive place to near campus with an added bonus of a relaxed atmosphere. While they are famous for their vegetarian plates, they also have the best hamburgers around.”
  • Coolato Gelato (524 South Gay St.) “Yummy locally owned gelato, rotating gelato menu, outdoor seating – the perfect end to any evening!”
  • Plaid Apron (1210 Kenesaw Ave.) “Great local and organic food in Sequoyah Hills.  A favorite for weekend brunch!”
  • Central Flats and Taps


  • Preservation Pub: 28 Market Square – outdoor seating, live music, good beer list
  • Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria: 200 E. Jackson Avenue – great beer selection, pizza and calzones, pool and darts, outside seating
  • Downtown Grill and Brewery: 424 S. Gay Street – local microbrew, pool and darts, outdoor seating
  • Union Jack’s: 124 S. Northshore Drive – great selection of beers, pool and darts, can be a bit smoky
  • Crown & Goose: 123 S. Central Street – Old City
  • Bearden Beer Market: 8524 Old Kingston Pike – large variety of beers, outdoor seating
  • Balter Beer Works -100 S. Broadway –great happy hour, outdoor seating, full bar
  • Public House -212 W. Magnolia Ave. –good drink list, snacks, large outdoor seating area


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