Living On Campus

Residential Life

The Office of Residential Life is the hub for campus housing, both for Tech’s nine residence halls and the Tech Village apartments. Living and Learning Villages allow students to connect to a Faculty Head and group of campus residents around a common theme, such as service and leadership, the environment, and engineering. Learn more about the close-knit community that comes with living on campus at Tech.

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Affectionately referred to on campus as “The Caf,” the cafeteria located on the first floor of the Roaden University Center serves breakfast, lunch and dinner to the campus community. The Caf features new menu items each day, including a sandwich station, salad bar, hot food bars and vegan and vegetarian options. The Caf is typically open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the semester. 

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Additional Dining Options

Quick dining options are available during the semester at convenient locations across campus. Starbucks, Which-Wich, Steak’nShake and 20/20 Market are located on the ground level of the Roaden University Center. Inside Volpe Library is the au bon pain café and bakery, Smoked barbeque and Crav-N’s can be found in New Hall North Sundays and Saturdays from 6 to 11 p.m. and Papa John’s and 20/20 Market are open in McCord Hall from 6 to 11 p.m.

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University Bookstore

Located on the lower level of the Roaden University Center, the university bookstore, a location of Barnes and Noble can help students purchase or rent books for class. It is also full of university branded materials to help show your Tennessee Tech pride. The store is also a place to pick up supplies and electronics without leaving campus. 

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Fitness Center

Students have access to the university Fitness Center with their Eagle Card. The center features basketball courts, racquetball courts, a climbing wall, a pool, a track, saunas, weight room, golf room, cardiovascular area and more. Group fitness classes are offered in the center’s fitness studio. Sports and outdoor recreation equipment rentals are available through the Fitness Center offices as well. 

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Bike Share

Need a quick and easy way to get around campus? Rent a bike from the university Bike Share, supported by the Office of Sustainability. Students can rent bicycles, locks and helmets for use on campus at either the Fitness Center or New Hall North. Bike lanes are available along University Drive and bike storage racks are available across campus.

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Connect to the Cookeville community, Tennessee Tech’s hometown. Less than a mile from the city’s downtown area, Tech is close by some of Cookeville’s best parks, shops and eateries. There are nine state parks within an hour of campus and concerts, festivals, museums and scenic spots all around.

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Parking and Transportation

Campus residents have designated parking areas. Along with campus shuttles for getting around campus, the Cookeville Area Transit System (CATS) stops along Dixie Avenue in front of the Roaden University Center, connecting campus with the rest of the city for easy access local shopping centers, restaurants and events. Tech students ride CATS buses free of charge with their student ID. 

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