Commuter Services

Commuter Lounge
Vaughn Center Commuter Lounge.
Commuter Lounge Location:
Vaughn Center, second floor

Hours of Operation:

Monday-Sunday; 7 a.m.-1 a.m.

Each year, more than 900 UT students reside off campus. For these students, the University provides the following commuter services:

Lounge Area

The commuter lounge, located on the second floor of the Vaughn Center, is open daily from 7-1 a.m. The lounge offers a variety of accommodations for campus needs. The kitchenette is equipped with two refrigerators, a sink, cupboards and a microwave. A large screen television with cable access, lockers and desks provide a great place to spend time between classes.


Individual lockers are available in the commuter lounge to keep books and personal items secure. Lockers can be rented from the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement (OSLE) for a fee of $5 per semester. Visit OSLE in Vaughn Center 215 to rent a locker. 

Parking and Campus Security

The Rick Thomas parking garage, located between North A and North B. Street/Frederic H. Spaulding Dr. on the west side of campus, has approximately 800 spaces. The West parking garage is located along North Boulevard. The first floor of the west parking garage has designated commuter parking spaces. Effective Nov. 11, 2009, Commuter students (except Freshmen) with valid parking permits may also use the new temporary parking lot area south of Rescom. All first-year students (commuter or residential) must park in the west parking garage. Students are encouraged to park in the garages. The cost is $50 per year with a valid UT ID and vehicle registration. More information is available through campus security.

Dining Services

For information about UT dining services, locations and schedules, please see

Spartan Commuter Organization

Some students commute to campus, attend classes and return home. Others become actively involved in campus life, from working with classmates on group projects to holding an office in student organizations. Students who reside off campus can become involved in the Spartan Commuter Organization (SCO). The mission of SCO is to unite UT commuters, address commuter issues, and help enhance campus life. Commuter students are encouraged to participate in all aspects of student life. Visit the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement (Vaughn Center, Room 215) for more information.