Selectees are responsible for obtaining housing for the duration of their appointment. Several of the Science Education and Workforce Development Programs at ORNL offer a housing allowance if your permanent address is at least 50 miles from ORNL. Check your program’s information page for details. Information on housing allowance will also be included in your offer letter.

See the ORNL Participant Housing Guide for more information on local housing and important details to consider when making a housing decision (click here for a checklist to assist in your search and decision process). Reach out to other interns for housing advice and/or to find potential roommates on the ORNL Interns Facebook group

If you are on a short-term appointment and qualify for housing assistance, we contract with, an online service that matches housing providers with interns across the nation. If a housing allowance is included with your appointment, you will receive instructions in your offer letter on how to access this password-protected site. offers:

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Intern Friendly Housing – Our staff visits local apartment complexes and offers invitations to those deemed appropriate to register with the site.  The complexes then offer competitive rates for short-term housing options. allows these communities to list their properties in a special “Intern/Co-Op Friendly Housing” section of the site.

Freedom to Choose – Using allows you to be in control of your housing and roommate situation, while allowing us to ensure that the options from which you pick are appropriate. You have the freedom to choose the housing option best for you and access information on negotiating rates.

Shared Housing Partners – provides a roommate matching service exclusively for interns and co-ops. This gives you a way to match-up with one or more of the other interns/co-ops to make your stay much easier, safer, and, best of all, affordable.

Search Tips – spells out key tactics interns should use when attempting to locate housing and negotiate short-term leases with apartment managers.

On-line Links – links directly to targeted search engines for rental property, furniture rentals, local transportation resources, entertainment sites and much more.

Oak Ridge Knoxville Area Map

Map Source: Oak Ridge National Laboratory