UPerk opened in the fall of 2017 as a self serve coffee shop, open to everyone. We received a grant from Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church making it possible for this dream to come true. UPerk is our gesture of hospitality to UT Knoxville. Folks all across campus come here to study, visit with friends, enjoy some alone time, meet with study groups, hold club meetings, or host small events. We offer fair trade, organic coffee – our own brew, UPerk Blend – in partnership with Vienna Coffeehouse in Maryville, Tennessee as well as a variety of hot teas, hot cocoa and hot apple cider all for just a $1 donation. If you’re low on cash, come on in and get a drink anyway! We also have Venmo and Paypal!

Mission Statement

At UPerk we believe that every person should have a place to be: to be in community, to be at peace, to be studious, and caffeinated, to be safe, to be valued, and to be heard. This community space seeks to embody that vision and, when you’re here, we hope that you can simply be.

Private Study Room

Looking for a private study room to attend virtual class, hold study groups, or just to have some peace and quiet? Our sunroom that is just off of UPerk is here for you! This room is available for reservation as a weekly or monthly recurring meeting time or just for a few hours randomly here and there, just email us at  ukirk@ukirkutk.org  or DMing us on Instagram at @UPerkUTK .

We host at least one event a month as a way to offer a free events for students. In the past we have shown movies, hosted coffee tastings with Vienna Coffee Company, chocolate tasting with local Chocolatier, Chris Kopek of Lirio Chocolate, book talk by author Meredith Jade on her book Unseen: Intersecting Faith & Sexuality in the Bible Belt, scary storytelling and costume contest and the list goes on! Is there an event you wish we would have? Let us know, email us at  ukirk@ukirkutk.org