As you are gearing up to start a new semester at the University of South Florida, you may be wondering the best place to study in and around your USF apartment. Whether you are a USF freshman or experienced USF graduate student, we hate to break it to you but despite popular belief studying is part of the college experience, and it is good to start a new semester fresh and ready. If you have places mapped out to study and have a plan before school begins, it may help you once you get busy with classes.
Let's begin with your student apartment. You will want to prepare your room with a space to study, and that may include a desk or if you live in a furnished apartment, a desk may be included. You will want to prepare your desk with supplies you may need throughout the semester like pens, pencils, paper, a printer and printer ink, highlighters, and a good planner or calendar.
If you are looking for another option besides your room, some apartment complexes include a community study room or business center that you could use as a study space. If your apartment near USF has a patio or balcony that may work for a study space and a chance to relax outside once the weather cools off, or many students enjoy studying outside by a USF apartment pool.
There are many spaces around the University of South Florida campus. The libraries on the USF campus are a good place to start. The Tampa Campus Research Library and the Shimberg Health Sciences Library are located on the Tampa campus and have group study rooms available. The Marshall Student Center on the Tampa USF campus is also a good place for students to study and socialize. A bench around the MLK Plaza Fountain may be a nice option also.
There may be many spots around your apartment or on the USF campus outside that you may enjoy a study break, or maybe you are looking for something different around the Tampa area to get out and see the city and spend some time studying. There is Lettuce Park Conservation Park, one of Hillsborough County's most visited parks just northeast of the University of South Florida campus. Copeland Park is southwest of campus, just over a mile away. The Rowlett Park Trail along the Hillsborough River is just south of Busch Gardens and the campus and features walking trails, picnic tables, and more. The last park on our list is in Downtown Tampa, just north of the University of Tampa. The Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park has something for everyone and is home to many events along the Hillsborough River.
Coffee shops, bagel shops, and sandwich shops are always popular studying spaces for college students around the country. Due to COVID, some may not be open to dine-in at this time but check out Panera Bread or Bagels Plus west of the USF campus or Felicitous Coffee and Tea House on 51st just east of campus. Most locations also offer free wi-fi.
We hope this list gives you some ideas on where you can study in and around your affordable USF apartment, and good luck this semester!