I am searching for an apartment near USF for this fall. As a first time renter what are some of my options?

Photo of IQ ApartmentsApartments at IQ are all inclusive. This means that your rent and utilities are rolled into one, easy to manage monthly bill.

Moving into your first college apartment at The University of South Florida is a big step in your adult life, as well as, a big responsibility. Do you want to live alone or will you be rooming with someone? Will your furry, four-legged friend be coming along? Do want to be close to the USF campus or just outside of the noise of city life? With all the different options available to you, choosing the apartment that's the perfect fit will be easier than you think!

Floor Plans

A good place to start is what type of apartment do you see yourself living in? Do you require multiple rooms, for a roommate or a study room, perhaps? Since USF is located in the big city of Tampa, your housing options are practically endless. Studio apartments are the smallest and usually the cheapest way to go as far as living arrangements if you're hoping to live alone. These type of apartments are perfect for first time renters and anyone who doesn't need a lot of space. A studio consists of one large room and bathroom in its own room off to the side. If having everything in one giant space doesn't float your boat, you can search for apartments near USF with one bedroom all the way up to four or more bedrooms. If you are looking for something a little more than just your average apartment, take a gander at options such as townhomes and loft apartments.

Amenities

Almost every apartment community offers amenities such as a pool, a gym and a place to do your laundry. If those are necessities on your list, they should be easy to find. However, there are some amenities that you may not know about that could make your life much easier. All inclusive apartments make managing your living expenses a piece of cake! Typically with this style of USF apartment, your water and electric bills are bundled with the cost of your monthly rent. Sometimes other utilities such as garbage, sewage and pest control are included. Make sure to do your research to make sure bundling all of your bills is the right fit for your lifestyle. If you don't own much furniture or don't plan on spending the extra money to buy some before moving, look into furnished apartments. Furniture that is usually included in the package is a bedroom set, couches, end tables, entertainment stand and some even come with a T.V.!

If your family pet is making the move with you, be sure to check out pet friendly apartments. Be mindful that these apartments usually have a pet deposit that is to be paid up front and some communities have breed and weight restrictions.

Location

Another thing to consider is the location of your USF apartment. Fowler Ave runs along the south part of campus. Living in this part of town puts you within walking distance from campus and just minutes away from retail stores and restaurants. Apartments located within the 42nd Street area are in a prime spot. This street is just over a mile long and connects two major Tampa roads, Fletcher Ave and Bruce B. Downs Blvd. From this area Ybor City, local parks, museums and entertainment are just around the corner. You won't have to travel far to get to class, as this neighborhood is just north of the USF campus.

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