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Student Housing in Tampa

Being a college student can sometimes become problematic when looking for housing. Especially in a housing market like Tampa, where most of the student housing is located around The University of South Florida. Students who attend The University of Tampa or Hillsborough Community College often have a hard time finding apartments that accept student applications to rent. What you're really looking for is housing in Tampa that accepts guarantors, so someone who loves you can co-sign the apartment and meet any income and credit requirements. We're the experts on student housing in Tampa, so we've put together a list of apartments that rent by-the-bedroom and accept guarantors. As a student, you should have no issue getting approved for an apartment at any of these communities as long as you have a guarantor that meets the income and credit requirements.

Moving to a new student apartment in Tampa each year or finding the perfect roommates may be the most daunting task. From first time freshmen to graduate student apartments, student housing in Tampa is a great option when considering where to live near campus! Living in student housing can be quite beneficial while working on your studies and choosing the perfect place to live can enhance your college experience and by-the-bedroom rentals make cheap apartments near USF a budget-friendly option. Student housing communities near USF offer floor plans ranging from one bedroom to four bedrooms and often include student-friendly apartment options like all-inclusive leases, fully furnished common areas and bedrooms, and roommate matching. 

Choosing your first student apartment is tough! To help you decide on factors like location, lease type, furniture, and more check out our USF Housing Guide.

Renting Student Apartments in Tampa

Is this the first time you will be living on your own? Select a fully furnished student apartment to make your move a breeze! You can choose to bring your own bedroom furniture and have your living room already furnished or just have a furnished bedroom! Furnished places give you the option to have your new home already decorated! Perhaps you are looking for a roommate? Student apartments often come in dormitory-style living. Meaning, you have the option to live with two or three other roommates. You can have your own bedroom and share a kitchen with your new college friends. Celebrate game day in your new common area or on your balcony! School pride and unity lives throughout student communities!

Looking to live on your own? Easy! There is plenty of one-bedroom off-campus housing communities located on or near campus to make meeting new friends a  simple task even for those of you who are shy! Student apartments often offer many opportunities to meet your neighbors by hosting social events such as pool parties and bar-b-ques.  Do you need a place to study within walking distance of your new student apartment? Living on or near campus makes it easy to enjoy the school's facilities. However, many student communities include business centers or quiet study areas where you can study during midnight hours for finals! Do you want to bring your pet? Many student housing communities allow you the opportunity to bring your furry best friend along! Selecting what amenities you would like to have in your new home is just another advantage of living in a student apartment.

Features to look for in Tampa Student Apartments:

  1. Roommate Matching: If you're looking to share an off-campus apartment with other students, finding an apartment with a roommate matching service can be key to your future student housing happiness. Student apartments with roommate matching will provide you with a questionnaire to learn more about your sleeping habits, study habits, and overall lifestyle. They will collect roommate matching forms from all of their future residents and match you with roommates who have similar lifestyles. Our best tip for roommate matching is to be honest on your roommate matching form. If you don't get out of bed until 12:00 pm each day, then do not check the box saying you are an early riser!

  2. Individual Leasing: Many student housing communities near USF offer individual lease options. This means that you will only be responsible for your portion of the rent each month. This is a great benefit if you are moving in with roommates that you did not know previously. If your roommate does not pay their rent on time, it will not affect you or your guarantor in any way.

  3. Furnished Apartments: Your stay in the USF area as a student will (hopefully) be less than 4 years! Fully furnished apartments near USF will rent you a full furniture set with your apartment so that you do not have to worry about buying a new living room and bedroom set to fit your temporary student apartment. Furnished living rooms typically come equipped with a sofa, loveseat, end tables, coffee tables, and a TV stand. Some apartments even include flat-screen TV's as a perk for their residents! Typically, furnished bedrooms will include a bed frame, mattress, nightstand, dresser, desk, and chair. Be sure to check with your future apartment to verify their exact furniture package before you sign your lease! 

  4. USF Bull Runner Shuttle: The University of South Florida offers a super convenient free shuttle service for its students. If you choose an apartment on the Bull Runner Shuttle route you'll be able to get to class easily, quickly, and for free! 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do individual leases work in Tampa student housing?

Individual leases are super handy when renting student apartments in Tampa. When you sign an individual lease, you're signing to be responsible for the portion of rent for one bedroom within an apartment. For example, if you're renting a 4-bedroom apartment near USF that offers individual leasing, you'll only be responsible for the rental payment of one of the four bedrooms. Individual leasing in Tampa student housing provides peace of mind for renters that if your roommate bails on their lease or doesn't pay rent, your credit and lease will not be impacted as both are separate from their lease.

How do I commute to the USF campus from student housing in Tampa?

Transitioning from the convenience of living on-campus at USF to moving into student housing in Tampa can feel overwhelming. No need to worry, thousands of USF students use the HART and Bull Runner Shuttle to commute to the USF campus from their Tampa student apartments every single day. Bulls can hop on the HART or Bull Runner Shuttle for free by showing a valid USF ID. While it can feel daunting to learn the bus schedules, hopping on the bus will feel like second nature after the first couple of days of class.

What do I bring on move-in day to my Tampa student housing community?

Move-in day is one of the most exciting days of the year for leasing teams and new residents at student housing communities in Tampa! If this is your first move-in day, check out our USF apartment move-in checklist for a full list of recommendations. Keep in mind that even if you are renting a furnished apartment, you'll still need to bring lots of essentials, such as bedding, towels, kitchen supplies, and all of your personal items. Try making a list one room at a time. For example, do you have all your plates, bowls, cutlery, and appliances for your kitchen? Are you renting a Tampa student apartment with a washer and dryer? Don't forget your laundry supplies. From there, think through the common area, bedroom, and bathroom.

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