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USF Off Campus Housing | University of South Florida

Starting your search for University of South Florida off campus housing can be overwhelming. Your home is an important space for you to study, make memories, relax, and everything in between. There are many things to consider when comparing your options. We’ve created this list of 5 factors to consider when searching for off campus housing near USF to help organize your thoughts and get you on the right track – and ApartmentsForBulls gives you all the search filters you need to find the best off campus housing near USF for you! 

Budgeting for Off Campus Apartment Rent 

The best place to start when considering options for off campus housing near USF is creating a budget. There’s a large range of pricing for housing in Tampa, so make sure to establish a comfortable budget. Keep in mind that most off campus housing is not entirely inclusive, meaning extra expenses such as water, electricity, internet, and cable aren’t included in the monthly rent. This is a super important question to be asking leasing teams as you call around and get more information on your different options.

Best Off Campus Floor Plans

USF off campus housing gives you plenty of floor plan options, such as 2 bedrooms and 4 bedrooms. Many students love living in bigger floor plans like a 5 bedroom to get a fast-paced and exciting college experience where they can hang out with friends all day long. On the other hand, many students prefer to live in a smaller floor plan for a quieter home where they can focus on their studies and have more privacy. It’s a personal preference of what the best off campus housing floor plan looks like to you!

Roommates in Off Campus Housing 

Additionally, it’s important to consider who you want to live with. Most off campus housing properties give you the option of selecting your roommates, roommate matching, or a mixture of both. Many students love to live with friends or select their roommates through Facebook groups, such as USF Off Campus Housing where students will post that they’re looking for a roommate. Alternatively, off campus housing with roommate matching is another excellent option. Roommate matching is a simple process - you fill out a section on your application describing lifestyle habits, such as how late you stay up or what temperature you prefer to keep the thermostat at, and the communities will match you up based on your answers.

Proximity to USF Campus

As they say; location, location, location! Tampa has many off campus apartments scattered throughout the city with varying distances to campus. Living off campus but still close to campus is a great option for those who prefer to walk or bike to class. Most options for USF housing off campus that are farther from campus have bus stops on site so you can hop on a bus to class. Further, make sure to check out the surrounding areas of any properties you consider living at, such as the nearest grocery store or restaurant. Tampa is full of exciting restaurants and retailers and living in off campus housing gives you the opportunity to explore.

Amenities in Off Campus Housing

As you narrow down your USF off campus housing search more and more, the next best step is to compare the amenities offered by each property. Look for fun amenities like a swimming pool or 24/7 fitness center, as well as more important amenities like parking. Or if you have a furry friend you want to bring along, narrow down your search to pet friendly off campus housing! ApartmentsForBulls search filters allow you to see your options for off campus housing near USF for properties with the amenities that matter the most to you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are freshmen required to live on campus at USF?

As of Fall 2022, Freshmen are not required to live on campus at USF. Historically, The University of South Florida did require Freshmen to live on campus! Some of the University's programs may require students to live in dormitories on campus. Before signing a lease for an off-campus apartment, you should double check with a Freshman advisor on the latest requirements.

What are the benefits of living in off campus housing near USF?

Every student has a unique personality and needs, so you should make the decision to live on-campus VS. off-campus based on your personal lifestyle. Some benefits of off-campus apartment living might include: more lenient rules at off-campus apartments, having your own private bedroom and bathroom, and many off-campus apartments allow you to have pets.

What is the biggest difference between USF on-campus and off-campus housing?

The biggest difference between dormitories and apartments is the amount private living space in the floor plans. In an off campus apartment, you'll only share the apartment's common areas such as the living room, kitchen, and patio/balcony with your roommates, so a maximum of 2-4 other people. In a dormitory, you might share the kitchen and common spaces with your entire floor.

How do I find roommates to share off-campus housing?

If you have a group of friends that are interested in living with you, be sure to tell the community you choose that you want to live together. They can work with you and your friends to get your lease(s) set up in the same apartment. Don't have a roommate in mind? No need to stress -- there are quite a few student communities near campus that offer roommate matching. Their team will give you a questionnaire to fill out and match you with a roommate with a similar lifestyle and interests.

Does off-campus USF housing come furnished?

There are a lot of student apartments near campus that offer fully furnished apartments. You can expect to find a bed, nightstand, dresser and desk with a chair in most bedrooms. Most common areas include a small dining table and chairs or bar stools at the breakfast bar and a couch, coffee table, and end table. Some apartments even include TVs. Be sure to ask the leasing team about their furniture package as each community can vary slightly.

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