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Living

Why choose Tampa?

Tampa has everything you’d want in a place to live and learn. Money magazine ranked it as one of the top five big cities in the US because of its robust job market, affordable prices and abundance of open space. Among the area’s museums, theaters, galleries and shopping, there are plenty of ways to educate and entertain yourself.

Big city, huge opportunities

Tampa houses 60% of Florida’s high-technology corridor. It has the 12th-largest media market in the US. It's ranked the nation’s third best city for employment. Tampa’s thriving business climate means more opportunities for you to form valuable connections to the working world.

But life here is not all work and no play. With six professional sports teams, a vibrant arts community and an international food scene, new adventures are never hard to find.

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A home away from home

Time to get comfortable. USF campus housing offers great benefits. You’ll be close to classrooms, dining halls and social events but still have a private place to call home. Staff and resident advisors are available to assist you 24 hours a day to make sure you’re safe and happy.

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Student life at University of South Florida

There’s no shortage of events to enjoy with friends or places where you can make new ones. Get free admission to all University of South Florida  sporting events or join one of the school’s 600 clubs and student organizations. Music lover? USF hosts more than 300 concerts, performances and festivals every year. Want to explore places beyond USF campus? We organize day trips to Orlando, Miami and other fun Florida destinations.

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Students play golf

We have our own golf course


Everything you need is nearby

In addition to the city’s charms, you’ll love the convenience of campus life. Stop by the student center for something to eat, somewhere to study or some fun competition in the video gamers’ lounge. Get fit at the campus recreation facility where you can find soccer fields, fitness classes, trails and two gyms. Golf, anyone? The Claw at USF is known as one of the most challenging golf courses in Tampa. You can also pursue your faith with an organized network of worship activities.

Facilities on campus
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Enjoy unlimited daily access to the on-campus dining halls

Dining on campus

Hungry? Let USF take care of the cooking—and the cleanup. Multiple dining halls with vegan and halal options and dozens of on-campus restaurants await, like Subway, Panda Express and Papa John’s Pizza. Meal plans are already on your student ID card, so there’s no need to worry about carrying cash.

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