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Student housing in Tampa

A recreational paradise with excellent weather and beautiful waterways, Tampa is a great place for students to live, study, work, play, and unwind.

Booking off-campus housing with Student.com will allow you to do all of that while experiencing the best of the city. Student.com’s student housing in Tampa is located north of downtown Tampa and within walking distance of the University of South Florida.

Our student apartments will put you in a position to stroll to university, enjoy music venues, stylish cafes, and some of Florida’s best beaches, as well as get a taste of Tampa from the city’s vibrant restaurant scene.

We offer cheap one-bedroom shared and private furnished apartments that feature spacious rooms with modern amenities, as well as fully self-contained studio apartments where you don’t have to share any facilities.

If you want to learn more about what we offer for student living Tampa, just give us a call or send us a quick message via Live Chat.

Tampa at a glance

Located on Florida’s spectacular west coast, Tampa is a welcoming place for thrill-seekers, outdoor adventure lovers, foodies, and wine connoisseurs.

Like its mix of historic architecture and modern landmarks, Tampa is a melting pot for all cultures and settlers. WalletHub ranked the city in its top 20 most ethnically diverse cities of its size in the US.

Home to an array of colourful cultures 

Tampa’s multicultural population is infused with a healthy dose of Cuban and Spanish flair. The historic Hispanic district of Ybor City, created around the Cuban cigar-rolling industry in the late 1800s, is renowned as a hot nightlife spot. You can soak up pulsating lively music, cocktails, and late-night dancing from its old red brick buildings. Enjoy authentic Cuban sandwiches from one of the neighbourhood’s sidewalk cafes, shop for colourful crafts at its street markets.

If you love the sight of stunning structures, stroll along the 7th Avenue and enjoy the beautiful Spanish architecture. Take your pick of Spanish dishes from an array of family-owned cafes.

If you’re not a fan of Spanish food or just prefer to prepare your own meals, there are plenty of markets in Tampa that sell spices and food from various other countries around the world.

The city’s cultural diversity can also be found in its variety of art galleries, theatres, museums, and events. Throughout the year, the city hosts several lively fairs and festivals honouring different cultures from across the world.

A city for adventure

With an average of 237 days of sunshine each year, some of the best beaches in the world, as well as many parks and preserves, there are plenty of adventures to be had in Tampa. The city provides plenty of opportunities to venture off the beaten path with a lot to see and do outside of the urban metro centre.

Beaches and parks line the miles of shoreline of the Tampa area, setting the stage for swimming, boating, picnics, and more.

Get your friends together for a weekend camping trip to the white-gold sands and clear Gulf waters of Honeymoon Island State Park, or to the gator-filled swamps of the Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve.

Hit Hillsborough River State Park in Thonotosassa, or Lettuce Lake Park in north Tampa for hiking, biking, paddling, or bird-watching. 

City life

Home to over 390,000 people in the actual city and about 3 million in the metropolitan area, Tampa is a unique and vibrant metropolis. You’ll enjoy the excitement of the city life just as much as its natural beauty and diverse cultural offerings.

With a combination of city and beachfront, the expanding downtown Tampa has a thriving social scene. Packed with young condo residents, the area is alive with hip bars, innovative dining options, regular festivals, concerts, events, and urban parks, including the gorgeous Tampa Riverwalk.

H2:Student living in Tampa

Tampa is so much more than just beautiful weather and a fine day at the beach. With a bustling nightlife, a strong cultural scene, and plenty of outdoor recreation attractions, the city has all the makings for an awesome student experience.

There’s no shortage of things to do in Tampa, from exploring its untamed wildlife parks, visiting its array of museums and theme parks, to enjoying delightful shopping experiences in its wealthy shopping districts.

Recreational activities

There are 10 theme parks within an hour and a half’s drive from the University of South Florida (USF) campus. Very close to USF is Busch Gardens theme park, which has enough thrilling roller coaster rides, shows, and attractions to fill up a whole weekend.

Take full advantage of Tampa’s sunshine by visiting Adventure Island. The huge outdoor water theme park offers daring drops and relaxing wading pools.

Check out the TECO Manatee Viewing Center for a glimpse of one of the Tampa Bay area’s iconic animals.

Before exploring the electric downtown scene in the night, rent a kayak, paddle The Tampa Riverwalk along the Hillsborough River, and take in the serene surroundings. Enjoy the 2.6-mile path that provides access to Water Works Park, Curtis Hixon Park, MacDill Park, USF Park, and Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park. You’ll encounter beautiful Florida birds, pop-up turtles, and lazy gators.

Entertainment

Also along the banks of the Hillsborough River is the Oktoberfest Tampa, a three-day festival at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in the heart of the city.

Enjoy live music, lots of singing and dancing, cute outfits, authentic Bavarian food, and German beer. You can also participate in the annual Oktoberfest Tampa Games competition.

Get your entertainment fix at GameTime Tampa. The 23,000 square-foot Entertainment Center in Ybor City is equipped with a full-service restaurant, a full liquor Sports Bar, and 60 HDTVs. Enjoy fun indoor amusements from a Mega Arcade with more than 120 games, simulators, and prize machines.

Arts 

Tampa also has something for the art lovers. The city has several museums and attractions including the Straz Center for Performing Arts, Tampa Museum of Art, Glazer Children’s Museum, Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, and the Tampa Bay History Museum.

Discover regular new exhibitions at the Tampa Museum of Art, or check out the works of Salvador Dalí at the Salvador Dalí Museum. See Broadway stars and experience the magic of the art form at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts.

Many options to shop

The shopaholics will be happy with Tampa as well. When it’s time to shop, you won’t be disappointed with the city’s big plazas, outdoor malls, and neighbourhood boutiques.

From the International Plaza and Bay Street to Tampa Premium Outlet, Hyde Park Village, and The Shops at Wiregrass, Tampa is a shopper’s paradise.

The International Plaza and Bay Street is home to 200 specialty stores, four upscale department stores, and 16 restaurants. Another popular shopping spot is The Shops at Wiregrass, an open-air mall that perfectly fits the Florida lifestyle.

Score the bargain of a lifetime at local consignment shop Couture Designer Resale Boutique, or enjoy one of Hyde Park Village’s excellent restaurants and bars after checking out the boutique stores and independent clothing stores in the upscale shopping and dining district.

Where to study in Tampa? 

There are some great universities in Tampa. Some of the most well-known ones include:

University of South Florida

Founded in 1956, the University of South Florida (USF) is a major public research university with its main campus in Tampa.

USF ranks among the top 250 universities in the world in the 2021 Times Higher Education (THE) and top 600 in QS World University Rankings 2022, respectively.

The high-impact metropolitan university offers 105 Masters courses and 44 Doctoral courses to its more than 10,000 postgraduate students who come from over 130 different countries.

The doctoral-granting campus of USF, the Tampa campus serves more than 41,000 students and houses 14 colleges including USF Health, which comprises the colleges of medicine, nursing, public health, and pharmacy.

The campus is home to many facilities and amenities including two libraries, a bookstore, a post office, a print centre, and a fitness centre.

The University of Tampa 

A private institution of higher-level education, the University of Tampa’s 200 areas of study are structured into the College of Arts and Letters, Sykes College of Business, College of Natural and Health Sciences, and the College of Social Sciences, Mathematics, and Education.

The range of facilities on the university’s modest-sized campus is impressive. It possesses a library with a collection of over 275,000 books and has about 50 computer labs across campus. The university’s new Fitness and Recreation Center features six exercise rooms and an aquatics center with a swimming pool.

You’ll also be able to choose from over 200 societies to join.

Frequently asked questions about student apartments in Tampa

How do I apply for off-campus housing in Tampa on Student.com?

Applying for off-campus housing in Tampa is easy on Student.com. Use our convenient filter feature and mapping tool to compare properties we list by price and location.

When you find a student property you want to book, go to the property page by clicking ‘View rooms’. On the property page, choose your preferred room type and click ‘Enquire’ or ‘Book Now’ to book it or to request more information. One of our booking consultants will then be in touch with you to walk you through the next steps and answer any questions you may have.

Do you list one-bedroom student housing in Tampa?

Yes, we offer three types of rooms including one-bedroom apartments:

Shared Rooms are one bedroom student housing where you share your room with at least one roommate. These rooms come with a bathroom and a kitchen that you share with other tenants from other rooms.

Private Rooms offer one bedroom as well. But these are private, so you don’t have to share it with anyone. In some properties your bathroom is private and in some it’s shared with other students. The kitchen is shared with other tenants from other rooms.

Entire Place: unlike shared and private rooms, these are fully self-contained properties where you won’t have to share any living facilities with anyone. You’ll have your own bedroom, bathroom and a kitchenette for cooking.

Do you list fully furnished apartments?

Yes, most of the student apartments we list are fully furnished. Check the property page to make sure if this is the case with the property you’re interested in.

Are bills included in the rent?

In some of the properties we list, all bills are included, while in some cases only Wi-Fi is included in the rent. A few properties have no bills included at all.

You can check the property page of the property you’re interested in to see what bills are included there.