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About Tampa Bay

New in Tampa

Welcome to Florida! 

The Tampa Bay Area consists of several counties. The closest counties to the Tampa and St. Pete campuses are Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas. Sarasota and Manatee counties are closest to the Sarasota-Manatee campus.

The following links provide well-rounded resources to get you quickly acquainted with your new surroundings.

Visit TampaBay and Visit Sarasota are visitor websites but would be good for anyone new to either area.  

Home Locators provides links to all of the area newspapers, schools, sports teams, local governments, must-see-places and universities. 

County by County Resources

Hillsborough County Resources

Hillsborough County Schools:


Electric:  TECO Energy

Water is by one of the following:

Natural Gas:  TECO People's Gas

Pasco County Resources

Pasco County Schools


Electric is by one of the following:

Water  is by Pasco County Utilities

Natural Gas  is by TECO People's Gas

Pinellas County Resources

Pinellas County School System Pinellas County Schools


Electric  is by one of the following:

Water is by one of the following:

Natural Gas is either by TECO Energy or Clearwater Gas

Sarasota County Resources

Sarasota County Schools:


Electric:  Florida Power & Light

Water:  Sarasota County Water Services

Natural Gas: TECO People's Gas

Manatee County Resources

Manatee County Schools:


Electric:  Florida Power & Light

Water: Manatee County Public Utilities

Natural Gas: TECO People's Gas

Things to Remember

Visit the Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles (DMV) online to make your trip to the DMV quicker. The website provides information about address changes, applying for your Florida driver's license, and documentation required to identify yourself.

Your voter registration address can be updated by filling out the required form at the Florida Division of Elections website.

Check our USF Employee Perks page for possible discounts that may help in your move.  USF Faculty are eligible to apply for accounts at the USF Federal Credit Union, located on USF's Tampa Campus.

The Tampa Bay Area often has watering restrictions based upon the county. Those restrictions can be found at

Florida may experience hurricanes during the Hurricane Season, beginning each June.  You can stay up-to-date and learn about essentials to plan and prepare with many of tools at the National Hurricane Center.