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Housing FAQ

How do I apply for USF campus housing?
INTO USF students are assigned based on the housing preferences submitted on the INTO USF application. Housing is assigned based on the date the housing deposit is paid. Students that apply and deposit early are assigned to suites or apartments with direct admit USF students. Room requests are not guaranteed.

Why didn't I get my first preference and/or first choice for the hall I selected? 
Since we assign on a first come, first served basis, there is a possibility that your first preference may not be available at the time of your assignment.

Can I stay in my residence hall during breaks and holidays? 
INTO students may stay over all breaks ONLY if a contract for the following semester is in place.

How far are the halls from classes? The residence halls on campus are clustered in two areas of campus, the northeast ("north campus") and southwest ("south campus"). USF is a large campus, but almost everything is within a 15-minute walk of everything else. If you would like to get around campus faster, bicycles and longboards are also popular among students. What are the benefits of living on campus? Everything is included when you live on campus, and everything is right outside your door. Studies show that living on campus tends to increase students' GPA and satisfaction with the university setting. If you consider all of the friends you will meet and all of the opportunities that will be available to you, you will find that living on campus is actually quite a value. Face it, when you live on campus you live the college life. When you don't, you don't.

Are the rooms furnished? 
All of the rooms in the residence halls are fully furnished with a bed, dresser, desk, chair, trash can, and closet for each resident.

How do I handle maintenance requests? 
Students requesting maintenance work in their room can do so by submitting an online work-order request. Requests are automatically emailed to the maintenance technician for your area and he/she will follow up on the order until it is complete. Be sure to include a valid USF email address for a correspondence request once the order is complete.

I am a first-year student. Can I live off campus?
First time in college (FTIC) students who live in the tri-county area (Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco) are able to forego the live-on requirement. Those wishing to be exempt from this requirement must fill out the exemption request form (PDF) and submit it to the Housing office. All other first-year students must live on campus. While some students may be hesitant to leave their parents' home and jump into a different living arrangement, it doesn't need to be overwhelming. Studies show that living on campus tends to increase students' GPA and satisfaction with the university setting. If you consider all of the friends you will meet and all of the opportunities that will be available to you, you will find that living on campus is actually quite a value.

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