Tampa Campus Student Life
The moment you take in the lush palms and warm sunshine that brightens our Tampa campus each day, you’ll be ready to call the University of South Florida home. We are happy to tell you, though, that the climate is just the beginning of what makes campus life at USF so vibrant.
USF is a boundless community, with a diverse population and extensive student resources. And as soon as you step foot on campus, you’ll feel the unique and unmistakable energy that characterizes student life at USF.
Our over 44,000 students come from across the United States and more than 140 countries around the globe to achieve their dreams at our Tampa campus. They don’t just eat, sleep, study and attend class on campus. They reach higher. They collaborate, cultivate, engage, innovate, overcome and flourish here.
With more than 600 clubs and student organizations, plus 19 varsity sports, an active student government and a thriving arts scene, USF truly has something for everyone. You can plan the Homecoming parade, learn to dance the Tango, cheer on the Bulls at Raymond James Stadium, write for The Oracle, volunteer in the community and so much more! And be sure to visit our 28,000 square foot Recreation & Wellness Center – or its satellite locations – to work out, swim, take a group fitness class or play one of the 50 intramural sports offered on campus.
From concerts and basketball games in the Yuengling Center to Movies on the Lawn, celebrity lectures and gaming at the Marshall Student Center, students seize endless opportunities to make the most of their time at USF.
“The Marshall Student Center is the place to eat, study and socialize. It allows all students from all backgrounds to communicate and experience USF for the university it is. I have met and created some of the best friends and colleagues at the MSC, and we continue to utilize all the benefits it offers.” – Gabriella Kubiszyn (Business Administration, ’19)
And with a flurry of new campus development, it is an exciting time to be a student at USF. Newly opened, state-of-the-art residence halls at The Village offer expanded housing options for incoming students and upperclassmen, while four new dining locations cater to the diverse dietary needs of our campus. The state’s first on-campus Publix Super Market opened in December 2018. With indoor and outdoor seating areas, grab-and-go prepared foods and easy walking access from neighboring residence halls, the new grocery store is a superb shopping and dining option for students.
“Getting involved presents so many opportunities to meet all kinds of amazing and diverse people, and it expands your knowledge of the world around you – without even leaving campus!” – Jade VonWerder (Arts and Sciences, ’20)
For as much as there is to do on campus, our students make the most of their time in Tampa Bay by exploring this vibrant, beautiful region. Whether you’re in Sarasota, St. Petersburg or Tampa, you will be minutes away from the world’s most beautiful beaches, scenic historic districts, world-class shopping and dynamic cultural institutions – not to mention Tampa’s three professional sports teams.
“Living in Tampa is such an incredible experience because the city is constantly changing and evolving. New, innovative businesses and restaurants are popping up every single day.” – Gina Rotunno (College of Arts and Sciences, ’19)
If you’re ready to forge your path here, the University of South Florida is ready to welcome you home!
St. Petersburg & Sarasota-Manatee Campuses
Are you a student in St. Petersburg or Sarasota-Manatee? Visit your campus website for details specifically for you!
Student Success at the University of South Florida is focused on supporting our students as they enter the admissions queue, take their first steps on our campuses, navigate their options, and, finally, walk across the stage to receive their hard-earned diploma. Our work not only supports students with their academics but also enhances their education so they are not only successful achieving their academic goals.
From academic support and engagement opportunities, to health services and career preparation, Student Success helps guarantee that USF students graduate with the skills, experiences and knowledge that will help them achieve their lifelong goals.
Visit the Student Success website to explore the opportunities and resources available to students on all three USF campuses.