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St. Petersburg Campus Tours

A University of South Florida's St. Petersburg campus building.

Grab your sunglasses and get to know USF’s St. Petersburg campus. Take a tour that explores the programs, places and people of our sunny, harborside campus located in one of Florida’s culturally rich cities. You will also get the chance to learn more about the application process during an information session with an admissions counselor.

Student-Led Campus Tours

Our student-led tours give you an up-close view of our academic programs, student organizations and waterfront recreation such as sailing and kayaking. You will hear from current students about what life is really like on our dynamic St. Petersburg campus!
 
Your tour includes an information session presented by an Office of Admissions professional, where you’ll get an overview of the university, admission requirements, scholarships and campus life.

Before scheduling a visit, please keep the following in mind:

  • Dates: Tours are offered Monday-Friday and on select Saturdays. Tour space is limited to provide our guests with a positive experience. Please have a few dates in mind before making your reservation in case your first choice is not available. Tours are scheduled and posted periodically throughout the semester. If you do not see tours posted for the dates you are hoping to visit, please check our website weekly for updates
  • Academic calendar: To get the best feel for the St. Petersburg campus, check our academic calendar and visit when there are students on campus attending classes.
  • International students: Contact VisitStPete@usf.edu to add a meeting with an International Admissions Advisor to your tour.
  • Weather: The St. Petersburg campus is located in a subtropical climate and the tour is outdoors. Doesn’t sound so bad, right? Even though most of our days are filled with blue skies and sunshine, we ask that you please consider Florida’s heat, humidity and rain showers as a possibility. Expect a lot of walking, so please dress accordingly, and wear proper shoes.

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 Learn more about our Extended Tour options available this Fall:

Extended Tours

Self-Guided Campus Tours

Stroll our beautiful St. Petersburg campus on your own schedule with our self-guided campus tour! Stops include the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library, the University Student Center, the Harborwalk and Pelican Apartments. Please RSVP below to access the Walking Campus Tour map. Print out a copy and explore campus at your own pace to get a first-hand look at the incredible places where you’ll eat, sleep, study, learn and play.

To get the best feel for USF, check out our academic calendar and visit during the academic year when students are attending class.
 
Please note that access to buildings is not guaranteed, and guests must pay for parking at the self-service machine in the St. Petersburg campus parking garage.

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Before Arriving on the St. Petersburg Campus

  • Prepare for the tour: This includes wearing comfortable shoes, sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and temperature-appropriate clothing. It can get hot in St. Petersburg, especially on a walking tour of campus.
  • Pay for your parking: You may park in the Fifth Avenue Parking Facility, labeled FPF on the Walking Campus Tour map. Once you arrive at the garage, purchase a timed space pass in the garage at the walk-up permit machine located on the first level by the elevators.

Group Tours

Come join us for a group visit of our St. Petersburg campus. These visits are comprised of groups of 10-80 students.
 
During your group tour, you’ll explore our academic facilities, a residence hall, dining options, student support offices, recreation and other important campus stops. Tours include an information session where you and your group will learn about admissions requirements, financial aid, scholarships, campus life, dining and more.

Scheduling Your Tour
 
Due to the large volume of requests we receive for group tours, preference will be given to high school groups and organizations serving high school students. Dates and times are subject to availability.
 
Please follow the directions below to set up your visit:

  • Submit your request at least three weeks prior to the requested visit date.
  • Please include your requested date(s) and time(s) in order of preference in the “Date Preferences” field.
  • After receiving your request, a representative from our office will contact you. Submitting a request does not guarantee a scheduled visit.
  • Should you wish to eat on campus with your group, we recommend our all-you-care-to-eat dining hall. For information on hours and pricing, please visit Dining Services.

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Virtual Tours

Experience the St. Petersburg campus, nestled between the stunning waterfront and lively downtown, through our 360-degree virtual tour.

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Disability Accommodations

Please contact the tour staff at VisitStPete@usf.edu at least five working days in advance for mobility assistance, visual impairment assistance or American Sign Language interpreting.

Directions to Campus

Address
USF St. Petersburg Campus
140 7th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Campus Map

From the East

  • Take I-4 West to I-275 South.
  • Take exit 22 onto I-175 East toward Tropicana Field.
  • When the interstate ends, continue straight onto Fifth Avenue South and proceed to Second Street. The Welcome Center is located at the corner of Fifth Avenue South and Second Street.

From the West

  • Take I-75 South to I-275 South.
  • Take exit 22 onto I-175 East toward Tropicana Field.
  • When the interstate ends, continue straight onto Fifth Avenue South and proceed to Second Street. The Welcome Center is located at the corner of Fifth Avenue South and Second Street.

From the West

  • Take I-75 North to I-275 North.
  • Take exit 22 onto I-175 East toward Tropicana Field.
  • When the interstate ends, continue straight onto Fifth Avenue South and proceed to Second Street. The Welcome Center is located at the corner of Fifth Avenue South and Second Street.

Parking on Campus

Visitor parking is available in the Fifth Street Parking Facility.
 
Single Day Permits may be purchased in the garage at the walk-up permit machine located on the first level by the elevators. The permit machine accepts cash, Visa and Mastercard. The price of a day permit is $5 and can be used on levels 2 through 5 in the garage.
 
The Welcome Center is located at the corner of Fifth Avenue South and Second Street.
 
Note: Please arrive at least 15-30 minutes prior to your scheduled visit to ensure adequate time for parking and check-in.

Hotels and Accommodations

If you're visiting from out of town, there are a number of convenient hotels located near our St. Petersburg campus. This is not a comprehensive list, so visitors are encouraged to search for other hotels near the campus they are visiting.
 
Many of the hotels listed for each campus below offer a special USF rate. If you choose one of these hotels, state that you are visiting the University of South Florida to access the special rate. Some also offer free shuttle service to the campus.

Comfort Inn & Suites Clearwater
3910 Ulmerton Rd
Clearwater, FL 33762
727-573-3334
 
Courtyard St. Petersburg Downtown
300 4th St North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
727-450-6200
Complimentary shuttle to campus.
 
Hampton Inn & Suites St. Petersburg/Downtown
80 Beach Dr NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
727-892-9900
 
Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront
333 1st St South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
727-894-5000
Located within walking distance from campus.
 
Holiday Inn St. Petersburg West
1200 34th St N
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
727-322-0770
 
Ponce De Leon Hotel
95 Central Ave N
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
727-550-9300
 
St. Pete Beach Suites
6801 Sunset Way
St Pete Beach, FL 33706
727-360-7233
 
Staybridge Suites St. Petersburg Downtown
940 5th Ave South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33705
727-821-0777
Offers a complimentary shuttle to campus.
 
The Cordova Inn
253 2nd Ave North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
727-822-7500
About eight blocks from campus.

Explore St. Petersburg (and Beyond)

One of the best parts of attending USF's St. Petersburg campus is the location. Tucked next to scenic Bayboro Harbor, we offer the amenities and advantages of higher-priced, larger universities, plus the benefits of being a part of Florida’s newest Preeminent State Research University. What else is there to love? This campus is in the heart of dynamic St. Petersburg — an artsy, vibrant and welcoming Florida city.
 
Plus, St. Petersburg campus students have access to the rich professional resources afforded by our network of business connections. Our students tap into community and industry relationships for valuable internship and practicum experiences to prepare them for rewarding careers when they graduate.
 
If you're visiting us from out of town, make a weekend out of it! For more information on hotels, restaurants, things to do and more, check out Visit St. Pete Clearwater.
 
Download our Gulf Coast Visitor Guide to make the most of your trip and explore everything our Gulf Coast region has to offer, from sports to arts to nature. 

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