Visit USF

Tampa Campus Tours

The main University of South Florida's Tampa campus entrance

Student-Led Campus Tours

Tours are available Monday through Friday and are open to all students. You’ll get an up-close view of our top-rated academic facilities, dining options, a suite-style residence hall, student support offices, recreation and other points of pride. In addition, you will hear from current USF students about what life is really like at our dynamic university!  

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

  • Dates: 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.
  • Academic calendar: To get the best feel for USF, check our academic calendar and visit when there are students on our Tampa campus attending classes.
  • International students: Contact international@usf.edu to add a meeting with an International Admissions Advisor to your campus tour. 
  • Weather: The Tampa campus is located in a subtropical climate and tours are held outdoors. Wear comfortable shoes, sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and temperature-appropriate clothing. It can get hot in Tampa, especially on a walking tour of campus.

REGISTER NOW

Self-Guided Campus Tours

Explore our beautiful Tampa campus on your own schedule with our self-guided campus tour! Get a first-hand look at the incredible places where you'll eat, sleep, study and play. This includes the USF Library, Marshall Student Center and Juniper Hall. Tours last approximately one to two hours.
 
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.
 
Before Arriving on the Tampa Campus

  • Prepare for the tour: This includes wearing comfortable shoes, sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and temperature-appropriate clothing. It can get hot in Tampa, especially on a walking tour of campus.
  • Plan your parking: USF offers plenty of parking options, but your most convenient lot for the tour is the lot labeled 2A on our visitor map. Once you arrive at this lot, purchase a timed space pass at one of the parking pay stations.

Start Your Self-Guided Tour

Download or open the GUIDEBOOK app. Then select USF Tour to start your self-guided tour.

Sample

 

Sample

 

Group Tours

Come join us for a group visit of the University of South Florida’s Tampa campus. These visits are comprised of groups of 15+ high school or transfer-level students.
 
During your group tour, you’ll explore our academic facilities, a suite-style 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 Group Tour

Due to the large volume of requests we receive for group tours, our guided tours are limited to high school and transfer-level students. We offer guided group tours Monday through Friday at 9:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. Dates and times are subject to availability.
 
Is your group comprised of other types of students? No problem! Please join us for a self-guided tour.
 
If your group is comprised of high school or prospective transfer students, please follow the directions below to set up your visit:

  • Submit your request at least 45 days 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.

Submit Request

Virtual Tours

Explore USF’s Tampa campus online – from anywhere! Led by student guides, our virtual tour offers 360-degree panoramic views of our beautiful 1900-acre campus as real USF students tell you about their favorite stops.
 
Picture yourself in our state-of-the-art classrooms. Discover our modern residence halls. Imagine yourself lying under the Florida sun at Castor Beach – in February!

Start Tour

Disability Accommodations

Disability accommodations can be requested when you register for a campus visit or by contacting the tour staff at 813-974-7878 (Florida Relay Service TTY: 800-955-8771) or visitation@usf.edu at least two weeks in advance for mobility assistance, visual impairment assistance or American Sign Language interpreting. 
 
USF is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Institution and therefore complies fully with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and all other federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability or handicap.

Directions to Campus

Address:
University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL 33620, USA
 
From the East:

  • Take I-4 West to Exit 9 / I-75 North
  • Travel North on I-75 for 3.8 miles to Exit 265 / Fowler Avenue
  • Head West on Fowler Avenue 4.4 miles to the University's main entrance at Leroy Collins Boulevard

From the West/Tampa International Airport:

  • Take I-275 North to Exit 45B / I-4 East
  • Travel East on I-4 for 8.1 miles to Exit 9 / I-75 North
  • Travel North on I-75 for 3.8 miles to Exit 265 / Fowler Avenue
  • Head West on Fowler Avenue 4.4 miles to the University's main entrance at Leroy Collins Boulevard

Parking on Campus

Just past the entrance to USF on Leroy Collins Boulevard, turn right into the Campus Information Center (CIC). Pull up to an available drive-through window and inform the staff that you are here for a campus visit with the Office of Admissions. They will provide you with a parking pass and campus map. If you are visiting on a Saturday, the CIC will be closed, and a permit will not be necessary.
 
After obtaining the parking pass, turn right onto Leroy Collins Boulevard and proceed to the Collins Boulevard Parking Garage (located at the end of Leroy Collins Boulevard, just past the Library). Your parking pass allows you to park on level 3 and above. Before exiting your vehicle, be sure your parking pass is visible.
 
From the garage, it's just a short walk to the Interdisciplinary Sciences Building (ISA). Check-in begins one hour prior to the visit on the 7th floor.
 
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 Tampa 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 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.

Embassy Suites Tampa
3705 Spectrum Boulevard
Tampa, FL
(813) 977-7066
 
Fairfield Inn & Suites Tampa North
12260 Morris Bridge Road
Temple Terrace, FL
(813) 989-0007
 
Holiday Inn Express
13294 Telecom Drive
Tampa, FL
(813) 972-9800   

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa - USF Busch Gardens
2807 E. Busch Boulevard
Tampa, FL
(813) 936-8200
 
Holiday Inn Tampa North
3751 E Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL
(813) 402-2982
 
Home2 Suites by Hilton Tampa USF
11606 McKinley Drive
Tampa, FL
(813) 750-8844
 
Hyatt Place Tampa/Busch Gardens
11408 North 30th Street
Tampa, FL
(813) 979-1922
 
La Quinta Inn & Suites USF
3701 East Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL
(813) 910-7500
 
Residence Inn Tampa at USF/Medical Center
13420 N. Telecom Parkway
Tampa, FL
(813) 972-4400 
 
TownePlace Suites Tampa North/I-75 Fletcher
6800 Woodstork Drive
Tampa, FL
(813) 975-9777
 
SpringHill Suites Tampa North I-75/Tampa Palms
5396 Primrose Lake Circle
Tampa, FL 
(813) 558-0300  

Explore Tampa (and Beyond)

One of the best parts of attending USF is the location. Our sprawling Tampa campus is packed with all the student amenities and resources of a large university, and it’s conveniently located a short drive from downtown, historic Ybor City, theme parks and more. USF offers something for everyone, from beach lovers to sports fans to art aficionados. 
 
Plus, USF students have access to the rich professional resources afforded by the bustling metropolitan area. This includes a strong economy anchored by major companies. Our business community relationships offer students valuable internship and practicum experiences that prepare them for rewarding careers when they graduate.
 
Check out the Visit Tampa Bay website or download our Gulf Coast Visitor Guide to make the most of your trip and explore everything the Tampa Bay area has to offer, from sports to arts to nature. 

Download Guide