Welcome to USF!
We can't wait for you to join us on campus where it is the Best place to Live, the Best place to Work, and the Best place to Learn. In fact, that's our motto in Housing & Residential Education! Grand Opening day is right around the corner on Thursday, August 22. This day is one of celebration, transition, and support. Whether you arrive on your own or with family & friends, know that as a USF Bull, you will be welcomed by staff, faculty, and fellow students when you get to campus. Your day will begin at the Marshall Student Center (MSC), where there is ample parking and staff on site to help guide you to the check-in area. Once inside, you will be greeted by faculty and staff. Make sure you take some USF beads to show off your Bull pride! Check this page often for updates and let us know if you need any assistance!
What and When is Grand Opening?
Grand Opening is the annual opening of the residence halls for the fall semester.
This year, Grand Opening will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, August 22. Once you arrive on campus, make your way to the Marshall Student Center where our
team will be ready and waiting to help you check in and get your key(s). Once you
have checked in, our team will provide you with a map and directions so you know how
to get to your residence hall move-in location. Upon arrival at your residence hall,
you will meet your Resident Assistant (RA). If you can't be here for Grand Opening,
that's okay! You can check in 24-hours a day afterward.
View the Grand Opening Move-In Map
5 STEPS TO MOVE-IN ON GRAND OPENING DAY
Once you arrive on campus, make your way to the Marshall Student Center. The Grand
Opening Move-In Map, as well as the signs around campus, will help you find your way!
View the Grand Opening Move-In Map
Once you have parked, you will proceed into the Marshall Student Center. Inside, you will be greeted by our staff and directed to the 2nd floor ballroom to check in, get your room keys, and receive all necessary move-in information. Remember, it is important that every member of your group stays together. Family members cannot unload their students' belongings until their resident received their key(s). If you stay together, you can avoid unnecessary delays while moving in.
During check-in, our team will provide you with a zone map with directions so you know how to get to your residence hall move-in location.
USF Holly Dr. One-Way
Please be aware that USF Holly Dr. will be one-way flowing east on Grand Opening Day from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. If you get lost while navigating to your zone, directions to go back to the Marshall Student Center are as follows:
Turn Right onto USF Genshaft Dr. (Formerly USF Maple Dr.)
Turn Right onto USF Alumni Dr.
Turn Right onto USF Magnolia Dr.
Turn Right onto USF Holly Dr.
The MSC will now be on your right. Start again here and proceed to your zone!
Upon arrival at your unloading zone, you will find a professional movers and/or a Bull Haul move-in crew ready to help you unpack your car. Bull Haul student volunteers assist other students with the move-in process. They are here to help you unload your car and move into your residence hall. This volunteer crew is only instructed to help move your belongings from your car to your new room, and cannot unpack your boxes. Bull Haul support is only available during Grand Opening, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., so we encourage you to arrive during this time.
Parking & Unloading
There will be 30-minute unloading zones in all residential areas. If you keep your car in these unloading zones for longer than 30 minutes, your car may be towed. We will provide you with a map at check-in so you know where to unload and where to move your vehicle afterward. You will not need a parking permit when unloading, but please avoid parking in numbered, reserved, or otherwise labeled parking spaces. Please do not park in any “Disabled Parking” space unless displaying a proper state-issued Disabled Parking placard, hangtag, or license plate.
A limited number of carts will be available as you unload in designated unloading zones. If you prefer not to utilize these carts or in case of carts being in use when you arrive, we encourage residents and families to bring their own carts or hand trucks to assist in your move-in process.
After unloading, please move your vehicle(s) to our courtesy parking lots. Directions to these courtesy parking lots will be provided to you at check-in. Families and friends without permits may park in these lots on Grand Opening Day only to help their student unpack and enjoy campus. There will be Bull Runner shuttles operating at these courtesy parking lots to take you back to your student's residence hall. You will be able to view the Bull Runner bus stops on the map provided at check-in. You will also see the Live Bus Map on usfbullrunner.com or on the MyUSF Mobile App.
What if I can't arrive during Grand Opening?
If you are:
1. Pre-approved to arrive early (before Grand Opening) or
2. Arriving after Grand Opening
You will check in either at one of the below locations or at your 24-hour desk.
The check-in locations listed below will be open on August 18, August 22 (from 5 - 9 p.m.), and August 23.
If you arrive on a different date or outside of the posted check-in hours, please proceed to your 24-hour desk to check in. If you think you might arrive later than noon on Monday, August 26, please email email@example.com to let us know.
We encourage you to review the residential maps. When Grand Opening in the Marshall Student Center ends at 4 p.m, check-in will close temporarily while our team transitions check-in to the locations listed above. We anticipate that check-in will resume by 5 p.m. on August 22.
Pre-Approved to Arrive Early?
If you are a member of a group that has been pre-approved for early arrival, then
please contact the professional staff member responsible for your group with any questions.
We won't be able to accommodate early arrivals for students who are not members of
Are you a Greek Village Resident?
Contracts for Greek community members living in Greek Village (excluding House 5) begin August 18. Key pick-up will be at the Greek Village office on August 18 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. After 4 p.m., please check in at the Holly M 24-hour desk.
For those students pre-approved to move in early and whose early move-in rent is not waived, the nightly rate for the assigned room will apply (total will be billed to OASIS). View Break Stay & Early Arrival Rates
If you arrive after 9 p.m. on August 23, please proceed to your 24-hour desk to check in. If you think you might arrive later than noon on Monday, August 26, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know.
Parking Information: During Move-In
- Parking regulations are in place and enforced on the USF Tampa campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please review the Parking Rules & Regulations.
- Please do not park in the unloading zones longer than 30 minutes. Our team will help direct you to a nearby parking lot.
- A limited number of carts will be available as you unload in designated unloading zones. If you prefer not to utilize these carts or in case of carts being in use when you arrive, we encourage residents and families to bring their own carts or hand trucks to assist in your move-in process.
- Please do not park in any "Disabled Parking" space unless displaying a proper state-issued Disabled Parking placard, hangtag, or license plate.
- Please do not park in Numbered, Reserved, or Labeled parking spaces.
- Please note that the Publix parking lot is not a USF parking lot and non-customers parked in the lot will be addressed by Publix Management.
- Please make sure to purchase your "R" permit. Once purchased, you can print a temporary permit from the Parking Services website, and place it on your dashboard until your actual permit arrives in the mail.
Vehicles with trailers, or vehicles that can't fit in one parking space
- Oversize vehicles and vehicles with trailers will be directed to park in lot 18, 43 and 47. Oversize rental trucks, vehicles with trailers and motorhomes after unloading at designated locations are to be directed to the lots identified above.
After unloading, please move your vehicle(s) to courtesy lot 18T (right side of map). Parents can return to the residence halls from these parking lots via the USF Bull Runner bus. Parking information will be clearly marked and designated with signage throughout the campus. At any time, parking in disabled spaces without a valid state disabled permit, in reserved, numbered, and labeled spaces, in unloading zones longer than 30 minutes, in unauthorized lots, or in "no parking" zones is subject to warning/citation. Routine parking enforcement resumes on Monday, August 26. Visit the Parking Services website.
Parking Information: After You Move In
- Parking permits are required to park on the USF Tampa campus 24 hours per day, 7 day per week.
- Only residents with "R" permits are allowed to park in "R" lots.
- After 5:30 p.m. and on weekends, resident students displaying an R permit may park in E, S, GZ, Y, or D designated areas. Park-n-Ride (Y) permits are required to park in "Y" designated lots from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday.
Prior to receiving keys to your new USF home, you must complete a Meal Plan Contract (if you are a first time in college student). For almost all residents, you completed this as part of the housing application. If you require assistance with your meal plan when you arrive, there will be staff in the Marshall Student Center who can assist you.
How do I sign up for a meal plan?
You will choose your meal plan through your housing application. If you have not selected a meal plan, please visit the housing portal, then go to the housing application section to complete a meal plan application
How do I pay for a meal plan?
All meal plans will be billed to your student OASIS account.
Will my financial aid cover the cost of the meal plan?
Because all meal plans are billed to your student OASIS account, if you are receiving any scholarships, loans, grants, etc, these funds may help cover part of your meal plan charge. Financial Aid will apply to tuition/fees, housing and THEN meal plan charges. Funds remaining after tuition, fees, and housing have been paid will apply to the meal plan charge.
When is the meal plan payment due?
If there is a balance owed in OASIS for the fall meal plan, it will need to be paid by Friday, August 30.
Where is the best place to learn more about dining?
Visit the USF Dining website and review the terms & conditions in the "meal plans" section.
If you have additional questions, please contact Dining Services at 813-974-4499, via email, or visit Dining Services in person at the Marshall Student Center, 1st floor, Room 1502, during normal business hours.
Your mailbox information is visible on the same screen as your housing assignment in the Housing Portal. If you would like to ship anything prior to move-in, please wait until August 18. Retrieve mail and packages from your area's Mail Center (Holly H for north Campus, JPH lobby for south campus). Mail Centers will be open for regular hours starting Monday, August 26. Learn more and lookup your mailing address!
Mail Center Hours
Monday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday: Noon - 3 p.m.
Mail Centers will be open on Sunday, August 18 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. for early arrivals.
USF is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Institution. If you would like to request an accommodation for move-in, we ask that you contact our office at 813-974-0001 or email@example.com five days before your arrival.
- Complete the housing application steps to secure an assignment.
- Apply for your meal plan (optional for transfer/ upper-class students).
- Login to the Housing Portal, select "Profile Information," then "Future Housing Assignment Information" to view your fall/spring housing assignment (this is also where your roommates/suite-mates/apartment-mates are listed). If you don't have an assignment, please contact us for assistance.
- Communicate with your future roommate(s) and coordinate what you will bring to campus. Things like printers, microwaves, refrigerators, and TVs can be shared!
- Check your homeowner's/renter's insurance to see if it covers your belongings on campus. If not, purchase additional insurance through your company or check out these specialized options (links are provided as examples and do not serve as an endorsement):
- Get in touch with other incoming students and stay up-to-date on important university announcements through your class Facebook group.
- Complete other university checklists (such as purchasing parking pass, ordering textbooks, etc.).
- Make your Fall Meal Plan payment (due Friday, August 30).
- Remember to bring your University ID with you.
- Review the Resident Handbook.
- Check out the Week of Welcome events.
- Review the Move-In Checklist.
- Check the Grand Opening Move-In Map
Are you a new student?
Once you have your key, get settled in your new home, and meet with your RA, the next step is checking in with New Student Connections, who will get you ready for the Fall Week of Welcome Kickoff! At New Student Connections check-in you will be assigned a Peer Advisor Leader (PAL) who will prepare you for your first weekend at college and get you all the important information for the "First Fifty Days" which are critical for establishing your connection with USF and having a successful start to your year. Join the rest of your fellow Bulls at New Student Connections kickoff on Thursday, August 22 at 7 p.m. in the Marshall Student Center. For the most up to date information, check out our website!
Card Center (Student IDs) - 813-974-2357 - SVC 1032
Dining Services/Meal Plans - 813-974-4499 - MSC 1502
Financial Aid - 813-974-4700 - SVC 1102
New Student Connections - 813-974-2896 - MSC 3200
Parking & Transportation Services - 813-974-3990 - PSB 101
Students with Disabilities Services - 813-974-4309 - SVC 1133
Undergraduate Admissions - 813-974-3350 - SVC 1036
USF Campus Police - 813-974-2628 (non-emergency) 911 (emergency)
Healthy Bull Tips
Moving can be stressful. Fight off stress by establishing a healthy routine of sleep, diet, and exercise. On campus, get a great workout at the Campus Recreation Center and find tips on managing your stress at the Center for Student Well-Being in the MSC.