Moving In

Spring 2021

Residential Guides

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! Opening is right around the corner beginning Friday, January 8 through Sunday, January 10, 2021. 

Steps for Spring Arrival (New and Returning Students)

1. Order/Bring your USF ID Card 

New Students
New students should request their initial USFCard through MyBullsPath, or directly at the USFCard Request Site. Your Oasis account will be charged $10 for your initial ID card. Please e-mail the USF ID Card office with any questions.

Returning Students
Returning students, please remember your room keys and USF ID. If you need a card replacement, you will need to request a replacement for an existing card on the USFCard Request Site and email idcard@usf.edu to notify the Card Center that you would like to pick up your card during your check-in process. Your Oasis account will be charged $15 for your replacement ID card.

Picking Up Your USF ID Card
The USF Card Center will be distributing cards on January 8-10 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. in the Student Services Building (5th floor), Room 5012. Please pick up your USF ID Card before checking in.

2. Sign up for a check-in appointment 

The move-in sign-up process is available now in the housing portal. All residents (both returning and new) must sign up for a check-in appointment. Check-in appointments will occur from Friday, January 8 through Sunday, January 10, 2021. The check-in appointment time slots are 9 - 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 1 – 2:30 p.m. or 3 – 4:30 p.m. each day.

Students will check in during their scheduled appointment time at their designated check-in location below. (New residents should verify their room assignment in the Housing Portal before arrival.) 

  • Juniper, Poplar, and Magnolia residents will check in at Juniper-Poplar 1317
  • Beta, Castor, Cypress, Holly, Kosove, Greek Village and Maple residents will check in at Holly J
  • The Village residents (Beacon, Endeavor, Horizon, Pinnacle, and Summit) will check in at Holly L.

3. Pick up and complete your COVID-19 Test  

All residents will complete a nasal self-swab PCR COVID-19 test kit provided by Student Health Services during their housing check-in appointment. Students checking in between January 8 - 10, will receive their nasal self-swab PCR COVID-19 test kit at the check-in location listed above during their appointment time. Students will be required to immediately complete their self-swab test and return it to Student Health Services personnel at the same location where the test was distributed. Residents will then be given access to their building to complete their move-in/return.  

Spring 2021 COVID-19 Testing FAQ:

What if I am arriving before January 8?
If a resident is approved to check in before Friday, January 8, they should call Student Health Services to make an appointment: 813.445-4976 or 813.974.2331. They must attend an appointment to receive the nasal self-swab PCR COVID-19 test before entering the residence halls.

If a resident has tested positive for COVID-19 more than 12 weeks prior to their check-in, will they need to complete a nasal self-swab COVID-19 test when they arrive?
If a resident has tested positive for COVID-19 more than 12 weeks prior to their check-in, they will be required to complete a nasal self-swab PCR COVID-19 test kit provided by Student Health Services during their housing check-in appointment. If the resident also tests positive during the January 2021 testing, Student Health Services may administer an antibody test before the decision about isolation requirements is determined. Student Health Services will also consider if the resident is symptomatic or not.

If a resident has tested positive for COVID-19 within 12 weeks of their check-in, will they need to complete a COVID-19 test when they arrive?
If a resident has tested positive for COVID-19 within 12 weeks prior to their check-in, they will not be required to complete a nasal self-swab PCR COVID-19 test kit provided by Student Health Services during their housing check-in appointment IF they have submitted documentation of their past positive test results to Student Health Services via the Campus Pass link prior to their arrival on campus. Students should not come to campus if they have tested positive within two weeks of their desired check-in date.

When and how will residents receive the results of their nasal self-swab PCR COVID-19 test?
Residents will drop off their nasal self-swab PCR COVID-19 test to Student Health Services at their check-in location. Student Health Services will contact them if the result is positive within 48 hours.

What happens if the results of a student’s nasal self-swab PCR COVID-19 test are positive?
If a resident’s test results come back positive, they will be notified by Student Health Services and placed in isolation on campus. Learn more about the isolation process here.

4. Move in!

Limited carts for move-in will be available for check-out after your COVID-19 test is returned. However, we recommend bringing your own cart if possible.

 Check this page often for updates and let us know if you need any assistance!


COVID-19 Protocol

Residents are expected to follow the protocols set in place by the university during the move-out process. These include: 

  • Wearing face coverings at all times. 
  • Maintaining at least six feet of distance from other individuals. 
  • Following the additional protocols and guidance posted throughout the residence halls.
  • No more than two move-in assistants permitted to assist residents during their move in. 

It is also recommended that residents wash their hands often and regularly disinfect their personal/work spaces. Learn more about the actions you can take to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 here


WHAT IF I CAN'T ARRIVE DURING SPRING OPENING?

If you are arriving before January 8, you must be pre-approved for early arrival (see section below). If you arrive after January 11 at noon, email housing@usf.edu as soon as you are aware of your delay.


Pre-Approved to Arrive Early?

If you are a member of a group that has been pre-approved for early arrival, please log on to the Housing Portal and complete the Early Arrival Request form. If approved, your confirmation e-mail will include your earliest approved arrival date. We won't be able to accommodate early arrivals for students who are not members of pre-approved groups.

For those students pre-approved to move in early, the nightly rate for the assigned room will apply (total will be billed to OASIS). View Spring 2021 Early Arrival Rates


PARKING INFORMATION

Parking and Transportation Services will open on Monday, January 4. Review the Parking Rules & Regulations 

General

  • Parking regulations are in place and enforced on the USF Tampa campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Individuals will be cited for any safey violations such as; parking in front of a fire hydrant, parking in a no parking zone, parking in the grass, etc. Please review all of the Parking Rules & Regulations.  
  • Please do not park in spaces marked as unloading zones longer than 30 minutes.  
  • 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.  

Residents 
Please make sure to purchase your "R" parking permit in advance. 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 should park in lots 17B, 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. Please note: we do not recommend packing bulky furniture or items that prevent a speedy move-in/move-out process.   

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. 

DINING INFORMATION

How do I sign up for a meal plan?
You can chose your meal plan through your housing application. All meal plan change requests can be submitted through USF Dining’s website beginning January 4, 2021 through January 15, 2021 by 4PM EST. The meal plan team will review your request and will send confirmation via email. A student can upgrade their meal plan at any time online at www.usfdining.com.  

How do I pay for a meal plan?
Once a meal plan is selected, your plan 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?
The meal plan payment is due on January 15, 2021. For students with billed Florida Prepaid Tuition Plans or with Financial Aid Deferments, payment is due February 26, 2021 by 5PM.  Your meal plan payment is due at the same time tuition is due.  

Where is the best place to learn more about dining?
Visit the USF Dining website to learn about all the benefits that come with having a meal plan on campus! You can also review the terms and conditions in the “meal plans” section.  If you have additional questions, please contact Dining Services at 813-974-4499, via email at dining@usf.edu, or visit Dining Services in person at the Marshall Student Center, 1st floor, Room 1502, during normal business hours. 


RESIDENTIAL MAIL

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 January 4, 2021. All packages can be picked up in 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, January 4. Learn more and lookup your mailing address!

Mail Room Hours

Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday: Noon - 3 p.m.

On Sunday, January 10 the Mail Centers will be open from 12 - 3 p.m. Mail Centers will be closed on Sundays, besides this exception for spring opening. 


ACCOMMODATIONS

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 housing@usf.edu five days before your arrival. 


MOVE-IN CHECKLIST

  1. Complete the housing application steps to secure an assignment. Single spaces are available on campus. E-mail housing@usf.edu to learn more. 
  2. Apply for your meal plan (optional for transfer/ upper-class students).
  3. Login to the Housing Portal, select "Profile Information," then "Future Housing Assignment Information" to view your 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.
  4. Communicate with your future roommate(s) and coordinate what you will bring to campus. Things like printers, microwaves, refrigerators, and TVs can be shared!
  5. 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):
  6. Get in touch with other incoming students and stay up-to-date on important university announcements through your class Facebook group.
  7. Complete other university checklists (such as purchasing parking pass, ordering textbooks, etc.).
  8. Make your Spring Meal Plan payment (due Friday, January 15).
  9. Remember to bring your University ID with you. New students should request their initial USFCard through MyBullsPath, or directly at the USFCard Request Site. Your Oasis account will be charged $10 for your initial ID card. Please e-mail the USF ID Card office with any questions.

    For returning students needing a replacement USF ID card:
    To request a replacement for an existing card, please enter your request at the USFCard Request Site and email idcard@usf.edu to notify the Card Center that you would like to pick up your card during your check-in process. Your Oasis account will be charged $15 for your replacement ID card.
  10. Review the Resident Handbook.
  11. Explore ways to get connected on campus!
  12. Review the "What to bring?" list

HELPFUL INFORMATION

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 Accessibility 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 Wellness Center in the MSC.