Incoming Postdocs

USF Resources and Life in Tampa Bay

USF Services and Resources

The University of South Florida has an array of services and resources to support postdoctoral scholars. This overview of programs, services, amenities, and other USF specific information will help you get better acquainted with the University. 

USF Services and Resources

Campus Recreation Center

USF Campus Recreation offers membership to Faculty, Staff, Alumni, and Family Members. See Membership Rates for detailed information. Must be 18 years or older. All memberships require a current USF ID card or a Campus Recreation Community Card. Postdocs are considered "University Affiliates" for membership purposes. Please review Membership Services for more information.

St. Petersburg Campus

Sarasota-Manatee Campus

Center for Victim Advocacy

The Center for Victim Advocacy provides free and confidential services to USF students, faculty, and staff. They serve men, women, and people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expression who have experience crime, violence or abuse on or off campus either recently or in the past. Contact the Center for Victim Advocacy at 813-974-5756.

Childcare and School Options

Preschool for Creative Learning

The Preschool for Creative Learning features a curriculum that supports children's intellectual growth, social/emotional, competence, and physical development. The center provides services Monday - Friday from 7:30am to 6:00pm for students, faculty, staff, and community members with children ages two to five.

11811 Bull Run Drive

Tampa, FL 33617

Phone: 813-974-5142

Pizzo Elementary School

As a Professional Development School (PDS), Pizzo partners with the university to: prepare pre-service teachers, provide continuous staff development of experienced professionals, and implement the research and development of practices that will lead to superior educational outcomes for children. Collaborative work between and among the School District of Hillsborough County, the University of South Florida, the Museum of Science and Industry and the staff of Pizzo Elementary is providing the best educational experiences for our students.

11701 USF Bull Run Drive

Tampa, FL 33617

Phone: 813-987-6500

USF Patel Elementary

USF Patel Elementary is also located on the University of South Florida Tampa campus and is a partnership school between the University of South Florida and Hillsborough County Public Schools. USF Patel is a small, close-knit, culturally diverse school that ensures personal attention for every student. The school provides children with a top quality, individualized education in a safe and respectful environment. USF Patel focuses on academics designed to develop lifelong learners who are ready to face the challenges of the 21st century.

11801 USF Bull Run Drive

Tampa, FL 33617

Phone: 813-983-3966

USF Libraries

USF Tampa Campus Library - Tampa Campus

Shimberg Health Sciences Library - USF Health, Tampa Campus

Nelson Poynter Memorial Library - St. Petersburg Campus

Parking and Transportation Services

Parking Permits

Parking permits are required to park on campus 24/7. Permits are the property of the University of South Florida and are issued to a specific individual. Individuals parking at USF have an obligation to register their vehicle(s) and display a valid permit. Permits are only valid when purchased through Parking and Transportation Services (PATS). Permits may not be transferred from registrant to another vehicle operator who would otherwise be required to register their vehicle. Repositionable permits may be transferred between same-owner vehicles only. The owner of a permit is responsible for all citations issued to any vehicle displaying their permit. Individuals may only purchase one vehicle permit and one motorcycle permit. Registered owners with both an automobile and a motorcycle who wish to park both on campus must have a permit for each. By obtaining a parking permit, the permit holder agrees to become familiar with and abide by the Parking Rules & Regulations. Click here to purchase a parking permit.

Motorist Assistance

The Motorist Assistance Program (MAP) is available to provide students, visitors, and staff a complimentary jump-start of your car. This FREE service is provided from 8:00 A.M. until 8:30 P.M., Mon-Thur and from 8:00 A.M. until 4:30 P.M. Fri (except holidays). We have prioritized this service so that response times are under 15 minutes and with few exceptions no more than 30 minutes. For motorist assistance on the Tampa campus call 813-974-8040.

Bull Runner Service

The USF bus system is known as the Bull Runner and with a valid USFCard, students, faculty and staff have fare free access. Visitors must be accompanied by someone with a valid USFCard or have a daily bus pass. Please click here for current information and route schedules.

USF Bookstore

The USF Bookstore is located on all three USF campuses and provides support to the academic endeavors of the students, faculty, and staff as well as enriches the spirit of USF for all who are associated with the university. The bookstore is both a brick and mortar store on campus and a virtual store on the web.

USF Tampa Campus Bookstore
USF St. Petersburg Campus Bookstore
USF Sarasota - Manatee Campus Bookstore

USF Federal Credit Union

USF Federal Credit Union provides many services include checking and savings accounts, home banking access, overdraft protection, certificates of deposit, money market deposit account, IRAs, loan services, credit cards, mortgages. Contact 813-569-2000 or 800-763-2005 for more information.

Bulls Country Pharmacy

USF Bulls Country Pharmacy, conveniently located in the Student Health & Wellness Center on the Tampa campus, offers full prescriptions services, generic prescriptions at competitive pricing and can transfer prescriptions from other pharmacies. BCP also carries a variety of over-the-counter medications, vitamins, first aid supplies, toiletries and nutritional snacks. Students, alumni, faculty and staff, along with their immediate family members, are eligible to have prescriptions filled at the Pharmacy.

Print Services

University of South Florida and ProCopy have partnered to offer students and faculty a full range of business services to assist with their everyday needs. The USF Print Shop can produce crisp, clean copies, prints, professional binding and finishing. They can also help with quality prints of posters, signs, banners, postcards, business cards, program booklets, brochures, and traditional-sized photos.

Mail Services

The USF Post Office is responsible for providing mail service to students and employees as well as operating a full service post office that is open to the public. The US Post Office Contract Unit is open to the public for retail sales. The USF Post Office is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m, and is located across from the USF Marshall Student Center on Holly Drive.

Life in Tampa Bay

USF is a part of a burgeoning geographic region situated off the Gulf of Mexico referred to as the “Tampa Bay area”. The Tampa Bay region is known for sunshine, beautiful beaches, diverse dining options, and much more.

Mention of these resources is for information only and is not intended as an endorsement. The following is listed solely for your convenience and their inclusion implies no recommendations or guarantee on the part of the University.

Tampa Bay Activities

Cultural Activities

Salvador Dali Museum

The Dali Museum houses one of the world's most comprehensive collections of work, the largest outside of Europe, by the late Spanish surrealist, Salvador Dali. The museum is architecturally one of the most stunning buildings in Tampa Bay. Click here for more information.

Tampa Bay History Center

The Tampa Bay History Center chronicles the area's growth and heritage and its Columbia Cafe is a satellite of Florida's oldest and most distinctive Spanish restaurant. Click here for more information.

Henry B. Plant Museum

The Henry B. Plant Museum remains rooted firmly in the past via period-themed events and rooms filled with antiques and artifacts from its gilded 1890s-era Tampa Bay Hotel days. Click here for more information.


Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens is the ultimate family adventure park offering an array of fascinating attractions based on exotic encounters with the African continent. A unique blend of thrilling rides, one of the country's premier zoos featuring more than 2,700 animals, live shows, restaurants, shops and games, Busch Gardens provides unrivaled "real" excitement for guests of every age. Click here for more information about park hours and pricing.

Straz Center

Built on an abandoned gravel lot in a city that was lacking cultural offerings, the Straz Center began as the dream of a community. Today the Straz Center is the largest performing arts center in the Southeast and the only one with an on-site performing arts conservatory. The Straz Center was incorporated in 1980 and opened in 1987.

Florida Aquarium

The Florida Aquarium enables you to get up close to many of Florida's aquatic and terrestrial animals and ecosystems, as well as others from around the world.

ZooTampa at Lowry Park

ZooTampa at Lowry Park is the number-one family-friendly zoo in the U.S. (Child Magazine). Natural outdoor exhibits for more than 1,600 animals from Florida and similar habitats include a wildlife center and manatee hospital, Asian Domain, Primate World, aviary, Australian themed children's zoo and Safari Africa.