Arrival & Orientation

Technology & Communication

Safety at USF

The University of South Florida System maintains a comprehensive Emergency Notification System (ENS), called AlertUSF, for the purpose of issuing immediate notification to keep the USF community informed and safe during an emergency situation. There is also a free app you can download called the USF Safe App.

Setting Up Your USF NetID

Your NetID allows you to access various online services offered through the university. Students, faculty, staff, and scholars should create a NetID to begin using these services. For more information, please contact Information Technology at (813) 074-1222 or

Cell Phones

When choosing a cell phone provider, make sure to ask if there is a special plan for students or discounts for USF students as well as what's needed to set up a service plan. You may also want to consider how much data you'll need, international calling options, text message plans, and how many individuals will be on the account. Some providers require a Social Security Number (SSN) and may require a background check.

USF Information Technology

USF Information Technology (USF IT) provides technology services and support in a variety of areas for the entire USF system. They're located in the Student Services Building (SVC) on the fourth floor, and you may reach them at (813) 074-1222 or