Residence Life FAQ
What happened to "dorms"? | Back to top.
A dormitory is merely a place to sleep and store your belongings. In the past, dorm mothers or fathers supervised dorms. This concept of on-campus living ended in the '60s! A residence hall, on the other hand, is a home. It is a place to live and learn. It is an important part of college life that will enhance the classroom experience. After all, students spend a great deal more time in the residence halls than they do anywhere else on campus.
A residence hall is a complete environment where students can learn to interact with people, develop leadership skills, write papers, attend events and programs, make lifelong friends, and build long-lasting memories. Through educational programs and contact with faculty/staff members, residents can greatly enhance their learning experiences at The University of Tampa.
What is the cost of housing? | Back to top.
Please see room and board rates.
Do the residence halls remain open during holidays and breaks? | Back to top.
Residence halls remain open during Thanksgiving and spring breaks. Each year certain residence halls will be open for winter break; students must sign up for winter break housing at the cost of $500. Hotel residents will pack their belongings and the University will store them over the winter break.
What if I have a housing request based on medical needs? | Back to top.
New students with special medical needs must submit documentation from a physician before the housing deadline of May 1 for the fall semester or Oct. 1 for the spring semester. Medical requests will be considered after you have filed documentation with the Office of Disability Concerns, completed the section marked Special Medical/Physical Needs, and sent a copy of documents to the Office of Residence Life.
Allergies and Asthma
- If a student requires central air conditioning, this is not a problem. All of our buildings have central air.
- Students can be assigned to a room without carpet. Only the Boathouse and Barrymore Hotel (formerly the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel) have carpeted floors.
- For other accommodations based on these conditions, please send a detailed letter from your health care provider to Residence Life.
- Austin, Brevard, Smiley, Frank and Carol Morsani Hall, Urso, Vaughn and West Kennedy halls all have individual rooms which are wheelchair accessible. This includes roll-in showers.
- All of our buildings have common areas that are wheelchair accessible.
Deaf or Hearing Impaired
- Rooms are available with fire alarm flashers and TDD-compatible phone jacks.
Blind or Visually Impaired
- Service animals are permitted with proper documentation. Students must notify Residence Life at least 60 days prior to move-in date that a service animal is coming with the student. If we do not receive 60 days notice, then we cannot guarantee proper accommodations.
- Service animal must be properly trained.
- Student is responsible for the animal's care including grooming and clean up.
Mental Health Conditions, Other Chronic Health Conditions, or other disabilities not mentioned above
Accommodations we are unable to provide include:
- A separate low distraction living environment accommodation. If a student needs to live or sleep in a near silent environment we cannot guarantee this environment.
- A different bed. We can remove the existing bed from the room if it is deemed medically necessary so a student can bring their own bed.
- Accepting documentation which names a specific building in which the accommodation is to be provided.
- Assigning or moving a preferred roommate along with a student for which special accommodations are being offered, unless the roommate would otherwise be eligible for the space.
- Guaranteeing rooms with a private bath.
- A dust or allergen free environment.
- Offering a housing space to a student who is on our waiting list based on a medical, physical, or psychological condition.
How will I be assigned if I am a transgender student? | Back to top.
The Office of Residence Life is committed to working to meet the housing needs of all students in a nurturing community that values diversity and promotes the dignity of all people. If you have special housing needs, please contact our assignments office when you apply for on-campus housing. New students should submit information before the housing deadline of May 1 for the fall semester or Oct. 1 for the spring semester. Continuing students should contact us prior to Feb. 1 for the following year. This will best allow us to try to accommodate the request.
What are the bed sizes in the residence halls? | Back to top.
For student comfort, all residence hall mattresses are extra-long twins, measuring 80" x 36". To help avoid the frustration of purchasing linens that may not fit, the Office of Residence Life has arranged for a reputable company, Residence Hall Linens, to provide linens for extra-long mattresses. The University has worked with this organization for many years and believes that they offer a reasonably priced, quality product. Many students purchase their linens through this program and are satisfied with their selection. Information regarding linen will be mailed directly to students during the summer or you can visit Residence Hall Linens at www.rhl.org/tmp. Beds in the Barrymore Hotel (formerly the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel) are queen size, and linens are provided.
Are the residence halls carpeted? | Back to top.
Resident rooms are carpeted in the Boathouse and Barrymore Hotel (formerly the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel). The rooms in Austin Hall, Brevard Hall, McKay Hall, Morsani Hall, ResCom, Smiley Hall, Straz Hall, Urso Hall, Vaughn Center and West Kennedy Hall do not have carpet.
What type of furniture is provided in each room? | Back to top.
Each student gets a desk, desk chair, bed, dresser and closet space/wardrobe.
What happens if I lose a key? | Back to top.
Report the loss of room keys to the Office of Residence Life. There is a charge of $100 to change the lock and $15 for each new key. The total amount will be billed to your account. During certain hours, loan keys can be checked out at the Information Desk in the Vaughn Center.
What is an RA? | Back to top.
A resident assistant (RA) is a student staff member working and living in a residence hall. Resident assistants provide support, guidance and assistance for resident students.
Are students required to live on campus? | Back to top.
UT students are not required to live on campus.
What should I bring with me? | Back to top.
Please see the Packing List for information on what to bring to campus.
What appliances should I leave at home? | Back to top.
Do not bring hot plates, grills (including George Foreman-type grills) or toaster ovens.
Can I bring a microwave and refrigerator with me? | Back to top.
The following restrictions must be met:
- With the exception of Urso Hall, ResCom and Straz Hall apartments (which already have full-size refrigerators), refrigerators should be no larger than 6 cubic feet, 36 inches high, 24 inches wide, 26 inches deep, 1.8 amps, 110 volts. In the interest of fire prevention, electrical outlets must not be overloaded.
- No devices for the purpose of cooking are allowed in residence hall rooms, with the exception of the following: pop-up toasters (not toaster ovens), blenders, can openers, coffee makers and juicers. Microwave ovens are permitted in student rooms provided the microwave oven has been UL approved and does not exceed 700 watts.
- These regulations may vary in Urso Hall, ResCom and Straz Hall, where kitchen areas are available. Students living in these halls should check with their RA. Also, residents of these three buildings are responsible for cleaning their own stoves and refrigerators. Appliances are expected to be clean at checkout time.
- For students' convenience, the Office of Residence Life has arranged for a reputable company to provide rental options for a small refrigerator, microwave oven or a combination unit that includes a microwave, refrigerator and freezer. These units comply with the University's voltage requirements. For more information, please visit www.collegefridge.com/tampa.
Is there a meal plan? | Back to top.
Residents of all halls are required to participate in the University's meal plan. The 7-meal plan per week option is only available to students living in an apartment. The Resident Meal Plan provides you an option to choose from four different meal plans to use in the cafeteria. Students also receive Spartan Dollars for use at other food establishments on campus. For more information, please see Dining Services.
What is the best way to receive mail and packages on campus? | Back to top.
The Campus Post Office is located in the Riverside Center. All students are given a post office box with its own combination. The number and combination are mailed to students during the summer before they arrive at UT. Packages may be sent to students at their post office box. Students are notified when their packages arrive. A picture ID is required to retrieve packages.
All student addresses are " 401 W. Kennedy Blvd ; Campus Box #___; Tampa , FL 33606." Please inform those sending you mail and packages of the correct address. With the proper address, your mail will arrive faster and be distributed efficiently.
Should I bring my computer and are the rooms wired for computer connections? | Back to top.
With a computer equipped with an Ethernet or wireless card, students can enjoy free, direct, unlimited access to e-mail and the internet from any residence hall room. Wireless networking is also available throughout much of campus. Students without their own computer can use the conveniently located computer labs in the Vaughn Center, Jaeb Computer Center and Plant Hall.
Am I allowed to have a pet in the residence halls? | Back to top.
Students may have fish as pets with the consent of their roommate(s). Each room/apartment may have one 10-gallon aquarium. Students who have fish should arrange for someone off campus to care for them during holidays and breaks. No other pets are permitted with the exception of service animals. Animals are not permitted to visit in the residence halls including interior and exterior hallways.
Am I allowed to have guests in my room? | Back to top.
You may have overnight guests with prior authorization from your roommate(s). Guests will not be allowed in a room unless all occupants in that room are in agreement. We ask that residents notify their RA when they will be having overnight guests. All guests are subject to University regulations and residence hall policies. Residents are responsible for the actions of their guest(s) and guests should be escorted at all times. Guests, including family members, may stay a maximum of three days in the residence halls. If a student feels his or her roommate(s) are not abiding by this policy, it is his or her responsibility to notify a Residence Life staff member. Guests will need to register with Campus Safety and Security each night in the residence hall lobby.
The Office of Residence Life discourages students from having overnight guests during the first week of classes. During the first week students are just getting to know their roommates and suitemates. Please respect the other students who share your space and allow everyone the opportunity to get settled before adding another member to your shared space.
Can I bring a car to campus? | Back to top.
All students may have the privilege of using a motor vehicle (including motorcycles) on campus provided it is registered with Campus Safety and Security. Freshman are required to park in the West Parking Garage.
Can I bring a bicycle to campus? | Back to top.
Bicycles may be kept in rooms as long as both roommates agree. Bike racks are also located outside residence halls. All students bringing bicycles to campus are asked to register their bicycle with Campus Safety and Security. Engravers are located at the front desk of each residence hall.
Are there laundry facilities on campus? | Back to top.
Laundry facilities are located in each residence hall. It costs $1 to wash and 85 cents to dry. It usually takes 45 minutes to dry an average load of clothes. The machines work on a card debit system. Laundry cards will be given out at check-in. If a student needs to replace a lost or stolen card, they should go to the Spartan Card office in the Vaughn Center, room 235A. Machines to add money to the card are located in the library, Vaughn Center and Frank and Carol Morsani Hall. Repair problems on washers and dryers and refunds should be reported to Business Services at (813) 253-6242 or fill out a Maintenance Request.
What if I don't get along with my roommate? | Back to top.
We recommend that students having roommate problems inform their resident assistant (RA) who can mediate or refer them to a mediation coordinator. Residents are permitted to change rooms during the official room change period that will occur after the third week of classes each semester.
How do I insure my personal belongings? | Back to top.
Since UT is not responsible for loss or damage to personal property from any cause, we recommend that you check to see if your belongings are covered under your family's homeowner's insurance policy. If this is not the case, you may wish to buy renter's insurance, which is reasonably priced. For more information on rental insurance, please visit www.nssi.com/
Regardless of coverage, items such as your stereo, TV, camera, VCR, refrigerator, computer should be engraved for identification purposes. Engravers are available at each residence hall front desk.
Does UT have maintenance and custodial services? | Back to top.
The University employs custodial workers to clean bathroom areas, lounges, lobbies, hallways, laundry rooms, study and TV lounges. Students are responsible for cleaning their own rooms. At the hall desks, vacuum cleaners can be checked out by leaving an ID card. Maintenance problems in student rooms should be reported promptly by completing a work order at the residence hall front desk. Students should retain the top copy should follow-up become necessary. Maintenance personnel respond in the order that requests are received. They are unable to predict the exact day and time the repair will be done, but usually complete the work within 24 hours of the request. They work Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., except in cases of emergencies.
What are quiet hours? | Back to top.
Quiet hours are in effect from 10 p.m. to 10 a.m. on weeknights and 1 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, so you and your neighbors may study and sleep. Residents have many different schedules and lifestyles, but you will find life a lot easier if you respect each other's right to healthy habits. If other students in your hall are bothering you with noise, you have the right (at anytime of day or night) to ask them to be quieter. If trouble persists, feel free to notify your RA, who has the option and authority to set disciplinary procedures in motion. Students are encouraged to keep the volume of their stereos low. As a rule of thumb, residents are encouraged to have no more than three guests per resident visiting their room at any one time, in order to maintain courtesy quiet hours.
Is soliciting allowed on campus? | Back to top.
Soliciting (by persons not affiliated with UT) is not permitted in the residence halls. Students should ask salespersons to leave the building if they are approached. If they refuse, call the resident assistant, head resident, area coordinator, or Campus Safety.