Welcome to the Off-Campus Housing website, where you have already begun taking your first steps to off-campus living by organizing yourself, seeking tips and getting ready for your search. The best thing about the process is that it's yours – a personalized search process where you find housing options that best fit your needs and accommodations. We do not assign students to off-campus housing nor provide roommate matching services; it is your responsibility to find the best fit in both situations. But it is our goal to provide information, resources and education for your successful transition.
Know Your Budget
One of the first things to consider when moving off-campus is the monthly cost associated with renting. We have several tools for helping you determine what your monthly expenses would be and for finding the right price range for your housing search.
Typically, to keep off-campus expenses lower than normal, students find a roommate to share the cost. We do not offer a direct roommate matching service for off-campus opportunities; however, we do provide online and direct interactive programming options, which include our social media connections, the Org-Sync Group and our Roommate Fairs.
Off-Campus Facebook Groups
In addition to the Off-Campus Housing Facebook page, UT has created a Facebook group just for UT students searching for other UT roommates. In addition, the University of South Florida, Hillsborough Community College and UT college students collectively have their own Facebook group where they can search for roommates and housing options. This group makes for a convenient and easy way to communicate with potential roommates from all over the Tampa Bay area.
To be added to the group, first connect with, Joe Wynn, the Off-Campus Housing coordinator. Once you have been added, you will be added to the following groups:
- UT Facebook Group: Based on administrative approval, students will have the ability to resource this group to post, seek and request roommates. You can also search for apartments and post apartment listings that you find.
- USF, HCC and UT Facebook Group: The USF, HCC and UT Group is not administered by the Off-Campus Housing coordinator, however their administrators will approve requests within 48 hours.
- Off-Campus OrgSync.com Group: OrgSync is another virtual way to search for roommates. Create and share roommate profiles with each other to help assist you in your selection process. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to join the OrgSync group.
Researching Off-Campus Housing Options
Living off-campus can be an wonderful time in your college career, and being empowered to know your rights and responsibilities as a tenant, roommate, neighbor and community member will help ensure a safe and healthy living experience. Be aware of your surroundings and take all safety precautions – it’s just about being smart.
Whether you’re considering an apartment, condominium or home to rent or buy, be sure you make yourself aware of the housing rental pricing market, your rental rights and leasing laws and obligations. With proper planning in advance and not waiting till the last minute, you will greatly improve your success rate in finding your ideal place of residence.
Check out our Smart UT Renter document (coming soon) for suggested questions to ask when meeting a landlord or leasing agent, and be aware of the distance of your housing choice from campus, located at 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33606-1490.
2016 Spring Edition Off-Campus Housing Fair
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Vaughn Center Lobby
For the last 16 years, the Off-Campus Housing Fair has been helping on-campus students transition to off-campus housing. We have expanded the event, which will now take place each fall and spring semester. The fair will serve as an interactive and educational resource for all students to learn about off-campus communities. We are adding a life skills educational component by offering sessions in a conference format on various topics including on how being a good neighbor impacts the safety and overall relationships between the campus community and the Tampa Bay community. This event will take place in the Vaughn Center lobby on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Dine and Learn
There will be various opportunities to sign-up for Getting Spartan Ready Dine and Learn sessions with apartment management professionals and current students living off campus. In collaboration with OSLE and the Life Skills Program, these workshops will embrace the Spartan Ready pillars of life skills, communication, critical thinking, organization and self-awareness. Some topics include Budget Building 101, Understanding Your Lease, Know Your Credit, and Cooking and Nutritional Basics. Dine and Learn workshops are held every third Thursday of the month, excluding holidays, breaks and finals.
**The University of Tampa does not endorse, approve or recommend any of these services, but merely suggests them as resources. The information is provided by agents and landlords who are independent of The University of Tampa. The off-campus advertisements listed in this group are independent of The University of Tampa. The University does not endorse this housing option and is only providing these leads for students wanting to live off campus. The University of Tampa is not responsible for damages or loss of property for students in off-campus housing. Students who consider off-campus housing need to consider the safety of the neighborhood where they plan to rent. Individuals using this information do so at their own risk. Persons using this group agree to hold harmless The University of Tampa and its employees, officers and directors from any and all injury, loss, damage or claim.