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. However, it is our goal to provide information, resources and education for your successful transition.
Know Your Budget
Creating a budget is essential for a successful off-campus living experience. 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. (Budget Resources, located in the Off-Campus Housing Resources OrgSync Group)
Researching Off-Campus Housing Options
Living off-campus can be a wonderful time in your college career. 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, rental rights, leasing laws and obligations. Don't wait until the last minute. With proper planning in advance, you will greatly improve your success rate in finding your ideal place of residence.
Check out our Smart UT Renter Questions document (Located in the Off-Campus Housing Resources OrgSync Group) 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.
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 program options, which include our social media connections, the Org-Sync Group and our Roommate Fairs.
Off-Campus OrgSync Group
Off-Campus Housing Resources OrgSync Group: OrgSync is a virtual way to connect to off-campus housing resources and 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.
2017 Fall Edition Off-Campus Housing Fair
Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017
11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Vaughn Center Lobby
For the last 17 years, the Off-Campus Housing Fair has been helping on-campus students transition to off-campus housing. The fairs will now take place each fall and spring semesters. The fair will serve as an interactive and educational resource for all students to learn about off-campus communities. We have also invited UT Campus Safety and Tampa Police Department to be in attendance so they can share information on various topics including on how to be a good neighbor, personal safety and car/bike registration. The next event will take place in the Vaughn Center lobby on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
**The University of Tampa does not endorse, approve or recommend any of these services, but merely suggests them as resources. The off-campus information and listings in this resource are provided by agency contacts that are independent of The University of Tampa. The University of Tampa assumes no responsibility for information obtained from this website or any incidents that may arise from the use of information posted herein. 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 should consider the safety of the neighborhood where they plan to rent. Individuals using this information do so at their own risk. Persons using this resource and website agree to hold harmless The University of Tampa and its employees, officers and directors from any and all injury, loss, damage or claim.