University of South Florida Off Campus Apartments
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The University of South Florida in Tampa is 40,000 students strong. It's situation near the Gulf of Mexico and it's great reputation make becoming a USF 'Bull' an unforgettable experience. When you start searching for your University of South Florida apartment, you'll find a wide variety. Know that parking isn't easy but there is public transportation via bus and shuttles and students don't pay fares.
Students give USF high marks for dining near and around the campus. While Benigan's offers deals to students on Wednesday nights, the favorites are Cicco and Tony's and First Watch. Take the parents to Bern's for steak or 24 kinds of caviar! Wednesdays are a big night out at USF, and many students head to Babalouies where girls drink free. Club XS and Club 112 are big hip hop hangouts while New Hyde Park is trendier. Or just chill at the New World Brewery.
When you need a break from partying or studying, there's plenty to do in Tampa. Great beaches are less than an hour away and shopping is fantastic at Ybor City or Channelside malls. Or go really upscale at the new International Mall.
Read more about the University of South Florida at www.usf.edu.
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I'm looking for my first apartment in Tampa--what are some fun neighborhoods to check out?
Tampa's got a wide variety of neighborhoods, so depending on what you want around your apartment, you've got lots of choices. Check out the Hyde Park area if you like being out and about--Hyde Park Village has great shopping and cafes, while SoHo has a great nightlife scene with Tampa's best bars and restaurants. Hyde Park is also convenient to downtown and the University of Tampa. Ybor City is another historic neighborhood which was recently reborn as a entertainment and shopping destination, so check out apartments there.
HOW SAFE IS THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF YBOR CITY?
Ybor City is a famous neighborhood in Tampa, immortalized in at least one song, that we know of, by JJ Grey and Mofro. It's main thoroughfare, 7th Avenue was voted top ten streets in America in 2008. As a popular destination in such a warm climate, it is pretty heavily trafficked. The crowds keep a lot of the shiftier elements out of the neighborhood. People who have lived in apartments in Ybor City have said that they have not had much trouble in the past 20 years outside of a few broken car windows. Ybor City is a popular place for nightlife, so it can get rowdy at night, so it may not be quiet, but it is pretty safe.
what are the safest neighborhoods in Tampa, Florida?
Some of the safer neighborhoods in Tampa are Pebble Creek, Six mile Creek, and Citrus Park. They are all located 20-30 minutes from the downtown area. Many families also live in surrounding cities and towns such as Brandon, located east of Tampa and Lutz, which is further north. The areas surrounding Ybor City, in the central eastern part of the city, south of 7th avenue and north of 22nd can get a little undesirable and have higher unemployment and crime rates.
What areas of Tampa are safe for walking around at night?
The Interbay Area of Tampa, south of Kennedy Boulevard is one of the safest areas in town, but housing in this area can be pricey. For slightly less expensive, but still safe neighborhoods, check out the areas around Chamberlain High School and the strip between Manhattan and Dale Mabry. Carrollwood is another safe Tampa neighborhood with great schools, as well as local parks and shopping areas. The trendy New Tampa neighborhood near USF is another alternative for residents seeking a safe neighborhood, day and night.
How is the nightlife in Tampa?
Tampa has a very active nightlife. A historic area of Tampa, Ybor City is the city's best known bar and nightclub district. With nearly endless options for art, alcohol, and food, one could spend a lot of time going from one place to the next. However, parts to the far west and far east can be dangerous late at night, so exercise caution if you stray from the safer, well-lit areas.
Are there any quiet neighborhoods in Tampa?
Yes, there are many quiet neighborhoods in Tampa, and Pebble Creek / Thonotosassa is one of them. With mostly single-family, medium-sized homes, this neighborhood lies on the northeastern edge of the city. This neighborhood is also suburban in terms of population density, a factor that may contribute to its tranquil nature. Another neighborhood that shares many characteristics with Pebble Creek / Thonotosassa, including its low noise levels, is Bruce B Downs Blvd / Tampa Palms Blvd.