USF partners with off-campus student apartments
For years, students have lived in a string of apartment complexes just off campus at the University of South Florida in Tampa, keeping them close to the action but not officially in university housing. But with student housing demand high and space tight, USF has become formally affiliated with some of those complexes.
USF's Department of Housing & Residential Education has entered into a new partnership with two local student complexes, The Province and Avalon Heights. That builds on the list of USF-affiliated apartments off campus, which includes the 4050 Lofts and Campus Club Tampa added in October.
The housing department will refer eligible upper classmen, transfer and graduate students to the four complexes if space runs out in the on-campus dorms. First year students won't be eligible. It's all a part of USF's long term goal to be recognized as a "primarily residential" institution by the Carnegie Foundation. The school, which for years had a reputation as a commuter outfit, now houses 5,400 students on campus.
Avalon Heights on Fletcher Avenue and can house up to 754 people in 210 furnished apartments with kitchenettes, mini-fridges and microwaves in the bedrooms, plus a fitness center, game room and tanning bed. The Province is just south of campus on N. McKinley Drive and can hold up to 947 people in 287 furnished apartments. The clubhouse has a movie theater, poker tables, foosball, a 24-hour fitness center, tanning beds and two pools.