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University of South Florida Introduction

The University of South Florida is situated in the northern reaches of Tampa, close to Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve. Founded in 1956, the university is made up of 14 colleges spread over 3 campuses - northeast Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee. The main Tampa campus houses the university's Contemporary Art Museum and the USF Sun Dome sports arena, home of the South Florida Bulls basketball teams. There's a wealth of restaurants, coffee shops and bars in the area, plus the University shopping mall. It's also 1.5 miles from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, a popular African-themed amusement park.

Hotels near University of South Florida

There's a broad range of accommodation options within easy reach of the University of South Florida, from budget inns offering outdoor pools, and free breakfast, Wi-Fi and parking, to stylish boutique hotels featuring sleek, state-of-the-art rooms. Some of the area's mid-range hotels also have conference centers, outdoor pools and restaurants, plus complimentary local area shuttles. The busiest time in Tampa is between January and April, and May through August, when hotels attract premium rates. For the best room bargains, visit between September and December, when the weather is still warm, although the risk of hurricanes is higher.

Where to stay near University of South Florida

The University of South Florida is located in the northeastern reaches of Tampa, between the residential suburbs of Terrace Park and Park Place of Tampa. It's also very close to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island theme parks, which attracts many families to the area. You can find a number of budget and mid-range chain hotels along East Busch Boulevard, just south of the University, and also along I-275 in North Tampa, which has a more urban appeal, and is dotted with low-key shopping malls and trailer parks.

Things to see near University of South Florida

Enjoy the thrills of south Florida's amusement and water parks. Just 1.5 miles from the university campus is the African-themed Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, where you can go 'on safari' and watch animals roam the park's 65-acre Serengeti Plain. Close by is Adventure Island, a massive year-round water park, while Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo is 5.6 miles south of the university's campus. In downtown Tampa, catch a basketball match or concert in Amalie Arena on the waterfront, an indoor basketball, hockey and music stadium. Beach lovers should head 30 miles west to the snow-white sands of Clearwater Beach.

How to get to University of South Florida

The University of South Florida is easy to reach by car and lies 3 miles from I-275. Tampa International Airport is 17 miles southwest of campus. If you're arriving by train, Tampa's Amtrak Station is 9.5 miles south of the university, or a 45-minute bus ride. The Greyhound station is on Polk Street in downtown, which is 10 miles south of campus. The University of South Florida has it's own shuttle bus system called the Bull Runner, which offers free transport across campus. Tampa also has a vintage streetcar line which runs from downtown to Centennial Park in Ybor City.

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