Local Atmosphere

Tampa, FL
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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: All of the positives greatly outweigh the negatives at this university

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: As a business city, Tampa is generally a pretty safe place to live and attend school. I see a lot of younger generations living in Tampa, in their 20's and 30's and few younger families. There's also a huge variety of entertainment venues and professional sports as well.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: gr8 place to study and live in.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: At night of course people have to be careful but there is always things going on in the area especially across the river at Curtis Hixon Park. There is football and hockey usually close by that students go to. Gasparilla was close by to the University and tons of students went to have fun. They have special festivals that go on at Curtis Hixon. On campus there is always something going on that the school encourages us to go to in an email usually. The area is very safe when such events go on. Students really have a good time especially since the weather is amazing when going out.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I love where the school is located. There are a lot to do around the area.


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Arturo Uzcategui
Valencia, Venezuela
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Tampa is a great place to come for academics and fun. Theme parks, roller coasters, beaches, water sports, football, baseball, hockey, shopping, restaurants, art, theatre, museums, culture—it's all here.

More than 3.3 million people call the Tampa Bay area home. Latin American, African, Asian, Caribbean, and European influences all add spice to this historic cultural crossroads, and to have the opportunity to attend UT and experience this entire mix of cultures is something that you must not pass up. The University of Tampa offers a great variety of things, but one of its best assets is the atmosphere.

Facts & Statistics

Points of Interest
  • Busch Gardens
  • The Florida Aquarium
  • The St. Pete Times Forum
  • The Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center
  • Ybor City
Shopping Centers
  • Centro Ybor
  • International Plaza and Bay Street
  • WestShore Plaza
Movie Theaters
AMC Theaters - Westshore 14
210 Westshore Plz.
(888) 262-4386
Movie Theaters
Channelside Cinemas 9 & IMAX
615 Channelside Dr.
(813) 221-0006
Movie Theaters
MUVICO Theaters - Centro Ybor 20
1600 E. Eighth Ave.
(813) 242-0664
Major Sports Teams
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers: NFL
  • Tampa Bay Lightning: NHL
  • Tampa Bay Rays: MLB
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Miami: FL: 4 hours, 30 minutes
  • Orlando: FL: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Did You Know?
The Tampa Bay Rays of the MLB play at the Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, and the Tampa Bay Lightning of the NHL play in the St. Pete Times Forum located in Tampa.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 72 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 73 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 21% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 1% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 7% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 71% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 73 responses

  • 7% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 47% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 47% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 72 responses

  • 12% No way.
  • 57% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 31% Totally.



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