There are always neighborhoods in every city that cater to individual needs. Generally, you will find student-based living near a University area, or apartments that cater to young professionals near a large metropolitan area. When moving to a new city, it can be very difficult to determine what areas are best for your needs. First, it’s important to determine your needs. For most renters, this revolves around their job, school, or both. After researching the Tampa Bay area, you will also want to think about other things that may be significant to your choice. Do you want to be close to Clearwater Beach? SoHo bars and restaurants? Wesley Chapel shopping? All of these things would greatly affect the neighborhood you choose. If you get your rental priorities in order ahead of time, it will make your search much smoother.
Student Living in Tampa
If you are moving to the Tampa area as a student, you could want to be close to a number of different areas. USF is located in North Tampa, and is host to a wealth of student living communities. University of South Florida also has a campus in St. Petersburg, so you may look for communities near downtown St. Pete, in the event you will be attending that campus. The University of Tampa is located on the outskirts of both Downtown Tampa and Hyde Park, giving students a few great options for rental areas. Hillsborough Community College has several locations ranging from North Tampa to Ybor, so pay close attention to the campus you will be attending.
Young Professionals in Tampa
The majority of young professionals in Tampa are clustered in Hyde Park, SoHo, Downtown Tampa, and Channelside. These are great areas for work and play, giving residents easy access to a plethora of office buildings, restaurants, shopping centers, bars, and nightclubs. Since these areas tend to be more “pricey”, there are many commuters that live in nearby Seminole Heights, New Tampa, and Wesley Chapel and commute into the city for work.
Social Tampa Bay
Want to be close to the action? Your best bet is to look for apartments in South Tampa or Channelside. South Tampa residents include Hyde Park and SoHo, where the bars and restaurants are packed on a daily and nightly basis with college students and young professionals. Residents of both Soho and Channelside have the option to walk to nearby bars and clubs. Areas like Seminole Heights house underground and Indie hangouts, while North Tampa (Tampa Palms and New Tampa) hosts a wealth of college bars and upscale neighborhood hangouts.
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