Utilities are not offered in my apartments near USF. Who can I call to set them up?

A lot of apartments near USF offer all-inclusive prices, which means utilities are included in the rent. However, this is not the case for every community. If you find yourself in this situation, you will need to set them up yourself.

One of the most important utilities you will need to set up is your electric. This will power everything in your apartments near USF. Depending upon which area you decide to live in, you will need to find a utility company that services your apartment. Tampa Electric (TECO), Progress Energy and Florida Power and Light all service the areas and neighborhoods within Tampa. Be sure to check with each one and give them the address where your services will need to be set up.


  • TECO can be reached at 877-588-1010
  • Progress Energy can be reached at 800-700-8744
  • Florida Power and Light can be reached at 941-917-0708

Turning on your electricity will typically include a deposit. They will also need a move-in date to schedule the start of your services. Finally, your apartment office may ask for proof of electricity before giving you the keys to your apartments near USF. This is to ensure that you aren't moving in without power.

Another utility that is not necessary but is often wanted is television. While you can pull out the rabbit ears and pick up the basic network stations, many people living at apartments near USF choose to go with cable or satellite. Again, you will need to check with each company to see which ones service your area based upon your service address. Verizon FiOS, Brighthouse and Comcast are all cable companies that service the Tampa area.


  • Verizon can be reached at 813-483-2011
  • Brighthouse can be reached at 888-289-8988
  • Comcast can be reached at 941-371-6700

If you're interested in more channels, then some apartments in Tampa even allow satellite service. This will involve installing a dish on your porch or balcony. You will need to check with your office first to see what their policy is on this. DirectTV and Dish Network are the two options you have in the Tampa area for Satellite.


  • DirectTV can be reached at 813-337-7407
  • Dish Network at 813-302-7142.

Most people choose to use their cell phones in apartments near USF, but some choose to go with a landline phone as well. Also, some alarm companies require a landline phone in order to operate the system. If you are in need of a phone provider, Verizon, Windstream and Comcast are your choices.


  • Verizon can be reached at 813-483-2011
  • Windstream can be reached at 813-490-1500
  • Comcast can be reached at 941-371-6700

You have your choice of four internet service providers for your apartments near USF.


  • Verizon can be reached at 813-483-2011
  • Brighthouse can be reached at 888-289-8988
  • Comcast can be reached at 941-371-6700
  • Windstream can be reached at 813-490-1500

A great tip on setting up your utilities is to have everything pre-arranged before you move in. This way, you're not waiting days or even weeks to have your utilities installed. You should be able to enjoy your new home right away!

Another great tip is to ask utility companies if they offer any bundling specials. Typically, customers can bundle cable, internet and phone to make each service cheaper than if they were purchased alone.

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