Get your bearings before you start searching for an apartment:

  • South Tampa is home to an assortment of neighborhoods, boutiques, and restaurants. This trendy sector of the Bay Area encompasses SoHo, historic Hyde Park, Palma Ceia, Westshore, and Bayshore. The city’s young professionals populate Hyde Park and SoHo (referential to the street South Howard in Hyde Park), along with students from the University of Tampa. Bayshore is lined with beautiful picturesque houses, and is also the location of the infamous Gasparilla parade.
  • Downtown Tampa houses many corporate buildings, but only a few residential buildings. Many people that work downtown live in South Tampa and commute into the downtown area. Two large high-rises are recent additions to the skyline: Element and SkyPointe. These have recently drawn more residents to the locale. Channelside is adjacent to downtown, containing the Port of Tampa, the Tampa Bay Times Forum, a surplus of rentals lining the port, and the Channelside entertainment complex, filled with restaurants and bars. This business district is close to I-275, the Selmon Expressway, and I-4.
  • West Tampa is a neighborhood of Tampa dating back over 100 years. The residents of Seminole Heights live in historic bungalows. While the neighborhood is largely comprised of families, there is a growing student population in the region, drawn to underground gems such as Ella’s Americana Café and the Independent Bar. With easy access to I-275, this is a central location for many students who attend USF, but also want to be close to nightlife in South Tampa.
  • North Tampa is most often referred to as “New Tampa”, which more accurately denotes the neighborhood of Tampa Palms. North Tampa can also encompass areas including Carrollwood, Lutz, and flourishing Wesley Chapel. The University of South Florida is situated in Northeast Tampa. Many students live in the vicinity of the university and in nearby Tampa Palms neighborhoods. Wesley Chapel and Lutz are thriving in economic and residential growth after the addition of several schools, businesses, and the Shops at Wiregrass.
  • East Tampa is comprised of a few different neighborhoods. Ybor, another historic Tampa district, is known for its creative culture. 7th Avenue is home to art galleries, music venues, and themed bars and nightclubs. Nearby Brandon tends to be more family-oriented. However, with easy access to I-75 and the Selmon Expressway, students and professionals residing in Brandon are able to commute easily to school and work in Tampa.