Housing and Dining

COVID-19 Housing Updates

HOUSING UPDATE 6-24-2020

This week the Florida Board of Governors approved the University of South Florida’s reopening plan for the fall.  We know that students and families have been anxious to get more detail and you can view the university’s full plan.

Thank you for the feedback on the student housing policies for the 2020-21 academic year that we recently shared with you. We understand your concerns and we are listening.  Today we would like to provide an update and further explain our approach in order to help you make informed decisions.

Based upon the information available at this time, we fully expect to keep the residence halls open for the entire fall and spring semesters.

You may recall that when we transitioned classes online this past spring, USF’s campuses did not close and residence halls remained open for students who needed to stay.  For the 2020-2021 academic year, if the university must transition all classes online, we again intend to keep the residence halls open. In fact, we are even better positioned than Spring 2020 to keep the residence halls open for the upcoming academic year with enhanced cleaning protocols, changes to the physical environment, a robust educational campaign, dedicated isolation spaces, and other measures in place to align with CDC guidelines to mitigate the spread of the virus.  If the residence halls remain open and a student chooses to leave, they will be responsible for the duration of their housing agreement.

In the recent addendum to the USF Student Housing Agreement, we shared that residents have until July 1 to cancel their housing agreement with no financial penalty. We now know that class schedules may not be available until the end of the third week in July.  We also understand class format may impact a student’s decision on whether they choose to live on campus.  Therefore, we will waive the $1,000 cancellation fee for anyone who finds out or selects after July 1 that all of their classes for the fall semester will be online.

Students who find themselves in this situation after July 1 should submit a cancellation request via a cancellation form for the St. Petersburg campus by August 1, indicating “All online classes” as the reason.  All of the student’s classes need to be online to be eligible.

We are providing this additional flexibility and updated information to help you and your families make decisions that are in your best interest. We hope that you continue to live on-campus and be part of a community focused on student support and academic success.

We are here to answer your questions and walk you through your options so you can make the best decision for your circumstance.  Please contact our team via e-mail at housing@usfsp.edu for any assistance.

We would also encourage you to take a moment and read the helpful FAQ.