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What Tampa Bay Has to Offer for College Students


The Tampa Bay area offers everything you could want in a college town: sunshine, culture, sports, entertainment, city vibes, beach life, and endless outdoor fun. What you might not expect is that you can enjoy most of it for a reduced price just for being in college – discount heaven for Bulls on a budget. If you’re ready to eat, play, explore, and experience everything that makes the Gulf Coast of Florida irresistible, get ready to discover what the Tampa Bay area has to offer for college students.

Look for the Bulls Country Sign

Nothing makes you feel more welcome than having your waiter knock a few dollars off your tab just because you’re you. As a Preeminent State Research University, the University of South Florida enjoys a special relationship with area businesses. And you’ll feel that mutual love in the form of lots of USF student discounts.

Bulls discounts rarely require you to have a promo code or a coupon on your phone. If the storefront, gym, salon, or restaurant has a Bulls Country sign posted near the entrance or register, all you need is your USF student ID to get a sweet deal.

Tampa Campus Bulls Country Deals

Fast food at a student discount? Yes! Deals on manicures and Dr. Martens? Yes and yes. USF student discounts in the metro Tampa area range from five percent off your Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and bagel to 25 percent off your favorite scoop at Cold Stone Creamery. Check out more deals USF’s student government landed with Tampa businesses.

St. Petersburg Campus Bulls Country Deals

USF’s St. Petersburg campus is integral to the bustling waterfront city of St. Petersburg, so local businesses are happy to offer USF students a break on their bills at restaurants, cycle shops, movies, salons, running gear stores, and coffee shops galore. Check out more deals for students at the St. Petersburg campus.

Sarasota-Manatee Campus Bulls Country Deals

The warm welcome you’ll receive as a student on the tight-knit Sarasota-Manatee campus is echoed every time you visit a Bulls Country business in the area. You’ll feel like an honored guest when you see 10 percent off your bill at TCBY or a membership discount at Anytime Fitness. Check out more deals for students at the Sarasota-Manatee campus.

Tampa bay college students taking advantage of Bulls Country Deals

Discounts at Area Attractions

Not only is the Tampa Bay area a great college home base, but the city of Tampa, where USF’s main campus is located, is ranked in the Top 100 Best Cities in the World by Resonance and always hovers near the top of Livability’s Top 100 Best Places to Live in America (No. 26 in 2021). This means, when you’re a USF student at any of our three campuses, you’re living the dream: world-class art museums, glorious beaches, fantastic watersports, possibly the liveliest brunch scene in America, and arguably the best weather of any destination in the country. Since the only way to improve on paradise is a fat discount on your bill, here are some big markdowns on big experiences, just waiting for you as a USF student:


From the arts hub of St. Petersburg to the pirate history that inspires the Gasparilla Festival, the Tampa Bay region will get you all cultured up – and the USF student discount will get you into these museums for next to nothing (or free):

  • The Salvador Dalí Museum
  • John & Mable Ringling Museum
  • The Holocaust Museum
  • Morean Arts Center | Chihuly Collection
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Tampa Bay History Center
  • Tampa Museum of Art
  • Imagine Museum
  • James Museum of Western Art
  • Petersburg Museum of History

Student Deals for Major Sporting Events

Tampa Bay is home to major professional sports teams, and two offer USF students sweet deals to fill the stadium.

  • Tampa Bay Rays: Our hometown MLB team offers discounted tickets to USF students.
  • Tampa Bay Lightning: USF students are eligible for slash-priced tickets to NHL games at the Amalie Arena.

Save Big on Sustainability

When a green-committed campus is equally focused on making school affordable, students reap freebies that also benefit the environment. USF’s St. Petersburg campus sustainability deals include free bike share, shuttle services, ride-sharing programs, and free transport on regional buses and trolleys.Tampa bay college students eating popsicles in an amusement park

Free Software and Digital Discounts for USF Students

USF wants students to have access to the software platforms and technology they need at no cost. Check the software catalog for free student licenses for Creative Cloud, Tableau for Students, GitHub, Oracle Academy, Azure Services, Amazon Web Services, and more. Through USF’s library system, you can gain access with your ID to a huge repository of world newspapers and magazines at no cost.

Hungry for Deals?

Takeout, dining in, or delivery, food deals abound for USF students. Here are just a few tasty discounts when you flash your Bulls card:

  • Sarasota-Manatee Campus: Newk’s Eatery, The Clever Cup Coffee Shop, Rises Pies Pizza, Fresh Kitchen, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, D’Lites Shoppe
  • St. Petersburg Campus: Acropolis Greek Taverna, City’s Bistro, Community Café, Dot’s Ice, Flippers Pizza, Kahwa Coffee, Lonni’s Sandwiches, Eagle Café, Fig Café, Cider Press Café, Tijuana Flats, Maple Street Biscuit Co.
  • Tampa Campus: Taco Bus, Vallarta’s, Qdoba Mexican Eats, Culvers, Jimmy Johns, Tijuana Flats, Cicis Pizza, Chicken Salad Chick, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Portillo’s Hot Dogs, Chewy Boba Co., Which Wich

See Tampa Bay for Yourself

You have to experience the Tampa Bay area firsthand. It is truly a wonderful place to call home, with friendly people, spectacular sunsets, and affordable living. While you’re here, we’d love to give you a tour of our campuses so you can get a taste of the amazing perks of being a Bull.

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