Hotels near University of Tampa
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The University of Tampa’s central location in the heart of Tampa Bay ensures that everyone in your group will be happy during your visit. Known for its great soccer facilities, sports fans will want to stay close to UT to check out a soccer game at Pepin Stadium, one of the best Division II soccer venues in the country. The shopper in your group will want to explore the Channelside District, while the foodie among you will drag the group over to Ybor City. Sun worshippers can unwind at Clearwater and Sarasota’s postcard beaches.

Hipmunk's Best Hotels near University of Tampa

Hampton Inn and Suites Tampa - Ybor City Downtown
from $109
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Tampa-Anderson Rd/Veteran
from $76
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa
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3.9
5223 N Orient Road, Tampa
from $189
Hyatt Place Busch Gardens
Hyatt Place Busch Gardens
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4.1
11408 N 30th St, Tampa
from $84
Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel
Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel
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3.8
200 N Ashley Dr, Tampa
from $97
Embassy Suites Hotel Tampa-Airport/Westshore
Embassy Suites Hotel Tampa-Airport/Westshore
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4.1
555 N Westshore Blvd, Tampa
from $104
Extended Stay America - Tampa - Airport - Memorial Hwy.
from $67
Hyatt Place Tampa Airport/Westshore
Hyatt Place Tampa Airport/Westshore
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4.1
4811 W Main St, Tampa
from $87
Extended Stay America - Tampa - Airport - N. West Shore Blvd
from $69
Embassy Suites Tampa Downtown
Embassy Suites Tampa Downtown
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4.1
513 S Florida Ave, Tampa
from $119
More About Hotels near University of Tampa...

Stay Close to Downtown Tampa Bay to Catch the Games

If you’re visiting the university during football season, you can catch a Buccaneers game 10 minutes away at Raymond James Stadium. Your cheapest and closest hotel options, like the Holiday Inn Tempa Westshore Airport Area and Double Tree by Hilton Tampa Airport, will run you just under $80 and will be geared towards getting people to the airport. Airbnb options in the neighborhood between the airport and the stadium are few and far between. They run you closer to $100 but may be more comfortable than the generic hotel options there.

Consider Ybor City or Channelside District for a Trendier Experience

Situated directly on the bay, the Tampa Mariott Waterside Hotel and Marina starting at $99 per night offers a trendier experience. The TECO streetcar departs just outside its front doors and makes its way towards the upscale shopping at Channelside. Then the streetcar continues onward towards the historic Ybor City. Rest assured that University of Tampa is only a four-minute drive from the Marriott.


A somewhat cheaper option is the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk hotel starting at $87, which is even closer to UT. Keep in mind that you might want to spring for the Mariott instead, to take advantage of its on-site spa with views of the marina.

Enjoy the Beaches and Still Make it Back in Time for the Game

Staying at the Intercontinental Tampa for $88 is a great option if you want to stay close, but you have the option of hopping over the bridge to explore St. Petersburg. Those insisting on staying near Clearwater’s beautiful beaches might consider the Clarion Inn and Suites Clearwater for $62 per night, which is a 10-minute drive from the ocean. Keep in mind that you’ll have to rent a car to get back to visiting your family and friends at UT, but you’d be saving lots with the cheap hotel.


If you’re checking out the beaches in Sarasota, try out Hyatt Place Sarasota for $100 per night, but it’ll take you a full hour to get back into Tampa. Holiday Inn Sarasota Lakewood Ranch starting at $90 might be a better option since it is directly on Route 75, which might prove helpful in getting you back up to Tampa.

Choose Your Tampa Lodgings Based on the Priority of Your Visit

Because Tampa close to several beachy tourist destinations, you have unlimited options for hotels and Airbnbs during your visit to University of Tampa. Keep your priorities in mind as you narrow down your search. If beach time is a must, consider staying farther out, but realize that a downside will be the added expense of the drive back to campus. If your priority is visiting the campus, stay as close as possible, though your options might not be as plush. Staying in Channelside District or Ybor City may be the best balance, since you’ll get to explore these unique parts of Tampa while still being close to campus.

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