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

Hilton Garden Inn Tampa East Brandon
Hilton Garden Inn Tampa East Brandon
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8.4
Excellent
10309 Highland Manor Drive, Tampa
from $119
La Quinta Inn & Suites Tampa North I-75
La Quinta Inn & Suites Tampa North I-75
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8.5
Excellent
17301 DONA MICHELLE DR,, Tampa
from $69
Four Points by Sheraton Suites Tampa Airport Westshore
Four Points by Sheraton Suites Tampa Airport Westshore
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8.5
Excellent
4400 W Cypress Street, Tampa
from $99
Hampton Inn Tampa-Airport/Rocky Point, FL
Hampton Inn Tampa-Airport/Rocky Point, FL
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8.7
Excellent
3035 N. Rocky Point Drive E., Tampa
from $93
Vista Inn and Suites Tampa
Vista Inn and Suites Tampa
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7.1
Good
400 E Bearss Ave, Tampa
from $66
Sheraton Tampa Brandon Hotel
Sheraton Tampa Brandon Hotel
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8.4
Excellent
10221 Princess Palm Avenue, Tampa
from $113
Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa-USF-Near Busch Gardens
Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa-USF-Near Busch Gardens
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8.1
Excellent
3705 Spectrum Boulevard, Tampa
from $127
Howard Johnson Hotel by Wyndham Tampa Airport/Stadium
Howard Johnson Hotel by Wyndham Tampa Airport/Stadium
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4.4
Fair
2055 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa
from $59
Brandon Center Hotel
Brandon Center Hotel
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8.4
Excellent
10110 Horace Avenue, Tampa
from $125
SpringHill Suites Tampa North/I-75 Tampa Palms
SpringHill Suites Tampa North/I-75 Tampa Palms
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8.9
Excellent
5396 Primrose Lake Circle, Tampa
from $98
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.