Tips for Finding a Pet-Friendly USF Apartment from

Are you a USF student that feels ready to own a pet? Perhaps you already have a dog or cat and are apartment hunting for the perfect pet-friendly place. At, we’ve done the legwork for you so you can understand everything you need to know about successful pet ownership so you and your furry friend can both be happy, healthy, and enjoy one another for years to come.

Here are a few tips for finding a pet-friendly USF apartment.


Apartment Pet Fees

Many apartments charge pet fees, or “pet-rent”. Depending on the property, this may be a one-time fee, or a monthly fee paid in combination with rent. The fee charged covers any potential damage a pet may cause or potential cleaning that would be required after you move out of the apartment. Inquire about fees upfront and factor this into your budget planning, especially if you don’t own a pet yet! If you think you might welcome a dog or cat into your home in the future, it’s best to understand the fees ahead of time so there are no surprises.


Lease Types for Pet-Friendly Apartments

Many apartments near USF offer a pet-friendly policy so it shouldn’t be too difficult to find a home you and fido feel comfortable in, but it’s still worth noting that some student apartments do have restrictions, especially properties that offer individual leases. If you’re not sure about pet ownership now, but think you’d like to have the option later, you might consider a property with a short-term lease so you can avoid fees associated with breaking a lease contract and have the flexibility to move into a pet-friendly apartment at a later date. Or, you can save a step and choose a pet-friendly apartment now, enjoy the benefits of a long-term lease like constant monthly rent and more stability, and simply adopt when you’re ready!


Keeping Your Pet Healthy and Happy in an Apartment

When choosing a breed, work with the Humane Society of Tampa Bay to really discuss your lifestyle, available space, schedule, and home environment. They will be happy to help you find the perfect companion and mutual compatibility. Know that dogs are more likely than cats to become restless and bored in a small apartment floorplan so consider finding an apartment with more space, or better yet, choosing a community with a dog park.


In addition to plenty of love, activity, and attention at home, be sure you’re budgeting for, and scheduling regular vet visits, plenty of water, quality food, and any necessary medications your vet prescribes for flea, tick, and heartworm prevention.


While you may not have a large backyard, don’t forget about the awesome bark parks communities are putting in for residents and their pets to enjoy, take a refreshing neighborhood walk, or visit a local pet-friendly park for a game of fetch. With these tips in mind, we’re confident you’ll find an apartment home that you and your pets can be happy and healthy in.