Every university has those infamous dorms – built decades ago – that the university is still leasing out to students each year. USF’s version of these dorms are in the Andros community, and after 50 years, Andros is finally being remodeled.
Some of the big changes include new and improved dorms, retail stores and even an on-campus Publix grocery store. Carolina Zapatas, a current resident, welcomes the changes.
“Knocking all this down is better for the new students because it will bring new opportunities and nicer living areas,” said Zapatas.
Not only will the dorms be nicer but they will also house 1000 more students. Creating bigger dorms is an attempt by USF to get more students to live on campus, and to get away from the university’s “commuter school” reputation.
Adding retail stores and an on-campus grocery store are incentives for students to live on campus because everything they need will be walking distance.
“I think it’s a great idea that they are building a Publix on campus so all the students living on campus who don’t have cars, can just walk there and won’t have to worry or take a bus,” said former Andros resident Isabella Wilson.
There has been no official confirmation of which retail stores will be available on campus, but the Publix will be built by the end of 2017.