Top Three Cities to Study Abroad in Florida

by Katie Malley on December 7, 2022

Nicknamed the Sunshine State, Florida is a great destination for students looking to experience fun in the sun year-round! With 825 miles of beautiful coastline, it’s easy to see why Florida is such a popular pick for students in study abroad programs. 

In addition to the state’s natural beauty, Florida is also home to some amazing cities that set it apart from other coastal locations. From beach towns to big cities, it can be hard to know which area is the best fit. To help narrow down the search, we’re highlighting the three best cities for homestay in Florida. 

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Tampa

Tampa may not be the first location to come to mind when considering where to study abroad, but it’s one of the most underrated cities in Florida. Located on Florida’s west coast, Tampa rests at the top of Tampa Bay and is the third largest city in the state. 

If you’re looking to get outdoors and find exciting new hobbies, this is the place for you. From zip-lining, to fishing, to kayaking, to mountain biking, Tampa truly has something for everyone. 

More into arts and culture? Tampa is home to a vibrant art scene. Not only can beautiful murals be found throughout the city, but there are several world-class museums, such as the Salvador Dali Museum and the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts. You can also take a stroll along the Tampa Riverwalk in the heart of the Arts District and experience some of the best local cuisine and shopping. If this all sounds like it's checking all your boxes, visit → this page to learn even more about homestay in Tampa. 

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Orlando 

Home to iconic theme parks like Disneyworld and Universal Studios, Orlando is not only a popular tourist destination, but an ideal spot for students studying abroad and professionals looking to experience the laid-back Florida lifestyle while still pursuing education and career opportunities. 

If you're ready to be immersed in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter or eager to take a walk on Mainstreet,  Universal Studios and Disneyland both offer annual passes for local residents. This may be worth the investment if you can fit it into your budget.

Interested in outer space? Orlando is near Cape Canaveral, home to the Kennedy Space Center and the NASA base. You can learn just about everything there is to know about rockets and outer space and, if you’re lucky, may even be able to catch a rocket launch! 

If space isn't your thing, Orlando’s aquariums, art museums, live music events, outdoor activities and parks are great cheap options to pass the time with.  Ready to take the leap and learn more about homestay in Florida? Head over → here to see more details about what it's like to study abroad in Orlando

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Miami

If your dream study abroad location is somewhere that feels like a vacation, Miami may be the perfect place for you. With one of the most famous beaches in the world, an abundance of nightlife and a vibrant culture, Miami is a top travel destination and is unique from all other U.S. cities. 

Looking to expand your palette? Influenced by Latin American, Caribbean and Cuban culture, the Miami food scene is renowned by foodies and critics alike. Enjoy bites from around the world without leaving the city! Popular dishes include: the Cubano (a twist on the traditional ham and cheese sandwich), Chicharron (a Portuguese fried pork dish), and Ceviche (fresh, raw fish seasoned with chile and lime, often served with a tostada). 

Miami is an amazing place to get hands-on experience in many industries including fashion, sociology, international business and tourism management. It has an incredible creative arts scene, with events like Art Basel Miami Beach and Miami Art Week. Home of live theater venues and museums galore, Miami is a popular concert destination for performing artists. Whether you’re business minded or lean more creative, Miami has it all. If you're ready to find your homestay in Miami, → visit this page. 

Florida's diversity in cities makes it a great destination for any student looking to soak up the sun and experience a new culture. Whether you decide to find a homestay in Florida or are still looking for your perfect homestay location, StudentRoomStay has you covered for every step in your journey. With host families across the country, we're ready to help you find safe accommodations so you can focus on gearing up to go abroad. 

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