Recent Alumnus 2011-11-07T05:18:22Z
Housing around the University of Florida is copious and varied. Pricing ranges, but most apartment/house living ranges between $500-$650 for monthly rent. There are locations near to campus that are relatively inexpensive, as well as nice apartment complexes that are more pricey. Overall, there are several options for off-campus housing, and with enough research you can find the place to fit your needs best. The university itself partners with apartment complexes in order to offer students deals and to promote their properties.
College Junior 2011-11-06T03:58:49Z
Not at All Strict – From my personal observations, as long as students don't fight or do anything illegal, there is no problem.
College Junior 2011-11-06T03:56:59Z
Health & Safety:
Campus Safety – UF has one secure campus! To be an open campus university, I feel completely safe. The University's police department has blue emergency telephones scattered around campus so if there ever an emergency, just pick up the phone and it records for about a minute and half, ensuring that if anything happens before help arrives, they'll have records of sounds that could be clues. There are also signs posted on routes that aren't lit at night, suggested you take a lit path instead.
College Junior 2011-11-06T03:54:32Z
Applied Physiology and Kinesiology – My specific major is a very interesting major to myself; it encompasses every aspect of the career I intend to pursue. The current workload is semi-heavy but doable with proper time management. The curriculum is doable as well, as long as you keep up in all of your classes; falling behind in one class can lead to you falling behind in others as well. In your eighth semester, the only class you have is an internship, which is very beneficial is helping you to gain experience in the field.
College Senior 2011-11-04T16:23:36Z
Let's Go Gators! One look at our stadium during a home football game will tell anyone just about everything they need to know about UF and their involvement in sports. We are essentially a sea of Orange and Blue with undying support for our Gators. Although sometimes our performances in some sports are not the best, we will continue to support each team wholeheartedly. The school spirit that exudes from this campus is addictive with each cheer louder than the next making it sometimes intimidating for the opposing team. A new atheletic facility has been built recently that provides a wide variety of top notch equipment for even the non-athletics who are just trying to keep fit and healthy.
College Senior 2011-11-04T16:14:16Z
Gator Nation – There is no other way to describe Gainesville than it being a true Gator Nation. The whole culture of the city revolves around the Orange and Blue spirit with each citizen being a proud and willing participant of the atmosphere. The college itself pretty much engulfs the whole city which proves to be both its advantage and disadvantage. There is no running from the fact that Gainesville is indeed a college town with UF reminders plastered all over it. The appeal of it is the unity the city has towards such a proud institution which brings about a slight bond and attraction between even strangers meeting and exhchanging their "Hellos."
Furthermore, to cater to the whims of diverse college students, it feels as if you can find just about anything within a 10 mile radius from the college. We have the usual shopping, sports/recreation and restaurants galore within a few minutes drive. But we also have some more exotic activities such as a monkey sanctuary a few more miles North of the college.
Recent Alumnus 2011-11-03T21:46:21Z
Does Its Job – Even if you feel campus rules are too strict, they're there for a reason.
Recent Alumnus 2011-11-03T21:45:41Z
Average College Feel – I have seen more drinking than drug usage while attending school. Drinking is the activity that is favored among students.
Recent Alumnus 2011-11-03T21:42:08Z
Ideal College Experience – If you've dreamed of having the perfect college experience, while still enjoying school and campus life, then UF is for you. It's a small and quiet town, but you make the best of it when you're with friends thanks to all the businesses that are here. The town is full of Gator pride. If you have Gator pride, look nowhere else.
College Junior 2011-11-03T16:59:12Z
The weather is pretty decent. Sometimes it is really hot and other times it rains but its average.
College Junior 2011-11-03T16:55:48Z
Whenever my laptop broke or I needed to be able to print form a computer lab I was always able to. The University of Florida does an excellent job or making sure very student has access to a computer and able to print when needed.
College Junior 2011-11-02T07:28:52Z
The process of getting into my Criminology major was relatively easy. I didn't have to do a special application process when applying to the school. Once I was there, I just enrolled in an intro to crimial justice classes and eventually declared my major during my second year.
College Junior 2011-11-02T07:22:21Z
honestly, most of the things they tell you to invest your financial aid money in are kind of expensive, like the meal plans and the dorms ... i prob save 2 thousand dollars by living and eating at my fraternity house ... you prob even save money if you live off campus ... as far as the fin. aid office on campus, they are very helpful, but tend to take quite a while to process things.
College Junior 2011-11-02T07:17:19Z
Well, i chose to live in the springs complex farther away from the center of campus because it probably has the largest dorm room you can get a UF, a suite style room, and its close to fraternity row since i knew i was going to pledge ... as far as cost is concerned, its still pretty expensive compared to off campus housing options, but its still nice.
Recent Alumnus 2011-10-29T15:17:47Z
Great Software, Not So Great Hours and Availability – The computers in the labs have current software and are well functioning, but the labs with the most available computers are open the least hours. There is one 24/7 lab on campus, which is the smallest and is consistently occupied by design and architecture students. It's nice that there are both Mac and PC computers on campus, but that also leads to more crowding. You definitely need to own your own computer if you spend a lot of time on campus or have a lot of technology-based classes. I've taken digital classes in classrooms without computers before.
Recent Alumnus 2011-10-27T18:15:00Z
Too Many Cars, Not Enough Spaces – The parking on campus is ridiculous. There are tons of parking spaces, but not enough of them are allotted to student decals. The parking office sells more decals than there are parking spaces. These decals are also expensive. The parking enforcement is also bad as well, they ticket extremely frequently and each ticket are upwards of $30. Even in the parking garages that students pay per day/per hour is pretty bad, you have to either get to campus extremely early or circle the garage for a while before finding parking.
Recent Alumnus 2011-10-27T18:08:44Z
Pretty Diverse School – It seems like every race is represented here at UF. It is still a predominantly white school, but at times you can find yourself in a large cluster of people from Korea, India, or Haiti! The student organizations representing these cultures are large, and they compete in talent showcases, and display their heritages across campus. However, even though many races are represented here at UF, I still find myself being one of the few black people in many of my classes.
Recent Alumnus 2011-10-27T18:01:18Z
Gainesville Has the BEST Local Eats! The off campus dining in Gainesville is great! They have a great mix of chain restaurants, but what's even better are the local places to eat. Many of these places are fair to moderate prices but the food makes up for any money you'll spend. The downtown and NW/NE parts of Gainesville have great eats, some are even close to campus. Check out: Bistro1245, Boca Fiesta, Cafe C, The Midnight has great drink specials on Tues/Wed and a great place to go for amazing deep dish pizza is Satchels. They have a junk shop in the back with cute trinkets, you can sit in an old bus and enjoy your meal. They even a live band playing some evenings!
Recent Alumnus 2011-10-25T16:00:21Z
Go Gators! So much emphasis is put on the football team because their games bring in the big money. But UF has other teams who do better than the football team and never get the sort of recognition that they deserve. The football games are fun, but what about volleyball or soccer?
Recent Alumnus 2011-10-25T15:58:10Z
Youthful City – Gainesville has a lot of attractions and organizations geared towards the younger college students. From concerts to comedians to the football games, it really is an amazing city for a college student.
Recent Alumnus 2011-10-25T00:50:35Z
Everything You Will Ever Need – University of Florida has everything you could ever need as a university student. There are restaurants, two dining halls, too many athletic centers to count, superb classrooms and auditoriums, several libraries, multiple computer labs and printing stations, and the list goes on and on!
Recent Alumnus 2011-10-25T00:47:40Z
Health & Safety:
A Health Conscious Community – University of Florida is renown for its athletic programs, and so it is only natural that the home of one of the best athletic programs is also very health conscious. The Student Health Care Center is extraordinary.
Recent Alumnus 2011-10-25T00:44:23Z
Feels Like a Small School – Even thought University of Florida is one of the biggest universities in the country, all of the professors and resources available make it seem just like a small college. Lots of great professors, the technology is amazing, the only bad thing about UF is they want you to graduate as soon as possible.
Recent Alumnus 2011-10-24T15:55:48Z
Buses Are Great and Convenient – The bus routes are great. Buses come every 9 minutes approximately. They run until really late hours on the weekdays. However, you need a car for the weekends.
Recent Alumnus 2011-10-24T15:51:08Z
internships available everywhere because UF is located at a college town.
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