College Junior 2013-03-01T03:58:48Z
Generally speaking, there is a lot of good stuff happening in Gainesville. It's great for people who have good ideas and want to start their own business. Many people are willing to help and even though more than 50,000 people attend the university, there is still a small town feel. There is a wide variety of things to do if you like hiking/biking/canoeing, especially with Lake Wauberg. There are always plays and small bands playing and the sports scene is HUGE. If you don't like football, this isn't the place for you. This is also a mostly safe city.
College Junior 2013-03-01T03:48:44Z
When it rains, it really pours, but the weather is awesome 90% of the time. It gets really hot, but that's just how Florida is. During the "winters," the temperate is temperate and usually only a light jacket is needed.
College Sophomore 2013-02-28T21:59:41Z
If you're not into that thing, then it's pretty invisible. I don't do drugs and I've never been in a situation where someone has offered, but I have been told that it is accessible if you want it, but it's not something that is out in the open, which is great, because it makes me feel more comfortable and safe.
College Sophomore 2013-02-28T21:56:00Z
UF offers a lot of majors and there are 975 organizations on campus so there is something for everyone. Employers love UF and every semester dozens of employers come to recruit students for internships and part time jobs at Career Showcase. There is always something to do, such as free movies open to the public at the Reitz Union, GatorNights, the bar scene if you're into that, sporting events are very high energy and lots of fun, club meetings, fitness groups, dance lessons, community service, and anything and everything you could think of that you might want on a college campus.
College Sophomore 2013-02-28T21:45:03Z
Health & Safety:
I've never felt unsafe or threatened on campus. Some things do happen ocassionally but it's important to keep in mind that crime exists pretty much everywhere. I live on campus and nothing has ever happened to me but it is still important to be on the look out, don't walk alone at night, don't drink and walk alone, and be as safe as possible.
College Junior 2013-02-28T20:39:59Z
Gainesville nightlife is cheap and amazing. Midtown across from campus has tons of 18 and older bars and downtown has over ten clubs. There are house parties and dorm parties all around campus
College Junior 2013-02-28T17:20:37Z
Location is definitely the best part about the available apartments in Gainesville. Either your within walking distance of campus or a bus route that takes you straight there. Plus buses are free with a UF ID.
Cost is average, there are some good deals out there and some real rip-offs, but most are average 3/3 or 4/4 deals.
The closer you live to campus, the less likely you'll have parking.
The realtor companies vary as far as good landlords. The best are individuals who own and rent out apartment style condos. These guys usually have the lowest prices in good locations with easy to understand leases.
Recent Alumnus 2013-02-27T21:33:52Z
Although living on campus is convenient, it is actually less of a financial burden to live off-campus. Many apartments around Gainesville offer private bedrooms with bathrooms from around $380, would come fully-furnished, and includes a cap towards an electric and water bill. Off campus housing is also significantly nicer than living in a dorm on campus. With all of the public transportation that students can freely take advantage of, living in an apartment is definitely worth losing the convenience .
Recent Alumnus 2013-02-27T21:25:40Z
I love that I chose a Criminology major at the University of Florida. The staff is extremely supportive of academic excellence, and encourages their students to become involve in research outside of class in order to gain experience for graduate schools. There are numerous classes that Criminology majors can choose from that can reflect different interests in various areas of criminal justice academics; from legal policy to juvenile justice to corrections, a student can choose to experience all areas of the criminal justice system.
College Senior 2013-02-27T16:42:07Z
A lot of people drink at UF in social environments such as at parties or at a club. People assume you drink, but I don't and I don't feel much peer pressure to drink. There is definitely a significant minority who doesn't. There isn't a big drug seen and I rarely see people smoking on campus, but I know there is a surprising number of people who use marijuana (like 15% of the school, according to a survey two years ago)
College Senior 2013-02-27T01:48:43Z
Not interested in the Athletics at UF, however, lots of money goes there. It would be nice if they gave out merit scholarships as easily as they do athletic ones.
College Senior 2013-02-27T01:46:28Z
There are students from all over the world, all races at UF. Some have their own organizations, mostly everybody is friendly and approachable.
College Junior 2013-02-26T01:38:06Z
The nice part about UF is that you do not have to be over 21 to have a good time at night; there are tons of places to go that are for dancing and trivia. There are of course bars and places to drink all over town. Most places are within walking distance, so driving is not a big deal.
College Junior 2013-02-26T01:35:56Z
UF has a wonderful opportunity in internships and extracurricular activities. There are almost 1,000 different clubs on campus, and each one is filled with unique people with different interests. I love that the professors on campus are so willing to help you find internships and jobs. They are there to help you, and you can really see that.
College Sophomore 2013-02-25T20:01:33Z
Signing up to dual major in Psychology and Criminology is a relatively easy process. Once you complete the coursework through semester five for both majors you have the departments sign off on your application. It was really helpful that I had completed a lot of my general education courses in high school so I could start right in with the major coursework. You are required to finish both majors in four years in order to dual major.
College Sophomore 2013-02-25T19:29:59Z
I am hoping to have an internship while in school but am not really sure where to look. My roommate just got an internship and is really excited about it. I really want to find one that will give me the best experience for my future career.
College Sophomore 2013-02-25T19:22:48Z
When I started at the University of Florida I was majoring in Architecture. I am now dual majoring in Psychology and Criminology. The academic advising center was really helpful and answered all my questions. I chose UF because it was the best and most affordable architecture program. Now that I've changed my major I don't know if it is still the best program but overall I am happy with my time at UF.
College Sophomore 2013-02-25T17:46:30Z
Nightlife is fun! There are a different variety of clubs. A lot of the clubs are 18 and older and freshmen generally always get in free. House parties are fun too, even though most take place in a college kid's apartment. The music is always good, at both clubs and house parties. Frat parties are interesting. They don't really focus on the music, that's why its not much, but there's plenty of people there and a lot of mingling.
College Sophomore 2013-02-25T17:41:49Z
Gainesville is strictly a college town! Gainesville does have a lot to offer. Although it only has one mall, the mall has a great variety of stores all college kids enjoy. The cultural events are cool, like cooncerts, and most take place on campus. There are a lot of recreation sports to do on campus, and they Gainesville has two lakes fun for jet skiing and more.
College Sophomore 2013-02-25T17:35:42Z
The freshman dorms at UF are all social and creates a lot of new friendships. They make sure all freshmen are educated about the new things happening on campus. In my opinion Murphree is one of the oldest, but best dorms at UF. It's more comfy and less busy than a regular residence hall. Graham, Jennings,and Reid just to name a few are your average residence halls, with commuter bathrooms. Beaty and Springs are your apartment style dorms, however they are both a little walk away from the heart of campus. Housing is costly at UF, but being on campus does provide more convenience.
College Senior 2013-02-25T03:48:55Z
They can have great parties, but in general are the cause of dangerous drug, alcohol abuse or a false sense of social life.
College Senior 2013-02-25T03:45:44Z
It is warm nearly year-round, never snows, and there is great outside weather.
Recent Alumnus 2013-02-25T02:53:30Z
Guys & Girls:
It's Gainesville, there is a WIDE variety of people. Could be good or bad depending on where you go
Recent Alumnus 2013-02-24T02:22:51Z
Health Science is awesome in terms of exposing you to the health care system. Your junior and senior year, you are in the same building as PT students, PA students, Pharmacy students, nursing students, etc. and you're right next to Shands hospital. That being said, this major is incredibly easy unless you add some difficult electives. It is more of a critical thinking and busy work major than anything. Knowing what I know now, I would have done Applied Physiology and Kinesiology to have a better exposure to the science-based courses before going to PT school.
Recent Alumnus 2013-02-24T02:14:05Z
The university definitely produces great results as is evident by our alumni, but at times while I've been in attendance I've felt like I was just being rushed through and missing the real experience of growing and learning from professors. There are a few gems of classes though that I've really enjoyed, especially my musculoskeletal anatomy class where I was able to learn anatomy on cadavers as an undergrad.
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