College Sophomore 2013-01-31T21:39:37Z
Health & Safety:
I have always felt safe on campus. The majority of UF alerts sent out to students are safety issues that are happening off campus. On campus is very safe. Students run a service called SNAP that will take you wherever you want to go as long as you remain on campus. Although I feel safe on campus, UF alerts are stressful because they do not always find the suspects and students frequently get UF alerts stating that the scene is clear but the suspects are at large.
College Sophomore 2013-01-31T21:34:08Z
As a freshman, you get the worst parking. You often have to park far away from your dorm and it is difficult to find a spot. UFPD is very strict on parking tickets and if your car isn't moved by 7:30 am Monday morning, you're most likely going to find a ticket on it.
College Sophomore 2013-01-31T17:42:05Z
The bus system can get confusing sometimes, and the App is not always up to date
College Sophomore 2013-01-31T17:39:11Z
There are clubs and parties but they are not very wild
College Senior 2013-01-29T02:19:12Z
Guys & Girls:
The guys are usually pretty decent, the girls on the other hand are few and far between.
College Senior 2013-01-28T20:12:46Z
Restaurants around campus are plentiful, due to Gainesville being a college town. The University of Florida puts out coupon booklets every so often, which helps make cheap food cheaper. If you and your friend or date wants to eat in a classy but inexpensive place, Olive Garden's 2 for $25 deal is the way to go. Loads of food, for only $25. And even better, it's only a mile or so from campus, and is directly located on the 1 and 12 bus routes. Or, if you want take-out quick, there's McDonald's, Checker's, and tons of Chinese restaurants to choose from.
College Senior 2013-01-28T20:02:43Z
The computer labs are almost always busy. Thankfully, people usually come to print only, so the lines go at a decent pace. Wireless on campus is shaky. If you're in a building, it is usually decent. I have 4/5 bars at the moment, which is good. But if you're trying to catch some WiFi outside of a building, it's very low, or non-existent. I enjoy having my own laptop, because you can frequently check e-mails, e-Learning (Sakai), and any announcements the teachers make on their websites. Most people have a laptop, so in a classroom, the only issue you run into is the possibility of your laptop dying, since there are few to no outlets in the classrooms.
College Senior 2013-01-28T19:57:26Z
I went to the Gator Dining by Beaty Hall during my orientation, and liked it. However, I went to the Gator Dining on Stadium and Gale, and it was bad. The food was stale, and they had made way too much extra food. A lady that was making an omelet coughed into her glove, and then touched the omelet, without replacing the coughed-on glove. A chocolate cake dessert that was put out, had been sitting there so long, that it stuck to the plate when I turned it upside down. I don't recommend this facility at all. The variety of food was decent; it just didn't taste good. I personally find it cheaper to actually make your own food, and suggest it, but most people don't have the time for this. Since I don't have the money for meal plans, I make time for cooking.
College Junior 2013-01-28T18:29:48Z
Student life on campus is fantastic. There are always activities all over campus. There is a fantastic gym with well-maintained equipments and plenty of space. As well as a wide variety of selection for intramural sports from basketball and soccer to team racquetball. Many food joints and common area to relax or study. There are free weekly movies shown at the Reitz Union. Every Friday night during the semester there is Gator Nights which holds many fun activities and games for students to relax and have fun. Library West is open 24 hours during the weekdays for those who study late or dwell in the library. There is never a dull moment at UF.
College Junior 2013-01-28T18:16:02Z
There are as many great places as there are bad places. Best way to find an apartment that fits your needs is to talk with someone one has lived there before. Sometimes living slightly further from campus is better due to better management from that apartment compare to those closer. Even though commuting may take you an extra 10+ mins, it'll save you a lot of hassle in the long run due to mediocre managements at some of the nearer apartments.
College Junior 2013-01-28T18:10:40Z
Guys & Girls:
There are all sorts of characters at the University. From frat boys and sorority girls to nerds and hipsters. With a wide a spectrum of diversity, you'll always meet a new different type of person any day.
Recent Alumnus 2013-01-28T01:57:24Z
Greek life seems to be popular at UF, and many are involved. The few Greek members I know always were busy with events and socials and loved their experience.
Recent Alumnus 2013-01-28T01:53:51Z
I am not experienced in the nightlife, but from what I can see and hear from others, there are good options in the downtown area. I can't speak too much on this subject.
Recent Alumnus 2013-01-28T01:52:24Z
There are a large variety of off-campus housing options very near campus, and a little further off-campus that are still accessible to campus via the free RTS bus system. In addition to the variety in location, is a wide variety of options according to price, newness, amentities, and bedrooms. There are many many apartment communities, in addition to houses and townhouses for rent by owner and through realators.
Recent Alumnus 2013-01-27T18:33:27Z
Health & Safety:
When I lived on campus, we had scan cards to get into the dorms, and you could only access the floor of your building and other communal areas (e.g.-study, practice rooms), which helped me feel safe, and we receive text alerts when there's a danger in the area, and where it is near.
Recent Alumnus 2013-01-27T18:27:14Z
Most of the bus routes cover all locations, so you will be able to get to campus, and multiple routes tend to have at least one of the same stops so you have more than one option.
College Sophomore 2013-01-27T01:01:25Z
Greek life is a part of the University of Florida, but a very small part. For example, if you're not in a fraternity or a sorority, you are not a social outcast. There are so many other things always going on at campus that you can get involved in, so whether or not you're in a fraternity or sorority really doesn't matter.
College Sophomore 2013-01-27T00:54:26Z
The police are there to protect you. If you aren't doing anything wrong, then their presence shouldn't bother you or make you uncomfortable in any way.
College Junior 2013-01-26T22:55:46Z
I use to have a meal plan so I know a thing or two about on campus dining. We have two major buffet-style dining halls on campus, one that is near the stadium and one that is closer to the other side of campus and near various student halls. I think the quality of the food served there is overall good, but I do think it can get boring to eat there everyday. There are other options on campus too such as Panda Express, Burger King, Papa Johns, Subway, Chic-fil-a, and Starbucks, to name a few. There are options to choose from and prices are mostly student friendly. You are also able to use your declining balance dollars at the various convenience stores on campus which is very nice.
College Junior 2013-01-26T22:44:03Z
There are a lot of eating options off campus. There is a very popular section right across the street from campus called Mid-town, it houses restaurants, clubs and some stores. Most prices are very student friendly and open late. One of my favorite Asian places has to be Tatu in Midtown. Another place that serves a lot of vegan and vegetarian options as well as Caribbean options is Reggae Shack which is more towards the downtown area but still very close to campus
College Junior 2013-01-26T22:37:11Z
Varsity sports at the University of Florida are pretty important. The University of Florida practically makes Gainesville, and so both the students and the residents have a lot of school spirit. It is so amazing to see tailgating events before the games and the games themselves. Student who attend here are definitely proud to be Florida Gators. I don't know a lot of specifics about the sports team at the school but I know that we have a great gymnastics team, I believe that two of the girls on the team participated in the Olympics. And I know that we have a great Football team, pretty sure we're in the top 20 at least.
College Sophomore 2013-01-26T19:16:37Z
We have plenty of computer labs located throughout the libraries and other buildings on campus and each student gets 250 sheets of paper printed for free in the computer labs. Usually they are open and crowded but one never has to wait too long to use them.
College Sophomore 2013-01-26T19:15:15Z
Campus can be pretty strict but the rules are not unreasonable. For example, they have an amnesty policy in which if one of your underage friends was found drinking throwing up or so by an officer or an RA, they would be punished but if you told someone about it, the punishment would be lighter and officers would not be involved. Violating the honor code also may get students kicked out of school but that's expect of basically every school.
College Sophomore 2013-01-26T15:49:08Z
It is amazing how much school spirit there is here. The support behind all sports is huge, and there are two gyms for working out, rec and competitive teams for all sports, and club teams for all sports. So you can find something you enjoy here, and the facilities are top of the line
Recent Alumnus 2013-01-26T14:18:30Z
University of Florida and it's athletics are top-notch, not to mention the school spirit! ("If you're not a Gator, you're gator bait!") Game days are always packed, even after Time Tebow graduated, and the streets run orange and blue. Our teams are decent, especially men's basketball this year.
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