Gainesville, FL
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$28,420 ($6,143)
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Reviews 5295 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Someone for Everyone – There's over 50,000 people on this campus. You find all kinds of different styles and personalities. There truly is someone for everyone and you get a chance to date a diverse variety of attractive people. It's great!

4 College Freshman

Weather: Warm and Rainy – It never gets colder than 50 degrees. It stays a pretty cool 70/80 range most of the year. No need for too many cold weather clothes. You will want rain gear though. It is Florida, so it does rain a lot.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol Is Very Easily Accessed – Although not everyone at UF drinks, there is still a heavy presence on campus. The frats and sororities give seemingly endless amounts of beer at their parties and some restaurants off campus don't card minors.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Very Safe Campus – I rarely feel unsafe walking around campus, even late at night. There are call boxes all around campus in case of emergency, and police presence is up to par.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: The Social Scene – is huge and numerous. wherever you go, there is always something happening or about to happen. flash mobs happen all the time

4 College Freshman

Facilities: There Is a Wide Range – there are 13 libraries that all hold their own perk (e.g. free printing, comp lab, HUGE movie sections, starbucks)
two rec centers that are enormous and offer free classes and clubs
events never stop, they are continuous and always free and dun
hangouts would be at the hub
aesthetics are really nice since everything is made of brick so it has a nice feeling too it, old but not too old

4 College Freshman

Diversity: They Are All There, Just Have to Look Under the White – There are A LOT of white students, but if you look closely, there are many racial groups, associations, and unions for those who ever feel underrepresented. I am an half indian, half african-american, and I found my niche by joining multicultural groups on campus.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: I'm Kinda Confused – I really love the classes I am taking for my biology major, but I also want to either have a double major or a minor, but I don't know what to do yet since I want to go to law school. Having a job as a lawyer is kinda good/bad since there are so many, but they make great money.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Can Get Cramped and Old – There are rules, its is cramped, and most of the housing is old. BUT, you get to meet new people all the time and make fast friends. It's nice if you want to get introduced to the environment of UF.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There Is Always Something – If you can't go to a club or a rave, there are always the classic sorority and fraternity parties that happen almost every weekend and sometimes weekdays. Living next to frat row for a semester taught me that if you ever want to party, there is always something going on. You just need to know the right people.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: With Later Gator (bus routes), its easier to go out and have fun without worrying about parking and designated drives. The Gainesville police do crack down pretty hard on parties. It honestly all depends on what kind of scene your into.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Very Big Part – Everybody loves football and goes crazy over it. The football games are huge.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Lots to Do – Lots of things to do at UF, but they are all through the University so if you want things to do outside of that then no luck.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Very Safe – All the residence halls are hard to get in to, and there is a blue light emergency system all across campus.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Perfect College Town – Gainesville is perfect for college students because the town basically revolves around the University. The average age of the town is also around 25 so it has a very young atmosphere, and is filled with a variety of bars and clubs. There's only one mall in town, but it's pretty good and has all the stores I think most college kids shop at, ex: Forever 21, American Eage, Abercrombie, Pac Sun, etc.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Preppy and Hipster Kids – UF has a huge greek life, and most of the sorority girls are very pretty and seem fun, and the frat guys are usually attractive as well and have good bodies. If you're more into alternative looks, then it's great too because UF is an endless supply of hipsters.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The Dorms Itself Aren't That Great, but the Experience Is. The dorms aren't the nicest, but it may be worth just to be on campus where everything goes on. Campus is also really close to downtown where all the clubs and bars are, as well as the frat houses. So there's a lot of social things happening.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: So Much Variety!! Gainesville may seem like a small place at first, but you slowly come to realize that there are so many hidden gems if you only know where to look. Since matriculating here in 2010, I've had great Mexican, Vietnamese, traditional Southern, Japanese, Cuban, and Italian food, not to mention other places which are more eclectic or don't have a specific specialty. Of course there are the usual chain restaurants like Olive Garden, but the places unique to Gainesville are really delicious and are priced pretty decently. There are a few more expensive places that are great for when parents are in town because they are SO delicious. Some of my favorite places: Flying Biscuit, Dragonfly, The Top, Manuel's, Relish, Chuy's, and Bagels and Noodles.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Lots of Buses – There are so many buses in Gainesville it's kind of ridiculous. But the upside is that you can always go places. The only qualms I have is that the buses sometimes don't run late enough, and sometimes the routes don't plan well so you have to wait a little while occasionally.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Living Off Campus Now – As a junior I decided to move off campus. It's cheaper and nicer! I'd recommend staying on campus as a freshman though, it's closer to classes and you meet much more people that way.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments Are Plentiful – Gainesville is absolutely full of apartment complexes. When people decide to move off-campus, usually after freshman year, there is never an issue finding a place to live. You're only limited by what you want in an apartment. The costs vary from very cheap to pretty expensive, but it's all based on personal preference. Likewise, locations vary from as close to campus as a 2 minute walk to a 20 minute bus ride. That being said, there is usually always a bus stop very near any apartment complex, and all buses go to campus. Landlords are easy-going as long as you follow your lease, and most apartments have residents sign separate leases--so you're not responsible for your roommate paying rent, only your own share of it. There is always free parking for residents and usually free guest parking. I'd say most apartments are safe. Every semester there is a housing fair on campus where a bunch of apartment complexes advertise themselves, so you can learn really easily about a lot of options.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Decent Food – The food at gator dining is pretty good but you get tired of it after a semester or two. The meal plans are good at providing a good amount of food though. And they always have variety.

5 College Junior

Athletics: I've played several sports at UF and I have to say that they are all awesome. I've rowed crew at the Junior Varsity level, done fencing at a club level, and played intermural flag football, and they are all great. They get lots of funding to do fun stuff and the people are awesome. And FOOTBALL IS AWESOME AT UF!

3 College Junior

Computers: Big School = Busy Lab – Because UF is such a large school, the main computer lab is full pretty often. Students get 250 free pages to print per semester so people do use the lab a lot. However, this is mostly during the beginning of the semester/around midterms or finals. Also, certain times of day (like noon-3 p.m.) are really busy but for the rest of the day the lab is usually relatively empty. There are a couple other lesser known labs on campus, though, and the internet is always really good. A printer is definitely not necessary but a personal computer is really, really helpful, if not necessary (think about having an online class).

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Bursar Gets a B – The Bursar is helpful but they don't employ the nicest people. Also, its very crowded at the times you seem to be in a hurry and need there services the most.


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Chris Kirschner
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Some schools have certain advantages over others. Small schools give a feeling of community; large schools have lots of resources; private schools are ripe for close academic relationships with faculty; and state schools offer a good value. Well, UF is not your typical state school, and Gainesville is certainly not your stereotypical small town. Because this place is so big, it has all of the libraries, dorms, athletics, courses, clubs, and services you could want at a good price. But if you put forth just a little effort, you’ll find that the University also has more compassionate, down-to-earth professors, locals, and students that any small, private school could ever dream of having.

The best thing about going to a school like UF is that whatever you want to accomplish in life, it is probably obtainable through going to this school. You will never have to worry about not fitting in with anyone because the campus is a huge melting pot. Students are never bored on campus because there is literally always something to do with friends both on or off campus. And who wouldn't want to go to a school where the immense amount of school pride is literally unexplainable? It sure is great to be a Florida Gator.

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