Gainesville, FL
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$28,420 ($6,143)
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Reviews 5278 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The academic programs are really superior here. I transferred from USF because they didn't have the major I wanted (Japanese). The programs here are amazing, the campus is beautiful, and the students are diverse. The facilities are also great, I believe we have 7 or so libraries on campus, so you can always find one that isn't too crowded (even during exams). My only complaint is not starting here as a freshman!

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Great Atmosphere – I am a transfer student from USF and this is my first semester here (and in Gainesville). I've been busy adjusting to the new city and living away from home, so I haven't gotten very involved on campus yet. But there are so many clubs and organizations to choose from, and the atmosphere on campus is amazing. I will definitely get more involved next semester. I am blown away by the variety of courses that UF offers! You can even find interesting gen eds.

5 College Student

Athletics: Team Performance – As many people know, the University of Florida has amazing athletic performance and also a plethora of sports teams. For instance, there is a new girl's lacrosse team adding to the many sports on campus this year.

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3 College Student

Guys & Girls: Typical Student – There is really much diversity in the student population at UF so it is hard to pinpoint an "average student"

5 College Student

Campus Dining: There is many different places to eat on campus and if you aren't in the mood for any of them then there are great place within walking distance of campus.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Thank God for Later Gators – Take the RTS buses. Once you get used to them you will never want a car again. No buses to Gainesville airport however but there are frequent buses to Orlando/Miami etc. and shuttles come to go to airports in Orlando Airport but they're a bit pricey

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs... Meh – The drug scene at UF isn't out of control. If you want to find something, you will find it but if you're not paying attention you won't know anything's going on. Hardest stuff I've ever known people to take is weed.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I Can't Believe I Found a Spare Second to Write This Review – Everything in Gainesville is catered to college students. If you see old people or kids walking about you it's weird. The restaurants, the clubs, the sports facilities are all primarily for student's use. It's awesome. With all of the stuff that the university has to offer though, you don't have to go out of campus for much of anything except groceries and club nightlife. The restaurants are great and affordable too. There's also a lot of nature reserves like Payne's Prarie and some natural springs to go tubing in. Lake Wauberg is also very popular for water sports and relaxation outdoors.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Really Nice – hot and sunny, then cold, brief rainy period. doesn't disrupt life

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: on campus apartments are expensive but you can always find deals. houses are cheap and cute, but sometimes old

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Pretty Safe – pretty safe. you shouldn't walk alone at night as a rule, but i have never felt in danger

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: University Dr – University street has all the food you could want. The Mellow Mushroom is the best pizza place on teh road and has great prices.

5 College Senior

Computers: Great Wireless – The wireless network existst virtually everywhere. I have never been without wireless when i want it.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Popular Dorms Are in Need of Serious Renovation – Dorms which are popular among undergraduates, especially freshman, are convenient but are old and falling apart with poor lighting and no central air.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: There Is Always an Event on Campus. Everywhere you go on campus you can see flyers for an event, such as a free concert or a guest speaker. Many concerts have been thrown by the student government, and there are free movie showings and club performances throughout the year. There's never a lack of action.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Although there isn't much parking available on campus, those who live off campus can usually park at a park and ride lot. What this means is that they park at the edge of campus, and take the buses to class. Also, most off campus housing have bus stops that go straight to campus.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: This Is a College Town Where Everyone Has School Pride. During football season, the entire city is dressed in orange and blue to cheer the team on. Everyone is so proud of the school, including the locals. It's nice to have such a strong pride for the school and on game-days you know you're a part of a great school.

4 College Student

Transportation: Buses Are Rather Reliable. The bus system is usually very efficient and reliable for on-campus travel.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Very Expensive for What You Get – The prices for housing in Gainesville are ridiculous. The amount of rent paid in Gainesville would get you twice the square footage almost any where else. There are more than enough places to choose from though. The housing near campus is expensive and of low quality, but the close proximity is what you are paying for.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Not the Best Dorms – The dorms on campus are all pretty old and have not been updated recently, the dorms further away from the main buildings are nicer but still not very homey at all.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of Variety – There are so many different options for food that you can always find what you're craving. The prices range from extremely cheap to expensive and the restaurants are easy to find. There are several "corporate chain" restaurants from fast food to fine dining but there are also numerous small, locally owned restaurants that really give any visitor a true feeling of Gainesville.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: The Guys and Girls on Campus Are Extremely Diverse – The people on campus come from many different backgrounds, races, beliefs, and interests.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: The Guys and Girls on Campus Are Extremely Diverse – The people on campus come from many different backgrounds, races, beliefs, and interests.

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4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Don't Buy the Meal Plan – The dining halls are ridiculously expensive, almost everyones meal plan goes to waste. If you are going to live on campus and want to be able to eat at the dining halls, get the declining balance plan, which you will be able to use at other on campus restaurants that are not the dining halls. I always enjoyed the food at the dining hall, they get creative, and there are lots of delicious vegetarian options.

3 College Junior

Computers: Crowded in the Afternoons but Fast – The library computers are always mega-crowded during the early afternoon, and printing is only free in one computer lab. The printing lab in the student union, which is the most popular printing location, is almost always packed and provides you with 200 sheets of free printing [only location on campus to do so]. To print in the libraries you need a vending account on your Gator1 Card. Other than that, the computers are all very new and high speed.


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Chris Kirschner
Bronx, NY
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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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