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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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.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I've never felt unsafe at UF. There are many street lamps and blue light alarm systems posted throughout the entire campus so you are never walking through a dark and sketchy area. UFPD is constantly making rounds and its impossible to get into a dorm building unless you live there. When I lived in Broward Hall you needed a swipe card to get into the building, a swipe card to get onto your floor, and a key to get into your room.

College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Very Strict – There are many policies at the university and if they are violated there are penalties including being arrested and/or getting kicked out depending on the severity of the situation.

College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking is very visible and available. Underage drinking at clubs has caused many problems with underagers getting arrested. House parties and frat parties boom with alcohol and some drug use, but are sometimes stopped because of noise violations.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Very Popular – Athletics is a huge part of the University of campus. Our football team is famous, and all the other sports are pretty good also.

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are a number of clubs located downtown that are quite fun.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Rain Is Unpredictable – The weather here is sunny and beautiful most of the time. When it rains getting around campus is very difficult. A lot of the time you never know when it is going to rain so it is handy to keep an umbrella with you at all times.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very Culturally Diverse – UF is a very culturally diverse school. I would only give it an A- because it is predominantly Indian and Asian cultures. But it has all cultures.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Classes, Professors, and Classmates Are Great! I love all my classes at the University of Florida. I cannot complain about anything. I am a recent transfer student from Santa Fe College and it has been a great move onto a larger university.


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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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