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Gainesville, FL
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30,241
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$28,420 ($6,143)
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Weather: I hope you like the sun! It can get down to the teens in the dead of winter, but it doesn't last that long. A short summer rainy season happens, but you'll have a great tan, so who cares. Right?

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Weather: The weather is great. Mild winters and hot summers. Plus we have the beach an hour away from us.

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Weather: Usually warm to mild in the fall and spring months. Very hot in the summer months. You get a fair amount of rain in the springtime. Good beach weather all year long.

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Weather: It's usually sunny and warm. Gets down to the 30s at the lowest in winter, but usually it stays in the upper 60s and lower 70s. The summer is hot. On a nice day it's in the 70s or 80s. The hottest it gets is usually the 90s. There's also a lot of humidity here. You do have the occasional rainstorm. It can be anything from a light sprinkle to an all-out downpour.

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Weather: The weather here is normally hot and humid. We surprisingly get a bit chilly in winter, but the summers are definitely hot. There isn't a lot of wind, and that is one of the main problems.

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Weather: Gainesville's in the middle of the state, so the summer months (about March to September here) are real scorchers. The temperature is usually in the 90s, but the humidity is the killer. That is usually around 90 percent. Winters can get cold. We had a span of 20-degree weather for about three weeks. It's usually about that during its coldest time. Then again, the weather here is pretty unpredictable. One day it was 30, and the next it was 70, so you never can tell.

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Weather: It gets pretty hot during the summer; lots of sunshine, and when it rains, it's usually just in the afternoon for a little while.

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Weather: Weather in Gainesville is pretty good. From September through February we have cooler weather (it can get as low as 20 degrees here) and then it warms up. During the summer, it gets pretty hot.

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Weather: It gets pretty bloody hot in the summer, but usually the heat is abated by a mid-afternoon shower. It doesn't really cool down until October, and doesn't get cold until after Christmas, if then. Really, don't expect cold weather outside of two weeks in January. Fall is best, because you can literally wear anything and be comfortable. One thing to kep in mind, though, is that the University tends to overdo it on air conditioning.

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Weather: Gainesville is cooler than southern and the rest of central Florida, but obviously much warmer and less variable than weather anywhere farther north. Have shorts and short-sleeved tops for the early fall, late spring, and all of summer. Definitely pack some jeans and lighter long-sleeve shirts. If you're not used to cold, Gainesville has been known to get at or below freezing, so pack some winter weather stuff, too.

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Weather: The weather in Gainesville varies. During the summer it is often hot, humid, and sometimes raining. Therefore, bring your shorts, tank tops, T-shirts and trusted umbrella. In the winter, especially January, it gets as cold as twenty-four degrees along with a breeze. Bring your coats and gloves.

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Weather: The weather is definitely very, very hot during summer and the beginning of fall. Bring plenty of shorts, sandals, and T-shirts. Even though Florida is the Sunshine State, you can also expect a lot of rain. Bring a windbreaker and keep an umbrella in your backpack. It will start pouring at a moment's notice. Also, don't assume it doesn't get cold in the winter. It can get into the 30s, especially at night. Some jeans, sweatshirts, and a warm jacket should get you through though.

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Local Atmosphere: Every type of student can find something to do in this town. Whether you're into the club scene, alternative music, or sporting events, your needs will be met.

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Local Atmosphere: I would recommend checking out some of the historical and geological parks in the area. I went on some field trips in a geology class to the Millhopper and stuff like that, and it was pretty cool. Sometimes it's good to just get away from town for a while and be one with nature. There are some really cool springs nearby-Ichetucknee, Ginnie, and High Springs are always fun to go to for swimming and floating on tubes when you don't want to make the drive to the beach. They are only a few exits north on I-75.

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Local Atmosphere: Some find Gainesville too small, while others think it's just right. Gainesville is not Orlando or Tampa, though both are within two to three hours' drive. Gainesville has a decent-sized mall and an active downtown for going out. There are also lots of restaurants and bars dispersed throughout the city.

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Local Atmosphere: Well, the city is pretty much the college-and vice-versa. It's kinda strange because you have very little connection with people out of your age range. FSU, UNF, and UCF are about two hours away each in their respective direction, so it's a good spot. The beach is also about two hours away or less, depending on which one you're going to.

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Local Atmosphere: It is a little town so everything revolves around the college; even the Wal-Marts have banners that read `Welcome Back Students' in the fall.

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Local Atmosphere: The town is as close to a college town as you can get. It's a good place . . . not too big, but still big enough to offer a lot of things to do. The mall sucks. There's a good cultural scene for a smaller city.

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Local Atmosphere: Gainesville is a quintessential college town. There's no question as to what fuels the city: the University and its students. I would suggest exploring every corner of town whenever you have the opportunity. The little restaurants and stores, especially along University Avenue, have so much character, and there are some beautiful parks and gardens. There's a treasure on every corner if you take the time to find it.

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Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere here is what college dreams are made of. There are tons of clubs and bars to go to, college kids everywhere, lots of bookstores, and on football days, there is an electricity that is palpable.

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Local Atmosphere: Gainesville is the prototypical college town. It is vibrant and alive in the fall during football season, and relaxed and casual year-round. Most of the roads around the University are canopied by the branches of trees on either side which further gives it a collegiate feel. There are no other universities around, but UF is one of the largest in the country, so it can get a bit crowded. Stay away from 13th Street whenever possible, unless you're walking.

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Local Atmosphere: I'd say the atmosphere is pretty laid-back and chill. We like to think of ourselves as a party town, but there is so much more to it than that. There are definitely not any other universities present (not for, like, hundreds of miles) and we don't really welcome any sign of them in our presence, either.

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Local Atmosphere: One of the best things about UF is that Gainesville is really a quintessential college town. Almost everything revolves around the University. One of the big reasons why I decided to attend UF was just the college atmosphere of the University and surrounding area.

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Local Atmosphere: Gainesville has a great atmosphere, one in which students can find almost anything to do. While UF is the only university present, its 40,000 students, and those from Santa Fe Community College, make Gainesville an exciting place to be for people under 30.

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Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants off campus are good and plentiful. Some are locally-owned and others are chains. I suggest Chop Stix Cafe and Harry's.

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Chris Kirschner
Hometown
Bronx, NY
Major
Journalism
Grad Year
2014
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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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