Gainesville, FL
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Reviews 5251 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Here at UF there are constant UF alerts from UFPD. Updates and emails are directly sent for notification. Throughout campus there are safety blue lights which are used for any emergency. The police will come as soon as you press the button if you are unsafe. The “SNAP” is also used for late night transportation and is convenient for students who are far from the dorms or those not wanting to walk alone.

4 College Junior

Athletics: If you are an enthusiast of sports, rowdy reptiles is the perfect way to express the love of the gators. Waiting in line or sleeping outside the O’Dome to cheer on the Gators are true fans. Rowdy reptiles help illuminate and pump up the crowd by painting your face or whole body in orange and blue or making “Big” heads of the players. You never know, you may be seen on ESPN. The fans are great supporters and being in the SEC is very competitive. The athletics are very prestigious in football, basketball and baseball just to name a few. UF is ranked in the top 10 in the SEC and continues to produce and have successful seasons.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living on campus is very convenient and allows you to meet people. Parking is close and walking to class or games is easy and accessible. Many of the dorms have study areas that are quiet for exams and late night study sessions. The dorms are clean and are managed well. If ever there are problems, maintenance will come and fix it immediately.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many different types of restaurants here in Gainesville. There are plenty of big chains, but there are many more local restaurants that offer great food at great prices. One of my favorites is Dragonfly, an upscale sushi restaurant. I also enjoy food from the Jones, which tries to incorporate locally-grown food into their menu.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Generally speaking, there is a lot of good stuff happening in Gainesville. It's great for people who have good ideas and want to start their own business. Many people are willing to help and even though more than 50,000 people attend the university, there is still a small town feel. There is a wide variety of things to do if you like hiking/biking/canoeing, especially with Lake Wauberg. There are always plays and small bands playing and the sports scene is HUGE. If you don't like football, this isn't the place for you. This is also a mostly safe city.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: When it rains, it really pours, but the weather is awesome 90% of the time. It gets really hot, but that's just how Florida is. During the "winters," the temperate is temperate and usually only a light jacket is needed.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: If you're not into that thing, then it's pretty invisible. I don't do drugs and I've never been in a situation where someone has offered, but I have been told that it is accessible if you want it, but it's not something that is out in the open, which is great, because it makes me feel more comfortable and safe.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: UF offers a lot of majors and there are 975 organizations on campus so there is something for everyone. Employers love UF and every semester dozens of employers come to recruit students for internships and part time jobs at Career Showcase. There is always something to do, such as free movies open to the public at the Reitz Union, GatorNights, the bar scene if you're into that, sporting events are very high energy and lots of fun, club meetings, fitness groups, dance lessons, community service, and anything and everything you could think of that you might want on a college campus.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I've never felt unsafe or threatened on campus. Some things do happen ocassionally but it's important to keep in mind that crime exists pretty much everywhere. I live on campus and nothing has ever happened to me but it is still important to be on the look out, don't walk alone at night, don't drink and walk alone, and be as safe as possible.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Gainesville nightlife is cheap and amazing. Midtown across from campus has tons of 18 and older bars and downtown has over ten clubs. There are house parties and dorm parties all around campus

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Location is definitely the best part about the available apartments in Gainesville. Either your within walking distance of campus or a bus route that takes you straight there. Plus buses are free with a UF ID.
Cost is average, there are some good deals out there and some real rip-offs, but most are average 3/3 or 4/4 deals.
The closer you live to campus, the less likely you'll have parking.
The realtor companies vary as far as good landlords. The best are individuals who own and rent out apartment style condos. These guys usually have the lowest prices in good locations with easy to understand leases.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Although living on campus is convenient, it is actually less of a financial burden to live off-campus. Many apartments around Gainesville offer private bedrooms with bathrooms from around $380, would come fully-furnished, and includes a cap towards an electric and water bill. Off campus housing is also significantly nicer than living in a dorm on campus. With all of the public transportation that students can freely take advantage of, living in an apartment is definitely worth losing the convenience .

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5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I love that I chose a Criminology major at the University of Florida. The staff is extremely supportive of academic excellence, and encourages their students to become involve in research outside of class in order to gain experience for graduate schools. There are numerous classes that Criminology majors can choose from that can reflect different interests in various areas of criminal justice academics; from legal policy to juvenile justice to corrections, a student can choose to experience all areas of the criminal justice system.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: A lot of people drink at UF in social environments such as at parties or at a club. People assume you drink, but I don't and I don't feel much peer pressure to drink. There is definitely a significant minority who doesn't. There isn't a big drug seen and I rarely see people smoking on campus, but I know there is a surprising number of people who use marijuana (like 15% of the school, according to a survey two years ago)

College Junior

Athletics: Not interested in the Athletics at UF, however, lots of money goes there. It would be nice if they gave out merit scholarships as easily as they do athletic ones.

5 College Junior

Diversity: There are students from all over the world, all races at UF. Some have their own organizations, mostly everybody is friendly and approachable.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The nice part about UF is that you do not have to be over 21 to have a good time at night; there are tons of places to go that are for dancing and trivia. There are of course bars and places to drink all over town. Most places are within walking distance, so driving is not a big deal.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: UF has a wonderful opportunity in internships and extracurricular activities. There are almost 1,000 different clubs on campus, and each one is filled with unique people with different interests. I love that the professors on campus are so willing to help you find internships and jobs. They are there to help you, and you can really see that.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Signing up to dual major in Psychology and Criminology is a relatively easy process. Once you complete the coursework through semester five for both majors you have the departments sign off on your application. It was really helpful that I had completed a lot of my general education courses in high school so I could start right in with the major coursework. You are required to finish both majors in four years in order to dual major.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I am hoping to have an internship while in school but am not really sure where to look. My roommate just got an internship and is really excited about it. I really want to find one that will give me the best experience for my future career.

4 College Freshman

Majors: When I started at the University of Florida I was majoring in Architecture. I am now dual majoring in Psychology and Criminology. The academic advising center was really helpful and answered all my questions. I chose UF because it was the best and most affordable architecture program. Now that I've changed my major I don't know if it is still the best program but overall I am happy with my time at UF.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Nightlife is fun! There are a different variety of clubs. A lot of the clubs are 18 and older and freshmen generally always get in free. House parties are fun too, even though most take place in a college kid's apartment. The music is always good, at both clubs and house parties. Frat parties are interesting. They don't really focus on the music, that's why its not much, but there's plenty of people there and a lot of mingling.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Gainesville is strictly a college town! Gainesville does have a lot to offer. Although it only has one mall, the mall has a great variety of stores all college kids enjoy. The cultural events are cool, like cooncerts, and most take place on campus. There are a lot of recreation sports to do on campus, and they Gainesville has two lakes fun for jet skiing and more.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The freshman dorms at UF are all social and creates a lot of new friendships. They make sure all freshmen are educated about the new things happening on campus. In my opinion Murphree is one of the oldest, but best dorms at UF. It's more comfy and less busy than a regular residence hall. Graham, Jennings,and Reid just to name a few are your average residence halls, with commuter bathrooms. Beaty and Springs are your apartment style dorms, however they are both a little walk away from the heart of campus. Housing is costly at UF, but being on campus does provide more convenience.

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2 College Junior

Greek Life: They can have great parties, but in general are the cause of dangerous drug, alcohol abuse or a false sense of social life.

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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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