Off-Campus Housing

Gainesville, FL
Tuition (in-state)
$28,420 ($6,143)
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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I live off campus, and I love it. I could never live in the dorms.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of places to choose from and buses to take you to campus. Lots of options to fit what you are looking for.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is really good, there are a lot of different options as far a distance, price range, and amenities go. It takes some research to find what you are looking for, but totally worth it. I recommend Oxford Manor, it's less than a mile from campus, there are 12 bus stops at it, and the units are really nice and affordable (they are set up like town homes, but you still only pay per room).

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5 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: At UF, you are assigned a date to pick your on-campus dorm room based on the date that you sent in your application for housing. I had a really early date, but I wanted to live in Broward or Beaty, but they were both full by my sign up date. I ended up choosing Windsor Hall because it had a bathroom inside the double room that I only shared with my roommate and because it was closer to where my classes were than most of the other dorm options. And it was less expensive than Beaty or Broward, even though I had my own bathroom.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I live closer to my classes than most of the dorms are.

1 person found this useful Report

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  • 6th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Chris Kirschner
Bronx, NY
Grad Year
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If you like and require candles, dogs, cats, snakes, incense, or more than four appliances plugged in to one outlet via surge protectors, off-campus housing is the way to go because none of those things are what you would call “allowed" in the dorms. Other advantages to getting away from the 32612 zip code include having extra space, private (or at least more private) bathrooms, full-size refrigerators, and fluffy toilet paper (should you choose to purchase it, of course).

The best thing about off-campus housing is the fact that you have your own privacy, and you can do what you want in your apartment. The negative to it is that you have to pay rent for 12 months, and no one is in school for 12 months. When school is not in session, it is pretty hard to get someone to sublet your apartment since Gainesville is basically a ghost town when school is out.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Look for deals around the end of the semester before the actual semester that you are looking to move. Apartment complexes usually give deals to students who sign early.
Popular Areas
  • 13th Street and University Avenue
  • Between Archer Road and Williston Road
  • Near the Oaks Mall (Southwest)
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $650
  • 2 BR: $760
  • 3 BR: $1,100
Did You Know?
Even though you will not be in school for 12 months, your apartment complex lease goes for the full year, so don't think that you won't have to pay for that apartment when you are not attending school!

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 291 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 292 responses

  • 0% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 3% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 59% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 38% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 292 responses

  • 25% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 53% Somewhat helpful.
  • 21% Extremely helpful.


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