Off-Campus Housing

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

Off-Campus Housing: I am living off campus next year in an apartment with my friends. Apartments are typically very affordable, with prices increasing as you are closer to campus which is reasonable. The landlords are very lenient and friendly, offering help whenever they can with payments. The process of leasing an apartment is very straightforward and simple, with most apartment complexes offering lots of help to the students when applying. There are lots of apartments close to campus so it is very safe.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I cannot wait to live off campus this coming fall

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus housing close to the University is very expensive and parking is an issue. The further away from campus you get the more affordable and the more space you will have for parking and living.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Most students move off campus after freshman year. There are a lot of options, from houses to apartment complexes, and at a wide variety of price ranges. Chances are you can find something close to campus for a reasonable price. Popular apartment complexes include Courtyards, Jefferson 2nd Avenue and Royal Village.

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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I have not lived off campus.

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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 313 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 309 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.
  • 58% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 39% 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 309 responses

  • 26% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 54% Somewhat helpful.
  • 21% Extremely helpful.


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