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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: UF spends a lot of time and money on athletes and amenities for them. It's not uncommon for students to joke that a huge chunk of our tuition goes to athletics.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Living off campus is a much wiser choice than living on campus. It's cheaper to have an apartment with a room and bathroom to yourself off-campus than it is to share one room with two other girls in a dorm that has no a/c unit, with bathrooms that have no locks or even stalls to protect individuals in the showers (and I lived in the cheapest dorm). Apartments closest to campus are generally for the more wealthy demographic and are generally not an option for anyone else. The best choices are apartments and houses. I didn't even realize help could be found through the school, it's possible there isn't help at all. I don't see why the school would take it upon themselves to locate off-campus housing for students unless it was overflow housing at Oakbrook Walk. Living off campus is always the wiser option. Parking varies from place to place, some apartments require decals or have allotted visitor parking. Some houses are located in neighborhoods that require permits in order to simply park on the street. Having a car off-campus is pretty pointless anyways since parking options at UF are the worst and most unaccommodating I've probably ever seen. If you have a scooter you're better off, but the weather conditions in Gainesville don't allow for it to be a pleasurable experience on most days.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I don't think I've ever received a student discount for off-campus dining options, but the University offers plenty of coupon books. I don't eat out too much but we do have a lot of Hispanic, Asian, and Middle Eastern cuisine here. I definitely have favorite restaurants (Mi Appa, 4 Rivers Smokehouse, Southern Charm Kitchen, Bagels and Noodles), but I try not to spend too much money on going out because university is so costly. I don't think the price of food here in Gainesville is anymore expensive than my hometown as long as the establishment isn't located on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: I'm not quite sure how strict the campus is at the university. It's very easy to get away with anything except parking violations. In terms of substance abuse, pretty much anyone can do it if they don't get caught. Besides that I think the administration tries to be strict about these policies, but the majority of students are able to sneak under the radar. Parking, however is very strictly enforced. The honor code has always been a strict rule at any educational establishment I've visited. I haven't heard of anyone being punished for it thus far, but I believe it is because most students here do not plagiarize. As for cheating during quizzes and exams, I am also not sure, I have not experienced the enforcement of that myself. At the same time, I'm not sure it's a big problem here (at least not to my knowledge).

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The process is generally a hassle for me simply because of financial strains. I've also lost scholarships as a result of my estimated parental contribution going up. I temporarily lost a scholarship as a result of some extenuating circumstances, but was refunded the scholarship on the condition that I receive therapy. When I was undergoing the process of appealing that scholarship, my financial aid adviser gave horrible customer service, and at one point had given me false information on due dates adding more stress to myself and the adults involved in my case. It seemed like a miracle that I was able to get all the paperwork on time, because I was heavily dependent on that adviser. Once we managed to get all the paperwork in, a different adviser helped me easily and quickly. I relied on her instead for all my needs. Her kindness and depth of knowledge lifted a lot of weight off our shoulders and I'm happy to say that I can continue to afford attending this university with her help.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: UF has been known to be a party school in the past. A common motto is that the students here learn quickly to work hard and play hard. Not only is this quality a result of the overwhelming influence and importance placed on Greek life, but also the fact that not many students think they have many other fun options besides partying and substance abuse. This, however, is incorrect since there are plenty of other recreational activities both UF and Gainesville have to offer. Another contribution to the party scene is the fact that many students feel the need to destress desperately after each week of work. Personally I find that most parties are enjoyable, the only reason that I didn't check the "Frat Parties" box in the previous question was because I have attended some I didn't enjoy as much. However because of the prevalence of alcohol and drugs among the students, the partying lifestyle is an easy one to succumb to. I think that the quantity of parties that occur are too great to generalize in order to determine if they have a positive or negative impact. Plenty of parties can be successful in providing students with great memories and no regrets, or harm. However I do believe it is also true that a lot of students drink heavily, and may struggle with substance abuse as a result. Aside from unhindered access to alcohol, fraternities are infamous for huge supplies of marijuana, and sororities for a startling supply of cocaine. Often times these party atmospheres easily lead to physical harm and countless sexual abuse stories. Of course I don't believe these problems are unique to our university, I believe it happens in plenty of universities that have a relatively prominent partying scene.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I don't really rely on on-campus dining options so I don't frequent many of the places UF has to offer. Every now and then I will buy chick-fil-a, go to subway, or get a sub from Little Hall Express. I try to avoid buying food from campus because I find that the better value is easily any place else. The options are slightly more expensive than usual and refills aren't free. As ridiculous as the latter sounds it is a complaint I never cease to think, or hear from other students. I believe that a lot of universities are driven by monetary gain now more than ever, and the dining options are easily an example of that. If I purchased something on campus it would be something that was already pretty cheap, or I'd have to be desperately hungry (to the point of being physically unable to perform) and unable to walk to an off-campus location. As dramatic as that also sounds, as a college student every little purchase adds up, and I just don't have the money to afford to go out to eat. So not eating for the duration that I am on campus is something I find myself doing often. This is not unique to me, plenty of my working class- lower class peers practice similar habits. Spending more than 30 dollars a month on food is just not an option for us, if we want to be able to keep up with the other major expenses that going to university has (outside of the tuition) such as paying for books, for access to do homework, access to supplemental mandatory class materials, for tutors to teach the materials in certain classes that students generally struggle to learn from the professors themselves (studyedge, tutoring zone), parking decals etc.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The farther from campus or the older the apartment, usually the cheaper it is, unless it is on a bus route, and then the price quadruples.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: You can eat at once place every week and not go to all the locally owned restaurants in town. These local places are often very high quality, great cost and provide large portions.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Very strict about ticketing students for parking outside their decal even though the parking situation is abhorrent.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Was never sure I would get financial aid until the day it came in.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: The city is very college oriented, large party scene.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Campus has tried to get better about providing variety and healthy food.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The housing on campus is adequate for first year life, and allows residents to get involved in the freshman community.

3 College Student

Campus Housing: I live off campus so I can't say much about the campus housing, however, the lottery system could be better. It appears that graduate campus housing near the hospital is very limited.

3 College Student

Campus Food: This campus has a lot of fast food readily available. If you like Panda Express and Chick fil-A, then it's all good. Fortunately, there are Krishna meals (delicious) available as well as actual food in the hospitals (which is not cheap).

College Freshman

Athletics: I am not a student athlete, but there are two gyms on campus for non-athletes and athletes. Athletes do have their own facilities. The stadium is also open for everyone, and many people use it for exercise.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live off campus, but a lot of people move off campus after a year or two. It is apparently cheaper and there are many, close options.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There's a lot of variety off campus, on 34th and University.

College Freshman

Administration: I haven't had problems with violating restrictions, but I know they take alcohol and drug use seriously.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I have Florida Prepaid and Bright Futures, but nothing specifically from Florida. So far they have, together, covered my tuition and housing.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: If I go out, Midtown is fun, and it's easy to walk to. It's right off of campus. Anyone who goes downtown needs a car or a ride.

College Freshman

Campus Food: I'm not on a meal plan, but anything can get old after having it too much. I know people on the meal plan go back and forth between the dining halls sometimes for variety. But a lot of people grocery shop every once in a while, too.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: It serves its purpose, and it is better and cheaper than living on campus.

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5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of great restaurants with many diverse options.

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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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