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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Restaurants around campus are plentiful, due to Gainesville being a college town. The University of Florida puts out coupon booklets every so often, which helps make cheap food cheaper. If you and your friend or date wants to eat in a classy but inexpensive place, Olive Garden's 2 for $25 deal is the way to go. Loads of food, for only $25. And even better, it's only a mile or so from campus, and is directly located on the 1 and 12 bus routes. Or, if you want take-out quick, there's McDonald's, Checker's, and tons of Chinese restaurants to choose from.

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2 College Junior

Technology: The computer labs are almost always busy. Thankfully, people usually come to print only, so the lines go at a decent pace. Wireless on campus is shaky. If you're in a building, it is usually decent. I have 4/5 bars at the moment, which is good. But if you're trying to catch some WiFi outside of a building, it's very low, or non-existent. I enjoy having my own laptop, because you can frequently check e-mails, e-Learning (Sakai), and any announcements the teachers make on their websites. Most people have a laptop, so in a classroom, the only issue you run into is the possibility of your laptop dying, since there are few to no outlets in the classrooms.

1 College Junior

Campus Food: I went to the Gator Dining by Beaty Hall during my orientation, and liked it. However, I went to the Gator Dining on Stadium and Gale, and it was bad. The food was stale, and they had made way too much extra food. A lady that was making an omelet coughed into her glove, and then touched the omelet, without replacing the coughed-on glove. A chocolate cake dessert that was put out, had been sitting there so long, that it stuck to the plate when I turned it upside down. I don't recommend this facility at all. The variety of food was decent; it just didn't taste good. I personally find it cheaper to actually make your own food, and suggest it, but most people don't have the time for this. Since I don't have the money for meal plans, I make time for cooking.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Student life on campus is fantastic. There are always activities all over campus. There is a fantastic gym with well-maintained equipments and plenty of space. As well as a wide variety of selection for intramural sports from basketball and soccer to team racquetball. Many food joints and common area to relax or study. There are free weekly movies shown at the Reitz Union. Every Friday night during the semester there is Gator Nights which holds many fun activities and games for students to relax and have fun. Library West is open 24 hours during the weekdays for those who study late or dwell in the library. There is never a dull moment at UF.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are as many great places as there are bad places. Best way to find an apartment that fits your needs is to talk with someone one has lived there before. Sometimes living slightly further from campus is better due to better management from that apartment compare to those closer. Even though commuting may take you an extra 10+ mins, it'll save you a lot of hassle in the long run due to mediocre managements at some of the nearer apartments.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are all sorts of characters at the University. From frat boys and sorority girls to nerds and hipsters. With a wide a spectrum of diversity, you'll always meet a new different type of person any day.

4 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greek life seems to be popular at UF, and many are involved. The few Greek members I know always were busy with events and socials and loved their experience.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: There are a large variety of off-campus housing options very near campus, and a little further off-campus that are still accessible to campus via the free RTS bus system. In addition to the variety in location, is a wide variety of options according to price, newness, amentities, and bedrooms. There are many many apartment communities, in addition to houses and townhouses for rent by owner and through realators.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: When I lived on campus, we had scan cards to get into the dorms, and you could only access the floor of your building and other communal areas (e.g.-study, practice rooms), which helped me feel safe, and we receive text alerts when there's a danger in the area, and where it is near.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Most of the bus routes cover all locations, so you will be able to get to campus, and multiple routes tend to have at least one of the same stops so you have more than one option.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is a part of the University of Florida, but a very small part. For example, if you're not in a fraternity or a sorority, you are not a social outcast. There are so many other things always going on at campus that you can get involved in, so whether or not you're in a fraternity or sorority really doesn't matter.

4 College Freshman

Administration: The police are there to protect you. If you aren't doing anything wrong, then their presence shouldn't bother you or make you uncomfortable in any way.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I use to have a meal plan so I know a thing or two about on campus dining. We have two major buffet-style dining halls on campus, one that is near the stadium and one that is closer to the other side of campus and near various student halls. I think the quality of the food served there is overall good, but I do think it can get boring to eat there everyday. There are other options on campus too such as Panda Express, Burger King, Papa Johns, Subway, Chic-fil-a, and Starbucks, to name a few. There are options to choose from and prices are mostly student friendly. You are also able to use your declining balance dollars at the various convenience stores on campus which is very nice.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of eating options off campus. There is a very popular section right across the street from campus called Mid-town, it houses restaurants, clubs and some stores. Most prices are very student friendly and open late. One of my favorite Asian places has to be Tatu in Midtown. Another place that serves a lot of vegan and vegetarian options as well as Caribbean options is Reggae Shack which is more towards the downtown area but still very close to campus

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Varsity sports at the University of Florida are pretty important. The University of Florida practically makes Gainesville, and so both the students and the residents have a lot of school spirit. It is so amazing to see tailgating events before the games and the games themselves. Student who attend here are definitely proud to be Florida Gators. I don't know a lot of specifics about the sports team at the school but I know that we have a great gymnastics team, I believe that two of the girls on the team participated in the Olympics. And I know that we have a great Football team, pretty sure we're in the top 20 at least.

5 College Freshman

Technology: We have plenty of computer labs located throughout the libraries and other buildings on campus and each student gets 250 sheets of paper printed for free in the computer labs. Usually they are open and crowded but one never has to wait too long to use them.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Campus can be pretty strict but the rules are not unreasonable. For example, they have an amnesty policy in which if one of your underage friends was found drinking throwing up or so by an officer or an RA, they would be punished but if you told someone about it, the punishment would be lighter and officers would not be involved. Violating the honor code also may get students kicked out of school but that's expect of basically every school.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: It is amazing how much school spirit there is here. The support behind all sports is huge, and there are two gyms for working out, rec and competitive teams for all sports, and club teams for all sports. So you can find something you enjoy here, and the facilities are top of the line

4 College Senior

Athletics: University of Florida and it's athletics are top-notch, not to mention the school spirit! ("If you're not a Gator, you're gator bait!") Game days are always packed, even after Time Tebow graduated, and the streets run orange and blue. Our teams are decent, especially men's basketball this year.

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3 College Senior

Administration: Most of the activity I have observed is of traffic, with the speed limit and bikers in the correct bike lane.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is beautiful in the winter time, usually between the 50s and 60s. However it could go down as low as the 30s or as high as the 70s. The summer is brutal though, since there are no oceans around campus, it becomes very humid and hot. The fall and spring are pretty much alike, usually ranging in the 70s. The weather in Florida is always flucuating so it can be a beautiful sunny morning and two hours later there is a downpour.

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3 College Freshman

Technology: I am definitely very happy that I have my own computer at school, given that the libraries are usually very crowded and there are only a limited amount of computers there. Thankfully, there is wireless internet all throughout the campus, so we are able to do work anywhere on campus. Owning a computer would be the most convenient.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The University of Florida has mostly (if not all) Division I sports, and we have won numerous championships in all sports. The Gator Nation is one of the biggest school-spirited campuses in the country. With that, the school keeps the athletic facilities up to date. All sports events have a high fan base (especially the football games). Also, there a variety of intramural sports played throughout the entire year.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: All around campus are places that would fulfill almost anyone's craving. Munchies 420 is perfect if you and your friends are craving a late night snack, while Pita Pit offers a variety of healthy foods. No matter what you crave there is a place to serve you.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The main sports, such as men's football and basketball, are massively popular. During the fall, everyone goes to the football games and game days are a big deal with tailgates for greek life and also everyone else. IM sports are popular as well with tons of different sports available at Recreational or Competitive level. There are several gyms that all have nice equipment and are available for use by students and faculty.

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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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