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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Try to Live Off Campus – If you don't mind sharing a room, walking down the hall to pee, and having to go to the dining hall whenever you're hungry, then on campus living is the way to go. And honestly, it's not horrible. You're close to your classes and you can walk everywhere. There is no 'ideal' dorm. If you want your own bedroom, you're stuck out about a mile from classes. If you're close to everything, then you're in a traditional dorm. Off campus is the best. It's generally about the same price as living on campus, and buses run by almost every apartment about every 15 minutes. My advice- live on campus for the first year, get used to being on your own, and then you can decide where you want to go after that.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food in the dining halls is usually covered in grease and the meat may or may not be cooked thoroughly. Beware. But better much everywhere else on campus has good food. You will start to hate Subway and Starbucks because they are EVERYWHERE. The prices are reasonable but most places will not accept your meal plans...just the flex bucks. One of my favorite places to eat is on the Plaza of the Americas at the Krishna Lunch. Yes, it's vegetarian/vegan, and it's so delicious. It's $4 and you can go back and get as much as you want. It's the best value and the food is sometimes better than what you get from other food vendors.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I Wouldn't Go Anywhere Else – I love being at UF. Everyone I've met here has been nice. I've been here for two years and I've only had one professor I didn't like. The campus itself is so beautiful and honestly, UF feels like a second home to me. Buses run so frequently and go everywhere, so I don't have to drive all over, which I really like. You have to study, but there is plenty of downtime to get involved with clubs or go have a good time.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Descent Amount of Aid – The financial aid office is staffed with friendly people and are very knowledgeable. They understand that many of us don't know much on financial matters as it can get complicated and tedious.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Not Good – Parking here is ridiculous. Most people when they move off campus actually take the bus and plan out the bus schedule because parking is impossible.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Best Option for Me – I don't have a car up here so on-campus housing is the most convenient choice for me. Most dorms are in walking distance to classes, and if not you can always take the bus. Single rooms are also available if roommates aren't your style but I would suggest getting used to communal bathrooms and shower shoes.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Upgrade from My Hometown – Many people complain about not having much to do here in gainesville, especially if you are from a big city like miami, orlando or tampa. There are usually things going on by the school and organizations, groups, frat houses and sometimes concerts from local or even nationally known artists. Other then that, people usually drive to other cities on the weekends to do things and go to the beach since Gainesville is in the middle of the state.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Used to Be Great – The varsity athletic program used to be one of the best in the country but in recent years has been a bit shambly. It's still better than most and students still enjoy going out to watch the Gators play.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Head Off-Campus for Better Food – There are a number of quality restaurants in Gainesville that are generally pretty reasonably priced. There are also great bars that have really good drink specials.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Someone for Everyone – There's over 50,000 people on this campus. You find all kinds of different styles and personalities. There truly is someone for everyone and you get a chance to date a diverse variety of attractive people. It's great!

4 College Freshman

Weather: Warm and Rainy – It never gets colder than 50 degrees. It stays a pretty cool 70/80 range most of the year. No need for too many cold weather clothes. You will want rain gear though. It is Florida, so it does rain a lot.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol Is Very Easily Accessed – Although not everyone at UF drinks, there is still a heavy presence on campus. The frats and sororities give seemingly endless amounts of beer at their parties and some restaurants off campus don't card minors.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Very Safe Campus – I rarely feel unsafe walking around campus, even late at night. There are call boxes all around campus in case of emergency, and police presence is up to par.

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The Social Scene – is huge and numerous. wherever you go, there is always something happening or about to happen. flash mobs happen all the time

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: There Is a Wide Range – there are 13 libraries that all hold their own perk (e.g. free printing, comp lab, HUGE movie sections, starbucks)
two rec centers that are enormous and offer free classes and clubs
events never stop, they are continuous and always free and dun
hangouts would be at the hub
aesthetics are really nice since everything is made of brick so it has a nice feeling too it, old but not too old

4 College Freshman

Diversity: They Are All There, Just Have to Look Under the White – There are A LOT of white students, but if you look closely, there are many racial groups, associations, and unions for those who ever feel underrepresented. I am an half indian, half african-american, and I found my niche by joining multicultural groups on campus.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: I'm Kinda Confused – I really love the classes I am taking for my biology major, but I also want to either have a double major or a minor, but I don't know what to do yet since I want to go to law school. Having a job as a lawyer is kinda good/bad since there are so many, but they make great money.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Can Get Cramped and Old – There are rules, its is cramped, and most of the housing is old. BUT, you get to meet new people all the time and make fast friends. It's nice if you want to get introduced to the environment of UF.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There Is Always Something – If you can't go to a club or a rave, there are always the classic sorority and fraternity parties that happen almost every weekend and sometimes weekdays. Living next to frat row for a semester taught me that if you ever want to party, there is always something going on. You just need to know the right people.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: With Later Gator (bus routes), its easier to go out and have fun without worrying about parking and designated drives. The Gainesville police do crack down pretty hard on parties. It honestly all depends on what kind of scene your into.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Very Big Part – Everybody loves football and goes crazy over it. The football games are huge.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Lots to Do – Lots of things to do at UF, but they are all through the University so if you want things to do outside of that then no luck.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Very Safe – All the residence halls are hard to get in to, and there is a blue light emergency system all across campus.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Perfect College Town – Gainesville is perfect for college students because the town basically revolves around the University. The average age of the town is also around 25 so it has a very young atmosphere, and is filled with a variety of bars and clubs. There's only one mall in town, but it's pretty good and has all the stores I think most college kids shop at, ex: Forever 21, American Eage, Abercrombie, Pac Sun, etc.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Preppy and Hipster Kids – UF has a huge greek life, and most of the sorority girls are very pretty and seem fun, and the frat guys are usually attractive as well and have good bodies. If you're more into alternative looks, then it's great too because UF is an endless supply of hipsters.


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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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