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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Bad options, far from campus, not good amenities.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't done off campus housing, but I heard t's great

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: A variety of options and locations to chose from.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I found my own off-campus housing and did not have to go through the school. But everyone that I know that has consulted with UF on off-campus housing has been happy.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are a huge variety of off campus housing, but many of these housing options force students into year long contracts which is very inconvient. Also, most housing options for summer end before the summer semester which leaves students without a place to live.

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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 443 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 434 responses

  • 38% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 58% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 3% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 1% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 447 responses

  • 21% Extremely helpful.
  • 51% Somewhat helpful.
  • 28% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.


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