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Off-Campus Housing


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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are so many off-campus options. The prices are very reasonable if you just do the research. Amenities and Space are wonderful especially compared to dorms. It feels more comfortable to have your own room and bathroom especially at a lower price compared to the dorm. Buses aren't a problem because there are so many stops and routes. But a shorter bus route is better than a longer bus route if you're not a patient type of person, so it's better to choose a place within 10 minutes of campus.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The few apartments I have lived in have been okay. I haven't had the best experiences with the maintenance people.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There is more than enough to choose from when you are looking for off-campus housing. Its just up to you to find the right fit.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I am going into my first of-campus apartment next semester, so I can only rate the experience so far. Touring the apartment and signing the lease was a very easy process, and the cost is extremely reasonable, especially compared to dorms and how much more off-campus housing has to offer in terms of privacy and independence.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Gainesville is primarily a college town so the number of apartments/ rentable houses is nearly limitless. However, convenience and quality do come with a price so it really depends on how much you are willing to spend on proximity and quality! Usually: good quality and close proximity $$$, Good quality and relatively close proximity $$, not so good quality but close proximity $. There is also very good quality but not very good proximity: $$. Although be careful when looking at prices because some places are unfurnished and/ or don't include utilities in their monthly cost. There are also places that are joint lease only (usually places more for town residents than college students) so don't be fooled by the prices and be careful on where you sign!


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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 376 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 366 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 379 responses

  • 21% Extremely helpful.
  • 50% Somewhat helpful.
  • 28% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.


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