Location: Gainesville, FL
Percent Women: 55%
Tuition (one year), including room and board: $15,943 in-state, $38,221 out-of-state
Most Popular Majors: social sciences; business, management, marketing, and related support services; engineering; biological and biomedical sciences; and communication, journalism and related programs
Greek Life: yes
Acceptance Rate: 46.5% for 2013-14
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit the University of Florida's website at www.ufl.edu/admissions/.
Why Choose University of Florida?
"When I came here to tour the school, it was love at first sight. I love the energy of the campus, and I felt at home instantly. Getting my acceptance letter to UF was easily the best day of my life."
"(UF) definitely has the old college feel you get from movies -- reminds me of prestigious colleges like Harvard or Yale. The campus is basically its own city. UF also has amazing credentials and awards, namely a member of the Association of American Universities, along with unmatched opportunities with different companies, programs, and internships all around the country and abroad."
"When I first walked onto UF's campus as a prospective student, it just felt like home to me. I had visited other schools, but UF just had something intangible about it that made me know immediately that I would call it home for the next few years of my life."
"I chose UF because, as a Florida resident, it was honestly the cheapest and most cost-effective decision. What appealed to me was that, being such a large school, UF is incredibly diverse and is made up of such interesting and unique groups that anyone can find their niche."
"I chose UF because it is one of the most prestigious colleges in not only the state, but the country. The journalism college is one of the top in the nation, and I knew that's what I wanted to do with my life. Also, going to a large university with sports was also what I wanted, and it has surpassed my expectations."
"Awesome location in the great little city of Gainesville. You don't have to sacrifice a great education to also have a social life."
"I applied to UF because both of my parents are alumni, and I grew up as a Gator. As a prospective student, I loved that UF is full of strong student traditions and that students are proud to go here and that alumni are still excited about having gone to UF."
"(UF) was far enough away from home that I felt like I went away to school but not too far that if I wanted to go home for a weekend I could. It was just perfect."
"Gator Nation is a family, perfect home away from home."
"Dance Marathon is huge. To see hundreds of Gators coming together to stand for 26.2 hours for the kids who cannot is awe-inspiring. Together, we raised more than $1 million last year."
"There is truly something for everyone here. And if you really think there isn't, then you have the opportunity to start your own 'something.'"
"The best part about UF is the atmosphere. I really feel at home when I'm on campus. The academics are also spectacular, and the professors are very willing to help you with any struggles you may have. Football season is obviously a big deal around here. I never liked football until I became a Gator; it's so invigorating to be in the stands cheering with all of your fellow students."
"Gamedays in The Swamp are the best. The energy of all of the students coming together to cheer on the Gators through wins and losses is indescribable. It truly is an amazing experience to be a part of such an immense history."
"My favorite parts are that people are so smart in so many ways here. I knew UF was a party school, but I'm constantly finding surprising trains of throughts from people. I love meeting so many people from a plethora of backgrounds."
"My favorite part about UF is all the brick. The campus is literally beautiful. I love the traditional look and architecture."
"I love my classes; my professors are super cool, and they know everything about my major. I leave my classes inspired and passionate about my field every day."
"I love living on campus in Murphree area because I've made so many friends and am close to all my classes. I love that everyone I've met in my classes and residence hall are so open and weird like me and that we all know when we have to buckle down and study."
"Traditions -- Homecoming parade, painting the 34th Street Wall, Gator Run, taking graduation pictures in The Swamp."
"Gator fans are unlike any other fans in the country. There's a reason they're called the 'Rowdy Reptiles.' They go crazy for their team, which makes every event fun."
"Parking on campus is Gainesville's version of The Hunger Games. It's seriously the worst, and people get into arguments about it all the time. It's awful."
"The dining halls are not very good. Also, there aren't very many healthy options for food on campus."
"Advising could use some improvement, and there's always construction going on somewhere."
"I wish that students stayed on campus like most other universities. Pretty much everyone moves off campus after freshmen year, which is different from the traditional 'college experience' I had in mind. Also, Greek life dominates the social, philanthropic, and leadership scene, which isn't necessarily a bad thing unless you're really adament about not going Greek."
"Not that we have any control over it, but it seems like Florida weather changes its mind more often than Taylor Swift changes boyfriends. You could walk into class on a beautiful day and come out to a thunder storm worse than any hurricane you can imagine."
"I'd have to say the one thing that I don't like about UF is that there isn't a beach close to campus. I grew up with a beach 10 minutes away at most, so it was a huge change for me."
"I think UF, as a school, needs to work on its online courses. I like the idea of taking classes online, but half the time the professors don't respond to emails nor create their own lectures. They basically put their name behind a course code and proctor one exam. This has detrimentally affected my grades. I wish deans would pay more attention to their professors."
"RTS (Regional Transit System) could use a little improvement, even though that's not controlled by UF. I would say certain high-traffic areas need some organization to make it more efficient like the Hub -- that Starbucks can be a nightmare."
New Collegiette on Campus
"I wouldn't trade dorm life for anything; you make lots of new friends. Orientation can be overwhelming, but don't let it get to you. You will figure it out, I promise. First-years stick together a lot because you have a lot of the same classes."
"Preview is rough -- super stressful, you won't be sleeping well, you're pressured to perfect your schedule in one night, and a ton of info is thrown at you all at once -- so be prepared for that. It's advertised as a fun orientation experience, but don't be expecting a lot of 'fun' times unless you sign up with friends."
"It's definitely a new and exciting experience, being a freshman. I don't think it's hard to meet upperclassmen though. Many classes are mixed a lot, and if you join extracurriculars or get a job on campus, you're even more likely to meet older students."
"Being a freshman at UF was so exciting! There is a lot of on-campus housing and many free events to help you have fun and socialize on campus. Freshmen tend to stick together out of habit, but it isn't hard to meet upperclassmen at all."
"For me it was overwhelming. I advise living on campus because I did not, and I had a very hard time making friends since all of the freshmen classes are huge. I would try to take some smaller classes if possible."
"No first-year housing, but freshmen tend to group together in the Broward/Rawlings, Yulee, Jennings/Beaty areas... People are very friendly, and you mix so easily with upperclassmen."
"I moved into Murphree area in my first year, and because of that, I was able to live the real dorm life in the good sense -- without all the drunk sorority girls and loud hallways of traditional 'freshmen' dorms. Orientation is the most boring thing in the world, and you'll be absolutely exhausted by the end of it. Oh, and your legs will hurt so bad from walking on campus the whole first two weeks, no matter what shape you're in."
"There is Freshman Leadership Council here, which allows freshmen to get involved right off the bat and get to know fellow new Gators."
"Getting involved on campus is the best way to meet people. Don't be afraid to try something new... Talk to random girls on your floor, and branch out from your high school friends."
"First year at Florida is a little tough because the school is so big. I think that's intimidating to many people; it was for me at least. Orientation went by so fast but entailed so much! You sign up for meal plans, classes, get a full tour of the campus, meet with advisers, have so many presentations you lose count, and finally, end the time with a party with Preview Staffers."
All About Academics
"It definitely seems like the most popular majors are pre-med and engineering, although the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the biggest college on campus. The workload is tough. There are very few grades on this campus that are easily earned, but it is much more satisfying to work for your grade in my opinion."
"Some of the most popular majors are the different pre-med areas -- biology, chemistry -- the different types of engineering, and psychology. I'm a psychology major myself. The workload in your courses will be different than in high school. You spend less time in class and are expected to read a lot more. Many students don't complete the assigned readings, or at least claim that they don't, but I honestly don't know how they pass their classes."
"As freshmen, engineering and pre-med dominates until weed-out classes like Gen. Chem. 1 and Calc. scare everyone off. That's when everyone starts diversifying. I would very, very strongly recommend Study Edge, an off-campus tutoring service, for Chem. and Calc. It's near impossible to get a good grade without investing in it."
"Our libraries are always busy with students studying. I personally like to study at our main library, Library West. People also study in the grass when it's nice out. I spend a ton of time at the library, mainly because it is the only place where I can focus."
"As a freshman, almost everyone you meet will either be an engineering major or on some type of pre-med track. Of those people that I met freshmen year, almost 90 percent of them have changed paths completely as they took core classes and electives because they learned what they wanted to do with their lives. Classes are hard. They're meant to make you think and learn, and sometimes you have to push yourself, but there are so many resources throughout campus to help."
"Professors and TAs all have office hours and are happy to help with any questions. Programs like Study Edge and Tutoring Zone also have some great notes, exam reviews, and study tools to help you succeed. If you were admitted to UF, you have the brain power to get through the classes. You just need to ask for help sometimes. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that."
"Oh my gosh. The library is super full, even overnight. I work there. One afternoon one librarian counted all the students who came. He said he lost track around 900."
"The academic advising at UF isn't too great based on my experience. They have messed up all sorts of things, have a long wait time, and don't seem too knowledgable overall. Talking to professors and older students and researching your major online is a better option."
"Course registration is super simple. You basically figure out what you want/need a week or so before, then hound the registration site to keep track of the classes you want, or, if the seats are taken, it makes it easier to adjust your schedule when your registration time comes up -- usually you get what you want though. Advising differs from college to college, here. CLAS focuses too much on its student athletes, I think. The College of Journalism and Communications has been the most welcoming and informed advising office I've encountered.
"Psychology is probably the most popular, not too bad of a workload. If you come in with credits from high school, it would be easy to graduate in three years."
"Coming from IB, the workload is about the same. It's manageable; you just have to have good time management."
"STEM majors are everywhere; it feels like every other person you meet is pre-med or engineering. There are a lot of pre- students: pre-dental, pre-pharmacy, pre-OT, pre-law, etc. Good Life is so dumb and so uncessary. It seems like a racket for tuition. Libraries are always full. They need more outlets."
Learn From The Best
"Dr. Korolev and Dr. Huang are incredible teachers. [Korolev] is so helpful, and she makes you feel like no question is a dumb question. My favorite classes so far have been Chem. 1 and Medical Terminology. Although neither class is easy, I feel like I am getting a lot out of them, and they are very interesting."
"Professor Foley, 150 percent. My love/hate relationship with taking reporting consisted of hating reporting but loving professor Foley. If Captain Jack Sparrow was a journalist, he'd be Mike Foley. Also, Dr. Ahlgren teaches physiology and anatomy, and she is awesome -- hard, but awesome. You will learn a lot from her, and I got an A in the class from putting the necessary work into it. Office hours can help a lot. I didn't go to them freshmen year at all. Not only will they help you in the class but going to them can help you get great recommendation letters down the road. I guarantee you will need at least one."
"Everyone needs to take a least one course taught by the history professor Dr. Howard Louthan, one of the most genuinely caring, intelligent, and passionate professors ever."
"I think professor Hylton is the best. He teaches history of interior design and junior-level interior design studio. He's hilarious and has a true passion for his work and sharing it with students, definitely my favorite class as a freshman. Professor Westmoreland is also a really great professor. He teaches intro to philosophy and an ethics class that I have not taken, but he also cares about students' involvement in discussions and understanding of the topics of the class, and he's funny on top of that."
"Students often make use of office hours, and I highly encourage it as well. The professors genuinely want to help you succeed. Classes are usually hard, but that's the point of going to a good academic insitution. My favorite classes/professors include comparative psychology with Dr. Dorey, human sexuality and culture with Dr. Gravlee, and Statistics 1 with Dr. Ripol."
"I loved my cultural anthropology class with Meredith Marten. Sadly, though, she has disappeared to the Arctic Circle to do research on pockets of Inuit communities. I also love my writing for electronic media class with Andrew Selepak. He is so funny and gives the material straight to you without pretending he gave it to you. Some professors lecture a lot without teaching anything. Lots of people go to office hours. I've only been a few times, but most of my classes have been gen-ed. As my classes begin to focus on my major, I'll likely go more often, gotta get those letters of recommendation."
"So far my favorite professors have been Ben Wise (history), Mike Foley (journalism), Jim Marks (classics), and Norm Lewis (journalism). They all love what they do and bring passion to class every day. They are so helpful and kind and want to see students succeed."
"The professors in the journalism school are phenomenal. Mike Foley is king. He worked at the St. Petersburg Times, now the Tampa Bay Times, for like 30 years, so if you're going to learn anything throughout your four years as a journalism student, you're going to learn it from him. I also really liked taking classes with Steven Noll. I wasn't a fan of history before taking his class, but his passion is contagious. He makes class so engaging."
Interests & Involvement
"UF has more than 900 student organizations. I'm not even kidding. There are probably even more that aren't registered with the university, so it's near impossible to not find something you're interested in. We obviously have Greek life, but we also have professional and service organizations that are co-ed if you're not into Panhellenic. We also have random clubs like Falling Gators for the daredevils who want to go skydiving. We seriously have everything."
"Because UF is so large, it's almost necessary to be involved in clubs and extracurriculars to make friends and be involved."
"Almost everyone I know is in some kind of club. You can find out about clubs at Turlington, through Facebook, searching the UF website, or going to the student involvement office as well as through friends and just keeping your eyes and ears open."
"There are a ton of clubs on campus. We have an online database for students to browse. The clubs also flier and post signs. I was a member of the Women's Club Lacrosse team, psychology club, Her Campus and some honors societies. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting people through all the clubs on campus! It isn't too hard to start a club. You just need 10 members, a president, a faculty adviser, a 'constitution' and permission from the student involvement committee."
"Clubs are huge on campus. If you haven't pledged to a sorority, you're in a club or doing an internship, running research studies -- doing something. Very few people are idle on campus. Most people just try things out, or they hear about it from a friend. Or, if it's something to do with their major, they jump on an opportunity as soon as it appears on Facebook. Facebook is huge for stuff like this."
"One of the biggest and most popular organizations on campus is Greek life. While it may seem intimidating, I would encourage freshmen to rush. College is about expanding your horizons and trying new things. If you don't think you'll fit into any houses before you try it, you'll never know. I have seen friends go through Greek life and friends not go through it. There is no right or wrong choice, but it's one of the biggest organizations on campus, and you'll always have a home away from home. You can choose to be as involved or uninvolved as you want. And if you decide that it isn't for you, at least you know because you tried it. Outside of Greek life, there are so many other clubs and extracurriculars to be involved in. From major-related clubs to sports teams, everyone can find a home."
"Tabling, Facebook, and emails are the best way to find out about clubs. The most popular one that I'm familiar with is the pre-med AMSA. It was too big for me, and I didn't feel like much of a member. I've enjoyed Gator EMS, a smaller club, much more."
"Getting involved on campus is the best thing you can do. It's going to be what makes your college years memorable."
"There are so many clubs; you have no excuse not to find one that works for you. Academic organizations like professional frats are hugely popular as well as service frats and sororities. Of course every other person is also Panhellenic, which is hit or miss. Sometimes it's really anoying, and sometimes it didn't matter; it depends on the person."
"I know a lot of people involved in clubs, and living on campus makes that so much easier. I'm on the synchronized swimming club, and I found out about it literally by going on the UF club website and messaging the president -- best decision I've ever made other than going to UF."
"Go to involvement fairs and info meetings for clubs, even if you're not 100 percent sure about joining or haven't done the activity in the past. You might discover something new that you enjoy. Getting involved looks great on your resume."
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"Sports are our life here. We bleed orange and blue because we live and breathe by The Swamp. Football is our main sport, but basketball and women's gymnastics have been rising too. We have our own miniature World Cup for intramural soccer. This is largely because we have so many international students on campus. Athletes in big sports kind of make their own cliques because they are celebritized when they play, but usually they're approachable."
"GO GATORS! Football definitely takes the lead in popularity, but all of our Gator sports are incredible! People love going to football games, basketball games, etc. Intramural sports are great. The system is really easy to work with, and it's a great way to get involved. There are a ton of people involved in intramural sports, and they come from all types of backgrounds. There is a separate athletic culture to a degree, but the athletes are still approachable and friendly."
"Football is everything in the Fall, and you definitely want to be a part of it. Even if you don't like football, you will enjoy gameday. Athletes definitely kind of do their own thing, but it is fun to run into them out at Midtown or downtown. If you are an athlete but not good enough to be an SEC star, go out for club teams. You still get to travel, play other colleges and make friends but without the pressure that SEC athletes face, and it is still a very competitive level of sports."
"It goes without saying that UF has a major sports culture. Intramural and club sports are pretty active, too, within the various clubs and organizations."
"The athletes definitely stand out; people get starstruck when they see them and try to get pictures."
"UF has a very well-known sports program, especially football, men's basketball and women's lacrosse. The football and basketball games are definitely the most popular. We also have many intramural and club sports, and a lot of students join those. The club teams are intense, traveling to other colleges for games, participating in a national championship, etc. I wouldn't recommend joining if you're brand new to the sport. There is definitely a separate athlete culture. They all eat together, train together and live together. You can spot an athlete from a mile away."
"Football and basketball are the two most popular sporting events to watch. The games are always so much fun. The energy is high, and the players feed off of the cheering. There is no greater feeling than being able to tell your friends that you were there when the winning touchdown or basket was made in an intense game."
"I'm in love with our gymnastics team. Our first meet, we got two 10s in a row on the floor routine. It's great to be a Florida Gator."
"It is great to be a woman on campus. UF has more women than men, and there are plenty of ways to succeed on this campus as a female. There are a lot of organizations just for women. The gender ratio on campus doesn't really matter to me. I like it to be about even, but I wouldn't mind if there were more guys."
"Women have plenty of opportunities open to them at UF, they just need to take advantage of them. I think there are actually more girls than guys on campus. As a PR major, my classes are made up of about 90 percent girls, which means group projects also double as Starbucks/girl time."
"UF is extremely relaxed when it comes to day-to-day wear; sports/gym attire to class is perfectly normal for both guys and girls. After hours and weekends is when people actually get dressy."
"Being a female on campus is no big deal. There is a women's studies program and some female-only clubs and organizations. The male-female ratio on campus is pretty average. Girls wear everything from sweats to dresses on campus."
"It's easy being a woman on campus. No harassment really, unless you're walking around at 2 a.m., but that's not a normal day. Women wear all sorts of clothes from gym wear to professional attire to adorable outfits with ruffles and everything. Sororities are big here, and there are some women's clubs."
"The gender ratio is pretty equal but not as much in my major and the other sciences, but that's expected. I feel like an equal on campus and never feel inferior. Gender is never anything that I've been concerned about on campus."
Food & Drink
"Because Gainesville is such a college town, a lot of places are open really late. Places in Midtown are open till about 3 a.m., and Domino's delivers until 4. I try to eat as healthy as I can, but having that option for when I pull an all-nighter is really convenient. Also, you need to go to Relish. If you don't, you will have not lived."
"I'm only a freshman, but I had a meal plan my first semester. I really didn't like the dining hall, so I just got declining balance for my second semester. It is pretty easy to access a kitchen in most dorms, but most people stick with the meal plan because it is more convenient. There are tons of restaurants and fast food places on University (Avenue)."
"I never had a meal plan, and I would suggest not getting one. Or if you do, get the lowest/cheapest one. The food at the dining halls is gross, and college is the perfect time to learn how to cook for yourself. Kitchens are readily available at all dorms. Food places are all over campus and right off campus in Midtown. I came into college not even knowing how to cook an egg, and look at me now; I made chicken marsala the other night. Favorite places to eat: Panda Express, Subway, Wendy's, Chick-fil-A."
"Meal plan only makes sense if you're living on campus. I would recommend getting the full meal plan at least your first semester so that as you figure out the rest of your life, your next meal won't be an added worry. It also lets you figure out your schedule and eating pattern so that you can adjust for the next semester. Dining halls are all-you-can-eat style, but open-access meal plan also includes decent fast food chain places on campus."
"Gator Corner Dining is the best dining hall by far. There are also plenty of other options like Subway, Moe's, Chick-fil-A, Panda Express, Starbucks, etc."
"Krishna Lunch in the Plaza of the Americas is a must and is the best value for food on campus. There are a ton of places to eat on campus and within walking distance. You can walk to get pretty much anything you're craving."
"Kitchens are available in the dorms, but they get gross pretty quickly seeing as they are communal. Students really get excited for fresh, warm cookies from Gator Dining. There is also a company off-campus, Midnight Cookies, that delivers fresh baked cookies and milk to you while you study. They are amazing!"
"I really don't eat on campus. I have a few times. It's okay, but you definitely don't ever need the unlimited meal plan. Everyone says it's a waste of money. There are fast food joints all around and on campus. People go crazy for Tijuana Flats' Taco $2 Tuesday. It's just across the street from campus."
"I stick to Broward Dining. I like the smaller feeling; I've been going there for almost two years, so I know the people there. I'm always at Moe's and Chomp It, too. What UF needs though is food that's open extremely late or 24/7 like a Denny's or IHOP or something. I would definitely be there."
"Burrito Brothers is great for a cheap, quick lunch. Designer Greens and Copper Monkey are delicious, too!"
"People go downtown, Midtown, frats, sororities, clubs, etc. There are a lot of options for the weekends if you like to party. If you don't, there are still a lot of things to do. Lake Alice and Lake Wauburg are not very far, so they can be great for daytime activities. Alcohol use is pretty prevalent, but drug use seems to be pretty mild from my experience. I feel like no one feels pressured to drink. I don't drink, and no one ever bothers me about it. People sometimes ask me why I don't drink, but they are never pushy, which I appreciate. People tend to stick with their friend group, but at parties most people are willing to open up and meet new people. I feel like the social scene is pretty inclusive as long as you're willing to put yourself out there and try. People go to parties on Wednesday because it's ladies night, and there are quite a few people who feel like every night is party night. However, most people use their discretion when they have classes the next morning."
"A lot of people go out on not only the weekends but during the week. There is somewhere that's going to be popping every night of the week. Freshmen hit the downtown club scene a lot because you can pre-game and then dance the night away. Fraternity parties are also a lot of fun your freshmen and sophomore year, especially... A little older crowd will be found at Salty's and Cantina. At night you can take SNAP, grab a Gotcha, or ride the Later Gator bus system, which I am not ashamed to say I still use every so often even as a senior. Getting around at night is not a problem."
"UF definitely has a drinking culture, but if you find the right group of people, it's easy to have fun if you don't want to participate in it."
"Definitely parties. There are parties all the time, and people go to clubs a lot as well. Personally that's not my scene, and if you don't associate with a lot of people like that, you're not even really exposed to it. I think there's plenty to do besides those things -- movies, restaurants, exploring the city.""People party a lot on the weekends or attend athletic events. Alcohol use is very common. Drug use is unfortuntaely more common than you might think. Depending on your friend group, you may feel pressured to drink on weekends. That's why it is important to befriend people you trust. People tend to stick to their own friend groups, but it isn't impossible to meet new people. There are also weekday parties/clubbing, starting on Tuesday. Many students participate, many don't, and many occasionally do; it's all personal preference. At night, we have a great weekend bus system called the Later Gator. It runs until the bars/clubs close. It goes from all the major apartment complexes to the bars and clubs."
"I'm gonna be honest; we were ranked high in the party scene for a reason. Everyone looks forward to Friday night for the parties. Clubbing is huge here, too. There is almost a whole strip of clubs downtown just a few blocks from the university. Alcohol is pretty prevalent, but I've never been forced to drink. People are usually pretty chill about that. Same with drugs, but I recommend getting out of a place if you see any hardcore drugs. Things can turn south really quickly when those show up. There are things to do around town: poetry readings at local coffee shops, roller skating a few miles from the university, and Orlando is only 1.5 hours away."
"I'm not a fan of frat parties; I would much prefer a friend's house party or going dancing. Frat parties are too competitive for my taste. I just want to relax and have a good time, so I go clubbing downtown or dancing at Grog in Midtown. Later Gator buses need to run in more directions. SNAP is so hard to rely on. They always say it's the best way to move around, but it would be if they were more reliable, accurate on times, and had more vans."
"A lot of people go home on weekends or go to parties. I personally love going to Gator Nights on Friday nights and never party because there's alcohol and drugs at everything, and I hate doing that stuff. Otherwise, I just hang out with friends, do homework, and watch Netflix on weekends."
"Live in a dorm your freshmen year, and not Lakeside because it's far away. Dorms here are nice. I've been to dorms at FSU, and some are downright terrifying. Some colleges have dorms that are known for being terrible. UF doesn't have that. Some dorms are better than others -- Springs, Jennings, Murphree -- but none are actually bad. Broward is super social for freshmen. Dorms are super safe and located close to classes. Springs is a little farther away, but there are perks -- like you will be living next to athletes who will hook you up with free Gator gear every so often."
"The dorms are great. They are small for sure, but they are a great way to meet people as a freshman. You have the option to pick a roommate or stick with a random one. The dorms are super safe. The security is pretty great; I have never once felt unsafe while in my dorm. No one is required to live in a dorm, but most people choose to during their first year."
"People usually live on campus as a freshman for at least their first semester and then move off-campus. Dorm bonding events are lame. Don't waste your time with them."
"I think it's definitely popular to live on campus at least your first year, if not the first two. After that it seems more common for someone to say they live off-campus or in a Greek house. Dorms aren't too bad, though it's easier if you don't worry too much about the bathrooms. It's not like you spend all your time there. There are definitely bonding activities at the dorms, both just for your floor and for the entire area as well."
"Dorm life isn't too exciting. You usually get a random roommate. Off-campus living is very popular, especially for upperclassmen."
"I chose to live off-campus right away. It was about $2,000 cheaper for the year. I got an individual lease with two of my friends who moved here with me from high school. It has inhibited my involvement for extracurricular activities. I highly recommend dorm life for at least one year. I felt left out when all my friends talked about their clubs and dorm floor meetings and stuff."
"I've never lived in a dorm, but a lot of people really enjoy it. It's definitely popular to live off-campus. Housing is pretty affordable, and you can usually get your own bedroom and bathroom for a great price if you're willing to live further from campus and use the bus."
"Murphree area. If there's an option for it when signing up for dorms, do it! They're the most spacious, cheapest, most beautiful, and convenient dorms on campus, not to mention the RAs are the best. You're not required to (live in a) dorm, but it really helps when you're a walk away from your classes versus a bus ride. At all costs, avoid Lakeside. Everyone who lives there hates it because not only do they not get a real dorm experience, they also live really far from classes and everything."
For more information on on-campus housing, check out http://www.housing.ufl.edu/undergrad/choices/.
"Gainesville is basically UF. It's a small town, so UF dwarfs the surrounding community. This makes it easier to go shopping and go to restaurants because everything is built close together. This also makes nightlife so much easier; I can actually wear heels when I go out."
"Gainesville is definitely a college city. UF really gives back to the city that spends so much time and money on the campus."
"UF and Gainesville are practically synonymous. It is most definitely a college town. The stores are open a bit later to accommodate the college lifestyle. We have a good bus system, many stores and restaurants, a nice mall, nature areas, etc. Most of the major locations are grouped around the university. "
"Moving here I thought there would be nothing to do besides what UF has to offer, but Gainesville is actually a cool place if you take the time to know it. Paynes Prairie has lots of hiking trails with wild horses, buffalo and literally hundreds of gators that you can get right up next to if you're brave enough. Downtown has a really cool atmosphere and food establishments. Archer Road and Butler Plaza have everything you could ever dream of, but it will take a couple years until you can go there without getting lost.""The city revolves around UF. Most of the population is students. Sometimes traffic in Gainesville is a pain, especially on gameday, but it's probably nothing compared to big cities. There are plenty of off-campus activities. There aren't a lot of internships in Gainesville. Most people take a semester off or spend a summer elsewhere if they're doing an internship."
"Gainesville is really nice and beautiful and quiet. Midtown can be pretty loud at night -- Wednesday through Saturday nights -- but it's really rejuvenating if you're down there making the noise."
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