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Title: Housing at UFL
Post by: proudtobirish on September 06, 2004, 07:28:52 PM
I will be attending the University of FL Law School in January and was wondering if anyone could give me advice on housing.  I've contacted Apartment Hunters and they've recommended a few apartment complexes near the school (Colonial Village, Tivoli, The Exchange, Oxford Manor).  Does anyone who is currently attending have any recommendations on housing down there?
Title: Re: Housing at UFL
Post by: omz131 on September 07, 2004, 11:13:42 AM
I'm starting in January as well, but I live up in DC right now, so I haven't been down yet to look for places. Have you looked at the online housing forum yet on the uf law website? I've contacted a few people on there. Also, you can try the The Alligator- www.alligator.org.
Title: Re: Housing at UFL
Post by: planejane on September 07, 2004, 01:57:07 PM
Since we are talking housing here . . .

I am a single parent.  Is everyone saving up for housing or is it covered in the student loans?  In other words, how is this process supposed to work?

Thanks!
Title: Re: Housing at UFL
Post by: chris on September 08, 2004, 06:59:02 AM
i'm starting in january too, but i actually went there for undergrad. i would stay away from the exchange if i were you, unless you like having drunk 18-year-olds partying very loudly ALL night EVERY night. trust me, it's no joke.  alot of the law students rent rooms in the houses across the street from the law school.  all the apartment complexes near the school were built in the 60's and 70's, so they're pretty ghetto (paper thin walls is a major problem) but they are also some of the cheapest housing in gainesville.  i have chosen to live at an apartment complex that is farther away from campus, but alot newer and better value for the money.  there will also be less parties on the weekdays, which for me is a major plus.  i would suggest spy glass, lakewood villas, the cambridge. good luck!
Title: Re: Housing at UFL
Post by: omz131 on September 08, 2004, 10:25:33 AM
That's really helpful, Chris. I'm interested in living within walking distance of the school, so I'm guessing a house is the best bet. Any idea of the best way to get a room in one of the houses (aside from the housing forum)?

Also, I've heard that parking can be a big hassle on campus. Is it a problem at the law school as well? Are the places you suggested walkable and/or on a busline?

Thanks!
Title: Re: Housing at UFL
Post by: chris on September 08, 2004, 12:17:38 PM
almost all apartment complexes in gainesville are on the rts bus routes and will get you to campus from anywhere. and no, the places i suggested are not in walking distance to school but are on bus routes.

a really good website to find out about housing in gainesville is www.gainesville-rent.com.  i don't know if you've been there or not, but click on "list apartments" on the top of the homepage and it gives you tons of complexes complete with stats, and a map feature to show you how close it is to campus. you can also search for apts based on how many rooms you need or price range. it's really helpful.

i'm not really sure on how to get in contact with the house people because i never pursued it, and don't know anyone who lives there. sorry.

and as far as parking goes, it sucks everywhere on campus.  the law school has its own lot, but it is usually full by 7:45am.  considering we'll all be 1Ls and have early classes most days, it shouldn't be a problem if you get there early.  if not then you'd have to park on frat row (right next to the law school) or at the park and ride lot down the road a bit and take a bus to campus.

hope that helps!
Title: Re: Housing at UFL
Post by: dgatl on September 08, 2004, 04:12:05 PM
hey you all I just did my undergrad at UF, so I can tell you that alot of law students live across the street from the law school in houses owned by this guy named Wilberts - there is a convenience store right across the street from the LS that doubles as a leasing office.

that being said, you can live anywhere in Gainesville.  RTS is centered around the student community, and parking decal is only $90.  alot of law students pay for private parking at  a church 5 minutes walking distance away which charges I think $25/semester.

if you want to avoid party spots, then don't live at the Exchange or Campus Club.  Go to http://www.tilllate.com and click on the Gainesville pics - basically wherever you see pics from pool parties, those are the places to avoid if you want peace and quiet. (I lived in the exchange for a year so I would know).

Rent is really reasonable!  I lived in a 3/3 last year, and my rent was only $489 a month and that was a furnished apartment with utilities paid, satellite TV inclluded, and ethernet included.  The rent was actually $439 a month, but I paid $50 a month extra  because I did a 9 month lease.  BTW, I lived there by MYSELF because they couldn't fill the other rooms, and it was an individual leased apartment community.


HOpe that helps.
Title: Re: Housing at UFL
Post by: dgatl on September 08, 2004, 04:15:11 PM
Since we are talking housing here . . .

I am a single parent.  Is everyone saving up for housing or is it covered in the student loans?  In other words, how is this process supposed to work?

Thanks!

UF has housing for students with kids, etc.  You should apply now even if you're not sure that you are going there.
Title: Re: Housing at UFL
Post by: proudtobirish on September 08, 2004, 07:46:12 PM
Thanks so much everyone for the advice.  This is all really helpful! 

Dgatl--do you know what the name of that church is?   

I think my best bet is to live in a complex on the outskirts of town and drive to school.  That way I avoid noisy undergrads.  Have any of you heard of the Legacy at Fort Clarke or the Reserve at Kanapaha?  Those are two others that apt. hunters recommended but they are not on bus routes so I almost wasn't going to consider them. 
Title: Re: Housing at UFL
Post by: dgatl on September 08, 2004, 09:19:38 PM
Thanks so much everyone for the advice.  This is all really helpful! 

Dgatl--do you know what the name of that church is?   

I think my best bet is to live in a complex on the outskirts of town and drive to school.  That way I avoid noisy undergrads.  Have any of you heard of the Legacy at Fort Clarke or the Reserve at Kanapaha?  Those are two others that apt. hunters recommended but they are not on bus routes so I almost wasn't going to consider them. 

reserve and legacy are both professional communities and to be able to live there you have to show proof of income 3X their rent per month.  Also getting to campus from there in the morning is hell on Earth.  AS IS coming from 62d Blvd since 20th is 2 lane.  Live in the SW part of town or right across from the LS.  I don't know the name of the church, but its right there b/n on 2nd Ave across from the UF Golf Course.
Title: Re: Housing at UFL
Post by: ruskiegirl on September 08, 2004, 09:42:38 PM
Your best bet is to conatct a real estate agent once you are there.  While most people do not realize this, real estate agents actually do work with people seeking rental properties (houses or apartments) and the person seeking housing doesn't have to pay the agent a dime.  Yep, that's right!  The agent will be paid by the management of the rental property you select (all apartments must pay referral fees to agents).  It's free and is, by far, the best way to get expert help from someone who is familiar with the area and pricing.  Good luck!
Title: Re: Housing at UFL
Post by: omzink131 on September 09, 2004, 12:26:02 PM
Thanks all. This is very helpful. I live up in DC right now and won't be down to FL until Thanksgiving. I was hoping to sign a lease somewhere at that time. I just hope places will still be available then...
Title: Re: Housing at UFL
Post by: corleone on September 09, 2004, 12:37:00 PM
note to the original poster:

  the school is commonly refered to as UF (not UFL or FU)... u might want to get at least that much down before arriving in G-Vegas

  There is a free service in Gainesville called apartment hunters... use it...

     Eat at Burrito Brothers, nuff said
Title: Re: Housing at UFL
Post by: chris on September 09, 2004, 03:51:25 PM
 " Eat at Burrito Brothers, nuff said "

i second that...and mellow mushroom. ah good times.
Title: Re: Housing at UFL
Post by: dgatl on September 09, 2004, 11:08:06 PM
Thanks all. This is very helpful. I live up in DC right now and won't be down to FL until Thanksgiving. I was hoping to sign a lease somewhere at that time. I just hope places will still be available then...

don't worry about availability.  I worked extensively in student government with the apartment complexes in Gainesville.  The average occupancy is around 71%.  You can play hardball with them in November.  They will be ready to provide you with oral sex if you sign a lease with them.

Apartment Hunters is a great service and its free.  Its at the corner of University Ave and 13th.

BTW, when you get there, please immediately go to Copper Monkey and have one of their f-ing amazing burgers.  I miss them.  I really miss them.

And people act like the Thai place down 13th is good but its not.  Its just that people in Gspot try and act like they are being trendy by eating at chop stix.
Title: Re: Housing at UFL
Post by: proudtobirish on September 10, 2004, 10:11:09 AM
I have another questions somewhat related to housing.  Is a car essential for getting around Gainesville?  Will I be screwed if I don't have one?
Title: Re: Housing at UFL
Post by: dgatl on September 10, 2004, 10:51:14 AM
I have another questions somewhat related to housing.  Is a car essential for getting around Gainesville?  Will I be screwed if I don't have one?

In my opinion, you need a car.  Public transport is great in gainesville - for getting to campus and back home (and if you so choose, to get to the clubs and back at night).  But for grocery shopping, randomly going out to eat, getting to the airport you will need a car.  When I didn't have a car, it was a pain in the ass to go get groceries.
Title: Re: Housing at UFL
Post by: chris on September 10, 2004, 04:05:35 PM
ditto.
you beat me to it.

yeah, you need a car.
Title: Re: Housing at UFL
Post by: dgatl on September 12, 2004, 02:16:55 AM
i was just telling a girl in the pre-law page that if you don't have a car then consider getting a ghetto motorbike or scooter.  lots of UF people use those, and honestly, in "run hour" traffic, you'll zoom by everyone in the bike lane.