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Housing at UFL

Housing at UFL
« 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?

omz131

Re: Housing at UFL
« Reply #1 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.

Re: Housing at UFL
« Reply #2 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!

chris

Re: Housing at UFL
« Reply #3 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!

omz131

Re: Housing at UFL
« Reply #4 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!

chris

Re: Housing at UFL
« Reply #5 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!

dgatl

Re: Housing at UFL
« Reply #6 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.

dgatl

Re: Housing at UFL
« Reply #7 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.

Re: Housing at UFL
« Reply #8 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. 

dgatl

Re: Housing at UFL
« Reply #9 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.