COL for Miami (UMiami) v. Gainesville (UF)

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COL for Miami (UMiami) v. Gainesville (UF)

Postby Favre4Prez » Sat Aug 11, 2012 11:23 am

Is there an appreciable difference in COL for Miami (Coral Gables, or wherever Miami law students live) versus Gainesville?

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Re: COL for Miami (UMiami) v. Gainesville (UF)

Postby flem » Sat Aug 11, 2012 2:04 pm

Yes, and it's pretty significant.

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Re: COL for Miami (UMiami) v. Gainesville (UF)

Postby Aberzombie1892 » Sat Aug 11, 2012 2:20 pm

You COL is exactly what you make it out to be. It doesn't matter what the school says; if you live in the right place with enough roommates, it will be cheap.

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Re: COL for Miami (UMiami) v. Gainesville (UF)

Postby JJW » Sat Aug 11, 2012 2:30 pm

Given the housing/condo market, you can live big in Miami.

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Re: COL for Miami (UMiami) v. Gainesville (UF)

Postby Favre4Prez » Sat Aug 11, 2012 3:24 pm

VasaVasori wrote:Current Miami undergraduate here. I was recently looking into living off campus. The best deal I found was a place right across campus for $2000 a month. It was 3 bedroom/2 bath with a massive living room. The lease agreement said we couldn't have anyone besides us three sleep there, and other things that we didn't like.

There was also a place a mile or so away that was 4 bedroom/2 bath and was $1800 a month. Generally the area right around UM and the metrorail is going to be super pricey. But if you get a place that is far enough away you'll be able to get lower prices. I hear some of the apartments downtown can be pretty cheap but to get a really good deal you're going to want to be at least .25 miles from the metrorail.

I don't know how this compares to other places, but I thought it was super expensive.


*side note: I didn't do very much research... we just used UM's housing database and a little bit of outside research.


I assume that the 2,000/month was the cost without internet and utilities and unfurnished?

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Re: COL for Miami (UMiami) v. Gainesville (UF)

Postby noleknight16 » Sun Aug 12, 2012 6:25 pm

Didn't you get into Emory? Why on Earth are you discussing UM vs UF COL?

And yes UM is significantly higher in terms of COL

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Re: COL for Miami (UMiami) v. Gainesville (UF)

Postby sknight323 » Fri Aug 17, 2012 3:53 am

Gainesville has to be one of the cheapest places in Florida to live. I remember visiting a high school friend there while he attended UF; his apartment was comparable to mine in quality but cost about $450 less.

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Re: COL for Miami (UMiami) v. Gainesville (UF)

Postby Gator_Law » Sat Aug 25, 2012 12:29 am

LawSchoolNumbers indicates that Gainesville is nearly $8,000 cheaper, which I can confirm. I'm a 1L at UF this year and I'm currently paying $620 (water included) for an 850 sq ft 2/1 less than a mile from the school in a pretty nice area. To get a comparable place in Coral Gables would easily exceed $1500, and the area is not nice whatsoever. I don't currently have a roommate but doing so would drop my rent to $310 and my expenses to ~$60 (dividing my $50 internet and $70 electric bill). I am a bit biased because I prefer a true college town like Gainesville to a big city like Miami, but I couldn't be happier with my living situation and I am most likely going to reduce the amount of housing loans I take next semester.

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Re: COL for Miami (UMiami) v. Gainesville (UF)

Postby christinenyoung » Mon Aug 27, 2012 11:12 am

I live in Gainesville. If you go to the rent section of Gainesville's Craigslist you will see an accurate list of standard of living and cost since most living is for college students. Gainesville is cheap. I live decently far off campus because it's closer to my work - but I pay $920 base rent for a 2/2, but I went for high quality.

Last year I paid $365 all inclusive for a one room in a 4/4 closer to campus, but not close to down town. Also was a crappier apartment, but not bad at all.




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