ns77770 wrote:Barbie wrote:tebow4president wrote:Hey gators, tell us what you know about the lifestyle and social aspects of UF. Try to put a LS perspective? For example, I have a boyfriend of 3+ years that I will be bringing. We want a small, nice house that isn't surrounded by UG students. Is that available? But I am young, being 22, and do like to go out and have a good time! Are there good young-adult bars, maybe not geared towards the UG crowd?
Definitely going to be available. The issue is, the LS is pretty much right next to the football stadium and thus surrounded by undergrad students. So if you want it in a more quiet area you will have a slightly longer commute as opposed to possibly walking.
The more adult oriented places/bars are downtown as opposed to midtown. Midtown is basically the strip of bars that are across the street from the football stadium. In a college town like Gainesville (newly ranked the number 1 college town in america SHIPPPP IT) the 2 aren't very far apart - like 2 miles down the same road lol.
If you are willing to look at a townhouse/apartment as opposed to a small house, your options would increase tenfold and you would be able to find something closer. There are a bunch of places downtown that are very nice, very quiet (except for friday/saturday nights) and basically perfect for graduate students.
We have a dog and plan to get 2 more big dogs so we really wanted a yard, but would be willing to look at town houses with yards! This is all pending my acceptance to UF, of course
Hey UF is my #1 choice and I'm looking for a lot of the same things you are in a place to live. Have you checked out the Haile Plantation? It's a bit of a drive from the campus, but it's really nice and quiet and you don't have to worry about noise (even on the weekends). Also, it's a little more expensive but IMHO well worth it.
Haile Plantation is definitely a very nice neighborhood. That is where most of the professionals in Gainesville live, including Urban Meijer. It's really not that bad of a commute...The only problem is I'm not sure what the parking situation is for law school. I know for undergrad it's impossible to park on campus, so you have to either walk or take the bus if you don't live within walking distance. I'm not sure how parking works for the law school though. If you can't park on campus, it would be very difficult to live in Haile Plantation, unless you bought a Park and Ride decal and parked in the commuter lot every day. But there are plenty of houses right around the law school, and even though a lot of undergrad students live there, there are also a bunch of law students. There are also many houses north of campus, and especially if you look around NE 16th Ave, there are a lot of little neighborhoods around there too. I worked at an elementary school in Gainesville for 2 years, and a lot of the kids lived in these communities, so they are more family oriented and a little quieter than the houses right around campus where all the undergrad live. Hope this helps...let me know if you have any other questions about Gainesville or anything else about UF.