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Life outside the Classroom
The University offers numerous opportunities for entertainment and recreation, from watching basketball at the O'Connell Center to taking pottery classes through UF's leisure course program. See UF's Campus Life web page for more information about on-campus activities, events, and facilities.
Gainesville has a lot to offer students off-campus as well. For a great overview of Gainesville, see Visit Gainesville's website, which has information regarding Gainesville's restaurants, museums, nature parks, theaters, and shopping areas. In addition, you can locate all these attractions and more using their map feature.
On-campus housing for graduate students, while conveniently located and moderately priced, is quite limited. If you are interested in this option, we recommend you contact UF Housing and Residence Education and begin the application process as early as possible.
Off-campus housing in private residences or apartments is readily available. You may find listings of rooms, apartments, or houses for rent on the Gainesville Craigslist website or through classified ads in newspapers, such as The Gainesville Sun and the UF student newspaper, The Alligator.
TCD maintains a listserv that is used to post information about available housing or housing needs. We recommend that you subscribe to this listserv before arriving on campus. Contact the TCD listserv administrator, Patricia Sampaio to become a member of the TCD listserv.
If you have secured a place to live, but still need furniture and other household items, the Gainesville Craigslist website is an excellent way to find used and affordable items. In addition, you may want to explore local thrift stores, such as Goodwill (3520 SW 34th St) and the Salvation Army Thrift Store (55 NW 23rd Ave).
Most students commute to campus by bicycle or bus. Commuting to campus by car is quite difficult due to limited access routes and parking, and therefore not recommended.
For a map of bicycle friendly routes, visit the City of Gainesville's website. There are several local bicycle shops that sell commuter bikes and used bikes may be found in the classified ads and Craigslist.
Be aware that new UF policy requires all UF employees (this includes UF graduate, teaching and research assistants) to wear a bike helmet when riding bikes on campus for campus business.
UF Student Government offers free bike repairs on campus next to the Reitz Union. Visit the Student Government website to learn more about their hours of operation.
The Gainesville Regional Transit System provides bus transportation between many points on and off campus. For Gainesville bus routes and schedules, visit the Gainesville Regional Transit System's website.
University of Florida graduate students on an appointment as a graduate assistant, teaching assistant, research assistant, or pre-doctoral fellow may participate in the GatorGradCare Health Plan, a free healthcare plan subsidized by UF. To be eligible, you must be enrolled in a graduate degree program, on an appointment through University of Florida, appropriately registered as a full-time student. See the Gator Grad Care website for more information.
The main Student Health Care Center (SHCC) is located on Fletcher Drive next to the Florida Gym and the Student Recreation center. For general information, see the Student Health Care Center website. To make an appointment, call (352) 392-1161.
Baby Gator is an on-campus daycare facility for children with at least one parent who is affiliated with UF. Go to the Baby Gator website for more information.