The Next Four Years
So you have a student ready to spend the next four years at UF? That means you will undoubtedly be visiting once or twice. If you have never been to Gainesville, you may have a preconceived idea about this college town from looking online. Or you may know very little.
Like any college town, it is not a sprawling metropolis but it is not a barren town either. Here, you will find almost every major box store, almost every chain restaurant from fast food to quick service to full service plus many newer independents, shopping malls, hotels and grocery stores.
What U Should Know About UF
The University of Florida dates back to 1853 when the state-funded East Florida Seminary took over the Kingsbury Academy in Ocala. The seminary moved to Gainesville in the 1860s and later was consolidated with the state’s land-grant Florida Agricultural College, then in Lake City. In 1905, by legislative action, the college became a university and was moved to Gainesville. Classes first met with 102 students on the present site on Sept. 26, 1906. UF officially opened its doors to women in 1947. With more than 50,000 students, UF is now one of the largest universities in the nation.
Gainesville, more specifically, the University of Florida is a fairly simple college campus to navigate. Don’t let its sprawling campus intimidate you. There are basically four major roads you need to be familiar with to navigate your way around while being in close proximity to the campus. They are University Drive, Archer Road, SW 13th Street and SW 34th Street. If you think of this as a grid pattern surrounding the campus with each road representing north, south, east and west, you will be able to navigate the town.
The UF main campus may be found between the boundaries of West University Avenue, SW 13th Street, Archer Road, and SW 34th Street. Within the quadrants, you will find important roads that help you to navigate the campus. The main ones are Museum Road and Gale Lemerand, Hull Road, Radio Road and Fraternity Drive, Newell Drive, Union Road and Stadium Road.
UF is considered to be a walking campus although bus service is included in the cost and is strongly recommended especially when you need to get across campus. The RTS service routes can be found easily on the UF smartphone app and can help you to determine which route is most suitable to your student’s needs.