We have the inside scoop on places to live!
You can certainly read about the dorms and where to live on campus on the UF Housing and Residence Education pages, but we asked my daughter and our interns for the inside scoop…which is probably what you really want to know before you choose where to live when you become a Gator. Here’s what they had to say:
Coming into college, I thought it was going to be the end of the world living in Mallory Hall, but it ended up being so much better than I thought. As a freshman coming into Summer B I wanted to live in Cypress Hall. Cypress was much newer and has full sized beds. Although I did not get what I wanted, living in Mallory played a huge role in the friends and memories I made my freshman year. My roommate was a girl I met on the UF Class of 2020 Facebook page and we lived on an all-girls floor. I came into Summer B not knowing anyone, so living there was perfect because I was instantly able to make friends. The bathrooms and kitchen were communal, which at first I thought would not be ideal, but that is how I ended up meeting so many of the girls on my floor. Living in Mallory Hall was the perfect transition for me from being a high school student to a college student
After spending my freshman summer in Academic Village, and my fall and spring in Towers, I’ve grown to know a lot about campus housing and have friends residing in just about all the different living communities. Here is a breakdown of the dorms based on our experience:
For freshmen, Broward Hall is one of the best places to live on campus. It is where most people live so you are super close to all of your friends. It does have communal bathrooms but the dorm was renovated a few years ago so everything is pretty clean. It is very close to Turlington and Gator Dining which is convenient for those on a meal plan. It is also close to sorority row for those considering joining a sorority. And, it has a study room that is pretty quiet
Cypress Hall is one of the newest and nicest dorms. They have full-size beds and you share a bathroom with only four people. This is the dorm for those needing medical and disability accommodations. It is a little further away (corner of 13th and Museum) but is worth it because it is so nice.
One of the newer dorms.
Very clean and nice feels kind of like a hotel.
You share a bathroom with 3 other people and you share a room with one person.
It’s very far from campus though (like a 10-minute walk to get to campus)
Very quiet study rooms→ a good place to study
Yulee Area (Mallory Hall, Yulee, and Reid)
In a very good area (right next to Broward) and very close to Turlington and Gator Dining.
These dorms are older and have communal bathrooms but it’s worth it to be closer to everything on campus. Floors separated by gender.
Located directly across from midtown, so perfect for going out. It’s pretty close to Turlington (like a 5-minute walk), but usually, most people tend to live around Broward area so it’s a little further from there if you want to hang out with your friends in those dorms.
Very good location, but very old dorm which makes it not an ideal place to live, but it is very social (when I was a freshman everyone that lived in Rawlings were friends with each other)
Very far from most things on campus, have to take a bus to go to most places.
Directly across the street from Frat Row, which is good for game days/ if you are rushing a fraternity.
You share a room with one person and share a bathroom with four people.
You get a giant closet which is pretty cool.
A lot of honors students like to live here to meet other honors students and it’s a good place to study. Far from most things on campus, except the New Physics Building/Flavet field.
You get your own room and share a common area with three other people.
Really far from everything on campus except for Southwest Rec (gym) so you have to take the bus everywhere.
Many students who are in the PACE program choose to live in this dorm but it fills up very fast. Considered a luxury dorm with larger rooms
Single, double and triple suites. Close to sorority row and UF classes.
Located on Sorority Row and an all-female residence hall. On-site parking extra.
Shared bathrooms, and kitchen. Furnished and the rent covers hi-speed ethernet, garbage and pest control, maid service in common areas.
For incoming freshman starting Summer B, there are available residence halls for Summer B/Fall/Spring so they do not have to move out between Summer and Fall. They are East, Infinity, Jennings, Lakeside, Riker, and Spring. There is no guarantee to get a specific residence hall or room type. Your student should reach out to housing by email if they would like to request a Summer B/Fall/Spring contract.
For specific information including video tours of each dorm, click here.
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