UF Logo
2003 - 2004
Undergraduate Catalog

Catalog Home | Colleges | Courses | Calendars

Campus Life and Student Support
Academic Honesty | Student Conduct Code | Student Affairs | Dean of Students Office | Gatorlink | Gator 1 Card | UFID Number | Office of Academic Technology | Transportation/Parking Regulations | Dept. of Housing & Residence Education| Gator Dining Services | Student Financial Affairs | UF International Center | Career Resource Center | UF Bookstores | J. Wayne Reitz Union | Special Support Services | Student Health Care Center | Dental Care | Speech & Hearing Clinic | Student legal Services | Reading & Writing Center | Teaching Center | Cycles of Success League for Scholars | Minority Mentor Program | Office of Graduate Minority Programs | Activities & Organizations | Intercollegiate Athletics | Recreation / Fitness Centers

Department of Housing and Residence Education

Mission: The Department of Housing mission is to provide well-maintained, community-oriented facilities where residents and staff are empowered to learn, innovate and succeed. More than 7,300 students live in single-student residence halls. Nearly 2,100 married students, graduate students, spouses and children live in 980 apartments in graduate and family housing villages.

Contact Information: University Housing Office, P.O. Box 112100, Gainesville, FL, 32611-2100. Phone: (352) 392-2161.
Fax: (352) 392-6819. E-mail: houinfo@housing.ufl.edu.

Residency Requirements: Campus housing is available to full time students as defined by respective academic colleges. Students may choose to live on or off campus. Freshmen entering the university during the summer term(s) must live on campus during the summer to be eligible for academic year housing. Campus housing contracts in residence halls are available for the academic year (fall/spring semesters), spring semester only, and the summer terms.

Application Process for Beginning Freshmen: After beginning freshmen complete application for admission to UF, the Department of Housing will send the student on-campus housing application information. The student must complete the application and return it with a $25 non-refundable application fee to establish a housing priority date. Applying for campus housing does not guarantee an offer of residence hall space. If the student is admitted to UF and based on the housing priority date, the Department of Housing will send a residence hall agreement, if space is available. To secure campus housing, the student must return the agreement and advance rent payment by the due date specified.

Application Process for Transfer Students: Students must apply to UF and have a UFID prior to applying for campus housing. Students need to apply as early as possible because of the demand for housing. Transfer students must return the completed application with a $25 non-refundable application fee. If the student is admitted to UF and housing space is available, an agreement will be sent based on the date the housing application and fee are received.

Application Process for Village Communities: Students must apply to UF and have a UFID prior to applying for housing. To be eligible to live in Village Communities, the following qualifications must be met: A married student or student parent without spouse who has legal custody of minor children must meet the requirements for admissions to the University of Florida and continue to make normal progress toward a degree as determined by the college. Applications must be completed and signed by the applicant and his/her spouse or fiancé, if applicable, and submitted with all the necessary supporting papers and non-refundable $10 application fee. Supporting papers include a copy of the applicant's marriage certificate and/or children's birth certificates. Single parents must provide a copy of legal documents (adoption papers, divorce decrees, etc.) showing full custody of minor dependent children before being offered an assignment. Maguire Village applicants also must include a statement of income. Contact the Village Communities Office at the address above.

Students with Disabilities: A variety of facilities and services are available for students with disabilities. Students with disabilities who require adapted facilities or services need to contact the Assignments Office in writing as soon as possible to document disabilities, needs and requests. Students with disabilities must meet the standard guidelines used to determine housing eligibility. Students with print-related disabilities may request housing publications in an alternative format. Students with hearing disabilities may request assistance from the Florida Relay Service, 392-3008 (Voice/TDD).

Facilities: Twenty-four single student residence halls offer a wide variety of room styles: single rooms (limited), double rooms, triple rooms, suites for 2/3/4/5 residents and apartments. The most common room is a standard air-conditioned double room that accommodates two residents. All rooms have beds, mattresses, study desks, chairs, dressers, closets, and window coverings. Rental rates include cable television service, local telephone service, fiber optic computer service and utilities. (Utility rates are limited in the Keys Residential Complex and Lakeside Residential Complex.) Rental rates vary depending on features such as air conditioning, floor space, private baths, and kitchen facilities. In Village Communities (graduate and family housing), studio apartments, townhouses, and 1/2/3 bedroom apartments are available.

Residence Hall Staff: The Department of Housing employs nearly 700 full-time and part-time staff. Staff includes custodial staff, maintenance staff, clerical staff, administrators and student staff, including graduate hall directors, resident assistants, desk assistants and security assistants.

Staff and student leaders plan social, recreational, cultural and educational opportunities. The staff is trained in crisis intervention, personal and fire safety, and security procedures.

Students' main contact with staff is with resident assistants (RAs), graduate hall directors (GHDs), residence directors (RDs), residence life coordinators (RLCs) and assistant directors of housing for residence life (ADHs). An undergraduate RA lives on each floor or section to serve as a peer adviser. Graduate staff, who supervise RAs, help to promote a learning environment and coordinate area activities. The ADH, a full-time university administrator, is responsible for the overall administrative and educational functions within each residence area.

Inter-Residence Hall Association: All students are encouraged to participate in organizational activities that play a significant part in their educational, cultural, social and recreational life. The Inter-Residence Hall Association (IRHA) represents the collective interests of all resident students and serves as a channel of communication between residence area government councils, the university community and outside interests. This self-governance program at the hall and area levels offers residents the opportunity to establish guidelines for group living and a chance to help plan social and educational activities.

Local Telephone Service: A telephone jack that provides 24-hour service is located in each room. Students provide their own touch-tone telephones. Cost of local service is included in the housing rental rate and includes call waiting, speed calling, three-way calling and call return.
Convenience Stores and Vending Machines: Beaty Market, Graham Oasis and the Little Hall Express Shop - three convenience stores owned and operated by Gator Dining Service - are located in or near Beaty, Graham and Little Halls, respectively. Students may purchase convenience items such as snacks, milk, bread, soda, pens, paper, candy, etc., using their Gator Dining cards or cash. Vending machines are located conveniently in all residence halls.

Food Service: All residents have the opportunity to purchase board plans or declining balance accounts on an optional basis from Gator Dining Service. Space is limited in the board plan program. Students with board plans eat most meals in Gator Corner Dining Facility, the large multi-purpose dining facility located by Tolbert, North, Riker, East, Weaver, Graham, Simpson, and Trusler halls on the west side of campus or at the Broward Dining Center featuring the Fresh Food Co. located next to Broward Hall. Call Gator Dining Service at (352) 392-2491 or visit www.bsd.ufl.edu/dining/ for more information.

Custodial Service: All the residence halls have custodial staff to clean public areas, bathrooms, lounges and hallways. Individual room cleaning is the responsibility of each resident.

Security: Security is a shared responsibility of the university, residence hall staff and residents. Residents must take precautions to protect themselves and their personal property. Residence hall staff and the University Police Department provide campus safety education and awareness programs. The residence hall staff monitors residence hall security; external building security generally is the responsibility of the University Police Department. Housing security assistants patrol the areas immediately next to the residence halls from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. when classes are in session.

Laundry Facilities: Washers and dryers that are coin-operated or will function with a Gator 1 debit card are provided in each residence area.
Cable T.V.: A 40-channel residence hall closed-cable television system is provided. Charges for basic cable service are included in the housing rent. Channel 8, The Residence Information Channel, broadcasts bulletin board messages, movies and other copyright-secured videos.

Electronic Card Access: The conversion of outside entrance doors to electronic card access is an on-going project. Residents living in halls that have been converted will be issued plastic cards for access to these halls in addition to keys.

Computer Services: Students are responsible for the security of their computer systems. Students may access university computer services in residence facilities through DHNet, the Department of Housing ethernet fiber optic computer network, or by modem. DHNet provides computer services via fiber optic lines, not phone lines. Modems are not needed, data is transferred more quickly and students may send and receive phone calls while using their computers. DHNet service is available in all residence facilities. The service is included in the rent charge.

Special Housing Areas
Lakeside Residential Complex: Four students share an apartment with four single bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen and a living room. Bathrooms are cleaned by Housing custodial staff.

Quiet/Study Floors: Quiet/Study floors are available in Tolbert Area (men), Graham Hall (men), Riker Hall (women), and Murphree Area (men/women). Residents assigned to these floors agree to more restrictive levels of quiet, which are in effect seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Hume Honors Housing: Freshmen may be invited to live in Honors housing (Honors Residential College at Hume Hall) to participate in an accelerated academic program. Residents agree to abide by the guidelines and expectations of honors housing. Single and double-room suites with bathrooms surround a floor lounge. Housing custodial staff cleans the bathrooms. Contact: Admissions Officer for Superior Student Applications, Admissions, University of Florida, PO Box 114000, Gainesville, FL 32611. Phone: (352) 392-1365.

Leader/Scholar Program: Incoming first- year students can request assignment to the Leader/Scholar Program in Trusler Hall, which offers additional programming and support services in academic and life skills areas. Sections of First Year Florida are taught in Trusler Hall for students in the Leader/Scholar Program. This program has fewer than 200 available spaces and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact: Residence Life Coordinator for Graham/Hume, 352-392-6011.

Beaty Towers: Four residents share an apartment with two bedrooms, complete kitchen, and bathroom. Housing custodial staff cleans bathrooms. Beaty residents are encouraged to take advantage of the additional programming and support services that promote personal wellness and focus on improving body, mind and spirit.

Springs Residential Complex: Single and double-room suites with bathrooms surround a floor lounge. Housing custodial staff cleans bathrooms. It is the home of "Wellness at the Springs," a satellite GatorWell program from the Student Health Care Center. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the on-site center, which offers massage, meditation, yoga, and other programs and activities that promote an overall wellness lifestyle.

Faculty-in-Residence Program: The Faculty-in-Residence Program in Lakeside Residential Complex promotes interaction between students and the faculty-in-residence. The faculty member lives in an apartment in Lakeside Residential Complex and shares the residence hall living experience with students. The faculty-in- residence provides academic advising and helps to plan and implement programs.

Keys Residential Complex: Continuing students with 30 plus hours of completed course work share an apartment with four single bedrooms, two baths, a kitchen and a living room. Housing custodial staff cleans the bathrooms.

Community Service Section: Students interested in volunteering and leadership can apply to live in the Community Serv-ice Section in Fletcher Hall. The goal of the section is to provide an awareness, understanding and supportive environment for residents who are interested in volunteer endeavors.

International House at Weaver Hall: The University of Florida hosts international exchange students from all five continents. The International House is home to exchange students and UF degree-seeking students who desire to take part in a cross-cultural living/learning environment.

The International House encourages and supports the acquisition of international perspectives and multiculturalism as well as the recognition of intercultural issues.

Off-Campus Housing: The Housing Office maintains listings of apartments, houses and rooming units offered for rent to students, faculty and staff. Each spring, the office compiles a list of apartment and rooming unit developments. This list is available at www.housing.ufl.edu/housing/facilities_offcampus.htm. The Housing Office cannot recommend any off-campus facility.

The student should make a personal inspection of the rental facility and have a conference with the owner (or agent) before making a deposit or signing a lease. Persons seeking off-campus housing should plan to arrive in Gainesville well in advance of the semester in which housing is needed. Fall arrangements are possible as early as April, spring semester after mid-November. For best results, visit during the week-not weekends-after preliminary information on available rentals has been obtained.

 Registrar | Admissions | Records & Registration | ISIS

If you need assistance with this web page click here to send email.
This page is maintained by the Office of the University Registrar.