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OCL sponsors several events throughout the year to help UF students to be successful living off campus. See below for details on our upcoming events.
How would you like to explore local Gainesville hotspots on and off campus each month for free? Now with Off Campus Life’s newest event series, Discover Gainesville, you can get to experience new venues, food and culture around town guided by local experts. OCL will pay for all tickets and admission costs. Below are the dates, times and locations of the local hotspots we will feature in Spring 2016, RSVP information can be found below each event.
Discover Gainesville: Ice Cream Social
Come out to Sweet Dreams on Monday, April 11, 2016 for some FREE ICE CREAM courtesy of Off Campus Life! Enjoy a scoop of our featured ice cream, "A Rose by any Other Name" or any of Sweet Dreams homemade and unique flavors. Bring your friends, families, and neighbors to our Ice Cream Social! We will be handing out 150 FREE SCOOPS between 6 - 8 PM!
No RSVP Required!
Off Campus Ambassadors present: PUPPY PALOOZA!
Do you fall in love with every animal you see? Are you thinking about getting a pet in the near future? Join the Off Campus Ambassadors for Puppy Palooza on Thursday, April 14th from 5:30 pm-7:00 pm outside Library West. Learn about the responsibilities of pet ownership including pet care, cost, and training. Also, be sure to talk with local recue and animal shelters about to adopting, fostering, or volunteering opportunities. Representatives from local animal agencies will be in attendance to help answer any and all of your questions. Stop by, learn something new, and grab something to eat!
**No animals may be present at this event**
College Park Rental Welcome
Each fall the OCL partners with the City of Gainesville Code Enforcement, Solid Waste Division and Gainesville Police Department to conduct the annual College Park Rental Welcome. City and university staff pair up and go door-to-door to welcome UF students living in rental houses in the College Park area near campus and provide them with educational materials and answer their questions. The educational materials include safety and crime prevention information, garbage disposal and recycling tips, information about city codes and state statutes and OCL’s magazine, the Gator Guide. This two-day event is a great way to connect with students who might be new to the Gainesville area, home maintenance and being responsible neighbors.
Off-Campus Housing Presentations
Off-Campus Housing presentations are an engaging and interactive way to help students settle concerns and questions about transitioning to life off campus. Appropriate house-searching strategies, budgeting tips, roommate communication tips, and other topics are covered in these 30-45 minute presentations. An open Q & A session follows the presentation. See the Presentation Request Form to request an Off-Campus Housing presentation.
Party Safety Video
Off Campus Life and GatorWell have paired up to bring you a video about party safety. Remember it is illegal to drink alcohol under the age of 21. If you choose to drink alcohol, we've provided 10 tips to help keep you safe. Also, check out our video about Signs of Alcohol Poisoning so you are aware of what to do in an emergency situation. Watch our Party Safety video and stay safe as this semester comes to a close.
How to Ride the Bus in Gainesville
Here in Gainesville, buses are one of the most common forms of transportation for UF students. Off-campus students use the Regional Transit System (RTS) buses to commute to campus or class, and ride to shopping centers, movie theaters and other Gainesville destinations. Using the bus is really simple and with our help you'll have it down in no time! For more information check out the RTS website at http://go-rts.com/
How to Find Off-Campus Housing
OCL's Top 5 Tips on How to Find Off Campus Housing: 1) Know your budget. 2) Research - use our FREE housing locator by clicking on the Housing link. 3) Shop Around- we recommend touring 4-5 apartments before signing a lease. 4) Read the entire lease or take it to Student Legal Services in the Reitz Union for official review. 5) Check the Crime- go to www.gainesvillepd.org and click Crime Reports. And most importantly- watch our video for more information!