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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.

Discover Gainesville

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 2014, RSVP information can be found below each event.

Spring 2014:

See the defending National Champions in action against top-ranked Oklahoma at the Stephen O'Connell Center.

Give rock climbing at try at Gainesville's only indoor facility. An introduction to belaying will be provide and instructors will be on hand to assist students as needed. All equipment will be provided.

  • La Chua Trail at Payne's Prairie, Saturday, Mar. 22 at 1:30 p.m.

Spend your Saturday exploring a National Natural Landmark and Florida's first state preserve. Walk the famous paths of the La Chua Trail and snap photos of bull gators and enjoy other flora and fauna.

  • Florida Baseball vs. Georgia at McKethan Stadium, Friday, Apr. 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Catch an SEC matchup live under the lights as the Gators host the Bulldogs at McKethan Stadium.

To atttend a Discover Gainesville event, RSVP by email to

OCL's Fall 2013 Discover Gainesville events included:

  • Corks & Colors Painting Class
  • Gainesville Roller Rebels Derby Bout
  • “Zombie Town: A Documentary Play” at the Hippodrome Theatre

Check out the pictures on our Facebook page!

Laws Over Lunch

Student Legal Services and Off Campus Life are partnering to bring you Laws Over Lunch.  This new event series will cover legal topics that impact students living both off campus and on campus.  A panel of experts will share their knowledge at each discussion and answer questions from the audience.  Topics, dates, and times are listed below.  Free lunch will be provided.

Fall 2013

How to Get Your Deposit Back - Thursday, September 5th 11:45am-12:35pm, Reitz Union Room 346-347- This event is complete.

Criminal – Thursday, October 3rd 11:45am-12:35pm, Reitz Union Room 349- This event is complete.
Learn about the typical criminal issues that students can face and what services are provided by Student Legal Services to assist you with these legal issues.   Also teach from local law enforcement and Off Campus Life staff how to proactively avoid criminal legal issues.

Renting – How To – Thursday, November 7th 11:45am-12:35pm, Reitz Union Room 349- This event is complete.
Learn the steps to follow to not just find a place to rent off campus, but also the things you need to know about leases and your rights and responsibilities as a tenant.

No need to RSVP for this event series...just stop by and join the discussion.

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.

Contests and Video Series

Party Safety Video

Party Safety Video

Spring 2013,

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 Find Off-Campus Housing

How to Find Off-Campus Housing

November 2012,

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 and click Crime Reports. And most importantly- watch our video for more information!