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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.
Golden Flamingo Award
Nominate your Great Gator Neighbor for our Golden Flamingo Award. An OCL golden flamingo represents the kindness of UF students who are Great Gator Neighbors on and off campus. OCL thinks of a Great Gator Neighbor not only as someone who lives next to you but could also be a classmate or someone you work with that is kind.
Use our online form to nominate a Great Gator Neighbor and they could win a golden flamingo. Additionally, both of you could win an OCL swag bag and a food gift card. You could also be featured in OCL's monthly newsletter! Thank you for nominating for our Golden Flamingo Award and being a Great Gator Neighbor!
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 Fall 2018, RSVP information can be found below each event.
September 20- Flip Factory Zone
October 28- Micanopy Fall Festival
November 5th- Yoga in the Bo Didley Plaza
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.
Golden Flamingo Awards
Nominate a Great Gator Neighbor here!,
Off Campus Life’s Golden Flamingo Kick-off event is promoting our monthly Golden Flamingo Award that recognizes the kindness of Great Gator Neighbors. A Great Gator Neighbor is not only someone who lives next to you but it could also be a classmate or someone you work with that it is kind. Find a Golden Flamingo on campus, follow the directions on the card and you will win a food gift card. The directions are easy, all you have to do is post a picture of you and a Great Gator Neighbor and tag @UFOffCampusLife and use the hashtag #greatgatorneighbor on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. A limit of 20 food gift cards will be awarded. To receive your gift bag with the food gift card come to Off Campus Life’s office (1304 Diamond Road) and show OCL staff the posted picture. Again, this is to encourage UF students to participate in the online monthly Golden Flamingo award nominations. You can keep the flamingo!