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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.

Fall 2014:

  • The Fat Tuscan, Cooking Class, Thursday, September 11th, 5:30pm

Interested in learning to cook?  Love Italian food?  Join the Office of Off Campus Life for our first Discover Gainesville event of the semester. We’ll be heading to The Fat Tuscan Café on Thursday, September 11th at 5:30pm for a FREE cooking class.  We will learn to make ravioli and then enjoy a full meal featuring our creation!  Space is limited and a reservation is required so don’t delay! 

  • Slasher, Hippodrome State Theatre, Sunday, October 26th, 2pm

 Want to be scared and laugh at the same time? Join the Office of Off Campus Life for Discover Gainesville on Sunday, October 26th at 2:00pm at the Hippodrome Theatre to see the Florida premiere of the Halloween comedy "Slasher". Based on the slasher movie genre made famous by Alfred Hitchcock, this comedy will take you behind the scenes of a Hollywood slasher movie and have you screaming with laughter and surprise the entire time! 

  • Haile Homestead Tour – Saturday, November 15th, 10am

In 1854 Thomas Evans and Serena Chesnut Haile moved their family from Camden, South Carolina to Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida. It is there they established a 1500-acre Sea Island cotton plantation they named Kanapaha. Completed in 1856 the homestead stands today as one of the few remaining antebellum homes in North Central Florida.  Join us for a tour to learn about the history of life on this working farm and what it was like to live in Florida in the 1850’s.  Transportation will be provided to and from the Haile Homestead.

Interested in attending a Discover Gainesville event? Yes!  Simply email Hollie Daniels at

Check out the pictures on our Facebook page!

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.

Video Series

How to Ride the Bus in Gainesville

How to Ride the Bus in Gainesville

May 2012,

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

Hurricane Prep 101

Hurricane Prep 101

Hurricane Season is June 1st - Nov. 30th, Gainesville, Fl.

Prepare for any an emergency or storm with our top four tips for safety and instructions for putting together a hurricane preparedness kit. With some inexpensive supplies and tips from us, we hope you can weather any storm!