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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 Fall 2013 and Spring 2014, RSVP information can be found below each event.
- Corks & Colors Painting Class, Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. - This event is complete.
Try your hand at painting the pefect Island Palm at the local art studio, Corks & Colors.
- Gainesville Roller Rebels Derby Bout, Saturday, Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. - This event is complete.
Catch the Gainesville Roller Rebels in action as they tackle the Charlotte Roller Girls at the Martin Luther King Multipurpose Center.
- “Zombie Town: A Documentary Play” at the Hippodrome Theatre, Sunday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. - *This event is full!
Join the walking dead of Harwood, Texas as the theatre troupe attempts to interview the survivors of its zombie apcocalypse.
- Florida Gymnastics vs. Oklahoma at the O'Connell Center, Friday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m.
- Gainesville Rock Gym, Sunday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m.
- La Chua Trail at Payne's Prairie, Saturday, Mar. 22 at 1:30 p.m.
- Florida Baseball vs. Georgia at McKethan Stadium, Friday, Apr. 18 at 7 p.m.
To atttend a Discover Gainesville event, RSVP by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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
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.
Events and Video Series
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!
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!
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.