The road warriors of UF. Take time to make UF your home away from home. Below is some information to help you with your commuter student lifestyle.
See up-to-date traffic crash reports from the FHP at flhsmv.gov/fhp/traffic/crs_h808.htm. Typically, Newberry and Archer Roads and 34th and 13th Streets have some congestion (especially in the evening commute hours from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.). Plan around these high-volume times or take a different route to get to and from campus.
You must purchase a parking decal from Transportation and Parking Services to park on campus weekdays between 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. After 4:30 p.m. and all day on weekends, most, but not all, parking restrictions are lifted. For more information on parking decals including purchasing info, go to parking.ufl.edu/pages/studentdecals.asp. For info on commuting options, see parking.ufl.edu/pages/transcommopt.asp
In addition to parking on campus, you could park at the Oaks Mall for free and then take a RTS bus to campus. Also, some businesses in the College Park area (area north of University Avenue and close to campus) sell parking spots for either an entire semester or per day.
RTS Bus System
RTS, Gainesville’s local bus system, is available to UF students for free. Routes run all over campus and Gainesville. To ride for free, students must present their Gator-1 ID to the driver. For bus routes and maps, go to go-rts.com
Try to arrange your class and work schedule so you don’t have long gaps of waiting time between classes and shifts. If you can’t arrange your schedule this way, use the time efficiently by studying or doing homework. Avoid having to drive back and forth from home by making your schedule more compact. Many on-campus jobs will work around your class schedule so look into this option if you want to gain work experience, make some cash, meet new people and get involved on campus.
Places to Chill On Campus
The UF libraries, Reitz Union and HUB are good spots to rest or do work in-between classes, bring your laptop and use the free Wi-Fi connections on campus.
Get involved on campus by joining a student organization, getting a campus job, doing research, etc. Go to campus-sponsored speakers, performances, museum exhibits, sporting events, the gym, etc. Investing time in UF will enrich your college experience, but remember not to spread yourself too thin. The weekly Gator Times e-mail is a good source of information about campus events and opportunities. To search the more than 1,000 student organizations, go to union.ufl.edu/involvement/search. For more information about campus jobs, see jobs.ufl.edu.