University of Florida students who were accepted to the Univesity of Florida PaCE (Pathway to Campus Enrollment) program for Fall 2020 have several options. Some students will choose to live at home and take their University of Florida classes online, but many students and parents who want a 'traditional collegiate experience' will move to Gainesville and will want to live in a residence hall with other University of Florida students, join sororities and fraternities, attend football and basketball games, and join students organizations.
Students accepted to the PaCE program DO have the option of moving to Gainesville and living in a dorm with other University of Florida students. Windsor Hall and Ivy House, two private residence halls not owned or associated with the University of Florida, are the only two residence halls that PaCE students are eligible for. They are also are walking distance to sororities, sporting events, clubs/organizations, libraries, and gives PaCE students the true freshman dorm experience.
University of Floria students looking for the best dorm should consider Windsor Hall. Windsor offers the true dorm experience, steps from classes and libraries, with private bathrooms in each room. The single, double, amd triple dorm rooms are amongst the largest dorm rooms for University of Florida freshmen and upperclassmen, and Windsor offers newer construction, and an upscale setting where you can meet other students.
The Ivy House is the only female-only dorm for University of Florida Students. It is an obvious choice for University of Florida PaCE students planning on rushing, since its the closest residence hall to University of Florida Sorority Row. The Ivy House offers the option of attached or shared bathrooms, with most rooms sharing a bathroom with neighboring rooms. Single, Double, and Triple dorm rooms are offered.
Windsor Hall and Ivy House are the only two residence halls that University of Florida PaCE students are eligible to live in during their first year. Students accepted into the standard University of Florida on-campus program are also eligible to live at Windsor Hall and Ivy House, so PaCE students will be integrated into a dorm with University of Florida general population students, too. Living in a dorm environment in Gainesville will allow PaCE students to live around other University of Florida students, join sororities and fraternities accepting PaCE students, attend football and basketball games, pursue internships, take part in extracurriculars, get to know the University of Florida campus, and join student clubs and organizations for which they are eligible. By living in Gainesville in the heart of the University of Florida student area, they will have more of the 'true college experience' during their freshman year.
National studies show that first year college students who live in residence halls have a higher gpa, more on-campus involvement, a stronger sense of community with their classmates, and a higher graduation rate when compared with students who do not live in residence halls their first year. One of the primary concerns for University of Florida PaCE students is that they will miss out on "the true college experience". But living in a luxury residence hall allows them to live amongst other University of Florida students (including those taking on campus classes) in a social environment where they will meet and interact with other like-minded students going through the University of Florida freshman experience together. They can attend football games, rush a fraternity or sorority, eat in the dining halls, study in the University of Florida libraries, hang out at the student hangouts, and join student organizations and clubs. Put simply, by living in a freshman residence hall, they can have the college experience that they expected they would have when admitted to the University of Florida.
Yes. Several students have friends who were admitted to the standard, on-campus University of Florida collegiate program. Students living at Windsor Hall and Ivy House can request specific roommates within PaCE, within the standard University of Florida campus program, or students who are beginning their college career at Santa Fe and transferring to University of Florida at a later date.
Yes. Students can request specific students within the PaCE program.
Windsor Hall and Ivy House are private luxury residence halls. They are classified as residence halls by the United States Government, but they are not owned or associated with the University of Florida. They are true dorms and residence halls.
Both Windsor Hall and Ivy House are walking distance to one of the university's most popular dining halls: Broward Dining. Like most traditional on-campus residence halls, there is not a dining hall within the actual residence hall. On-campus residence halls share centrally located dining halls. Students living at all the residence halls have the same options for University of Florida meal plans. In addition to the food that they can eat at the Dining Halls, Windsor Hall rooms have a kitchenette inside. Because of the kitchenette, many students living at Windsor save money by choosing the University of Florida's declining balance meal plan and eating some of their meals in their rooms.
Coming to Gainesville to take a University of Florida campus tour soon? Schedule a tour of Windsor Hall while you’re in town. Tours are available Monday – Saturday, by appointment. Click here to schedule a tour. You can reserve your room after your tour.
Not coming to Gainesville within the next 10 days? No problem. Most students choose to reserve via email. It's a very easy process which can secure a room for Fall or Summer B move-in. To reserve via email, click here and enter your information. Reservation paperwork will be emailed to you with instructions (remember: your room is not reserved until we receive the completed paperwork. Several room styles are already full, and the remaining rooms are filling quickly).
Have questions? Speak with a housing specialist. Call 352-376-6223, or email us. We're happy to help!