If you have not yet been accepted, you should request the Freshman Contingency Addendum. When signed with your housing contract, this allows you to cancel your housing contract (should you not be accepted to the University of Florida) by sending proof of non-acceptance to the Luxury Residence Hall Office by February 20, 2018. Since students applying for Fall 2018 admission will be notified regarding acceptance in February 2018 this addendum gives you two weeks to let us know if you are not accepted.
Due to the high demand for the luxury halls, we do not recommend waiting to apply for University of Florida off campus housing until after you receive your acceptance. The most popular room sizes are often booked before that time. If you have signed a Freshman Contingency and provide proof of non-acceptance, any pre-paid deposits will be fully refunded. For complete details on the Freshman Contingency, please request one from a Housing Specialist by calling 352-376-6223.
Move-in dates for the luxury residence halls vary based on the dorm building you choose and the semester that you move in (see below). All residence halls have move in dates before classes begin, giving students time to make friends and get to know the campus.
Many factors affect which housing option you should choose. Your decision should be made based on the building's proximity to your classes/dining halls/libraries, age of the building, bathroom options, roommate matching options, room size, price and whether or not you are guaranteed placement into the room when you sign up. Unlike the traditional on-campus residence halls, the luxury residence halls guarantee placement when you sign up. They are also closer than many traditional dorms to your classes, dining halls and libraries. They are the closest options to Sorority Row, and they offer the largest, newest rooms at the most affordable cost per month.
Like traditional rooms, rooms in the luxury residence halls fill up very quickly. We recommend reserving a room at Windsor or Ivy as soon as you apply to the University of Florida. Most students sign up via our online reservation system , but you can also tour the halls in person and sign up after your tour. Tour hours are available Monday-Friday from 10am until 4:30pm. You can schedule a tour online or call the office for complete details at 352-376-6223.
The University of Florida campus is very, very large—but the far majority of classes are located in the North East quadrant of campus, and most freshman take classes within a handful of buildings including Turlington, Carleton, Little, and Norman Hall. Ivy House is the closest residence hall to Norman Hall and Windsor Hall is just a 3 minute walk to Norman Hall. In fact, Windsor and Ivy are located closer than many of the traditional University of Florida residence halls. While living in the luxury dorms, you're just steps from your classes, libraries, sorority row, intramurals, professor's offices, and the main student hangouts around campus. It's the perfect location.
No problem. Windsor Hall & Ivy House offer professional roommate matching based on each student's unique personality profile, including study and sleeping habits, personality, age, social activities, cleanliness and more. This is critically important for ensuring roommates get along well. Roommate matching is not available with University of Florida dorms (which only match based on gender). Many students also use the corresponding Facebook Page for Windsor Hall or Ivy House and pick their own roommate.
That may be possible, depending on the time of year and whether or not University of Florida is currently accepting cancellations of University of Florida housing contracts. Please call one of our housing specialists at 352-376-6223 for more info about making changes to your housing. You can begin the process by completing the Luxury Residence Hall reservation form. In your comments, be sure to add that you have a current University of Florida Housing Contract.
If the University of Florida is not your first choice and/or you do not intend to move to Gainesville and live in the luxury dorms, you should not requst a room reservation for Fall 2018. Due to the limited number of remaining rooms for Fall 2018, Windsor Hall and Ivy House are no longer accepting Undecided College Addendums. If you return housing paperwork for a Fall 2018 space, you will be responsible for the housing payments in the contract, even if you do not attend the University of Florida.
If you plan on using financial aid, we offer a luxury residence hall deferment payment plan which allows you to pay two installments rather than monthly installments. This deferment plan is popular with students because it allows them payment flexibility until after financial aid disbursement. All scholarships are sent directly to the University of Florida and are applied to tuition before any excess amounts are disbursed to the students for housing, books, etc. After the drop/add period, when you receive scholarships/grants/etc in excess of tuition fees for that semester, students are typically allowed to withdraw that money for housing, living expenses, books, etc. University of Florida Student Financial Affairs will be able to give you more info; you can contact them at 352-392-1275. You can also speak with a Housing Specialist about payment options at 352-376-6223. If you plan on utilizing a scholarship or financial aid, you should request a two installment housing contract before reserving a room. The standard housing contract requires monthly installments and doesn't allow for you to pay with deferment.
No. In multiple years, the traditional residence halls have had to place three students into double rooms designed to house two students. This makes for a very rough transition from home to a first year at college. This will not happen at Ivy or Windsor. At Windsor Hall and Ivy House, you are guaranteed placement into both the residence hall building AND the room size and style that you sign up for. There are no Late Applicant or Economy Triples in the luxury residence halls. We do not overbook housing.
Like traditional University of Florida housing, the luxury residence halls are fully furnished, and all utilities are managed for you, allowing you to focus on school. The furniture packages vary, as indicated below:
You can put in a reservation request online or call 352-376-6223 to speak with a housing specialist. If you are coming to Gainesville in the next 10 days, you can also schedule a tour of the residence halls.
Yes. You can request a roommate on your housing application. Both roommates need to complete a housing contract in order to live together. Roommate requests are guaranteed as long as both students sign up for the same size room before the floorplan is booked.
At Ivy House, the beds are offer "standard" twin beds (not XL), making it easier for tenants to find their ideal bedding. At Windsor Hall, the beds in most of the single and double rooms are standard twins; the beds in a limited number of upgraded singles and doubles are extra-long full size. In ALL triple rooms at Windsor Hall, the beds are extra-long fulls (not twins). NONE of the twins are either Windsor Hall or Ivy House are extra-long.
Both Windsor Hall and Ivy House are walking distance to one of the university's most popular dining halls: Broward Dining. Like most traditional residence halls, there is not a dining hall within the actual building. All University of Florida residence halls share centrally located dining halls. All University of Florida students have the same options for meal plans. In addition to dining options for University of Florida dorms, Windsor Hall rooms have a kitchenette in each room. 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. The kitchenettes at Windsor allow the most versatility in food options.
Yes. The luxury dorms are the only dorms for University of Florida PaCE students. While some students will opt to stay home, many students will move to Gainesville. University of Florida PaCE students do not have the option to live in traditional University of Florida dorms. Students do have the option of living in the #1 most recommended freshman dorm. Visit the PaCE Dorm webpage for more information.
Yes. The luxury residence halls are one of the best dorms for Innovation Academy students. In addition to the luxury amenities, they allow students with a spring start-date the opportunity to live next to classes in the fall semester for internships, social connectivity, football games, and more. This way, Innovation Academy students have the opportunity to interact in a social environment with other University of Florida students, and of course these rooms are much nicer than traditional on-campus dorms.
Coming to Gainesville for a University of Florida campus tour? Schedule a tour while you're in town. Our leasing specialists are available Monday - Friday by appointment. Give us a call or click here to schedule a tour and reserve your room.
Not coming to the University of Florida in the next couple of weeks? Most students choose to reserve housing via email. To easily secure your room, click here to enter your info. We'll email you your housing paperwork and instructions (remember: your room is not reserved until we receive the completed paperwork. Several room styles are already full, and the remaining single dorm rooms are filling quickly).
Have questions? Call the housing office at 352-376-6223, or email us. We're happy to help!