Postdoc Life at the University of Florida
Information for current and prospective postdocs about living in Gainesville
- About Gainesville, Florida
- Before you Arrive
- When you Arrive
- Housing Options
- Getting Around Campus
- Activities in Gainesville
- Campus and Community Connections
- Shopping and Food
- Area News and Information
The City of Gainesville is the largest city in and county seat of Alachua County. It serves as the cultural, educational, and commercial center for the North Central Florida Region. In September of 1995, Money Magazine ranked Gainesville as one of the best places to live in America. For five consecutive years, it has been tapped as Florida's most livable city.
Alachua County encompasses 965 square miles and includes the municipalities of Archer, Alachua, Cross Creek, Gainesville, Hawthorne, High Springs, LaCrosse, Melrose, Micanopy, Newberry, Waldo, and Windsor. The County has an estimated year round population of 191,000, including more than 50,000 University of Florida students.
The Visit Gainesville site provides information about the Alachua County's attractions, cultural events, local history and heritage, historic sites, hotels, and sports.
- Research Gainesville and the University of Florida
- If you are on a J-1 Visa, visit the International Center's Exchange Visitor Services Website to prepare for your arrival in Gainesville.
- Helpful information and resources for housing (Provided by the UF International Center Exchange Visitor Services): http://www.ufic.ufl.edu/evs/Housing.html?menuId=1&smId=7
- Gainesville has no direct international flights. Most flights to Gainesville are routed through Miami, Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando, Charlotte or Atlanta. If you fly in to Tampa, Jacksonville or Orlando, you will need to rent a car to get to Gainesville or obtain transportation through a shuttle service or taxi cab.
- If you need a hotel stay, the following site provided by the UF English Language Institute lists Gainesville hotels and notes which ones provide airport pick-up: http://www.eli.ufl.edu/applicants/listofhotels.htm
- Make sure you have enough money on hand to sustain you and your family until your first paycheck is provided. This may take longer if you do not have a social security number yet established.
- International postdocs on J-1 Visas will be oriented through the International Center's Exchange Visitor Services. J-1 exchange visitors paid by UF are eligible to apply for a Social Security Number. Visitors must complete their check-in with EVS and wait at least 10 days after entering the U.S. before visiting the local Social Security office. Information on this process is available here: http://www.ufic.ufl.edu/evs/VisitorRespSSN.html?menuId=1&smId=6
- If you need to obtain a State of Florida driver's license (some car rental agencies require a Florida license), please see information on this site, which also includes information about transportation options in Gainesville: http://www.ufic.ufl.edu/evs/Transportation.html?menuId=1&smId=7 State of Florida Driver License Service Center information is available here: http://www.flhsmv.gov/offices/alachua.html
- You will likely need to open a bank account right away. Wells Fargo is the official banking partner of the University of Florida but there are numerous other area banks and credit unions available to you.
- Off Campus Life (UF Resource site for those not living on campus)
- The Continuum: Housing for graduate/professional students, faculty or staff at UF.
- SwampRentals (http://www.SwampRentals.com)
- University Heights Apartments
Local newspapers like The Independent Florida Alligator have classified ads for rentals, roommates and subleases.
- UF Transportation and Parking
- RTS (Regional Transit System) Bus Service in Gainesville
- Car Rental through Avis (UF Contract and Information) Use code A113400 for UF employees.
- Campus Arts and Culture
- Gainesville Arts and Culture
- Parks, Nature and Outdoor Activities
- Lake Wauburg
- Paynes Prairie State Park
- Lake Alice Bat House
- Area Springs
- Alachua County Bike Trails
- Gainesville Area Camping
- Devil's Millhopper State Geological Site
- Ichetucknee Springs State Park
- Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
- Santa Fe College Zoo
- Silver Springs
- Alachua County Parks Database (searchable)
- Area Movie Theatres
Gainesville Postdocs on Facebook: Join this Facebook group to make connections with postdocs and others in the Gainesville postdoc community.
ACEL (Alachua County Emerging Leaders) is an organization of professionals between the ages of 21 and 45 who are interested in educational, leadership, social and service opportunities in Gainesville and other cities in Alachua County. ACEL keeps young leaders connected, informed and involvedwith the community and with each other by hosting networking, philanthropic and civic events and by working on projects that benefit our members and the community.
French Alliance of Gainesville: http://www.afgainesvillefl.org/index.html
UF French Club: http://www.languages.ufl.edu/french/frenchclub.html
- African Student Union (ASU)
- Arabic Cultural Association (ACA)
- Brazilian Student Association (BRASA)
- Caribbean Students Association (CaribSa)
- Club Creole
- Friendship Association of Chinese Students & Scholars (FACSS)
- Greek American Student Association (GASA)
- Gators United for Haiti
- Hope for Haiti
- Indian Student Association (ISA)
- Italian Student Association
- Japanese Club
- Lebanese American Society (LAS)
- Mexicans in Gainesville (MIG)
- Pakistani Student Association (PSA)
- Persian Student Society (PSS)
- Polish Student Association
- Russian Club
- Turkish Student Association (TSA)
Free English classes open to anyone held every Tuesday: The Latina Women's League's free English classes beginning August 30th at the Millhopper Branch Library. If you want to participate, you can enroll at any step along the way. The classes, held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday, will run through November 8th. Although the classes were initially offered only to Spanish speakers, they are now open to anyone from any country. Participants will learn conversational and survival English. Survival English includes day-to-day vocabulary and expressions to help non-English speakers communicate on a daily basis.What: Free English classes
Where: Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43rd St., Gainesville, FL 32606
When: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays August 30 - November 8, 2016
For more information visit www.latinawomensleague.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 262-6601To register - attend a class and sign up at that time
Gainesville Sun Article: http://www.gainesville.com/article/20130119/ARTICLES/130119526
- The Field and Fork Pantry
- The Pantry is available to anyone with a valid UFID and is located at 564 Newell Drive - adjacent to McCarty & Food Science and Human Nutrition.
- The Oaks Mall
- Tioga Town Center
- Butler Plaza Shopping
- More area shopping
- Area grocery stores: