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.


Off Campus Ambassador Applications for the 2023-2024 Year

Looking for a fun way to be involved on campus while helping people learn more about the city of Gainesville? Think about applying to be an Off Campus Ambassador! The OCA's are a UF student organization sponsored by the office of Off Campus Life who assists with events, outreach, and helping students to discover fun things to do in Gainesville. Applications are available now, simply click here to apply.

For more information about the OCA recruitment process visit the Off Campus Ambassadors page on our website or email Elery Ostertag.

Discover Gainesville

How would you like to explore local Gainesville hotspots on and off-campus each month for free? With Off Campus Life’s 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. Mark your calendar and turn on social media post notifications to be notified when we post the link to RSVP. The spots go fast!

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 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 request for an Off-Campus Housing presentation.

Great Gator Neighbor Medallion

The Great Gator Neighbor Medallion program allows you to complete specific milestones to help you engage in your local community and learn what it means to be an engaged citizen. Participants that finish the designated milestones will participate in an end of the semester reception and receive a medallion to wear at graduation. To learn more, click here and to apply click here.