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CAN I RESERVE A ROOM AT IVY HOUSE BEFORE I GET ACCEPTED TO UF?
If you haven’t yet been accepted, you can request our Freshman Contingency Addendum. When signed with your housing contract, this allows you to cancel your housing contract (should you not be accepted to the UF) by sending proof of non-acceptance to the Ivy House office by February 28, 2022. Since students applying for Fall 2023 admission will be notified regarding acceptance in February 2022, this addendum gives you five days to let us know if you are not accepted.
Due to the high demand for Ivy House, 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 an Ivy House Specialist by calling (362) 376-6600.
WHEN CAN UF STUDENTS MOVE INTO IVY HOUSE?
Move-in dates for Ivy House vary based on the semester that you move in (see below). Ivy House has move in dates before classes begin, giving students time to make friends and get to know the campus.
- Ivy House: August 13, 2023
- University of Florida classes begin August 22, 2023
WHEN SHOULD I SIGN UP FOR HOUSING AT IVY HOUSE?
Like traditional rooms, rooms in Ivy House fill up very quickly. We recommend reserving a room at 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 (362) 376-6600.
HOW CLOSE IS IVY HOUSE TO MY CLASSES?
The University of Florida campus is vast, but the 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 Halls. Ivy House is the closest residence hall to Norman Hall. In fact, Ivy is located closer than many of the traditional University of Florida residence halls. While living in Ivy, 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.
WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE A ROOMMATE IN MIND?
No problem. Ivy House offers 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 Ivy House and pick their own roommate.
CAN I RESERVE A ROOM IF I ALREADY HAVE A UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA HOUSING CONTRACT?
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 (362) 376-6600 for more info about making changes to your housing. You can begin the process by completing the Ivy House reservation form. In your comments, be sure to amention that you have a current University of Florida Housing Contract.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I GET INTO THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA BUT CHOOSE TO ATTEND ANOTHER SCHOOL?
If the University of Florida is not your first choice and/or you do not intend to move to Gainesville and live at Ivy House, you should not request a room reservation for Fall 2023. Due to the limited number of remaining rooms for Fall 2023, Ivy House is no longer accepting Undecided College Addendums. If you return housing paperwork for a Fall 2023 space, you will be responsible for the housing payments in the contract, even if you do not attend UF.
CAN I APPLY FINANCIAL AID TOWARD IVY HOUSE COSTS?
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. Keep in mind, however, that the reservation fee is due when you sign up, and that August and September installments will be due before financial aid is dispersed in the Fall semester, and the January and February installments will be due before it is dispersed in the Spring semester. Many students and parents pay for those months out of pocket (and/or reimburse themselves with any excess financial aide after it is dispersed). 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 (362) 376-6600.
ARE THERE LATE APPLICANT OR ECONOMY TRIPLES IN IVY HOUSE IF I RESERVE A DOUBLE ROOM? IS THERE A CHANCE WE COULD HAVE AN ADDITIONAL THIRD ROOMMATE?
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. At 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 at Ivy House. We do not overbook housing.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN IVY HOUSE ROOMS?
Like traditional University of Florida housing, Ivy House rooms are fully furnished, and all utilities are managed for you, allowing you to focus on school. The furniture packages vary, as indicated below:
- Ivy House: A standard twin mattress (not an extra-long mattress), bed frame and box spring, desk, desk chair, sink, and ceiling fan.
- Since most students now utilize streaming services like Hulu and Netflix, in order to reduce over costs, cable is not included in rent.
HOW DO I START THE HOUSING APPLICATION PROCESS?
You can put in a reservation request online or call (362) 376-6600 to speak with a housing specialist. If you are coming to Gainesville in the next 10 days, you can also schedule a tour of Ivy House.
CAN I LIVE WITH A FRIEND?
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.
ARE THE DORM BEDS TWIN OR XL TWIN OR ANOTHER SIZE?
At Ivy House, the beds are offer “standard” twin beds (not XL), making it easier for tenants to find their ideal bedding.
IS THERE A DINING HALL? ARE THE OPTIONS THE SAME AS THOSE IN TRADITIONAL DORMS?
Ivy House is 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 students have the same options for meal plans.
CAN STUDENTS IN THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA PACE PROGRAM LIVE AT IVY HOUSE?
Yes. Ivy House is one of 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.
CAN UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA INNOVATION ACADEMY STUDENTS LIVE AT IVY HOUSE?
Yes. Ivy House is 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.