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Title: Off campus life newsletter
Physical Description: Serial
Language: English
Creator: Dean of Students Office, University of Florida
Publisher: Dean of Students Office, University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: September 2010
Copyright Date: 2010
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UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
OFF CAMPUS LiFE


SEPTEMBER 2010 VOLUME 4, ISSUE 1
Page 1


Homer and Flanders. Tim and Wilson.
Canada and the U.S. While you may not be able to
choose who you live next to, you can choose to get to
know them.
Communicating with your neighbors is
beneficial to you because this relationship may help cre-
ate a friendly and safe environment. People are more apt to help those that
they know so don't be a stranger. If something seems out of the ordinary,
you could check on them and the same goes for them looking out for you.
You don't have to be BFF's, but at the very least you should know your neigh-
bor's name.
On the flip side, if your neighbor is downright sketchy, getting to know
them would alert you to some potentially dangerous behaviors. If you feel
uncomfortable, you can alert apartment management or law enforcement
to suspicious behavior. Be sure, though, not to jump to conclusions when
judging others. Being different from you may not equate to being danger-
ous, but in all cases, listen to your gut feeling.


THE DREADED "C" WORD: COMMUNICATION
Seemingly used more times than "Go Gators" at a
football game, the term "communication" flies out like
college kids to free pizza. Though "communication" is
dropped enough like it's hot, what is it exactly? OCL
sees communication as a means of keeping the peace
and re-instating it if things go awry. Note: Signs like
the one shown are not considered healthy, effective
means of communication. Don't let your living envi-
ronment become an uncomfortable place where signs
like this are the norm.
Talk to your roommate openly and be real with what you want and
expect. If you're clean, stay up late, and like having people over, let your
roommate know. That way, if they are the total opposite of you, you can
work out a fair compromise and (hopefully) have a happy living environ-
ment.
The same advice goes for communicating with your landlord or apart-
ment manager. Talk to them about your concerns ahead of time before
anything hits the fan.
OCL and Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (http://www.dso.
ufl.edu/sccr/) provide free mediation to help with roommate or landlord/
tenant issues. Student Legal Services (https://www.studentlegalservices.
ufl.edu/) provides free legal advice for landlord issues if need be, but with
early and clear communication, you can keep things under control.


KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOR


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UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
OFF CAMPUS LiFE


RENTERS INSURANCE

The upstairs apartment's tub leaks, drenching your closet and everything in
it. A tree branch breaks your window in a thunderstorm. As the All State
Mayhem commercials show, random things like this do happen. Protect your-
self and your property with Renters Insurance. For $20-$40/month, you can
have Renter's Insurance. Some students can find renter's coverage through
their parents or family members homeowner's insurance policy so check to
see if this is an option before purchasing a renter's insurance policy.

A renter's policy commonly contains four separate sections:
* Personal Property: provides protection for your personal property, such
as furniture, clothing, and electronics. This coverage limit is chosen by you
when you purchase the policy.
* Loss of use: that is the additional expenses you incur when your apartment
cannot be used because of an insured loss. This part of the policy will usually
only cover around 10 20% of your personal property value.
a Personal liability: covers damages to others for which you are held liable
except as limited or excluded by the policy.
* Medical Payments to Others: pays for medical expenses for minor injuries
to others even if you are not at fault. The policy normally includes limits of
$1000 $5,000 per person.

For more information, see the Renter's Insurance section in the Gator Guide
at http://www.offcampus.ufl.edu/documents/gatorGuide_09%2010.pdf.















TRANSITIONING TO UF/BALANCE/INVOL VEENT

While Gainesville is a great and exciting place to be, full of new opportunities, we un-
derstand that sometimes you simply miss home. Below are some tips to help transition to
Gainesville and UF. Before you know it, Gainesville will be your home away from home.

* Find your niche at UF. Get involved with UF through student organizations, on-cam-
pus employment, and campus activities. Find out about the over 900 student organiza-
tions at https://www.union.ufl.edu/involvement/search/#StudentOrganizations. Read
the weekly GatorTimes e-mail to learn about upcoming events and opportunities.
* Meet new people and places. The college experience is a one-of-a-kind lifestyle
that not everyone gets to have so take advantage of it. Be open to meeting new peo-
ple and making new friends. Look out for upcoming OCL videos on Gainesville hotspots
to see cool local places you can check out.
* Talk to someone. If you feel that you are having a really hard time adjusting, UF
offers free, confidential counseling service to students. Go to http://www.counseling.ufl.
edu/cwc/Default.aspx for more information.


SEPTEMBER 2010 VOLUME 4, ISSUE 1
Page 2


HURRICANE SAFETY TIPS
Fall. Gator Football. Hurricane. All
these seasons are upon us and it's time
to prep for them. You have your books
and supplies for school. You've been
ready for football since last season's
end. Now, on to hurricane prepared-
ness.

* Keep cash on you and have your car's
gas tank full. ATM's won't work if there's
no electricity.
* Make sure you have any prescription
medications, cash, sleeping bag, batter-
ies, water and non-perishable foods, first
aid kit, battery-operated radio, flash-
lights, car keys, cell phones, maps, direc-
tions, shelter locations and contact in-
formation, and any important documents
(Driver's license, social security card,
insurance papers, passports, etc.)
* Don't forget about your pet! Make
proper arrangements in case you have to
evacuate.
* Keep up to date about the storm's
track.

For more info, read the Hurricane Safety
section of the Gator Guide to Off Campus
Life at http://www.offcampus.ufl.edu/
documents/gatorguide1011 .pdf


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