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OFF CAMPUS LIFE NEWSLETTER MARCH 2011 VOLUME 4, ISSUE 7 The Off Campus Life Newsletter is a publication of Off Campus Life in the Division of Student Affairs Page 1 SPRING BREAK SAFETY & TRAVEL TIPS Finally, a time to let loose and relax! From 3/7-3/11, the world is your oyster as you ditch the responsibilities of school and live the life you always envisioned. Alright...while your Spring Break may not be as epic and wild as MTV always depicts it to be, the point is to unwind and have some fun! If youre leaving Gainesville, be sure to leave your house in proper order. As the old adage goes, when the cats away the mice will play. Professional criminals know when students will be out of town and take advantage of this time to do their work. Dont make your house an easy target. See below for tips on how to safeguard your house before you leave for the best Spring Break ever. Lock your doors and windows. Sounds simple enough, but you would be surprised at how many people neglect to do this. You may as well have a neon sign outside your house saying Thiefs and criminals, come on in!. Close window blinds and keep valuables out of sight. Again, another common sense tip that isnt so com If someone wants that stuff badly enough, a window is not going to stop them from breaking in. If you can, bring your expensive portable items with you (jewelry, watches, cash, lap tops, etc.). Lights, camera, (no) action. If no ones going to be at your place over break, put a timer on one of the lamps. You could also use a WiFi webcam to serve as a home surveillance camera. With these precautions set, hopefully there will be no unwanted action happening in your crib while youre out. Check your cars condition. Havent gotten your oil changed in a hot minute? Get it done before you leave town! While youre at the mechanics, have them do an inspection of your car to make sure its roadready. Also, check your tire pressure and adjust the air levels as needed. Tell a trusted friend you will be out of town. Dont spread the word on facebook or tweet about how your house is vacant. If you know someone who is going to be staying local, have them look out for your house while youre gone. HOMEOWNING TIPS Thinking of buying a house in the future, but have no idea of how to even start the process? Come out to OCLs March Lunch Series and learn tips on how to purchase a house. A panel of experts including a real estate agent, insurance agent, mortgage lender, and home inspector will be pres ent to answer your questions and guide you along your homeowning journey. Come to Peabody Hall Room 411 on Thurs day, 3/17 from 11:45am-12:35pm to learn the basics of purchasing a house. Free lunch provided. This event is sponsored Campus Life and the Florida Op portunity Scholars Program. PET-A-PALOOZA Do those Sarah McLachlan ASPCA commercials make you want to run out in the feral cat you see? While giving shelter to a fe ral cat may not be the best idea, adopting a great way to get companionship and give a local homeless animal a loving place to call home. The Community Advocates Student Organization is hosting a pet program on Tuesday, 3/22 from 7-9PM in Peabody Hall Room 411. Come to this unteer with local pet agencies. Some adoptees may even be present at this event. Free food will be provided. For more information, join the Community Advocates facebook group named Community Advocates.

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OFF CAMPUS LIFE NEWSLETTER The Off Campus Life Newsletter is a publication of Off Campus Life in the Division of Student Affairs MARCH 2011 VOLUME 4, ISSUE 7 Page 2 RENTAL HOUSE 101 If youre thinking of purchasing or rent ing a house, there are some consider ations to be aware of before commit ting to a house. Make sure your landlord has a permit from the City of Gainesville. Landlords are required to be regsitered with the City of Gainesville and have a landlords permit. OCL recommends only renting from a landlord who has a permit with the city. In addition to having a landlord permit, be aware that most houses have a joint lease. A joint lease means that a certain amount must be paid per month. So, if a roommate moves out or is unable to pay their share of the rent, the remain ing roommates are required to pay the total amount regardless of the circum stances. Also, the City of Gainesville has an Oc cupancy Limit for single-family dwellings that states that no more than 3 unrelat ed people can live together in a house. Even if there are four bedrooms, if the house is zoned as single-family hous ing, 4 friends cannot live together. If there are two relatives and two friends for a total of four people, that is permis sible, but four individuals is in violation of this city code. Violations may result Lastly, some rental houses require that you take care of lawn maintenance and other miscellaneous household repairs. Be prepared to do these tasks if the lease notes that you are responsible for them. sult with OCL staff before deciding to rent or purchase a house. There are as more space and privacy, but there are also different responsibilities and rules that go along with living in a house. The ultimate choice is yours, but OCL is here to help you make the most educated de cision possible. Wanna be part of a UF publication? OCLs annual mag azine-style publication, the Gator Guide to Off Campus housing, their roommate experience, any advice they can give about living off-campus, etc. Be part of the new and updated Gator Guide! About 10,000 copies are distributed annually and the Gator Guide is available online. Go to http://www.offcampus. WORDS OF WISDOM LOOKING FOR OFF-CAMPUS HOUSING? COME SEE US FIRST! Off Campus Life staff is here to help you with your hous ing search. Before you sign a lease, feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. Come meet with us to hear important tips and considerations to keep in mind before signing a lease. You have plenty of time take your time in your apartment search. Go to our website at www. staff contact info and more information or drop Plaza of the Americas and Library West). SG HOUSING FAIR Student Government hosts the Housing Fair to give stu dents the opportunity to learn about the different op tions available to them for living on or off campus. Different apartment complexes can rent tables and come to inform students about the advantages of living in their complexes through brochures and representatives from their apartment community. Also, apartment complexes usually give tons of free gifts and promotional items along with info about leasing at their property. Date: Wednesday, 3/23 Time: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Location: Reitz Union Colonnade, Reitz Union North Lawn, Reitz Union North Terrace ***Check out the Student Living Guide in the Alligator on this date for tips and info about living off-campus.


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MARCH 2011 VOLUME 4, ISSUE 7
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HOMEOWNING TIPS

Thinking of buying a house in the future, but have
no idea of how to even start the process? Come
out to OCL's March Lunch Series and learn tips
on how to purchase a house. A panel of experts
including a real estate agent, insurance agent,
mortgage lender, and home inspector will be pres-
ent to answer your questions and guide you along
your homeowning journey. Come to Peabody Hall
Room 411 on Thurs-
day, 3/17 from
11:45am-12:35pm
to learn the basics .' i3
of purchasing a .
house. Free lunch
provided. This
event is sponsored
by the Office of Off
Campus Life and
the Florida Op- --
portunity Scholars
Program.


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DiViSiON OF STUDENT AFFAIRS
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MARCH 2011 VOLUME 4, ISSUE 7
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LOOKING FOR OFF-CAMPUS HOUSING?
COME SEE US FIRST!

Off Campus Life staff is here to help you with your hous-
ing search. Before you sign a lease, feel free to contact
us with any questions you may have. Come meet with us
to hear important tips and considerations to keep in mind
before signing a lease.

You have plenty of time
to find an apartment so
take your time in your
apartment search. Go to
our website at www.
offcampus.ufl.edu for
staff contact info and
more information or drop
by OCL offices on the 3rd floor of Peabody Hall (next to
Plaza of the Americas and Library West).



WORDS OF WISDOM
Wanna be part of a UF publication? OCL's annual mag-
azine-style publication, the Gator Guide to Off Campus
Life, is looking for tips from students on how to find
housing, their roommate experience, any advice they
can give about living off-campus, etc.

Be part of the new and updated Gator Guide! About
10,000 copies are distributed annually and the Gator
Guide is available online. Go to http://www.offcampus.
ufl.edu/gatorguide.php to see the Gator Guide or pick
up a copy at various UF offices including the Dean of
Students Office, International Center, Welcome Center,
and OCL's office on the 3rd floor of Peabody Hall.


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