First-Year Housing Information

Fall 2016/Spring 2017


General Information


Who is defined as a First-Year Student?


First-year students are defined as students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, and have earned less than 12 semester hours of transferable college credit after high school graduation and before enrolling into UNF. This excludes college credits earned during high school completion through accelerated mechanisms such as IB, AICE, AP and dual enrollment classes. After matriculation to UNF, students will continue to be defined as first-year students until they have completed two terms: fall and spring or spring and fall terms.


The University of North Florida is committed to ensuring the academic and personal success of its students. In working to fulfill this commitment, over the past several years we have learned that living in on-campus housing can make a world of difference in what our students take away from their college experience and in their success rates. The benefits of living on campus are especially significant for students who have just graduated from high school and are attending their first year of college. Research tells us that those students who live on campus during their first year:

  • Have higher grade point averages,
  • make a smoother transition from high school to college,
  • have higher retention and graduation rates,
  • report greater satisfaction with their college experience, and
  • make better use of the educational and support services provided by their universities than do commuter students.

Consistent with this perspective and to ensure the quality of the first year experience, UNF requires all first-year students to live in on-campus housing. UNF students who begin in the summer or fall terms are required to live in campus housing during their first fall and spring terms. Students who begin in the spring term will need to live on campus during that first spring term and during the next fall term. Housing during the summer is not mandated.

When living in campus housing during the first year, students must also purchase an on-campus meal plan, including those students who elect to live on campus during their initial summer term. There are several different meal plans to choose from depending on the student’s individual needs. The minimal plan provides for 10 meals per week.

Visit for the full requirement details, including information regarding requesting an exemption.


First-Year Housing for Fall 2016/Spring 2017 

For Fall 2016/Spring 2017 all residential first-year students will reside in the four first-year housing areas: Osprey Hall, Osprey Landing, Osprey Cove and Osprey Crossings.




Osprey Hall residents will reside within a double occupancy room. Private rooms will only be utilized to accommodate medical and disability needs as determined by the UNF Disability Resource Center.


Osprey CrossingsOsprey Landing and Osprey Cove residents will reside within a triple occupancy room. Double and private rooms will only be utilized to accommodate medical and disability needs as determined by the UNF Disability Resource Center.


A portion of Osprey Landing and Osprey Crossings will be home to several first-year Living-Learning Community opportunities. Living-Learning Community participants will reside in double rooms. Visit for information regarding Living-Learning Community information.  


**We work closely with Enrollment Services to determine housing needs for the incoming first-year class. We will monitor enrollment throughout the summer and if enrollment numbers for first-year residents are lower than anticipated we will adjust occupancy accordingly. At this time, we anticipate the use of triple-occupancy rooms in Osprey Crossings, Osprey Landing and Osprey Cove. 

To complete your Fall 2016 housing contract please click  HERE.



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