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Support Resources 

Parenting is one of the toughest jobs there is.  Being the parent of a college age child is no easier.  To provide a little help, the Parents Association offers the following resources to help you manage the often confounding world of higher education – so you can help your son or daughter make the most of their education and enjoy these years yourself.

The Role of Student Affairs

At UNF, students are our top priority.  The Division of Academic Affairs is, as its names implies, responsible for the quality of the instruction and scholarship. The Division of Student Affairs is responsible for the “incidental learning” or that which takes place outside the classroom, the quality of life and the personal growth of students attending UNF. Please visit the Division of Student Affairs webpage to see what we are doing to support your student – and in the process, support you.

Recommended Reading for Parents

There are many valuable books, websites and other resources that provide information, advice and coping strategies. Here are a few that you might want to know about.

Don't Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money: the Essential Parenting Guide to the College Years, by Helen E. Johnson & Christine Schelhas-Miller

Empty Nest...Full Heart: the Journey from Home to College, by Andrea Van Steenhouse, Ph.D.

I'll Miss You Too: An off-to-college Guide for Parents and Students, by Bane and Bane

Lecture Notes: A Professor's Inside Guide to College Success, by Philip Freeman

Letting Go: a parent's guide to understanding the college years, by Karen Levin Coburn & Madge Lawrence Treeger

You're on Your Own (But I'm Here If You Need Me):mentoring your child through the college years
, by Majorie Savage

Preparing for College: Practical Advice for Students and Their Families
, by John F. Reardon, John J. Rooney and Katherine Haley Will

The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College, by Harlan Cohen

Helicopters, Drill Sergeants and Consultants: Parent Styles and the Messages they Send
, by Jim Fay 

Financial Literacy for College Students

There are several online resources available for students to access information and interactive tools to teach them about building a budget, managing credit wisely, preventing identity theft, the basics of banking and investing and more. Some online resources include: 

Bank of America Student Banking and College Planning

The ABC's of Credit Card Finance 

Career Services

Choosing a major and entering the world or work are significant life transitions. Career Services offers hints on how parents can mentor their students. Click here to learn the four phases of career planning.

Study Skills

Students can view the tutoring schedule, which is subject to change, at the First Year Advising website.

Financial Aid

Financing your child’s education can be complex.  Some resources to help navigate the world of financial aid are listed here.

UNF Financial Aid  

FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid  

The College Board  

Simple Tuition  

Study in the U.S. – Scholarships for International Students

Guide to Jacksonville

Moving away to attend college, isn’t easy. Often college students have to figure out all the academic, social and daily life demands while being unfamiliar with the new location. This list of some local businesses will help your student get acclimated to the area around UNF and help you when you are visiting your student. Please remember this is not an endorsement of the business, but simply a guide for you.
CVS Pharmacy
4893 Town Center Parkway (3 mi. from UNF) 
(904) 642-2442
Open 24 hours
Walgreens Drug Store
11430 Beach Blvd. (2.8 mi. from UNF)
(904) 641-1581 

Discount Chain Stores

13490 Beach Blvd. (4.7 mi. from UNF)
(904) 223-0722

Target (2.6 mi.)
4775 Town Center Parkway (2.6 mi. from UNF) 
(904) 596-0020

Super Target (4.2 mi.)
13740 Beach Blvd. (4.2 mi. from UNF)
(904) 248-4363

Grocery Stores

Publix – St. Johns Town Center
4413 Town Center Parkway (1.8 mi. from UNF)
(904) 564-3632

Publix – Kernan Square 
12620 Beach Blvd. (3.4 mi. from UNF)
(904) 564-3580

Winn Dixie 
11380 Beach Blvd. (3.0 mi. from UNF)
(904) 996-0990

Native Sun Natural Foods
11030 Baymeadows Road (5.6 mi. from UNF)
(904) 260-2791

Gas Stations

BP Gasoline 
3605 St. Johns Bluff Road (1.6 mi. from UNF)
(904) 646-4271

Gate Gas Station
4123 Town Center Parkway (1.8 mi. from UNF)
(904) 564-2475

Shell First Coast Energy 
4991 Gate Parkway (4.4 mi. from UNF)
(904) 564-2236

Shopping Centers and Malls

Avenues Mall 
10300 Southside Blvd. (9.9 mi. from UNF)
(904) 363-3060

Regency Square Mall 
9501 Arlington Expressway (6.8 mi. from UNF)
(904) 725-3830

St. Johns Town Center 
4663 River City Drive (directly west from UNF – 2.5 mi. from UNF)

(904) 642-8339


Vehicle Repairs

Bird Legs Bicycles
1313 Beach Blvd. (10.1 mi. from UNF)
(904) 246-4433

Bikes Direct
4624 Town Crossing Drive (2.3 mi. from UNF)
(904) 928-2453 

Firestone Complete Auto Care
9501 Arlington Expressway (8.2 mi. from UNF)
(904) 404-7349

Sandalwood Car Care Center 
10675-1 Atlantic Blvd. (7.0 mi. from UNF)
(904) 641-7377
ATMs and Campus Banking
Full-service automated teller machines and cash dispensing machines, affiliated with the Community First Credit Union, Bank of America, Sun Trust Bank, VyStar Credit Union and Wells Fargo Bank are located on the UNF campus.


On-Campus Banking and ATMs
Community First Credit Union
Student Union, Bldg. 58E, Suite 1402
(904) 354-8537 or (904) 371-8193

ATMs (Full-Service):
Community First Credit Union
Student Union, Bldg. 58E, first floor opposite
Osprey Fountains, Bldg. 55, in atrium
Roy Lassiter Hall, Bldg. 8, near Chick-fil-A

VyStar Credit Union and Bank of America
Roy Lassiter Hall, Bldg. 8, first floor, Room 1101

Cash Dispensing Machines
Community First Credit Union
Osprey Fountains, Bldg. 55, first floor lobby
Roy Lassiter Hall, Bldg. 8, outside north end of building

Sun Trust Bank, Wells Fargo Bank and JP Morgan Chase
Roy Lassiter Hall, Bldg. 8, inside first floor, Room 1101

Cash Dispensing Machines (Private Label)
UNF Arena, Bldg. 34, lobby
University Center, Bldg. 43, lobby 


Other Area Banks

BBVA Compass Bank 

10060 Skinner Lake Drive (3.1 mi. from UNF)
(904) 564-8600

First Citizens Bank 
4300 San Pablo Road S. (7.71 mi. from UNF)
(904) 821-1542

SunTrust Bank 
4489 Town Center Parkway (2.6 mi. from UNF)

Wells Fargo
4715 Town Center Parkway (2.8 mi. from UNF)
(904) 620-0368

VyStar Credit Union 

11674 Beach Blvd. (7.6 mi. from UNF)
(904) 594-5379




Baptist Emergency at Town Center 
4085 Town Center Parkway (1.5 mi from UNF) 
(904) 202-6800

Baptist Medical Center Beaches
1350 13th Ave. S. (9.5 mi from UNF)
(904) 627-2900

Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville
800 Prudential Drive (13.4 mi from UNF)
(904) 202-2000

Mayo Clinic 
4500 San Pablo Road (6.3 mi. from UNF)
(904) 953-2000


Memorial Hospital
3625 University Blvd. S. (7.7 mi. from UNF)
(904) 399-6111

Shands Jacksonville – Trauma Center

6554 West Eighth St. (17.3 mi. from UNF)
(904) 244-0411

St. Vincent’s Medical Center – Southside 
4201 Belfort Road (7.1 mi. from UNF)
(904) 296-3700

Urgent Care and Walk-in Centers

4888 Town Center Parkway, Suite 107 (3.7 mi. from UNF)
(904) 800-1735

8705 Perimeter Park Blvd. Unit #2 (4.9 mi. from UNF)
(904) 248-3910

13460 Beach Blvd. Unit #1 (5.5 mi. from UNF)
(904) 854-1700

Jacksonville Airport Transportation 

EZ Airport Shuttle
(904) 741-3740 or (866) 722-0111

Jacksonville Airport Ride
(904) 444-3868

9A Airport Transportation
(904) 415-5360 or 1-877-399-8288

Tim’s Tour Cars
(904) 861-5552

Local Cab Transportation 


Checker Cab
(904) 345-3333

Coastal Cab
(904) 246-9999

Gator City Taxi
(904) 355-8294

Jaguar Cab
(904) 394-4444


Storage Facilities 

Atlantic Self Storage

3635 Kernan Blvd S. (2.9 mi. from UNF)
(904) 641-2300

13963 Beach Blvd. (6.2 mi. from UNF)
(904) 223-0800