Skip to Main Content

Freshman Housing Experience

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

  • 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.

For these reasons, UNF encourages, but does not require, freshmen to live on campus. We believe it is to the student's benefit to live with us on campus and experience living close to his or her classes, professors, academic success programs, the Library, friends and a plethora of out-of-the-classroom activities. 


To help to build a solid social foundation, first-time-in-college students who are living on campus in our residence halls must also purchase a meal membership from UNF Dining Services. Meal memberships vary in price and quantity (number of meals per week), allowing options for differing schedules and budgets. However, students who do not choose a meal membership will have the 14-meal plan assessed for them about three weeks before the start of the term. To avoid this, please choose your meal membership today. Payment will be due at the start of the term, and there is no deposit required.  


Information on the different housing options available and the prices for each of these can be found at the Department of Housing and Residence Life website or by calling (904) 620-4663. 


Information on the different meal memberships can be found at the Dining Services website or by calling (904) 620-2543.