Campus and Community

The University of Florida is a prestigious public university that educates nearly 50,000 students annually. UF is one of the nation’s top research university’s with the support of more than 3,000 faculty members and 6,000 staff members from around the world. With over 150 years of history in education, research, and community involvement, the University of Florida has become one of the five largest universities in the nation. For more information about the university including its history, faculty, ranking, and virtual tour of the campus, see the About UF web page.

The main campus of the University of Florida resides in the heart of the Gainesville, Florida. Gainesville has topped the list as one of the most livable cities in the United States numerous times, ranking number one in National Geographic and Cities Ranked & Rated magazines as recently as 2007. Gainesville’s economy, cost of living, climate, education, health, transportation, leisure, arts, and culture are key factors in making it an attractive place to live. Not only is Gainesville rich in culture, history, and diversity, but it is surrounded by the natural beauty of parks, lakes and springs. View the About Gainesville website for more information.

University of Florida employees have access to competitive vacation and sick leave benefits and a comprehensive health benefits packet including medical, cancer, and indemnity insurance. See the University of Florida web pages for detailed information about leave and  benefits available to employees.

Planning for the future is very important, and at the University of Florida, an employee has the opportunity to either participate in the Florida Retirement System or the UF Optional Retirement Program. With both programs, the University contributes a defined percentage into the employee’s retirement, and the employee has the option to match the amount. Please see our Retirement page for more information.

Work/Life Balance

In partnership with University of Florida, Gainesville offers a wide range of entertainment, museums, and family-friendly recreational facilities. Gainesville is a short drive from popular attractions such as Walt Disney World, beaches, and the oldest city in United States, St. Augustine, Florida. Below is a list of some of the local interests that are offered in Gainesville.

Calendar of Events


Curtis M. Phillips Center/Center of Performing Arts
Hippodrome State Theatre
Performing Arts in City of Gainesville
Florida Museum of Natural History
Harn Museum of Art

Recreational Facilities

City of Gainesville Public Parks
Alachua County Public Parks
State Parks (Northeast of Florida)

Local Interests

City of Gainesville
Alachua County Board of County Commissioners
Alachua County School Board
Gainesville Chamber of Commerce
Florida State Parks
RTS Regional Transit System
Directions to Gainesville

Local News

The Gainesville Sun
The Independent Florida Alligator
UF TV and Radio Stations
UF News