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Moving to a new country, enrolling in classes and finding the perfect apartment can be a challenging situation and the team at The Courtyards understands. Our dedicated leasing team is here to assist University of Florida international students during this transition, whether you need help setting up your new phone, finding places to eat around town, finding the best study spots, figuring out the bus system or you just have general questions about your new apartment near UF.

At The Courtyards, you are just steps from UF's campus, so getting to class has never been easier. Walk to the convenience store, eat at some of Gainesville’s best restaurants in Midtown or lounge at our sparkling blue pool. No car, no problem! Our UF off campus housing is located near bus stops and provides residents with bike racks so you can get to class on time, every time.

In 2019, The Courtyards was awarded, Student Community of the Year by the North Central Florida Apartment Association. Our community was recognized for consistently excellent customer service, location to campus, and highly coveted amenities.

Put Your Mind At Ease

Put Your Mind At Ease

  • 24-hour emergency maintenance
  • Gated entry
  • Night manager
  • Video surveillance
  • On-site management
  • Roommate-matching available
Enjoy Comfort & Affordability

Enjoy Comfort & Affordability

  • All-inclusive monthly payments (cable, internet & utilities included)
  • Fully equipped kitchen with stainless steel appliances
  • Fully furnished apartments
  • Laundry facilities
  • Fire pit & grill area
  • Free weight & cardio fitness center
  • High-speed Internet included
Experience Convenience

Experience Convenience

  • Two-minute walk to Tigert Hall & UF campus
  • Shopping & dining options within walking distance
  • Frequent resident appreciation & social events
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University Of Florida International Students

Studying abroad is an extremely fulfilling and exciting time. The University of Florida offers various social and educational opportunities for international students in Gainesville and choosing your apartment close to campus is an important part of your college life. The Courtyards is less than a block from UF’s campus, which means you’ll spend less time riding the bus, on a bike, or sitting in the car and more time experiencing the best and most memorable parts of college life. With a supportive and knowledgeable on-site management team, The Courtyards is the perfect fit for international students studying abroad at UF.

Choosing an apartment in a new country can be stressful and we understand that. That’s why when you call our Gainesville apartments home, you’ll walk into a completely furnished apartment with high-speed Internet, cable, and ample space to study. Immerse yourself in American culture and live with other like-minded University of Florida students. You can even personalize your experience by choosing from multiple floor plan options, including two-bedrooms apartment, two-bedroom townhomes, four-bedroom apartments, four-bedroom townhomes, and five-bedroom apartments. The possibilities are endless when you choose to make The Courtyards your home away from home. The college experience you’ve been searching for awaits.

Necessary Documents

  • A Copy Of Your Passport
  • I-20 Which You Received From The University Of Florida
  • Social Security Number (If You Have One)
  • Proof Of Credit History (Usually In The Form Of A Credit Check)

Important Rules & Regulations In Gainesville

Learn more about what you can expect when you live in Gainesville. Below is a list of common rules, fees and other regulations that many people are not aware of when moving to Gainesville, FL.


Parking can be difficult and is expected to get worse as the development of the city continues. Please be wary of where you park your vehicle so your vehicle will not be towed, ticketed or given a boot, as this can get expensive.


Apartment team members, including maintenance professionals, management and leasing specialists, are legally allowed to enter your apartment at reasonable times to perform repairs and inspections. The Courtyards will notify residents before entering the apartment, and our team is happy to coordinate with your schedule when repairs and inspections are necessary.


The U.S. electrical current is 110 Volt/60 Hertz. Most appliances in abroad use 220 Volt/50 Hertz currents. Please note that appliances that require 220 Volt/50 Hertz will not work properly in the U.S. without a proper adapter.

Gainesville’s Bike Laws

In Florida, bicycles are defined as a vehicle. Bicyclists are subject to many of the same laws, fines, and rules as motor vehicles. Please visit the University of Florida Police Department’s website for more detailed information regarding bicycle laws.

Drinking Age

In Florida, the legal age to consume alcohol is 21 years of age. Be prepared to show identification, generally a passport, that proves you are 21 years or older when ordering alcoholic beverages. This law is strictly enforced.

Understanding The Vocabulary

The terms used when leasing an apartment can get confusing, so we’ve put together this guide detailing a few common terms that you may encounter when signing your housing contract.

  • Amenity. Amenities are items of convenience, luxury, and enjoyment provided by the community at no extra cost. Examples would be a pool, fitness center or laundry room.
  • Deposit. A deposit is the amount of money to be paid when signing your housing contract.
  • Furnished Apartment. This is an apartment that contains furniture. This can include couches, desks, chairs, nightstands, dressers, and lamps. Things that are not included in a furnished apartment are items such as cups, pots, pans, silverware, linens, towels, ironing boards, and pillows.
  • Guarantor. Also referred to as a co-signer, a guarantor is someone who agrees in writing to pay your housing contract and associated expenses if you default and are unable to make monthly installment payments. A guarantor may be required if you are not able to demonstrate a good credit history or lack a credit history.
  • Utility. Resources provided by a company for a fee, such as electric, gas, cable, internet service, water, and sewage.
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