Worth Leaving Home For
At the University of Florida, we take your decision to choose us as your second home very seriously. That's why we have put a lot of thought into the design of our 2,000-acre campus with the goal of bringing students together to learn and grow as our top priority. As the flagship campus in the state of Florida, this can be your future training ground. Here are just a few locations that make the UF campus extra special.
The 157-foot-tall Century Tower is one of the most identifiable features of the University of Florida campus. From the Tower, the sound of the quarter hour tolls, and the music of the 61 bronze bell carillons project across the campus. The tower is 11 stories tall, and three entrances provide access to music students and concert performers.
J. Wayne Reitz Student Union
UF students can engage and connect with others in the Reitz Union, home to dining establishments, study spaces, meeting rooms, game room, dance studios and an on-campus hotel. The University Bookstore and UF Welcome Center are located in this facility. A common campus phrase is, "Meet you at the Reitz."
The Baughman Center
Sometimes students need a quiet place to think, meditate and de-stress. The Baughman Center is a stunning, elegant contemplation space in the heart of the University of Florida campus. Designed to bring the picturesque outdoor setting inside, the soaring windows and delicate natural materials echo the serene Florida surroundings. The Baughman Center is open for private contemplation each weekday.
As the centerpiece of the UF campus, the University Auditorium has impressive Gothic windows as well as a 99-rank organ with 6,500 pipes, recognized as one of the largest and most versatile organs in the country. The auditorium has seating for 840 and hosts small concerts, lectures and graduation ceremonies.
UF Bat Barn and Bat House
Would you believe that the world's largest occupied bat houses are on the UF campus? Located on the north side of Museum Road across from Lake Alice, the barn and house provide dwelling for more than 350,000 Brazilian free-tailed bats. Visitors flock to the area at sunset to see the bats emerge to feed on water at the lake and flying bugs.
Another notable distinction on the UF campus is Lake Alice, which occupies 129 acres. It is an open water/marsh system that provides habitats for wildlife and an outdoor classroom for students to learn about natural Florida watershed systems. No water recreation activities are permitted on Lake Alice; however, UF also has Lake Wauburg for sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding and other water and outdoor activities.
Plenty of Green Places to Hang Out
Mother Nature has been kind to the University of Florida campus, with much of the campus resting underneath large canopies of oaks. Grab your hammock and take a rest in between classes.