Frequently Asked Question

Student Apartments Near UF

We simplify the reservation process at The Retreat at Gainesville so that you get the best experience possible. To reserve your cottage, all you need to do is to fill out our online application, which can be found under the “Apply Tab” on our main site. Once you’ve completed your application and selected your cottage, our leasing team will reach out to you with your next steps! Those steps will include signing your Housing Contract and submitting Guarantor or Self-Qualifying information per our Rental Criteria. Once you have completed your contract, we will screen you and your Guarantor (if applicable) and contact you with the screening decision! Once you have received your screening decision results, we will notify you of any fees/deposits that are needed. It’s as easy as that! We make the process simple, so you don’t have to worry about trying to figure it all out. And, if you have any questions, simply email

To best meet the needs of our clientele, we offer 12-month housing contracts. We make the transition period for all of our residents as smooth as possible by offering a housing contract period that runs from August to late July. Our office is happy to provide additional information.

The Retreat at Gainesville offers the most complete luxury student apartments in Gainesville, FL, with 19 different floor plans and bedroom options, including 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 bedrooms.

The Retreat at Gainesville’s cottages are the most well-equipped furnished student apartments in the area. Each bedroom is complete with its own personal bathroom, and some cottages include an extra half bath.

To simplify payments, installment payments are due on the first (1st) of the month and can easily be paid by check at the clubhouse or using the simple and secure Online Pay option. Payments received after 9 a.m. on the fourth (4th) of the month are considered late.

We want to meet all of your needs by providing student apartments near UF, so we include a variety of amenities at no additional charge to you. Your monthly installment payment includes high-speed Internet, cable, pest control, garbage disposal, lawn maintenance, and access to all of The Retreat’s facilities. You won’t find any other apartments for rent in Gainesville, FL, that offer more than we do.

The Retreat isn’t known for its luxury student apartments in Gainesville, FL, for nothing. At the Retreat, we offer the most when it comes to amenities, including one of the most expansive resort-style pools in Gainesville, complete with a comfortable resident center, sauna, state-of-the-art computer lab, all-encompassing fitness center, tanning beds, virtual driving range, and study lounge.

The Retreat at Gainesville is optimally located, offering student apartments near UF that are literally just minutes away from campus. By car or bike, residents can make it to campus in less than 10 minutes. It just doesn’t get any more convenient!

Each apartment comes standard with all the necessary appliances for your convenience. Appliances include a refrigerator with ice-maker, dishwasher, range/oven, microwave, and full-size washer and dryer.

Because we want you to have it all when you live at The Retreat at Gainesville, we offer both furnished and unfurnished cottage options. The complete furniture package that we offer includes furniture both for the common area and each bedroom. The package features high-quality living room furniture as well as bedroom furnishings, including a bed and mattress set, nightstand, desk and chair, and dresser or under-bed storage.

You won’t find nicer Gainesville apartments near UF. No matter which cottage you choose, you’ll get an outdoor living area in the form of a patio or deck (depending on the floor plan). Some cottages also offer front porches.

At The Retreat at Gainesville, we provide parking on a first-come, first-serve basis, as well as offer reserved covered parking.  Should you choose the reserved covered parking space, there will be a monthly fee; therefore, please reach out to the Leasing Office for parking spot availability.

No student apartments near UF would be complete without high-speed Internet. Each cottage is wired for high-speed Internet and cable, and each of these services is covered in your monthly installment payment.

The Retreat at Gainesville offers an electronic keying system, which is referred to as “controlled access”. We issue electronic key fobs to each resident, similar to a hotel in which each resident has an individualized key that grants him or her access to his or her cottage and any of the community amenities. This system prevents key duplication, provides a record log of its use and allows any maintenance keys to work only during designated times.

Most of our cottages are pet-friendly read our pet policy.

Our cottages offer ample space and the most square footage of any Gainesville apartments near UF, but each one ranges in size depending on the floorplan. See the floorplan page on our site for more information on square footage and cottage layouts.

Are you looking for more control over how you are matched with roommates? Through the RoomSync app, residents are empowered to choose roommates and build a sense of community using lifestyle habits such as cleanliness levels, studying habits, sleep cycles, and more. RoomSync offers an experience that supports a diverse and inclusive matching community through gender-inclusive tools. Furthermore, the app recognizes the importance of living criteria like service and emotional support animals and factors this into the matching process.

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