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UF Apartment Review: The Griffin

By Gavin

Picking the perfect place to live during your time in college can feel overwhelming. As a UF student myself, I understand the struggle of navigating all the different apartment options in Gainesville and making a decision about which is right for me.

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At Sweetwater, our modern amenities and diverse floor plans make for a great place to spend your days at UF. However, we know it’s important to understand all your options before making a final decision. If you’re looking at Sweetwater, chances are you’re probably looking at The Griffin as well.

That’s why we’ve created this review of The Griffin, another popular student housing option in Gainesville, to help you feel confident in your decision.

The Griffin: UF Apartment Review

The Griffin, a student apartment near sorority row at UF

Photo courtesy of The Griffin.

The Basics

Before getting into specifics, here are some quick facts about The Griffin:

Address: 1139 SW 11th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601

Year built: 2022

Number of units: 85

Number of stories: 5


The Griffin is located on 11th Ave, near the southeast side of UF campus. It’s just a few streets over from Sorority Row, so you can get to and from the house easily. It’s also close to another popular UF student property, Lark.

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At the time of publication in January 2024,The Griffin offers parking in their on-site garage for an additional monthly fee of $315. They also offer reserved scooter parking for $40 per month on the first floor of the parking garage, and offer exclusive reserved parking spots outside of the townhome floor plans.

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The Griffin offers several modern amenities, including a pool with a tanning ledge and cabanas, a poolside TV lounge with grills, study lounges, 24/7 fitness center, and Amazon package lockers. They also provide a free shuttle to UF campus for class.

Pool deck at The Griffin in Gainesville

Photo courtesy of The Griffin.

Pricing and Floor Plans

The Griffin offers 11 floor plans, including 1×1, 2×2, 3×3, 4×4, 5×5, 4×4.5, 5×5.5 and 6×6.5 options.

Each unit at The Griffin comes fully furnished and offers stainless steel appliances, wood flooring, granite kitchen and bathroom countertops, LED mirror with bluetooth speakers and defoggers, and in-unit washers and dryers.

At the time of publication in January 2024, rates for the 2024 – 2025 school year range from the $900s to over $1,800 per person, per month, depending on unit type. All rates are subject to change. You can find current availability and pricing on The Griffin’s floor plans page.

The Griffin is also pet friendly, and at the time of publication, allows certain pets with a $200 one-time fee and an additional $25/month pet rent.

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Living room at The Griffin in Gainesville

Photo courtesy of The Griffin.

We hope that this review of The Griffin helped you in your search for the right student housing for you. If you have any questions about student housing options near UF or would like to know more about Sweetwater, please contact our leasing staff who would be happy to help you in your apartment search.


Gavin is the Leasing Manager at Sweetwater. He is a junior at UF majoring in Sports Management.

January 11, 2024

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