Collegiate Living Organization

★★☆☆☆
  • 117 NW 15th St

    Gainesville, FL 32603

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  • 352-372-9298

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I used to be a member of CLO. I used to love all the people there and all the great time we had together. But then, things went downhill rather rapidly and I decided it wasn't a good place to live anymore.

Briefly, there is way too much politics, the managment is very very poor, the facilities are in poor shape and the often-boasted food is completely unhealthy and often becomes repetative. I would strongly advise against living there.

First of all, it's run by college students for better and for worse. But lately, the management of the place has been piss-poor. Power corrupts and the student board members and officers are often harshly critical, backstabbing and arrogant. On top of it many of them lack common sense and waste their time and yours with nonsense at mandatory meetings.

One of the best benefits of living there is the food. You are fed meals twice a day during weekdays. But unfortunately, there seems to be a disease where people seem to gain weight and feel terrible after just a few months of eating the garbage they serve.

Finally, the buildings are really in terrible condition. Paint is blistering off the exterior and doors, the roof leaks and causes mildew in the wet season, the carpets and walls look disgusting. Even worse, many rooms are ice cold in the winter and unbearably hot in the summer. It's embarrassing to show your parents and friends were you live. Even more shocking is to see the building being "repaired" and "maintained." Everything is done on the cheap with no regard to proper technique or materials.

The location is a blessing and a liability. It's a brief walk to UF but as a girl, I'm always afraid of some of the sketchy people that occupy the parking lot and walk through the sidewalks.


Other notes: The furniture is complete garbage and almost laughable, they have strict fire codes which are really restrict with what you can have in your room.

In other words, avoid at all costs. If you want cooperative living, I highly recommending rooming with a good buddy of yours like I have. Good riddens, I'm glad I don't have to put up with the place for the rest of my college life.

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★☆☆☆☆

I used to be a member of CLO. I used to love all the people there and all the great time we had together. But then, things went downhill rather rapidly and I decided it wasn't a good place to live anymore.

Briefly, there is way too much politics, the managment is very very poor, the facilities are in poor shape and the often-boasted food is completely unhealthy and often becomes repetative. I would strongly advise against living there.

First of all, it's run by college students for better and for worse. But lately, the management of the place has been piss-poor. Power corrupts and the student board members and officers are often harshly critical, backstabbing and arrogant. On top of it many of them lack common sense and waste their time and yours with nonsense at mandatory meetings.

One of the best benefits of living there is the food. You are fed meals twice a day during weekdays. But unfortunately, there seems to be a disease where people seem to gain weight and feel terrible after just a few months of eating the garbage they serve.

Finally, the buildings are really in terrible condition. Paint is blistering off the exterior and doors, the roof leaks and causes mildew in the wet season, the carpets and walls look disgusting. Even worse, many rooms are ice cold in the winter and unbearably hot in the summer. It's embarrassing to show your parents and friends were you live. Even more shocking is to see the building being "repaired" and "maintained." Everything is done on the cheap with no regard to proper technique or materials.

The location is a blessing and a liability. It's a brief walk to UF but as a girl, I'm always afraid of some of the sketchy people that occupy the parking lot and walk through the sidewalks.


Other notes: The furniture is complete garbage and almost laughable, they have strict fire codes which are really restrict with what you can have in your room.

In other words, avoid at all costs. If you want cooperative living, I highly recommending rooming with a good buddy of yours like I have. Good riddens, I'm glad I don't have to put up with the place for the rest of my college life.

Pros: Cheap, Good location in the day, parking

Cons: Poor management, terrible rooms, bad food, politics

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CLO's an okay place to live. My roommate and I get along great and we met a lot of new people. They have a new chef, Bill, who's really good. He cooks tons of veggies and the meat isn't full of fat. I'm trying to loose weight. :P

The house is super cheap and that can be good and bad. For $350 a month I got a shared dorm room. Rent also includes ten meals per week. The rent is low 'cause residents do all the housekeeping themselves. That's the compromise. But if your on a budget that's one of the realities you have to deal with. The house holds up to 80 people, some you'll like, some you won't. I just hang out with the people I like. You can avoid the others.

I'm not a fan of doing details there, which you have to do a few hours a weeks but that's how they keep the rent low. I figure I have to chores at home anyway so no real difference. The rooms are small, I think 12 by 16. Most rooms are shared like a dorm but my roommate was awesome so I didn't mind. Some people have single rooms but that costs little extra.

Overall I had a good experience at CLO. I've recommended this place to all my friends. I'm pretty broke, so I appreciate that this place was around for me to live in.

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★★★★☆

CLO's an okay place to live. My roommate and I get along great and we met a lot of new people. They have a new chef, Bill, who's really good. He cooks tons of veggies and the meat isn't full of fat. I'm trying to loose weight. :P

The house is super cheap and that can be good and bad. For $350 a month I got a shared dorm room. Rent also includes ten meals per week. The rent is low 'cause residents do all the housekeeping themselves. That's the compromise. But if your on a budget that's one of the realities you have to deal with. The house holds up to 80 people, some you'll like, some you won't. I just hang out with the people I like. You can avoid the others.

I'm not a fan of doing details there, which you have to do a few hours a weeks but that's how they keep the rent low. I figure I have to chores at home anyway so no real difference. The rooms are small, I think 12 by 16. Most rooms are shared like a dorm but my roommate was awesome so I didn't mind. Some people have single rooms but that costs little extra.

Overall I had a good experience at CLO. I've recommended this place to all my friends. I'm pretty broke, so I appreciate that this place was around for me to live in.

Pros: Food included, close to school, super cheap, some people

Cons: chores, small room, other people

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If I could give it half a star, I would.

The best thing about the place is the location. It is right across from the library, and it's within walking distance to everything. However, it's also behind a bar, and there are some shady people who walk by at all hours.

They feed you only twice a day, and the food is worse than what you can get with an on-campus meal plan, which at least feeds you more as well. They don't fill you up at all, and you're going to end up paying more in health in the long run after eating the greasy food for a while.

They provide the slowest internet connection you can ever get, if you can actually get it to work. You won't be able to hook up a TV here or anything either.

The "fully furnished room" was missing a chair, a dresser, and it didn't even have a closet. The one dresser that they DID provide was falling apart. It was a chore to try to open the stuck drawers every day!

Since it is student-run, they are so disorganized that it takes over an hour to do something as simple as finding the right person to whom you pay your rent! There were some friendly folks here, but certainly not enough. Most people were lazy and critical.

If you are stuck in a hall with someone who forgets to do his/her "detail" (a euphemism for chores that include cleaning the entire building hallways with a broken vacuum cleaner or scrubbing down mildewy bathrooms with broken vents and used pads in the showers), then you may have to go two weeks or more using an uncleaned bathroom or hallway because someone else forgot his/her responsibilities.

This place will fine you $10 or more for every little mistakes you make, such as not being able to attend a 2 hour long "house meeting" in the dirty kitchen. In the end, after all the fines and everything are calculated, you're really not saving that much money. You're going to spend so much more time and money getting things fixed around here.

Just look for somewhere else. It's worth it.

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★☆☆☆☆

If I could give it half a star, I would.

The best thing about the place is the location. It is right across from the library, and it's within walking distance to everything. However, it's also behind a bar, and there are some shady people who walk by at all hours.

They feed you only twice a day, and the food is worse than what you can get with an on-campus meal plan, which at least feeds you more as well. They don't fill you up at all, and you're going to end up paying more in health in the long run after eating the greasy food for a while.

They provide the slowest internet connection you can ever get, if you can actually get it to work. You won't be able to hook up a TV here or anything either.

The "fully furnished room" was missing a chair, a dresser, and it didn't even have a closet. The one dresser that they DID provide was falling apart. It was a chore to try to open the stuck drawers every day!

Since it is student-run, they are so disorganized that it takes over an hour to do something as simple as finding the right person to whom you pay your rent! There were some friendly folks here, but certainly not enough. Most people were lazy and critical.

If you are stuck in a hall with someone who forgets to do his/her "detail" (a euphemism for chores that include cleaning the entire building hallways with a broken vacuum cleaner or scrubbing down mildewy bathrooms with broken vents and used pads in the showers), then you may have to go two weeks or more using an uncleaned bathroom or hallway because someone else forgot his/her responsibilities.

This place will fine you $10 or more for every little mistakes you make, such as not being able to attend a 2 hour long "house meeting" in the dirty kitchen. In the end, after all the fines and everything are calculated, you're really not saving that much money. You're going to spend so much more time and money getting things fixed around here.

Just look for somewhere else. It's worth it.

Pros: location

Cons: ambience, parking, service, cleanliness, safety, friendliness

 

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