Living – Learning

The UF Department of Housing and Residence Education has collaborated with Innovation Academy to provide a campus residential experience designed to help students with a successful transition to UF. IA students who choose to live on campus will reside in the Innovation Academy Living Learning Community in Beaty Towers. 

What is a Living-Learning Community?

Residential Learning Communities have been in place in higher education for decades. The main purpose behind them is to expand the learning experience for college students beyond the classroom. Innovation Academy students in Beaty Towers receive special programming and events which focus on personal leadership and scholastic development. This living-learning community provides resources for campus involvement and academic success, opportunities for students to connect with one another, and close proximity to classes and campus resources.

More About Beaty

Beaty is conveniently located on the corner of 13th Street and Museum Road at the entryway into campus. With an RTS bus stop located right outside, students can conveniently connect with the Gainesville community through a highly sophisticated bus system. Beaty offers a unique apartment style community equipped with a full kitchen, bathroom, living room, and 2 bedrooms. Each bedroom houses 2 students, and the suite for 4 is located on a floor of 8 suites. There is a Resident Assistant (RA) on each floor to provide 24-hour emergency response and care, as well as develop fun, creative programs for students. A 24-hour reception desk and maintenance service is available in the event of an emergency.

Beaty Commons offers:

  • Study Rooms
  • Laundry Facility 
  • Live-in Graduate Staff
  • Rec Room with TV, Ping-Pong table, pool table, foosball, and air hockey equipment

We know you have a choice of whether you live on or off campus when you move to Gainesville, but we highly encourage living on campus. Living in a community of peers who are in the same program and are having a similar entrance into college has been shown to help build community and a support network of friends – all of which help in a smooth college transition. You also can’t beat the location, steps from classes, tennis & basketball courts, dining facilities, libraries, and more.