Bermuda or Bahia in Central Florida

My college age son has rented a house in Gainesville, Florida, and attends the University of Florida. In his small front yard, there is mostly weeds. But, he would like to throw out some grass seeds. Which do you think would be best in central Florida, bahia or bermuda grass?
Thanks for any tips.
James
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based right there at U of F, and they will provide advice on how to start and maintain a yard -- or go to the FY&N website, where you can also download their handbook for environmentally friendly homeowner gardening.
Actually, it's almost too late in the year to start a Bahia lawn, which will go dormant in cold weather. The best lawn would be with Floratam, Palmetto or other variant of St. Augustine grass, but you'd have to go with sod or plugs -- there's no seed for these grasses. Perhaps he could strike a deal with the landlord, offering to clean up the weeds and lay the sod if the landlord will buy the materials. Since it's a small yard, neither the work nor the expense should be too difficult.
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JimP, thank you for these ideas, they are great !!
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