Gainesville, Florida

The Swamp

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Lots of neighborhoods for students in Gainesville. Midtown is just north of campus and has lots of older and newer rental properties for students. It also has the strip that is filled with restaurants and bars which feeds directly into downtown if students feel like getting out of the neighborhood. This is also tailgating central so if you want to be where the action is then pick Midtown.

Sorority Row/South Gainesville and West Gainesville also have good options for students, plenty of apartment rentals and commercial districts of their own but are a bit quieter if you dont’ want to live in tailgate central.

  • Midtown
  • Sorority Row/South Gainesville
  • West Gainesville


Young Professionals

Gainesville has put money into making Downtown a better place to live for young professionals. A bunch of new apartment and condo buildings went in and the commercial district got a lot better with new bars and restaurants. You also get the Hippodrome Theater which is the center of culture in Gainesville. Live theater, films, gallery showings, classes and special events nearly every day of the year happen here. If you want to live where you go out, and don’t want to go out with college students, then this is where you start your search.

  • Downtown



Northwest Gainesville is one of the most popular neighborhoods for families. Beautiful streets, lined with pine and oak trees canopy a variety of different housing types. The area is quiet, has tons of trails and a state park so doggos and kiddos are pretty dang happy here. There’s also a robust commercial district with a mix of boutique restaurants and cafes and big brand shopping options.

Also check out Haile in the southwest corner of Gainesville. It has plenty of different housing options and has a great Village center to create your own little downtown vibe. You get plenty of place to eat, drink and shop in cool boutiques and you only have a 10 minute drive to campus is you work there or 15 minutes to downtown for a night out.

  • Northwest
  • Haile