Gainesville Relocation Guide

Welcome to Gainesville! We want you to feel right at home here so we've put together a guide to make moving and settling in a breeze. You may not know where to start your apartment search, how to navigate the area or what the best moving tips are--no worries! SwampRentals makes it our job to know Gainesville, so we'll have you feeling like a native in no time. Read along, follow our tips and remember its great to be gator! 


Finding the Right Apartment 

Signing an apartment lease is a big decision. You want to be sure that the space you have chosen can work for your lifestyle and feel like home. Feel confident in your choice when you start your search with SwampRentals.com and follow our tips for apartment hunting.

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5 Things to Consider When Searching For An Apartment

Don't know where to start your apartment search? We've made it easy with these five things to consider when you're on the hunt for your perfect space.

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"By The Bed" vs. "By The Apartment"

When searching for Gainesville apartments it important to understand the distinction between how apartments are sold because this difference can affect your lease and your budget.

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Renting With Pets

Lots of college students choose to be pet owners while in school. If you're considering getting a furry friend to share your apartment with, here's what you should know beforehand. 

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5 Questions To Ask When Touring An Apartment

Knowing the right questions to ask when touring an apartment can be crucial to understanding what it is actually like to live there. Check out the 5 questions everyone should ask on their apartment tour. 


Getting Around Gainesville 

Whenever you move to a near area there's always an adjustment period, so we're here to make that transition as smooth as possible. From navigating the campus bus systems to parking on campus, we've got you covered. With all of Gainesville's transportation options, you'll be sure to find the method that's right for you. 

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Navigating Gainesville

Discover all of the different ways to get to class and around Gainesville. Find the option that works best for your lifestyle and enjoy the ride!

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Gainesville, Florida Map

Check out this map of Gainesville to learn and get perspective on the area.

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Parking in Gainesville

Finding and securing parking in Gainesville can be a little tricky. Read about the various of factors can change the price and reliability of your spot. 

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Public Transportation

Navigate Gainesville like a native by becoming an expert on the city's public transportation. 

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Flying In and Out of Gainesville

Gainesville is home to its very own airport. This can be a lifesaver for getting home to family or taking a quick trip. Here's what you should know about flying in and out of GVN.

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Bus Routes Around UF Campus

The RTS bus system for many students is the primary way they get to and from campus. Check out our tips on how to get familiar with the bus routes that are situated around the UF campus.


Moving & Utilities

Whether it's your first college move-in day or your last, don't let it be overwhelming. Take the stress out of the day and check out our tips on everything from forwarding your mail to creating an apartment move-in checklist. 

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Gainesville Apartment Moving Checklist

A smooth move-in day can set off the rest of the year right. Prepare for the big day with our Gainesville apartment moving checklist.

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How To Forward Your Mail

Now that you've moved into your Gainesville apartment, a smart next step is to forward your mail to your new address: here's how.

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Setting Up Your Utilities

Getting the utilities up and running is essential for starting your new life in Gainesville. Check out our tips to make for a quick and easy set up.


UF Off-Campus Student Housing

Living off-campus while in college is a unique, fun experience. Get an idea of resident life, learn about the costing of living and get the best tips on living with a roommate below! 

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10 Reasons To Live Off-Campus

Unsure about living off-campus for the first time? Check out these 10 reasons why off-campus living may be for you.

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Resident Life

Curious about what apartment life will be like? We have the inside scoop on what resident life is like at Gainesville apartments. 

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Guide to Guarantors & Co-Signers

Understanding your lease and terms like "guarantors" and "co-signers" is crucial when signing for an apartment.  Check out our article to make sure you're informed.

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UF International Student Off-Campus Housing Guide

Welcome international students! We are here to make your off-campus UF housing search easy. From leases to vocabulary, check out our guide to get ready for your stay in Gainesville.

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UF Cost of Living Guide

Get an estimate for your expenses as a student in Gainesville with our comprehensive UF cost of living guide.

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Finding a Roommate

Finding an apartment is the easy part. Finding someone to live with can be more of a challenge. Check out our tips for keeping the peace and handling conflict. 

GPD Party Patrol

GPD Party Patrol 

Learn what the GPD Party Patrol is and what you need to know about them.


What Am I Missing?

Let's do a final review of things to ensure you're prepared for relocating to Gainesville.

Green Apartment Living

3 Easy Steps To Green Apartment Living

Here's how to be environmentally conscious while livening in your Gainesville apartment. 

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6 Reasons Renter's Insurance Is A Must-Have

Renter's insurance is sometimes overlooked, but here are 6 reasons that you may want to consider. 

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How To Get Your Securty Deposit Back

Don't forget about your security deposit! Make sure you get your money back with these tips.

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5 Things To Consider Before Breaking Your Lease

Breaking your lease is a serious decision, so make sure you consider these five things first. 


Additional Gainesville Resources

Get connected in the Gainesville community with these additional resources for entertainment, voting and news. 

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Local Gainesville News

Stay up to date with what's going on in Gainesville by tuning into the local news. 

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The Gainesville CW

Check out the CW programming that Gainesville has to offer. You may find your new favorite show!

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UF Student Voting Guide

Voting while in college can be tricky. Here's everything you need to know to make your voice heard.