How do I know if a Gainesville apartment comes furnished? Where can I find furniture?

If you have a Gainesville apartment already in mind, contact the leasing office to see if they offer any furnished options. Or, if you are still in the search phase, visit and search under amenities for furnished apartments. You will notice that many apartments around Gainesville include furniture to help college students cut down on the stress and time of moving furniture around each semester. It also keeps costs down for you as you start your college career. But, if you are looking for furniture to bring your unique style to your apartment or looking to invest in furniture pieces that you will keep past college, we hope this list of places helps make finding furniture for your new apartment easy.

Family and Friends 

The first place to start looking for furniture is your family and friends. Ask around if anyone has an extra mattress, bedframe, dining room table, or other key pieces you are looking for to furnish your new student apartment in Gainesville. You never know unless you ask, and you may be able to find everything you need from them and maybe, even at no cost to you.

Local Community 

The next option is in the community, whether you visit a few local garage sales or check out what others may have on online options such as Facebook marketplace or Craigslist. Your local Target or Walmart may be an option or local furniture store, and some may offer a rent-to-own alternative for larger pieces of furniture.

Another local option is thrift or consignment stores that offer furniture in every style and budget. Gainesville has the Repurpose Project, Sandys Savvy Chic Resale, Goodwill, and Uniquities Consignment Shop; just to name a few.

If you still can't find exactly what you need in Gainesville, there are a lot of online retailers that offer great products with great prices, like Wayfair or Overstock. Overstock provides free shipping on every order and Wayfair offers free shipping with orders over $35. So, shop away and don't worry about the extra charges that shipping large items like furniture can sometimes bring.


Last on our list, and a very popular option, is Ikea. Gainesville does not have an Ikea, but you will find an Ikea store in Orlando, Tampa, or Jacksonville. You will find everything you need there and see the products on full display. Or create a room online to try out different pieces to furnish your Gainesville apartment on their home design page here.

If you are looking for a furnished apartment in Gainesville, start here at We get it; going to college can be expensive, and many students are looking for a cheap apartment to save on their monthly budget. Buying new furniture may not work into your budget and opting for set furniture without the hassle of moving a bunch of pieces throughout your college career sounds nice. But if you are looking for something unique that fits your style and in your price range, we hope some of the above locations to buy furniture are helpful.
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