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You're in luck! There are many apartments in Gainesville that are located close to campus, ideal for the lifestyle of a busy college student. You can use the Swamp Rentals website to help narrow your search by choosing neighborhoods that are located within reach of your classes and place of work.
Some neighborhoods are only a short walk or bike ride away from campus. Downtown Gainesville is home to many restaurants, bars, and clothing stores. Located closer to campus than many people tend to think, living in Downtown Gainesville provides residents with the urban feel of a big city along with an easy commute to and from school. Sorority Row and South Gainesville, an up-and-coming area, offers plenty of nice apartment options and several nature destinations. Meanwhile, Mid-Town is home to many popular attractions including local restaurants and bars. Another benefit: you're close to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on game days!
If you're not a fan of the heat or you're in a hurry to reach your destination, then there are plenty of affordable modes of transportation. The Regional Transit System (RTS) provides public transportation to Gainesville residents. Buses cover routes that stretch throughout the city and the University of Florida campus. Students can purchase semester-long passes for $60 or a monthly pass for just $17.50. While many students who live in Gainesville apartments opt to use this affordable method of transportation, sometimes buses run late so always plan ahead!
Many UF students have scooters, which are fuel-efficient and perfect for short commutes such as running errands or getting to school. There is plenty of available parking on campus and if you decide to purchase a scooter, you will need a motorcycle license. If you're lucky enough to have a car then you also have the option of parking on campus during the day. Cars and scooters require decals in order to park on campus. The type of decal you are able to purchase depends on several factors, such as your number of credit hours and whether you live on-campus or off-campus. A decal usually allows you to park on campus from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. After these hours, parking is lifted on most areas of campus. Order a decal online or visit the University of Florida Transportation and Parking Services website for more information.
College is a very hectic time and it's important to find a way to reduce as much stress as possible. Residents of Gainesville apartments have several options to choose from when it comes to reaching their destinations and living close to campus is a good idea for students constantly on the go.