Northwest Gainesville is known for quiet, tree-lined neighborhoods and a family atmosphere. The boundary starts at 8th Avenue and heads north to 39th Avenue. It extends west from 13th Street all the way to Santa Fe College. It's home to many Santa Fe students, college professors and other local residents, as well as some nice shopping areas.
This large area has a nice variety of homes and condos for sale or to rent. While the area has a good variety of apartments, you will not be able to find the massive student housing communities that are common in other areas of town. The only exception to this is in the immediate vicinity of Santa Fe College.
Northwest Gainesville is very quiet and picturesque – think "suburbia" with more trees (and more centrally located). For example, the east/west Glenn Springs Road is lined with oak trees; NW 16th Avenue runs parallel and features crepe myrtles in the medians.
There's also usually less traffic in this area. On the southern border, 8th Avenue is a popular east/west corridor that has less traffic and stoplights than University Avenue. And both 13th Street and 43rd Street are popular veins for traveling north/south.
In Northwest Gainesville, you can find everything from large chains like Wal-Mart, Lowe's and Publix to specialty boutiques. Centrally located, Thornebrook Village is home to things like a gourmet bakery, specialty grocery store, chocolatier, salon, jewelry stores and women's boutiques.
Finding a Student Apartment
University of Florida Students
Many University of Florida Students choose to live in Northwest Gainesville instead of areas that are more central to UF, because the area is less congested and boasts bus routes that are well connected to the University of Florida's main campus.
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Santa Fe College Students
Santa Fe College's main campus is located in Northwest Gainesville. If you're looking for traditional student housing, there are a couple of student living options in the area with individual leases and roommate matching.
Pictured here: A private bedroom at The Crossing at Santa Fe, the only option directly across the street from the college. No need to worry about finding a parking space or learning the bus schedule, just grab your backpack and walk across the street to class.
Things to Consider
Some parts of this area of town don't get as much bus service as more student and UF-central locations, so a car would be useful. Due to the mostly quiet neighborhood atmosphere, there aren't as many restaurants, bars or chain stores to choose from. And most of your neighbors would likely be adults or SFC students, as it's more removed from the UF mindset that dominates the areas south of it.
How to Get to School
Most people heading to UF or Santa Fe College would likely take a car or bike to school. RTS does serve the area with bus routes that can be more or less convenient, depending where you live. Specifically, the 10 and 43 run through Northwest Gainesville from SFC to UF. Other routes are the 6, 8, 15, 29.
Northwest Gainesville offers the Gainesville Community Playhouse right in the middle, plus the walking trails of Alfred A. Ring park in the east and Devil's Millhopper State Park just northwest of the area. Magnolia Parke hosts the Greater Gator Beer Festival, and the SFC Planetarium and Zoo are pretty unique too.
Favorites include the delicious Southern comforts of Adam's Rib Co, the gourmet grocer Fresh Market and the Bagel Bakery in Millhopper Shopping Center. Gator Domino's has two locations in this region: one on NW 39th Ave. and another on the SFC campus.