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A top-notch college town and a cultural wellspring for North Central Florida
It would be easy to characterize Gainesville as a pure college town—the University of Florida is home to over 50,000 students in a city of 130,000, and the campus is arguably the defining cultural hub of the community. Between the art exhibitions, concerts, lecture series, and, of course, the wildly popular Gator sporting events, the UF campus culture is a magnet for students, locals, and visitors alike.
But Gainesville has much more to offer than just an electric collegiate atmosphere. The historic Hippodrome State Theatre anchors the thriving Downtown district, which is packed with a vibrant assortment of bars, nightclubs, and restaurants. Local favorites like Flaco’s Cuban Bakery and Volta Coffee attract a steady stream of students and non-students alike at all hours of the day and night. The city’s abundant music venues are legendary for constantly hosting local, regional, and national acts, largely representing the alternative music scene – most notably, the music festival known simply as The Fest takes over much of Downtown every Halloween weekend.
Large swaths of town are filled with handsome, family-friendly suburban neighborhoods, with great public schools and city parks often within walking distance. Gainesville’s relative isolation from other urban areas means that plenty of unspoiled nature is ripe for exploration nearby, from tubing through the springs to hiking at Devil’s Millhopper to spotting bison (yes, real live bison) on Payne’s Prairie.
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In Gainesville, everyone is a Gators fan
The historic Hippodrome State Theatre, originally a courthouse, was built in 1911
Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park includes a 120-foot-deep sinkhole
The University of Florida provides Gainesville residents with a variety of sports events
As of April 2018, the average apartment rent in Gainesville, FL is $690 for a studio, $810 for one bedroom, $1,009 for two bedrooms, and $1,149 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in Gainesville has increased by 5.8% in the past year.
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Top 10 Apartments in Gainesville
- The Niche - Student Apartments, 3-4 Bed, $459 - 559
- The Nook - Student Apartments, 3-4 Bed, $449 - 573
- Evergreen Uptown, 1-3 Bed, $970 - 1,640
- Park Avenue, 1-3 Bed, $1,149 - 1,895
- Arlington Square, Studio - 3 Bed, $844 - 1,999
- The Crossing at Santa Fe, 2-4 Bed, $374 - 629
- Windmeadows, 1-3 Bed, $929 - 1,519
- Chelsea Apartments, 2-3 Bed, $859 - 989
- Weston Square Apartments, 1-2 Bed, $495 - 895
- Addison Lane, 1-2 Bed, $679 - 869
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