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A top-notch college town and a cultural wellspring for North Central Florida

  • College
  • Music
  • Nature
  • Parks
  • Arts

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.

Explore the City

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

Rent Trends

As of January 2018, the average apartment rent in Gainesville, FL is $734 for a studio, $996 for one bedroom, $854 for two bedrooms, and $1,128 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in Gainesville has increased by 21.6% in the past year.

Beds Avg Sq Ft Avg Rent
Studio 330 $734
1 BR 754 $996
2 BR 993 $854
3 BR 1,230 $1,128


47 Walk Score® Car-Dependent
1 Transit Score® Minimal Transit
78 Bike Score® Very Bikeable


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  • The Crossing at Santa Fe
    3205 NW 83rd St, Gainesville, FL 32606
    1 / 82
    8 hrs
    $375 - 442 3-4 Bed Available Now
  • The Niche
    4000 SW 37th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32608
    1 / 27
    2 wks
    $444 - 484 3-4 Bed Available Now
  • The Nook
    3415 SW 39th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32608
    1 / 24
    2 wks
    $447 4 Bed Available Now
  • Oxford Manor
    2777 SW Archer Rd, Gainesville, FL 32608
    1 / 71
    8 hrs
    $469 - 509 3 Bed Available Soon
  • Lexington Crossing
    3700 SW 27th St, Gainesville, FL 32608
    1 / 72
    8 hrs
    $425 - 509 3-4 Bed Available Soon
  • The Pavilion
    1000 SW 62nd Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32607
    1 / 26
    1 wk
    $465 - 490 2-4 Bed Available Now
  • College Park
    303 NW 17th St, Gainesville, FL 32603
    $454 Studio Not Available
  • The Crossing at Santa Fe
  • 8 hrs
    1015 NW 21st Ave, Gainesville, FL 32609
    $490 - 519 3 Bed Available Soon
  • 1 wk
    3901 SW 20th Ave
    Gainesville, FL 32607
    $500 Townhome for Rent Available Now
  • The Niche
  • 4000 SW 23rd St
    Gainesville, FL 32608
    $400 Townhome for Rent Available Now
    7 hrs
  • The Nook

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