Downtown Gainesville is located right at the intersection of Main Street and University Avenue. If you want to live in an area with a more urban vibe, then this neighborhood has your name written all over it! With a healthy mix of UF students, young professionals, and life-long locals, this area is the ultimate example of where the University life meets the native culture of Gainesville. When people want to go out on the weekend, they usually head downtown. This area is thick with local businesses, from restaurants and bars to boutiques and co-op grocery stores. The Bo Diddley Downtown Community Plaza is a must-visit for the weekly farmer’s market and live music. The artistically inclined can revel in Downtown’s many attractions, including the Hippodrome Theatre, art studios, indie galleries, and hole-in-the-wall music venues. This neighborhood is also the home of many tech startups, making it a center for work as well as play. In addition, there are many modern apartments and condos up for rent in this area, as well as some older homes with boatloads of character. Everything is located close together, making the neighborhood extremely walkable. In fact, owning a car here is unnecessary if you’re attending UF. Not only are parking spots few and far between, but you also have easy access to the University by walking or riding a bike right down University Avenue. There is also the nearby RTS bus station at your disposal.
If you're not sure how much an apartment will cost, the table below shows the average price by size.