Midtown – known as “The Heart of Gainesville” – encompasses the entire University of Florida campus and the surrounding area right above University Avenue. It also includes Sorority Row, which sits just south of Shands Hospital and extends past Waldo Road. Obviously this neighborhood is chock-full of students, particularly undergrad. There are many different rental options here, ranging from new apartment complexes to single-family homes that are aging gracefully. Not surprisingly, there are many student-friendly places to visit in these parts, including many rockin’ bars and restaurants that serve a variety of different foods (FYI, the Mexican food in this area is top notch). Most of the action happens on campus, which contains major landmarks like the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, the Constans Theater, and the O’Connell Center. All of the city’s big performances, conventions, and sports events take place here. With that being said, this area can get inundated with cars and people – especially on game days. Finding parking is near impossible, but luckily living in this area doesn’t really require a car. The UF bus goes everywhere and Downtown is only a short walk/bike ride away. Everything is easily within reach, so why bother roaming around for parking spaces all day?
If you're not sure how much an apartment will cost, the table below shows the average price by size.