The Northwest neighborhood is known for its relaxing vibes and warm, welcoming residents. Though this area also contains Santa Fe College, the student life here is much more subdued than UF’s. On the whole, this is an area targeted towards locals and young professionals of all ages, meaning most of the apartments are in single-family homes both old and new. Most of the places you’ll find targeted towards students will be right next to SFC’s campus. However, a quiet student housing life certainly doesn’t mean that there’s nothing to do here. For shopping, you can hit up Thornebrook Village, which housing specialty food stores and unique fashion boutiques. For a little taste of nature, head to the Alfred A. Ring Park or drive a little further to Devil’s Millhopper State Park. Magnolia Park is home to a yearly Beer Fest that will leave brew appreciators feeling like they’ve died and gone to heaven. In addition, SFC offers a fabulous planetarium and zoo for public enjoyment. This area doesn’t have as many public transportation options as other parts of Gainesville, so having a car is highly recommended. Downtown is close by, UF is only a 15 minute drive away, and I-75 even closer. Most of the traffic you’ll encounter will be along the main traveling routes: 13th Street and 43rd Street. If you want quick and easy access to the hustle and bustle of Gainesville without living right in the middle of it, then the Northwest is a great option.
If you're not sure how much an apartment will cost, the table below shows the average price by size.