Jacksonville is a growing town and a large one at that. There is generally not a problem with finding apartments to live in. However, that doesn't mean that you don't want to apply as soon as possible. Stay ahead of each semester in school and remember that this is also a military town so apartment applicants can be numerous.
Apartments are listed in a variety of ways. That includes the newspaper, online bulletin boards, local realtors and more. Begin looking for apartments and get your application in as soon as soon as you know that you are coming to the area. Between local residents, the military and the student body, that is a lot of potential applicants competing for the apartment you want.
Jacksonville is not a town where you can walk to a lot of places easily. Therefore having a reliable means of transportation is critical to getting around this town. The city is so large that things are spread out in many ways. You may have the mall on one side of town and the grocery store on another. However if you don't currently have a vehicle the city does offer public bus transportation services.
Jacksonville is a city that is full of life. The night life is massive. There are local pubs and clubs available. In addition there are a wide variety of places to eat that is representative of the vast cultures that make up Jacksonville. You can get everything from Italian and Chinese to Thai food and European delicacies. In addition there is a large amount of historical places that you can visit to get a sense of the culture and heritage. The Jacksonville Zoo is a must see as well.