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Old 02-25-2010, 10:08 PM
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I will be starting a graduate program at UF in the fall, and I need information about living in Gainesville. I'm female, early 30s, single, and childless, so I don't have any concern about schools or "family friendly" neighborhoods. That said, I do want to know what are the safest neighborhoods nearest to campus. Also, what can I expect to pay for rent for a 1 bedroom or a 2 bedroom? I currently live in a 2 BR and would like to do the same during my next degree, but I anticipate that might not be possible since I live in a pretty low-rent area of the country. Finally, what is public transit like? I'd really like to take public transit to and from campus and drive as little as possible.
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Old 02-27-2010, 05:35 AM
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In Gainesville there is public transit IN Gainesville, but not really TO Gainesville. There are a variety of prices in Gainesville for apartments. You might do best to look at the Gainesville Sun or the campus newspaper, the Independent Florida Alligator on line for an idea of prices of rentals. They both list rental properties and Apartment Finder searches. Gainesville is not the kind of town that you have to be that concerned about safety of a neighborhood, especially close to campus. Certainly there have been incidents there, just like anywhere, so it becomes more an issue of personal safety. The campus has a group that will escort you home at night if you have concerns. You could always call campus police or the Gainesville Police Department and ask them about areas they consider "high crime". Good Luck!
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Old 02-27-2010, 12:38 PM
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Yamahastar is correct. If you are looking to be near campus, you won't be in a dangerous area. Notoriously, the area you should stay away from is the "East Side" of town... but I doubt you would find yourself over there anyways. Gainesville is very student friendly (obviously) and pretty walkable around the campus area, although the campus is very large. Their are bus routes all around town so that shouldn't be an issue for you. Also, I'm not sure where exactly you are from now, but rent in G'ville is actually pretty cheap. You could even rent an entire house (3bed, 2bath, 2 car garage) for under $1,000, so finding a decent affordable 2 bedroom apt will be simple enough. Also, check out rent.com. This is a good resource for apartment complexes. Most newer, decent apt complexes in Gainesville have very nice amenities, if this is important to you. Good luck on your transition!
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Old 03-11-2010, 01:51 PM
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There are small pockets south/east/north of campus that aren't great areas but they are very concentrated. You'll know them once you see them. I'd say going east of campus might find you in more of a questionable area.

Public transportation is great with RTS and you'll have no issues there.
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Old 04-13-2010, 12:55 PM
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Jam, I can pretty much agree with what everyone else said but they forgot to mention that the RTS buses are free to you as a student. The fee is built-in to your tuition, so you just flash your Gator1 and ride for free, any route.

You can find plenty of working professionals in the Haile and Downtown areas to share the cost of an apartment or even a rented house with, but I personally want to live alone if and when I move back for a job (I'm 25, and just finished my Masters at UF in May and already want to move back!), the places I am looking at are at most $800/mo for a 1BR/1BA, plus utilities. I'd personally recommend staying away from the apartment complexes, as those are typically populated by undergrad students, but there are a few that are more aimed at working professionals or grad students, such as The Laurels and Uptown Village.
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