The University of Florida is a top-ranked public research university located in Gainesville, a city in north central Florida.
Gainesville is easily accessible via Interstate 75 or the Gainesville Regional Airport. It’s also easy to get around Gainesville via the Regional Transit System. Other major cities are close by, including:
- Orlando (1-2 hours South)
- Jacksonville (1.5 hours North)
- Miami (5.5 hours South)
- Atlanta (5 hours North)
- Tallahassee (2.5 hours West)
- Tampa (2 hours South)
- Daytona Beach (2.5 hours East)
Gainesville has an excellent art scene, including the UF Harn Museum of Art, the UF Performing Arts Center, the Florida Museum of Natural History, the CADE Museum, the Hippodrome Theatre, and the Gainesville Community Playhouse.
A multitude of outdoor activities are available to the adventurous, including UF’s Lake Wauburg and the Bat Houses, Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, and Ichetucknee Springs State Park. There are also many parks with playgrounds, disc golf courses, etc, including Depot Park, Northside Park, Jonesville Park, and Westside Park.
Shopping opportunities abound, including at the Shops at Butler, Celebration Pointe, and the Oaks Mall. We also have several top-notch grocery stores including Whole Foods, the Fresh Market, Trader Joes, Aldi, Publix, and local favorite – Hitchcock’s.
Gainesville also has an incredible restaurant, bar, and social scene that is unparalleled. From cheap eats to fine dining, Gainesville has it all!