The city has been ranked as one of National Geographic Adventure's "Best places to live and play" (emphasis: play). Affordable housing, great music and nightlife, and lots of arts and cultural events.
Go to Gainesville in August, close your eyes and spit, and chances are it'll land on an apartment that is affordable and has a flexible lease. With the predominance of move-in bonuses around this time of year, landlords are literally paying tenants to take property off their hands. Yes, there will be close to 10,000 other people blindly spitting around town, but by and large, the early fall rental market in Gainesville is approximately the same as shooting fish in a bottle.
Newer developments frequently described as "luxury," regardless of their location, have a more rigorous application process and are more heavily managed. Keep this in mind when settling at these establishments.
Great public transportation--including reliable city transit. Gainesville is also incredibly bike and foot friendly, making alternative transportation easy, popular and fun.
Driving around town is also pretty easy-peasy. I-75 lies to the west of town, running from the mall south, and remains pretty clear throughout the day. Though Gainesville is subject to any small city's rush hour, you can generally commute to and from anywhere in the metropolitan area in 30 minutes or less.
So welcome home to Gainesville.You'll benefit from the fun, cultural vibes of this north-central Florida city!