Where do most of the freshman live?

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Tallahassee is the dimension of collegiate affairs. From lower to upper class, the majority of Tallahassee residents are college students. Aside from the obvious that there are two state universities in the city of Tallahassee, the surrounding areas of the town are practically catered to college students.

Within the town of Tally and Leon County, the majority of Florida State students populate in one distinctive district, the Southwest neighborhood of Tallahassee. Not too far from downtown, Florida State University, FAMU and TCC all reside in this close-knit region. 

Moving to an unfamiliar city away from your family and friends can be exceptionally difficult as a freshman. Because of this transition, the majority freshman students tend to settle in apartment communities that are close to campus. 

The convenience of living in an apartment close to campus is attractive to freshman because you can avoid the battle for parking every morning, stay close to friends who decide to live on-campus, walk to any dining hall, have a typically fully furnished, and include many useful amenities for residents. However, something to be aware of is the closer your apartment is to campus, the more expensive your rent will be due to convenience. To see whether or not being close to campus is within your budget, consider reading our Cost of Living Guide.

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To help you gauge where you want to live freshman year, we have cultivated a list of the most popular areas freshman live and their distinctive characteristics: 

College Town

If living in a dynamic area where all the action happens is important to you, this is where you want to be. College Town is at the heart of FSU game-days, dining, entertainment, and within walking distance of class and bars/restaurants. Due to the convenience of having everything near you, you'll definitely pay a premium on your apartment. This area is definitely catered to college students. 

West Tennessee Street

Although a bit further from campus, West Tennessee Street is an extremely popular region freshman reside. The benefit of living on West Tennessee Street is its proximity to Publix, Walmart, Chick-Fil-A, and other renowned companies. Because West Tennessee Street is a bit further from campus, people who live in this area typically utilize cars to get them to class. However, if you do not have a car, no worries! The Seminole Express visits most communities in this area and has designated bus stops to help you get from point A to point B.

West Call Street

West Call Street is a great area to live in as a freshman. This area is known for its proximity to campus as it located just west of FSU's campus. Freshman in this area do not need to worry about a car and instead can enjoy walking, biking, or skateboarding to class. Being so close to the dorms also allows freshman to stay close to their friends that do not live in an apartment

Pensacola Street

Apartments on Pensacola Street are within walking distance to Doak Campbell Stadium! However, apartments here are a bit further away to where you will have class. This area is known to be quieter and you will also find more affordable housing in this area because it is further from campus. 

The vast majority of college students would agree that finding a space that you can call home in as big of a campus as FSU is arguably one of the most important decisions you'll make as a nole!  

What should I do if I can't afford living within walking distance to campus? 

If you decide not to live at an apartment within walking distance, you should not worry about the implications! You will meet new classmates, friends, and co-workers during your time at Florida State. Going to college is an exciting time that will present countless opportunities to make new friends. FSU is a melting pot of people from all over the world and you will find the people that make FSU feel like home.


If you are wrestling with the decision to live on or off campus, consider taking a look at this article to weigh the pro's and con's of both.  

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