Southwest Tallahassee is most popular for being known as the home of Florida State University. Go Noles! While this large state university is the anchor location in this Tallahassee region, neighboring educational institutions aren't too far, these include Tallahassee Community College and Florida Agricultural Mechanical University (FAMU). If you haven't yet guessed, this part of the city is über-focused on academic life and caters heavily to the student demographic and the educators and staff that support them. With easy access to a variety of shopping, dining and recreational options within walking distance, Collegetown is the perfect fit for those that are looking to merge the convenience of living near campus with the undeniable perks of off-campus life. And for those non-student residents, you can't beat the convenience of living close to your place of employment! While there may be quieter neighborhoods for professionals, like Northeast Tallahassee, this area might appeal to you if you desire to be part of the energy and fabric of daily university life.
Perks of Living in Southwest Tallahassee
With this region of Tallahassee being student-centric, this neighborhood's services and activities are targeted to meet the needs of the busy college student. Not only are you just a brisk walk or bus ride to FSU, but there are countless shopping and dining options for even the most budget conscious student. Here, you'll find a variety of student-friendly living options, whether you're looking for your own space or a place to share with friends. This neighborhood borders both Downtown and Midtown Tallahassee, allowing for quick and easy access to attractions like Florida's Historic Capitol, the Museum of Florida History, Downtown Tallahassee's Art District, and Governor's Square Mall.
Student Apartment Life
Often, one of the first decisions you'll want to make is to determine if you'd like to share your apartment with roommates. Apartments in Tallahassee offer two types of leases: individual and joint. Many of the Tallahassee student apartments offer individual leases. Those that sign this type of lease are held individually responsible for their portion of the rent. Typically, this may cost slightly more than a joint lease, but it provides a lot of peace of mind. If your roommate doesn't complete their semester or otherwise doesn't pay their portion of the rent, you aren't held liable. Conversely, a joint lease (or an entire apartment) will typically cost less per person and allows complete control over who lives in the apartment. With a joint lease, ALL residents of the apartment are held equally responsible for the rent due and upkeep of the home, making this type of lease the most popular for non-student apartments in Tallahassee.
Looking for roommates? Many student apartments offer great roommate matching services and they'll work to connect you with people who have similar interests and habits. Keep in mind, your apartment community will offer MANY ways to help you develop relationships and connect with your neighbors and one another so take advantage of those opportunities! Perhaps a trip to the community pool, fitness center, or clubhouse for a game of pool will help break the ice.
Shopping and Dining Options
Whether you have a meal plan or not, the FSU area offers great dining options perfect for lunch with friends, a snack break during midterms, or dinner with the family when they come to visit. Luckily, there are a plethora of dining options in your immediate vicinity if you live in Southwest Tallahassee. Head over to Gordo's for authentic Cuban cuisine, Pho 7 for delicious Vietnamese, Cancun's Sports Bar for $1 taco Tuesday, Gaines Street Pies for pizza until 3 a.m. and just about any restaurant on Madison Street for a deal of the day! If you find your refrigerator lacking groceries, there are also many stores to cater to your needs. Publix, located on Ocala Road, Greenwise, just a short distance down Gaines Street, a Sunstop on Madison Street and a CVS directly off Pensacola and Woodward. If you're in need of a great outfit for your first interview of internship, you're a short drive from Governor's Square Mall where you can find name brand stores like LOFT, Banana Republic, and Dillard's. Looking for some game day gear? Head over to the FSU Bookstore to stock up on your garnet & gold.
The greatest thing about Southwest Tallahassee is that there's almost always something fun to do. Whether you're a foodie, a drink connoisseur or a shopaholic, there's a place for you to get your fix! Some popular events that occur nearby include Food Truck Thursday at Lake Ella, First Friday at Railroad Square Art Park and Flip your Ship at Township in Collegetown.
Recreation and Fitness
Though your apartment will have a fitness center on-site, another perk of living so close to campus is that you're just a hop-skip-and-a-jump from the campus fitness centers, Leach and Fitness and Movement Clinic, that are both free with a student ID. For a different approach to fitness, FSU's Reservation, located just four miles from campus, offers kayaking, paddle boarding, rock climbing, swimming and much more for free with an FSU ID. Do you prefer to get your steps in with your furry friend? There are loads of nearby walking and biking trails and plenty of pet-friendly apartments to choose from. Getting outdoors is a great way to get fit and relieve some stress after a tough test.
When it comes time to experience the nightlife of Tallahassee, it will not fall short of expectations! Whether you're looking for a chill evening at a local brewery or a night of dancing, Collegetown is a great location to be in. Budget-friendly bars like Township and Madison Social offer nightly deals and weekly happy hours. Proof, located off South Monroe, and Happy Motoring, located on South Adams, offer a sophisticated atmosphere for students looking to enjoy a more low-key night out on the town.
Getting Around Town
For students wanting to stay close to campus, there's no better location than an apartment in Southwest Tallahassee or Collegetown. With that in mind, there are endless public transportation options to choose from when you're looking to stray further than the immediate perimeters of FSU. For example, the Seminole Express Bus Service provides free rides to and from campus through a variety of routes. To venture to other Tallahassee neighborhoods, students can jump on the Star Metro city bus for free with a student ID. Easily track both bus systems using MyFSU Mobile for the Seminole Express and Star Metro's TransLoc for the city bus. Some alternative modes of transportation that are also readily available at the touch of a button are Uber, Lyft and Lime Scooters. Download their apps to ride!These are the opinions of writers and not the opinions of RentTally.com or any of our advertising partners.