Get to know…Southwest Tallahassee (FSU area)

Southwest Tallahassee is most commonly known as the area surrounding Florida State University, but it is also home to Tallahassee Community College and the Florida Agricultural Mechanical University. Geographically speaking, Southwest Tallahassee extends from Tharpe Street to Capital Circle and up from South Monroe Street to Gibbs Drive. Located near three major colleges, this part of town is geared toward the heavy student demographic from location to shopping and dining.

Students frequent this part of town for classes, events and school-related activities, so living in Southwest Tallahassee makes sense for students. This location is ideal for those looking to merge the convenience of living nearby the campus with the perks of off-campus life.

Perks of Living on the Southwest Side of Tally

Southwest Tallahassee is a student-centric neighborhood with activities and services targeted to meet the needs of the busy student. The location is highly sought after by students. After all, you're within a short drive or bus ride of FSU, TCC and FAMU, and you're in the Seminoles' backyard. There are also several wallet-friendly places to eat, drink and have a good time. Here, you'll find an abundance of student-friendly living options whether you're looking for a studio or a place to share with a few of your peers. 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.

Things to Consider

Southwest Tallahassee is widespread, and you will more than likely need to take the bus or have a car to get to other parts of town. For communities within walking distance of campus, parking may be a concern. Be sure to check with apartments in the area to determine if you'll need a city parking pass.

Also, be prepared for game day traffic in the area – as well as an overwhelming crowd of garnet and gold. Although, true FSU fans will relish in all of the excitement!

How to Get to School from Southwest Tallahassee

For students looking to stay nearby campus, there's no better place to live than Southwest Tallahassee. Since so many students rent apartments in this area, the Seminole Express Bus Service provides complimentary transportation to and from campus for students, faculty and staff. There are several routes that help students travel throughout the FSU area. To get to other Tallahassee neighborhoods, students can hop on the Star Metro city bus, free with a valid FSU ID. Track both bus systems in real time with your mobile device using myFSU Mobile for the Seminole Express and Star Metro's TransLoc website for other city travel.

Attractions in Southwest Tallahassee

With an apartment near FSU, TCC and FAMU you can fill your social calendar and take advantage of several school-sponsored events and activities, including sporting events at Doak Campbell Stadium or shows at the FSU School of Theater.

Enjoy a day of fun in the sun at the Florida State University Reservation, a 73-acre nature getaway where students can enjoy swimming, sand volleyball, kayaking, canoeing, picnicking and disc golf for free with their student ID. If you work up an appetite playing volleyball, head over to Midtown's Lake Ella for Food Truck Thursday.

If you enjoy going on vacation or want to take a quick trip home to see your family then you're in luck! The Tallahassee International Airport hosts major airlines like Delta, American Airlines and Silver Airways, so you're bound to find a convenient flight to wherever you want to go.


While there's always something going on during the day, Tallahassee's night life is even more spectacular. Check out wallet-friendly bars with killer happy hour specials like Ken's Tavern and Bullwinkle's Saloon. Southwest Tallahassee is also known for its yummy food spots like Tally Thai for fresh sushi and pad Thai classics, Gordo's for authentic Cuban cuisine and Pho 7 for delicious Vietnamese.

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