Thirty-fourth Street begins at the intersection of NW 13th Street in northern Gainesville near Northside Park and Alachua County Farmers Market. It travels southwest, curving around NW 49th Avenue and turning directly south.
As a major north-south roadway through central and southern Gainesville, 34th Street is a popular choice for apartment hunters. The street runs along the western edge of the University of Florida campus, beginning at north campus' Mark Bostick Golf Course. It passes by Hogtown Creek Woods, University of Florida Sports Performance Center and the western entrance to UF and its Harn Museum of Art and Florida Natural History Museum.
Beyond the university campus, the street continues past a variety of stores, restaurants, banks and hotels and the NATL Park, Public Nature Trails and Pavilion. It ends just north of Sweetwater Wetlands Park, turning into SW 63rd Avenue.
With all of these major Gainesville sites located on or near 34th Street, living along this popular road makes sense. It gives you prime access to all of the places you’ll need to learn, play, shop and dine happily in Gainesville.
While there aren’t many cheap apartments on 34th Street in northern Gainesville, there are numerous options through the central and south areas of the city.
The northernmost cluster of apartment communities located on this popular thoroughfare is near its intersection with State Road 26A. This is the northwest corner of the university campus, so if you frequent the university golf course, Levin College of Law, Holland Law Center and the Bat House Woods, this is a good location for you. These cheap apartments look onto the legendary 34th Street Wall, so expect some interesting trips to and from your apartment.
Most of the apartment communities in this area cater to serious undergraduate and grad students and young professionals who want to be near UF but out of the freshman frenzy. If you’re looking for a peaceful place to live so you can study, work and rest in quiet surroundings, these communities like Village 34 and Point West may be for you. Often, these types of developments near UF offer one-bedroom units in small groupings. Most of them are located in single-story buildings, providing on-site parking, private patios and serene landscaping. Some also have community policies such as noise restrictions designed to protect your peace and privacy.
Continue a few blocks south, and there’s another cluster of apartment developments next to and across from the NATL Park, Public Nature Trails and Pavilion. These communities also tend to be quiet, peaceful developments offering a variety of amenities, including clubhouses, swimming pools and recreation areas.
The largest cluster of apartments on and near 34th Street is just south of the main part of campus. These apartment developments range widely in quality and amenity level. Some are very modest, affordable and quiet. Others are more typical for upscale student housing, offering tennis and racquetball courts, fitness centers, computer labs, furnished spaces, roommate matching and flexible leasing options. Nearly all of the apartments in this area of 34th Street are steps from bus stops. This extensive access to public transit ensures that you can get to just about anywhere on campus easily and cheaply. These apartments are also close to I-75 and countless restaurants, fast food joints and stores along Archer Road and 34th Street. They’re close to Regal Cinemas, Trader Joe’s, Publix Supermarket, Sam’s Club and Swamphead Brewery.