The best transportation options to the University of Florida from Campus Lodge involve driving, biking, or taking a bus operated by the Regional Transit System of Gainesville. It is certainly possible to walk to campus, but depending on one’s destination this can require 30 minutes or more.
RTS provides economical bus transportation for residents on four different routes. Students can take the No. 9, No. 34, No. 35, or No. 36 routes to a variety of campus locations. Most of these bus routes require less than 15 minutes to arrive at the university. Buses can be boarded every 45 minutes throughout the day at the Reitz Student Union Building. It is also possible to transfer at the Reitz to other destinations in Gainesville.
Those who choose to bike to school can expect a 20-30 minute ride depending on traffic. By car it is possible to reach many campus destinations in ten minutes or less. The best route to take by car is Highway 331 to SW 13th Street. This route offers convenient access to the eastern edge of the campus and intersects with many thoroughfares that connect with various university buildings.
Campus Lodge provides easy access to a variety of restaurants, markets, and bars via SW Williston Road. A number of parks and recreation centers can also be found within four miles of this apartment complex.
There are eight grocery markets within close proximity to the complex. The closest of these is the Publix on Southwest 34th Street. It is just over one-half mile away and can be reached easily by walking. A WalMart on nearby Archer Road is just over a mile away. A favorite gathering place for students is the Kangaroo Express located just to the southwest.
Popular fast food restaurants include Little Caesars Pizza, Subway, and McDonald’s. All of these are accessible via a short ten-minute walk. There are full-service restaurants within a mile which include Grill Depot and Embers Wood Grill. Those who wish to enjoy the Gainesville nightlife can find many bars nearby. Among the most popular of these are the Backstage Lounge, Salty Dog Saloon, and Double Down Live.