Located near midtown Gainesville, Centro is an apartment complex that will have a strong appeal to those who prefer walking to the University of Florida campus. Many classes, athletic events, and nightlife activities are literally steps away from the complex and can be reached in a matter of minutes. The complex is especially close to Warrington, Heavener, the business and accounting schools, and Library West on the campus.
Bus service is provided by the Regional Transit System. Because the complex is so close to the campus, there is no direct service to the apartments. Students may, however, use the NW 12th Street stop for Route 2 which provides convenient access to all areas of the city via transfer.
It is not likely that students in this apartment complex will want to use their own vehicles to reach the university campus. It can actually take longer to navigate traffic and obtain parking than it will to walk to school. This is one of the main reason this complex is popular with both students and their parents.
Centro sits right in the midst of many restaurants, shopping centers, and retail establishments that serve the University of Florida. Most of these establishments are located in an area that is less than one-half mile from the complex. There is also a vibrant nightlife scene nearby.
Those looking for food will find that the Chipotle Mexican Grill on University Avenue is just a short walk away. The Sushi-2-Go is located in the same area and is a favorite of many students. Several pizza bars including Leonardo’s By The Slice are also within walking distance, and some of these establishments offer delivery service.
There is a Publix market just two blocks away on Southwest 13th Street where residents can do their grocery shopping. Other stores in the area include Winn-Dixie, Big Lots, and Lucky’s Market. When the time comes to relax after a long day of classes and exams, Balls is one of the most trendy and popular bars in the area. Other bars such as the Salty Dog Saloon provide local entertainment in addition to fine food and drink.