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Gainesville City Guide

Population: 130,000
Language Spoken: English
Currency Used: US Dollar
Emergency Contact Number: 911
Country Calling Code: +1
Time Zone: UTC-05:00
Student Population: N/A

Welcome to Gainesville, the home of the University of Florida. Gainesville is in Florida which is located on the east coast of the the United States. The city has a population of 130,000, which includes a high number of students and staff who study and work at the two universities.

Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV) is located 5 miles north-east of the city. The airport has limited daily domestic flights. Connecting cities include, Atlanta, Charlotte, Orlando, Tampa and Miami. Most international students will have to fly to Gainesville via New York or Atlanta and connect to one of the larger airports in Florida. From here you then connect to Gainesville from one of the previously mentioned airports, or by Greyhound bus or airport shuttle bus. There is no train station in the city. The long distance bus terminal is located downtown.

Public transport in Gainesville consists of a bus network. Buses run 6 days a week, however, services terminate about 7pm. Certain areas of the city are walkable, however, many students who don't have access to a car, purchase a bike. The city also has a number of well priced and reliable taxis companies.

For long term student accommodation, please check out the accommodation section of our website for Gainesville.

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For a relatively small city, Gainesville still has plenty of attractions to keep you busy. Spend a few hours in the Florida Museum of Natural History,The Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, or enjoy a show at The Hippodrome Theatre. If you are a sports fan, both universities have a number of sports that you can watch including, 'College' football at the Bell Hill Griffin Stadium, 'College' baseball at McKethan Stadium and drag racing at the Gainesville Raceway. If you are more energetic or fancy some fresh air, try the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens which is located just a few miles from the city. Gainesville has a number of Lakes just a short drive from the city, and these can be a great retreat for the day or for a weekend with friends.

There is plenty of shopping opportunities in Gainesville. Popular areas include Downtown and Thornebrook Village. Both offer independent stores, fun boutiques and great restaurants. The city is also home to several shopping malls, including, The Oaks Mall, Thornebrook Village and Butler's Plaza, which is the largest retail centre in the south-east of the United States. All of these offer large department stores, high street brands and personal services. We also recommend visiting the weekly Farmer's Market, which is held every Wednesday.

Gainesville has a large student population and is home to two universities, the University of Florida and Santa Fe College . For more information on studying at any of these, please visit the university section of the website.

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