College Town: The Place Where Every FSU Student Wants to Be

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Located on the far end of Gaines Street, just southwest of Florida State University, sits the lively College Town District. Unlike many of the other historic districts that surround Florida State University, College Town is relatively new to Tallahassee. It’s built on what was once a heavily industrial area, but has since been transformed into the very thing it’s named after: a college town. Here, FSU students can revel in the new apartments, shops, restaurants, and bars that have and are continuously being built specifically for them, and let’s not forget to mention it’s THE place to be for Seminole football gamedays! Interested in living in College Town? Check out these College Town rentals

College Town Makeup and Transportation

The large, College Town neighborhood is located just steps away from the FSU campus, so if this is your choice of neighborhood, campus will be close by. College Town offers students a wide variety of rental options. Apartments and houses line the streets ranging in all different sizes and offering all different types of amenities. While there are newer builds, which are mainly the larger luxury apartment complexes (located on Madison and Gaines) , there are several older homes, some with newer renovations that comprise the surrounding blocks. 

Since College Town town is located so close to the Florida State University, and since Florida has such great weather (for the most part) throughout the year, the majority of students will walk, bike, or longboard to class. No bike? No problem. The University runs a reCylcle Bike program where students can buy a bike or rent them per the semester or annually. Perhaps you pulled an all nighter studying again, or your class in on the other end of campus, in any case, all FSU students get free transportation on the Seminole Express, Nite Nole, and StarMetro busses when you flash your FSU student ID. These shuttles have routes both on and off-campus making traveling anywhere in Tallahassee a breeze, and you can’t beat the price! 

 Things to do in College Town

Cafes, clothing stores, bars and more line the streets of College Town and really make it part of the whole experience. Need a bite to eat? Try Coosh’s or Little Masa. Need a new outfit for the weekend? Head over to Barefoot Campus Outfitter or Tally + Fin. Thirsty? The Brass Tap, Recess, and Township have got you covered. Popular Madison Social even has a fun “Monthly Challenge” and if you complete it you get a coveted, special edition shirt for that month! Be sure to jump into the challenge asap because once the shirts are gone, they’re gone! 

Let’s not forget about Florida State Seminole football, especially throughout the fall semester, College Town is the place to be! Students, alumni, and Seminole fans alike flood the streets decked out in red and gold ready to cheer on their Noles! Each Friday before a home game, College Town plays host to the Friday Night Block party which is Florida State’s official tailgate featuring vendors, music, and even special appearances.

Living in College Town means you’re going to be in the “center of it all.” If you’re the FSU student looking for some peace and want to be setback away from the typical college scene, this isn’t the neighborhood for you.  If you’re the FSU student wanting to be part of all the action and in the heart of it all, College Town is you’re spot!  

Want a headstart on finding your College Town apartment? Check out College Town rentals here. To help you even further, we’ve compiled a list of Florida State and Tallahassee rentals and landlords below: 

  1. Jackson Properties
  2. SHS Management Apartments
  3. Leparulo Properties & Investments
  4. 385Rent Apartments


Chips and salsa aficionado, Ali Bartmer joined the Rent College Pads team in the fall of 2016 as the Operations Assistant and has since become a Content crafter. Cat mom of one, Ali prides herself in being a Bloody Mary connoisseur and with her Masters from Hogwarts there’s nothing Ali can’t do.

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