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If you love the outdoors and want to be surrounded by beautiful scenery, then Jacksonville is certainly the place to be. Often described as one of the best places to live in Florida, this city offers residents a safe suburban feel, it’s full of restaurants, parks, and lots of things to do.

Jacksonville, also known as Jax,J-Ville, the gateway to Florida, or even the River City, is the most populous city in the state with around 911,507 people currently living in the area. The large population makes Jacksonville the 12th most populous city in the United States. Located near the St. Johns River, picturesque beaches, and a naval air station, it is the third-largest seaport in Florida. Jacksonville is also perfectly positioned in northeast Florida, and that makes it easy to take weekend trips.

Why Book Student Accommodation in Jacksonville?

Jacksonville is found in the perfect location. It is situated in northeast Florida, making it the first major city you will come across in the state when driving down Interstate 95. Jacksonville is super close to other major cities and destinations, being only a two-hour drive to Orlando, and about a five-hour drive to Atlanta, Georgia. Other big Florida cities that are relatively close include Miami with its exciting nightlife and fun beaches, as well as Naples where you can play golf and find five-star restaurants. Since Jacksonville is within a day’s drive to all of these cities, it makes it easy to plan short trips and weekend getaways. 

Jacksonville is prized for having some of the best public schools in the country. It was ranked by U.S. News for having some of the nation’s best school systems in Duval, Nassau, St. Johns, Clay, and Baker counties. The city is also home to some of the top institutions in the state of Florida. The Florida State College at Jacksonville, the University of North Florida, Jacksonville University, Edward Waters College, Trinity Baptist College, and the Chamberlin University College of Nursing are all in the city. Also, Flagler College is close by in St. Augustine, Florida. It is a very well-educated area with plenty of higher education opportunities.

Universities in Jacksonville

Florida State College at Jacksonville

  • Casita’s accommodation options are within walking distance to the university.

  • More than 4 bus stops surround the campus; Main St. & 1st St. is just a 9-minute walk away.

  • MOCA (Museum Of Contemporary Art), Jacksonville is just a 12-minute walk away. Southbank Riverwalk is an 8-minute car ride away.

University of North Florida

Jacksonville University

  • Casita has accommodation options within walking distance of the university.

  • One bus stop, 2511 University Blvd., is just a 4-minute walk away from the property.

  • Tree Hill Nature Center is just a 7-minute car ride away.

Edward Waters College

  • One accommodation option is all within walking distance of the campus.

  • More than 3 bus stops are close to the campus; Kings Rd. & Blue Ave. is just a 7-minute walk away.

  • Karpeles Manuscript Library is just a 6-minute car ride away.

Student Life

Is Jacksonville a good place to live?

The short answer is yes, Jacksonville can be a very good place to live in. Warm weather is a huge advantage of living there. The winters are mild; the area hasn’t seen snow since the late 1980s. In the peak of winter, the temperature in Jacksonville is reminiscent of warm autumn in the Northern states. Another advantage is that the area has numerous stunning beaches for swimming or just lounging about. As you make your way down South, you’ll find an endless array of great sandy strips. Jacksonville also has a small-town vibe that is surrounded by nice parks. Instead of a huge metropolis, the city feels cozy with a tight-knit community. Some residents have described the general feel as driving from one smaller neighbourhood to another without getting the sensation of living in a bigger city.

Is Jacksonville expensive to live in?

Jacksonville is considered affordable to live in. The city’s cost of living is 5% lower than the national average. The housing expenses, the utility prices, the transportation expenses like bus fares and gas prices are all lower than the national average. Healthcare in Jacksonville is also 13% lower than the national average.

How safe is Jacksonville?

Crime rates in Jacksonville are above the Florida average; relatively high on the national scale, too. Neighborhood Scout gives the city a crime index of 8, meaning it’s considered to be safer than only 8% of other U.S. cities. However, Jacksonville is huge and many areas are perfectly safe. A few of the safest areas per Neighborhood Scout include Greenland, Greenfield, Jacksonville Naval Air Station, Mandarin, and Mayport.

Must-Visit Places in Jacksonville

There is more to Jacksonville than just the beach. Often referred to as the “River City by the Sea”, there is always something exciting to do. You will find an abundance of places to go to and activities to choose from that will surely spice up your afternoons and weekends.

One of these places is Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens which can be the perfect fun adventure. Learn all there is to know about wildlife preservation in this amazing space featuring over 2,400 rare and exotic animals, and 1,000 plant varieties. Another place is Kingsley Plantation, which plays a large role in the history of Florida. This plantation home was built in 1814 and is a national park and landmark. Take a tour and learn about this southern home. If you love shopping, then you need to head to St. Johns Town Center. It includes over 175 retail stores and 20 restaurants; there is even an amazing open-air area. 

Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens is a hidden gem with gorgeous hiking trails, streams, wildlife, and a lily pond. Bring your camera and take some pictures while enjoying the peaceful outdoors. Finally, The Friendship Fountain, which is located in St. Johns River Park, is a sight to see. It’s the world’s largest and tallest fountain; it has over 17,000 gallons of water and reaches a height of 120 feet making it a very popular tourist attraction.

Transportation in Jacksonville

The best way to get around Jacksonville is by car. You'll find several big-name car rental agencies located in the Jacksonville International Airport (JAX). However, if renting a car is not your best option, you can rely on several different public transportation methods to get around. 

Bus routes throughout the greater Jacksonville area are operated by the Jacksonville Transportation Authority. One-way fares cost $1.75 per person. If you're planning on using the bus as your primary means of transportation, you can get a STAR Card, which offers day and week passes for $4.50 and $20, respectively.

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority also operates an elevated monorail, The Jacksonville Skyway. It offers free transportation around downtown Jacksonville, stopping at points of interest such as the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Science & History. The Skyway operates Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft also operate in the Jacksonville area. If you're in the Jacksonville Beaches area, you can make use of the free Beach Buggy service. These 10-seater electric cars and 14-passenger vans are free to ride and can be a great way to get around the Jacksonville Beaches and San Marco area. Riders can request rides via the corresponding Beach Buggy smartphone app.

Nearby Student Accommodation In Florida

Besides having facilities for student accommodation in Jacksonville, Casita also offers student accommodation in other Florida cities. Some of these cities are:

Miami, Gainesville, Tampa, Orlando, and Santa Clara.

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