Home to the University of Miami’s main campus, Coral Gables is primarily a residential area. Faculty will often find houses, duplexes, apartments, condos, efficiencies, and guest cottages for rent. Coral Gables has quiet streets and is home to some of Miami’s best restaurants and quaint art galleries. There are several city bus routes that travel around the Coral Gables Campus, including the Metrorail stop at University station. Consider Red Road Commons as an off-campus option. Red Road Commons is located on 57th Avenue (Red Road) between Ponce de Leon Blvd. and Levante Ave. The complex consists of 400 rental apartments.


Just north of Coral Gables, lush Coconut Grove is typically a 10-minute commute to and from campus. “The Grove” is a great mix of shops, restaurants, parks, bars, clubs, and large annual festivals. There are houses, duplexes, apartments, and condos for rent.


Located minutes south of the Coral Gables Campus, South Miami sprawls across US-1 in a combination of residential and commercial areas. The busy downtown area, centered east of US-1 at Sunset Drive and Red Road, has several restaurants and shops, as well as The Shops at Sunset Place, an outdoor mall with many well-known stores, restaurants, and a movie theater. A variety of affordable residential options extend from the periphery of downtown, as well as to the west of US-1. There are bus routes serving South Miami that connect with the South Miami Metrorail station (one station south of the University station) and also travel along Red Road, one of the University’s perimeter roads.


Kendall extends west from US-1 down Sunset Drive, Kendall Drive, and the Killian Expressway. It is a sprawling suburb of apartment complexes, housing subdivisions, and shopping centers. There are apartment complexes near Dadeland Mall. From Dadeland, you can enjoy convenient access to the Metrorail. Keep in mind that during peak traffic times, eastbound and westbound travel can take longer than anticipated.


These two adjacent towns are both high-end areas. Brickell is primarily a high-rise condominium and apartment-based area. Key Biscayne is off Brickell Avenue and is accessible only by the Rickenbacker Causeway. This area is known for its beaches and Crandon Park. There are many condos for rent on Key Biscayne, as there are on Brickell Avenue. However, these rentals tend to be more expensive because of the location.


North of Brickell, Midtown/Downtown is home to the American Airlines Arena, Bayside, the Miami Design District, and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Faculty living in the Midtown/Downtown area are centrally located to some of Miami’s main attractions. South Beach, Brickell, the University, and Miami International Airport are all within a short driving distance. However, because the area is home to several nightclubs, faculty should be aware of the potential for noise.


Wynwood is an up-and-coming neighborhood in Miami, located north of Downtown and Overtown. Previously an industrial area, it has several new residential developments, many in renovated warehouses now covered with colorful murals. The neighborhood offers plenty of entertainment selections with art galleries, restaurants, bars, and local festivals. The Hurry ‘Canes Shuttle offers transportation to Wynwood on Saturdays from the Stanford Circle stop during most of the year.


South Beach is the center of Art Deco design, nightlife, and culture in Miami-Dade County. Parking on South Beach can be difficult, as many apartment buildings do not have parking for their tenants. However, most people who live on South Beach have city-issued permits for street parking.