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Housing Resources

Attending the University of Miami gives students the ability to immerse themselves in a lively and culturally diverse city. Miami-Dade County provides a variety of choices for housing, dining, and leisure for residents and visitors alike. When one is in search of a new home, he/she should consider many aspects of the new community to find the ideal location. Below are neighborhood summaries that will better introduce you to what this amazing city has to offer.

The University of Miami provides a Housing Database that assists students that are in search of off-campus housing.

Another helpful resource, that is very popular, is the Housing and Relocation Guide. Students may also post on the Public Health Student Association’s Facebook Group to find a roommate or ask about living in Miami. 

DOWNTOWN AND MIDTOWN

Downtown is the urban epicenter of Miami. With its countless high rises, Bayfront Park, and the American Airlines Arena, Miami’s downtown will provide you with plenty of fun and entertainment. Midtown is the collective term for the Wynwood and Edgewater neighborhoods wedged between the Miami Design District and Downtown.

Living and Costs

  • Recently built high rises, condominiums, and apartments
  • Studio/1 bedroom: $1100-1500/month; 2 bedroom: $1800-2300/month
  • Pros: Quick commute to school, close to Brickell and South Beach, and buildings are new with great amenities
  • Cons: Traffic, especially during game nights at the arena or special events, safety can be an issue, and nearby shops and restaurants may close early

 

Popular Housing

1800 Club, 1800 N. Bayshore Drive, Miami. (305) 373-1093

25 Biscayne Park, 250 N.E. 25 Street, Miami.

One Miami, 325 S. Biscayne Boulevard, Miami. (786) 351-3342

Opera Tower, 1750 N. Bayshore Drive, Miami.

Met One, 300 S. Biscayne Boulevard, Miami. (305) 960-9990

Bay Parc Plaza, 1756 North Bayshore Drive, Miami. (786) 245-4760

Vizcayne, 244 Biscayne Blvd & 253 N.E. 2 Street, Miami. (786) 288-0741

The Loft Downtown, 115 N.E. 2 Avenue, Miami. (305) 704-7633

Quantum on the Bay, 1900 N. Bayshore Drive, Miami.

 

Transportation

  • Car is not needed, but helpful
  • 10–20 minute drive to UM’s Medical Campus
  • Free Miami Trolley to Downtown, Brickell, and Coconut Grove
  • Walking distance to the Metrorail and Metromover (free) Stations

 

Nearby

Adrienne Arsht Center, American Airlines Arena, Bayfront Park, Bayside Marketplace, clubs and lounges, Design District, Midtown Shopping Center, Port of Miami, restaurants, and Wynwood Art District

BRICKELL

Brickell is located in the financial district of Miami. Its streets are constantly lit and residents will attest that Brickell is a safe area. Although some apartments can be pricey, there are inexpensive gems located in this area perfectly fit for the young professional. It is the preferred living area of most students with many restaurants, bars, grocery stores, and entertaining night life nearby.

Living and Costs

  • Mostly apartments and condos
  • Studio/1 bedroom: $1350-1600/month; 2 bedroom: $1900-2500/month
  • Pros: accessibility to Metro; proximity to grocery stores, restaurants, and bars; centrally located to all points in Miami
  • Cons: parking can be difficult for guests, rent is expensive

 

Popular Housing

Axis Brickell, 79 Southwest 12 Street, Miami. (305) 373-3360
The Mark on Brickell, 1155 Brickell Bay Drive, Miami. (305) 373-0661
500 Brickell, 500 Brickell Avenue, Miami. (305) 798-1161
Camden Brickell, 50 S.W. 10 Street, Miami. (866) 675-0860
Neo Vertika, 690 S.W. 1 Court, Miami. (786) 623-2252
1060 Brickell, 1060 Brickell Avenue, (305) 798-1161
The Ivy, 90 S.W. 3 Street, Miami. (305) 487-2616
The Mint, 92 S.W. 3 Street, Miami. (305) 587-8248
The Wind, 350 S. Miami Avenue, Miami.
Brickell on the River, 31 S.E. 5 Street, Miami. (305) 577-4255

Transportation

  • Car is not needed
  • 10-20 minute drive to UM’s Medical Campus; 8-10 minutes by Metrorail from Brickell Station
  • Walking distance to the Metrorail and Metromover (free) Stations
  • Free Miami Trolley to Downtown, Brickell, and Coconut Grove

 

Nearby

Weekly farmers’ market, grocery stores, restaurants and bars

SOUTH BEACH

South Miami Beach is a barrier island known for its Art Deco Historic District. It offers a young and hip scene that’s very attractive to tourists. South Beach is great for shopping, dining, and having a great time.

Living and Costs

  • Studio/1 bedroom: $850/month+; 2 bedrooms: $1700/month+
  • Condominiums, apartments, and homes available
  • A lot more older buildings with fewer amenities like the big complexes
  • Parking spaces/garages often an additional charge
  • Pros: The beach, lots to do within walking or biking distance, quick commute, 10-15 without traffic
  • Cons: Afternoon traffic can be a challenge and most residential areas have permitted parking

 

Popular Housing

Bentley Bay, 540 W. Avenue, Miami Beach. (305) 604-8655

The Floridian, 650 W. Avenue, Miami Beach. (305) 604-6038

The Flamingo, 1504 Bay Road, Miami Beach. (786) 472-3497

The Palm House, 1010 Pennsylvania Avenue, Miami Beach. (786) 291-3104

Bayview Plaza, 1621 Bay Road, Miami Beach. (305) 674-8904

Transportation

  • Car is helpful
  • 10-15 minute drive to medical campus
  • Several bus options to Miami, campus, and airport

 

Nearby

The beach, clubs and lounges, shops, restaurants, and bars

CORAL GABLES

Coral Gables, home to the undergraduate campus of the University of Miami, offers a slightly quieter atmosphere than Downtown or Brickell. Coral Gables offers numerous restaurants, shopping hotspots, and access to undergraduate facilities such as the Wellness Center and Library. It is also close to many shopping centers, grocery stores, and entertainment venues.

Living and Costs

  • Rentals with modern interiors, including individual washers/dryers, pools, and fitness centers
  • Studio/1 bedroom: $1500/month; 2 bedrooms: $2000/month

 

Popular Housing

Red Road Commons, 6600 S.W. 57 Avenue, South Miami. (305) 667-5220
Gables Grand Plaza, 353 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables. (305) 460-7009
Fountains, 235 Sidonia Avenue # 101, Coral Gables. (305) 443-0704
The Residences at Merrick Park, 4251 Salzado Street, Coral Gables. (305) 448-0098
Modera Coral Gables, 2263 S.W. 37 Avenue, Miami. (855) 683-6211

Transportation

  • 15-30 minute drive to UM’s Medical Campus; 16 minutes by Metrorail from Douglas Road Station
  • Walking distance to the Metrorail
  • Free Coral Gables (to Douglas Road Station) and Coral Way (to Downtown) Trolley. Monday-Friday only.

 

Nearby

CocoWalk and Coconut Grove, Miracle Mile, restaurants and bars, shopping centers, and UM’s undergraduate campus

HOUSING RESOURCES

It is recommended that students contact a realtor as most apartments in Miami are individually owned. (Generally, the realtor’s commission is paid by the landlord/listing agency.) Apartment units for rent move on and off the market very quickly so it is recommended to look for a place a month prior to move in date. Be wary of scams on Craigslist and other classified listing websites. Also, be prepared to spend a considerable amount of money in advance as many apartment complexes or property management companies require a security deposit, the first month’s rent and last month’s rent up front to secure your place. Also, make sure you have enough cash to pay application fees.

DISCLAIMER

Neither the University of Miami nor the Department of Housing and Residential Life endorses any of the apartments, businesses, or individuals listed on our website and the guide is provided solely for your convenience. We want to remind you the importance of protecting yourself as landlords/roommates when dealing with potential tenants/roommates. Please refer to the Federal Trade Commission’s site on Rental Listing Scams for information on scams and how to protect yourself from them. If you feel that you have experienced internet fraud, please visit the FBI’s Internet Fraud Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov. If you feel that you have been scammed, please visited the FTC Complaint Assistant.