Living in Miami

Housing and Neighborhoods

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 diverse and amazing area 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 the Housing and Relocation Guide
or simply posting to the Public Health Student Association’s Facebook Group

DOWNTOWN AND MIDTOWN

Downtown is the urban epicenter of Miami. With its countless high rises, Bayfront Park, and the American Airlines Arena, 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/mo; 2 bedroom: $1800-2300/mo
  • 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 shops close early

Popular Housing

1800 Club, 1800 N. Bayshore Dr., Miami. (305) 373-1093
25 Biscayne Park, 250 NE 25th St., Miami.
One Miami, 325 S Biscayne Blvd., Miami.
(786) 351-3342
Opera Tower, 1750 N. Bayshore Dr., Miami.
Met One, 300 S. Biscayne Blvd., Miami. (305) 960-9990
Bay Parc Plaza, 1756 North Bayshore Dr., Miami. (786) 245-4760
Vizcayne, 
244 Biscayne Blvd & 253 NE 2nd St., Miami. (786) 288-0741
The Loft Downtown,
115 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami. (305) 704-7633
Quantum on the Bay, 1900 N. Bayshore Dr., Miami.

Transportation

  • Car is not needed, but helpful
  • 10–20 minute drive to 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.

Living and Costs

  • Mostly apartments and condos
  • Studio/1 bedroom: $1350-1600/mo; 2 bedroom: $1900-2500/mo
  • 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 12th St., Miami. (305)373-3360
The Mark on Brickell, 1155 Brickell Bay Dr., Miami. (305) 373-0661
500 Brickell, 500 Brickell Ave., Miami. (305) 798-1161
Camden Brickell, 50 Southwest 10th St., Miami. (866) 675-0860
Neo Vertika, 690 SW 1st Ct., Miami. (786) 623-2252
1060 Brickell, 1060 Brickell Ave., (305) 798-1161
The Ivy, 90 SW 3th St., Miami. (305) 487-2616
The Mint, 92 SW 3rd St., Miami. (305) 587-8248
The Wind, 350 S Miami Ave., Miami.
Brickell on the River, 31 SE 5 St., Miami. (305) 577-4255

Transportation

  • Car is not needed
  • 10-20 minute drive to 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/mo+; 2 bedrooms: $1700/mo+
  • 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 brutal, most residential areas have permitted parking, and the nightlife

Popular Housing

Bentley Bay, 540 West Ave., Miami Beach. (305) 604-8655
The Floridian, 650 West Ave., Miami Beach. (305) 604-6038
The Flamingo, 1504 Bay Rd., Miami Beach. (786) 472-3497
The Palm House, 1010 Pennsylvania Ave., Miami Beach. (786) 291-3104
Bayview Plaza, 1621 Bay Rd., 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, and restaurants and bars

CORAL GABLES

Coral Gables, home to the undergrad 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 Southwest 57th Ave., South Miami. (305) 667-5220
Gables Grand Plaza, 353 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. (305) 460-7009
Fountains, 235 Sidonia Ave. # 101, Coral Gables. (305) 443-0704
The Residences at Merrick Park, 4251 Salzado St., Coral Gables. (305) 448-0098
Modera Coral Gables, 2263 SW 37th Ave., Miami. (855) 683-6211

Transportation

  • 15-30 minute drive to medical campus; 16 minutes by Metrorail from Douglas Road Station
  • Walking distance to the Metrorail and Metromover (free) Stations
  • Free Coral Gables (to Douglas Road Sta.) and Coral Way (to Downtown) Trolley. M-F only.

Nearby

CocoWalk and Coconut Grove, Miracle Mile, restaurants and bars, shopping centers, and the undergraduate campus

HOUSING RESOURCES

It is recommended that you contact a realtor as most apartments in Miami are individually owned. (Generally, the realtors 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, 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. Start saving up well before you try to rent an apartment.

DISCLAIMER

Neither the University of Miami, nor the Department of Housing and Residential Life, endorses any of the apartments or individuals listed on our website, and the service is provided solely for your convenience. We want to remind everyone of 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.