Thanks for taking question, lrw. Do you think living in a place along Thomasville Rd. is a good idea? Do you have recommendations for a place to live besides the places mentioned on COL's website?
I love Thomasville Rd., its definitely one of my favorite areas in Tallahassee. Its more the historic section of Tallahassee (and the further out you go, the bigger the houses get), but the houses are adorable and there is a lot to do in the area. Its part of the "midtown" section that has been rapidly expanding, there are a lot of cute and eclectic bars, restaurants, and shops that have recently opened around there (check out Finnegan's Wake, Kool Beanz, Chez Pierre, The Wine Loft, and an amazing cupcake place). Since it is only a two lane street (as it nears Monroe St.), Ive heard that the traffic can get pretty bad in the morning- luckily there are several alternate routes you can try to take, and its not that far from campus (if youre in midtown). Closer to Capital Circle, its the Killearn area, which is considered the "rich" section of Tallahassee. Also nice and safe, but a bit further out than most students will live. Actually, one of my profs hosted a party last semester and he lived in a cute historic home out there.
As far as other areas, Im not sure what the COL recommends, but Id steer clear of anything off of Tennessee St. or Pensacola St. near campus (as that tends to be undergrad central, with a few exceptions), and definitely stay out of Frenchtown (the opposite side of Tennessee from campus- its the "bad part of town"). The South Monroe area (on the south side of Apalachee) is mainly FAMU's campus, so I dont know of any FSU students who live over there. Im sure the COL recommends Collegewood and Jefferson Arms since they are right across the street from the LS- theyre not terrible, but theyre literally right behind a rowdy bar. That being said, you have 24 hour easy access to the library and dont have to deal with parking and traffic. Personally, I like being able to get away from the law school. Another up and coming area is the All-Saints District, which is off of Gaines St. The city is doing a massive revitalization project there, so there are several loft style apartments and some cool indie bars and coffee shops. Its also pretty close to the law school, although I probably wouldnt walk between the two at night alone (its still in the revitalization process...). Im a huge fan of the downtown area (another city project- to urbanize the downtown and make Tallahassee a more yuppie-friendly city), there are a few high rise condos there (Tennyson, Tallahassee Center, Kleman Plaza, Adams St. Lofts) which are just super cool and really close to the law school. You definitely pay for the location and cool factor though, there are several bars and restaurants in the area and you get to rub elbows with FL congressmen (conveniently located a few blocks from the capitol building). Also, see my post about Southwood- if youre into the Pleasantville/Stepford vibe like I am, you'll love it. If youre looking for more traditional apartments, anything off of Mahan or on that side of town is generally nice and not as undergrad-y as the places closer to campus (Polos on Park, Evergreens at Mahan, Verandas, Delaney Park).
Thats pretty much all I've got on housing. Hope this helps. If you have any more questions on specific complexes, etc., feel free to PM me. Otherwise, let me know if I can answer any other questions you might have!