11 Budget Airbnb Vacation Rentals In Gainesville, Florida - Updated 2023

airbnb Gainesville

Gainesville is young, fast paced, modern and home to the University of Florida and Sante Fe College. These campuses and the surrounding areas make up the heart of the city. Visitors from all over the state come here to watch college games, visit interesting new museums and sports facilities. Many who are interested in the area are young, and let’s be honest, don’t usually have the money to spend on posh hotels. As such, we’ve picked out some stylish but wallet-friendly vacation rentals so that you can have a great vacation worth way more than your price tag. So, whether you’re looking for short-term rentals or monthly Airbnbs in Gainesville, check out this list. Here, you can find some of the best budget Airbnb vacation rentals in Gainesville, Florida.

1. Cosy listing with a characteristic vintage feel (from 50 USD)

This cute and compact home has the vibes of a hippie hangout in the seventies; bright colours, floral prints, perfectly mismatched sheets and polaroids on a line make this place unique and memorable. It’s close to all sorts of entertainment like nightlife, the UF campus, trails and nature parks. Two beds sleep up to three or four guests, pets are allowed and there is free parking on the premises.

Cute vintage home for 2/3 people (Downtown)

Address: Gainesville, FL, United States (see map)

Price: from 50 USD

Number of Guests: 4

2. A surprisingly snug shipping container (from USD 48)

If you’re wondering where to stay in Gainesville, how about a shipping container? Now that’s a stay you have to tell your friends about, but don’t expect something stuffy, scary and straight out of a slasher film. Instead, what you get is a well ventilated, air conditioned and incredibly comfortable stay. It’s unconventional and compact in a quiet neighbourhood, a perfect place to sleep in on a Sunday. This tiny house offers a bed and a spacious couch that sleep three guests perfectly.

Cute shipping container tiny house (400 sqft)
Gainesville, Florida, United States
405 reviews  Wifi Available
Tiny home 1 Bed 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
a perfect amount of room for a couple
shower ran nice and hot
i love this apartment converted from a shipping container
fantastic stay probably the most uniquely comfortable airbnb i've come across
plenty of room with a very comfortable bed :)
very clean and homely space
everything was clean and tidy
cozy and clean just as adverticed
the space was very clean organized and tastefully decorated
cute clean and a nice experience
jessica is an outstanding host
jessica was a very good host making sure we were taking care of
jessica was an excellent host
such a great host i booked for another week
very friendly host and a unique place we loved it
cute place close to everything
such a cute little place close to great restaurants
an amazing cozy place located close to the university
close to everything cute neighborhood adorable space
cute place in a great location would definitely stay again and recommend to anyone
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3. Minutes away from the University of Florida (from 55 USD)

This spacious, homey private room is welcoming with its calm, muted neutral prints and little details like the map on the wall. This is great for guests who want to experience some of the best things to do in Gainesville, including exploring the University of Florida and the facilities surrounding it. The kitchen is also fully accessible for guests, although pantry items are not included. A coin laundry is available on the property. A bed sleeps two comfortably, and another mattress is available for a third guest.

Quick Walk to Shands & UF campus

Address: Gainesville, FL, United States

Price: from 55 USD

Number of Guests: 3

4. Sunny studio stay downtown (from 72 USD)

This chilled out bohemian studio with artwork and plants at every corner is the perfect relaxing hideaway from the city crowd while being very close to the fun of the Downtown area. Fairy lights make your sleeping area magically drowsy. It’s a separate studio but you share a kitchen with the owner. The compact loft bed sleeps two comfortably.

Sunny, Plant Filled Studio Downtown

Address: Gainesville, FL, United States (see map)

Price: from 72 USD

Number of Guests: 2

5. A simple suite in the park

Are studios and tiny apartments in Gainesville not your thing? If you need a place for two but more space, this is a great no-frills option in a scenic, green location central to the city. Enjoy your breakfast on your private patio and long soaks in a spacious tiled bathroom. One bedroom and a bed sleeps two just right.

1 BR Apt, quiet, near UF, Shands, economy-1825A
Gainesville, Florida, United States
19 reviews  Wifi Available
Entire rental unit 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
great clean and quite place
the apartment is clean and as described
everything was clean and the locación of the apartament was perfect
very quiet and clean besides it is close to everything
the host is accessible friendly and helpful
the owner is very kind great to work with easy to get a hold of and truly a joy
we enjoyed the apt a lot and elizabeth is really nice and helpful person
elizabeth is really nice and helpful
great place to be
wonderful place felt safe and very comfy
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6. A luxurious little space close to campus (from 100 USD)

Decided you miss staying in a hotel? Well, this listing is good news. Designed to have the level of comforts you will find in a larger, high end luxury house, this home does the same but in a smaller space. Experience quiet and peace in this neighbourhood, a dead-end street with many retirees and young families. Catch up on work here with its laptop friendly spaces, and feel free to check in any time with 24 hour check in. Two bedrooms and two beds make space for 3 guests to sleep.

Luxury in a small package!

Address: Gainesville, FL, United States (see map)

Price: from 100 USD

Number of Guests: 3

7. An airy cottage with a great location (from 109 USD)

Soft mint green, plush sheets and fresh eggs every morning … … This guest cottage has all you need for a memorable, relaxing vacation and more. Filled with light and life, it’s located in a diverse community close to the heart of the city. If you need to get downtown, just take a leisurely stroll through the Duck Pond to get there. This place sleeps four guests on two beds.

Cozy Cottage - Walk to Downtown

Address: Gainesville, FL, United States (see map)

Price: from 109 USD

Number of Guests: 4

8. Quiet apartment surrounded by majestic trees

After a long and busy day of hitting the town, do you and your group need some time away? Here’s the place for you! It’s tucked away in a quiet apartment complex surrounded with tall, majestic trees and has lots of space in itself. It even has a pretty big kitchen for you and your fellow travellers to cook meals in. It sleeps four guests in two bedrooms, and allows you to bring your furry companions along.

When searching for hotels and pet-friendly Airbnbs in Gainesville, this flat is worth looking at!

2 BR Apt, quiet, near UF, Shands, great price-1824
Gainesville, Florida, United States
17 reviews  Wifi Available
Entire rental unit 1 Bed 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
would definitely reccomend her air bnb apartments
my experience in dorothy apartment has been excellent
her place was super clean and the beds were very comfy
the inside of the room is very clean nice furnitures
she was very attentive to our requests and it made our stay very enjoyable
elizabeth is a wonderful host
elizabeth was very kind and made sure to accomodate us as conveniently as possible
our host was extremely responsive and easy to work with
the place was good and so was the host
amazing place to stay very near to the city and the location is pretty safe
loved the apartment and the location was excellent
great amenities and convenient location for downtown or campus area
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9. Walk to schools and more

This well-decorated apartment for rent in Gainesville, FL doesn’t shy away from colour! It’s also endowed with the host’s very own beautiful photography. But one of the best things about this place? Its location near to the university and all that surrounds it. It sleeps four guests in one bedroom and two beds.

Walk to Shands, UF, Vet School! L-3
Gainesville, Florida, United States
9 reviews
Entire condominium 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
apartment was extremely clean and well decorated
the apartment was just fantastic it was clean and very comfortable
great stay at a great value susannah's place was perfect for us - clean comfortable and convenient
go gators susannah was a great host
susannah was very nice and accommodating everything was very nice and our stay went smoothly
susannah was very responsive and always super nice and helpful
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10. Private room close to bike trails

If you’re an outdoorsy kind of person, then this Airbnb is perfect for your vacation in Gainesville. It offers easy access to several natural areas and biking trails like Hawthorne, La Chua, Paynes Prairie, Boulware Creek, and more. The host offers a private room in her home that has a comfy queen-size bed, a workspace, storage space, a full bathroom, and a kitchenette. Guests also have access to a cozy parlor, and a lovely backyard adjacent to Boulware Creek.

Privacy, Bike Trail, Nature - Near Downtown/UF
Gainesville, Florida, United States
99 reviews
Private room in house 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we definitely appreciated that she had coffee and a coffee maker in our room
nice place and very private room with the air
bed and linens were very comfortable in room fridge and coffee were nice
a charmer of a place to stay with all the amenities of a hotel room
oh and the bed is amazingly comfortable
really clean cumfy bed
everything was very clean with a fun style
such a clean and peaceful environment
it is so clean and tidy
the room was sparkly clean tidy and spacious
a wonderful host :)
she was so welcoming and hospitable
she is one of the best hosts ever
very kind and welcoming host
ruth is an amazing host
awesome location and ruth is great
great little room close to uf and lots of shopping and eating options nearby
convenient location close to town and lots of beautiful green spaces
wonderful quiet place to stay in gainesville close to nature and a short bike ride from uf
if you like walking in the nature the location is awesome
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11. Friendly, vibrant historical home with an organic garden

If you’re on the sociable side and like to get to know the interesting hosts and families behind an Airbnb, then this is one of the best rentals in Gainesville, FL for you. Wooden floors, freshly painted walls and a welcoming vibe define this laidback listing. There’s even an organic garden for you to try out freshly grown produce. No car? No problem! There’s no need to drive anywhere if you stay here. All of downtown and the college are within walking distance. Your full size bed can sleep two guests.

Downtown or UF is 6 blocks away!
Gainesville, Florida, United States
29 reviews  Wifi Available
Private room in home 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the bed was very comfortable and the bathroom was all we needed
the room itself was clean comfortable and quiet
my room and the bathroom were very clean
lee is very friendly and accommodating and the house is very clean
friendly host; accomodations were fine
lee is a great host very generous and informed
lee is a friendly host and was helpful in providing tips about the local area
lee is always reachable and is one of the friendliest hosts i’ve met
he is the best host you can ever imagine and i have a great roommate also :d
it's perfectly situated to be walking distance from downtown and campus
lee's place is cute and in a super convenient location
location was perfect for us to walk to campus or downtown
my host recommended an excellent restaurant that is located nearby enough to walk if you wish
the house is in a great location and is super cozy
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Lots to gain in Gainesville

We hope that this list of cheap Airbnb vacation rentals in Gainesville has made it more tempting and plausible to enjoy your visit to Gainesville. So, whether you’re looking for an apartment or a cabin rental in Gainesville, you’ll definitely find something you’ll like because this list offers many options. Be sure to book early to not miss out!

Frequently asked questions about budget Airbnbs in Gainesville, Florida

1. Which are the best pet-friendly Airbnbs in Gainesville?

Many pet-friendly Airbnbs are available in Gainesville. If you are traveling with your furry friend in tow, then we recommend booking a stay at this cosy listing with a characteristic vintage feel or this quiet apartment surrounded by majestic trees.

2. Which Airbnb in Gainesville is good for families?

Not many Airbnbs in Gainesville are good for families. If you are visiting Gainesville with your kids, then the most family-friendly Airbnb for you would be this beautiful apartment walking distance to schools.

3. Which is the best Airbnb with a pool in Gainesville?

There are a few Airbnbs in Gainesville with a pool. But if you are keen on staying at a property that offers access to one, then the best Airbnb for you would be this beautiful apartment walking distance to schools.

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