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New Hobbies to do in Your Gainesville Apartment

Many people are forced to drop hobbies when they move to college because of the limitations of apartments. Apartments provide less space than houses and without garages or yards, many larger projects are near impossible to do indoors. Another issue in apartments is noise. Since apartments have adjoining walls, residents need to control their volume in order to not disturb neighbors so any noisy hobbies will likely not last long. Fortunately, there are many other hobbies out there that students can pick up when living in an apartment that are not affected by the space available, are affordable and will not disrupt neighbors or roommates; in fact, your roommates could even join in. At The Retreat, we provide new student apartments near UF for comfortable and luxurious Gainesville student living.


More likely than not, you will decorate your apartment when you move in rather than leaving it plain. If this is the case, you can take up decorating as a hobby. The great thing about decorating is that you don’t necessarily have to spend a lot of money on it. Through DIY projects you can make your own décor and even spruce up old, dull furniture. For example, modge podge can be used to transfer images from magazines, comic books, photographs, etc. onto wood and other materials to create furniture with one-of-a-kind designs.


Yoga is a great form of exercise that doesn’t require you to purchase anything other than maybe a mat. Apart from that, because if its nature you don’t have to worry about disturbing your neighbors due to any noise and you don't need much space other than your own body length. If you’ve never done yoga before, you can find plenty of instructional videos online on YouTube or invest in a DVD. Yoga doesn’t have to take much time out of your day and it can increase your flexibility, strength and leave you relaxed.


The most likely thing is that you won’t be eating out for every meal, especially if you’re in a budget. So why not learn to make some delicious meals so you can treat yourself in the comfort of your own apartment while saving money? Cooking a great hobby with a lot of creative freedom that will serve useful for the rest of your life. To learn, you can pick up a cookbook, watch cooking lessons online or order a service like Blue Apron.


Reading is a wonderful past time that you can pick up when living in an apartment and keep long after. Books can transport you to different worlds for hours, won’t cause any disturbances to anyone and there are endless options to ensure that you always have something new to read.

Drawing or Painting

While living in student housing Gainesville residents can try to learn how to draw or paint as a new hobby. Drawing and painting don’t necessarily require a lot of supplies or space making it a perfect hobby when living in an apartment. Gainesville also offers a lot of nature views that can spark up creativity for a new masterpiece. What is even better is the freedom that this art forms provide and the many different styles available.

Knitting or Crocheting

Knitting and crocheting is a perfect crafting hobby that will keep you entertained for hours, isn’t expensive, and won’t bother anyone in or around your apartment. You can even use your beautiful creations as gifts to save money when the holidays come around or use them as clothing for yourself. Gainesville has several crafts stores with large selections of threads, yarns, needles and needlework accessories.

Student Apartments in Gainesville, FL

If you’re starting a new life in a new place, you might as well pick up a new hobby that you can keep for the rest of your life. After all, college is a time for new experiences so you can grow as a person. Contact The Retreat today for student apartments Gainesville students are happy to call home.

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