Intern Housing: About Miami and UM

University of Miami

The University’s Coral Gables campus is located on a 239-acre tract in Coral Gables, Florida and is one of South Florida’s prime destinations for a rich variety of arts and culture offerings. 

While on campus, interns have the pleasure of strolling our walkable campus, which was designed to emulate a botanical garden. With no city streets or busy roadways cutting through our campus, the University of Miami offers a safe pedestrian experience. With the longest walk lasting no longer than 15 minutes, interns can explore all that campus has to offer.

To complement the balmy weather and beautiful Florida sunshine on your walk, the campus enjoys a number of important vegetated areas including Lake Osceola, the John C. Gifford Arboretum, the Ibis Natural Trail and numerous Palmetums. These features only add to the walkability of our campus.

Interns also have the opportunity to visit the award-winning Lowe Art Museum or event grab a workout at the Patti & Allan Herbert Wellness Center.

Located in Coral Gables, a beautifully lush city in sunny South Florida, the University of Miami is just seven miles from downtown Miami and offers interns the ability to explore the many culturally diverse neighborhoods of the region.

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Parking and Transportation

Located in the Miami-Dade metropolitan area, the University of Miami offers interns seemingly limitless possibilities to travel to and from the campus as well as around town after their conference schedule is over.

Local Airports

A drive to campus from Miami International Airport (MIA) – which serves all major airlines – takes just 20 minutes by car. The Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is no more than 45 minutes away, and Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) is just a 90-minute drive by car.

Public Transportation

If traveling by car is not an option, Miami-Dade’s public transportation system connects the University to both MIA, FLL and PBI airports. A quick ride on the Miami-Dade MetroRail system provides a direct route from MIA to a station located at the University of Miami’s campus. Additionally, riders can connect to the city’s TriRail system to travel via rail from campus to FLL and PBI. The MetroRail and Metrobus services also provide local routes throughout Miami-Dade County, including many stops near the University campus. Interns are provided with a complimentary MetroRail pass to use during their stay in our Summer Intern Housing Program.

Campus Parking

Interns are provided with a coimplimentary campus parking pass for one vehicle during their stay in our Summer Intern Housing Program.

Coral Gables

Integral to the city’s founding, the University of Miami is located in Coral Gables – known as “The City Beautiful” by its residents – in sunny South Florida. One of the first planned cities in the region, Coral Gables offers interns a variety of cultural, historical and entertaining activities.

From the centrally located Miracle Mile shopping district and many other upscale dining and shopping centers to the historical Biltmore Hotel or Venetian Pool, Coral Gables alone provides enough activities for conference guests both young and old to have a well-rounded conference experience.

Cultural Neighborhoods

Coconut Grove is a short 15-minute drive from campus but feels as though you’ve transported to a tiny city reminiscent of Key West. With block after block of local eateries and artisan shops in addition to the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens or Barnacle Historical State Park, Coconut Grove provides visitors with activities both day and night.

Moving slightly further away from campus but no more than a quick drive by car or public transit, lies many cultural neighborhoods that makeup the diverse city of Miami. Little Havana’s “Calle Ocho” hosts many street festivals and other cultural events – including frequent games of dominoes. Little Havana is also home to Marlins Park for when the local Miami Marlins are in town.

Interns also have the option of traveling north from campus and visiting Miami’s city-center – known as Downtown Miami – to visit Bayside, a waterfront shopping and dining venue where visitors can also book a dinner cruise in Biscayne Bay. The Perez Art Museum Miami and the Frost Science Museum are centrally located in Downtown Miami and offer visitors a way to beat the heat while discovering many exciting topics of art, history, culture and science.

Brickell, located just 20 minutes north of campus, comes alive at night with a variety of restaurants and other nightlife venues. 


Who could come to Miami and not want to get a taste of South Beach? With its historic art deco architecture and infamous restaurants and hotels, “SoBe” is a must-see locale for any visitors.

But for those looking for a quieter day at the beach, a quick drive to Key Biscayne offers conference guests the ability to unwind after a busy conference agenda. There, visitors can spend a day at the Miami Seaquarium or rent a bike and explore Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park.

A 90-minute drive to the Florida Keys is also the perfect getaway after any meeting or conference is over. There, visitors can snorkel in the clear waters, take a kayak or paddle board through the mangroves or dine at one of the many waterside restaurants.