Miami, the Magic City

The Intensive English Program is located on the beautiful Coral Gables campus at the University of Miami. As an IEP student, you will have access to all of UM’s services and facilities. The city of Miami offers unique cultural events, beautiful beaches, major league sports, and a warm climate year around.

Miami is a unique, and culturally diverse city, which is witnessed in each of its neighborhoods.


Coral Gables
distance to the IEP: UM is inside Coral Gables

The University of Miami sits inside the middle of Coral Gables. Coral Gables, or simply just The Gables, is known to be one of the safest areas of Miami. Coral Gables is home to parks, golf courses, The Venetian Pool, a downtown business district, and shopping areas. 

South Miami
distance to the IEP: 2.3 miles

South Miami is just south of the University and is a really popular location for IEP students to live. South Miami is home to Sunset Place, which contains shops, bars, restaurants, a bowling alley, and a movie theatre. It is easy to walk or bike to campus from South Miami, as well as take the Metrorail.

Coconut Grove
distance to the IEP: 3.4 miles

Coconut Grove is only a few minutes away from the University. It has a unique atmosphere, and is very different from the rest of Miami, and has a very laid back atmosphere. Coconut Grove streets are lined with tropical plants and trees. You can find free yoga in the park, or go shopping or watch a movie at the Cinepolis. There are both low-key and upscale restaurants, bars, and coffee shops.

distance to the IEP: 4 miles

Dadeland is south of the University, and lies at the end of the Metrorail line. The area is mainly suburban. You can find a large mall, Dadeland Mall, for any shopping needs.

Little Havana
distance to the IEP: 6 miles

Little Havana, as referenced by its name, is a piece of Cuban culture in the middle of Miami. You can find colorful murals, statues, and old men playing dominoes in the park. Up and down Calle Ocho (8th street), you can find famous salsa clubs, Latin restaurants, and Cuban coffee.  Viernes Culturales (Cultural Fridays) is the last Friday of the month, and is a Cuban celebration along Calle Ocho.

distance to the IEP: 6.5 miles

Brickell is just south of downtown, with tall skyscrapers and apartment buildings; it’s a financial and business center.Brickell is an upscale neighborhood with restaurants, bars, clubs, and amazing views of the ocean, depending on the building. There is a Metrorail stop in the middle of Brickell, and has easy access to the free metromover  which connects with Downtown. Also at the center of Brickell, is the Mary Brickell Village, home to clubs and fine dining.

distance to the IEP: 7.6 miles

In downtown Miami, you can find The American Airlines Arena, where the Miami Heat Play, the Freedom Tower, Perez Art Museum, and Bayfront Park & Bayside Marketplace. You can take the free metromover around Downtown, or rent a Citi Bike to see the sights.

distance to the IEP: 11.2 miles

Wynwood is known as the Design District. Nearly very wall in Wynwood is covering with a mural. It’s known for its street art, and graffiti, and art exhibits. Wynwood has a very young and fresh atmosphere. There are outdoor bars, restaurants, and a ton of food trucks. The Second Saturday of each month is the night to be in Wynwood- art, dancing, live music, etc.

South Beach
distance to the IEP: 14.5 miles

South Beach is perhaps the most well-known part of Miami, famous for its beaches and nightlife along Ocean Drive. If you plan to live here, know that it is a bit far from campus and you’ll have to cross the McCarther Causeway everyday, with a strong possibility for traffic. South Beach has a variety of restaurants, bars, and clubs. It is also famous for its Art Deco buildings, which are an iconic part of South Beach’s history.


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