The off-campus place my friends and I probably visit the most is VIP Nails. Ever since we found this place freshman year, my friends and I have been religiously going every month or so. This amazing nail salon has a huge selection of colors (gel and regular), friendly and professional staff, and amazing prices. They offer gel manicures for just $25 dollars a pop. You can even do a gel color change for $20 (painting with no nail upkeep). They do tend to get busy, but if you call and make an appointment ahead of time, getting in and out is no hassle at all.
If you’re like me and need to have your nails done in order to feel like a fully functioning member of society, VIP Nails will become your new shrine. It’s walkable from campus (about 10-15 minute walk from Southwest) or you can take PTVA bus 33 literally right to their front door.