UCF downtown is in the heart of Orlando — the hub for arts, culture, nightlife and business. It’s where you can walk from class to an Orlando City soccer game. Or catch a show at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts after work. It’s your opportunity to find adventure, where there’s always something new. The city is your campus, and everything you need is just outside your door.
Learn in State-of-the-Art Classrooms
Students studying at UCF Downtown will benefit from state-of-the-art classrooms in the new Dr. Phillips Academic Commons building. Built for innovative learning, Dr. Phillips Academic Commons will have active learning classrooms, study and tutor spaces, a library and even a moot court. Students, faculty and staff won’t have to look far for creative inspiration with collaborative study rooms for meeting in teams. UCF Downtown will also have renovated classrooms, labs and other specialized technology areas in the UCF Center for Emerging Media, in addition to academic space inside the mixed-use student housing tower.
Live in the Heart of the City
Downtown Orlando offers a variety of housing options, from high rise apartments to historic single-family homes available for rent. For students seeking the full UCF Downtown campus experience, look no further than UnionWest at Creative Village. This 15-story student housing tower is open to UCF and Valencia College students enrolled at the downtown campus. This unique building has more than 600 beds of student housing on the top levels, with classrooms, UCF’s Recreation Center and Valencia College’s Walt Disney School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality on the lower levels. With multiple floorplans, an exclusive 6th-floor residents-only patio, and lounge areas on every floor, students can live and study in the heart of downtown Orlando.
Choose Your Ride
Students, faculty and staff at UCF Downtown can walk, bike, drive, carpool, take the bus or SunRail to campus. Getting around downtown Orlando is easy with free Lymmo lines, and all UCF students, faculty and staff also receive free rides anywhere in Orlando on LYNX, the rapid bus transit system. UCF Downtown students will also enjoy free, direct shuttles going to and from main campus, so you’ll never miss a UCF Knights football game at Spectrum Stadium. A total of three parking garages will serve the campus for those who prefer to drive.
Make the City Your Campus
Choosing an urban campus for your studies has its benefits – cultural and professional opportunities abound, access to performing arts venues, professional sports and thousands of events that occur each year. Learning happens all over, not only in classrooms, and inspiration can strike at any time in our lively city. The downtown campus includes many safety features to create an ideal learning and working environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors. UCF Police will have 24/7 patrols with officers dedicated to the downtown campus. The campus will also have security cameras, blue light phones, secured access entry into buildings and license plate recognition technology in garages. So, whether you’re exploring the city, networking with professionals, or working on group projects, you can enjoy all that UCF Downtown and the surrounding area has to offer.
Feed Your Taste Buds
Orlando’s diverse culinary landscape is a haven for foodies. Hundreds of restaurants are located within a short distance of UCF Downtown, but the campus will also include several dining options. For those with a real passion for delicious delights, Valencia College’s Walt Disney World School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts will be based at the campus, complete with a restaurant lab located inside the student housing tower.
About Downtown Orlando
Orlando is more than a college town. As the No. 1 tourist destination in the U.S., Orlando is also home to the largest university in Florida: University of Central Florida. See what’s happening in the growing downtown area, known for its startup community, tech entrepreneurs, gaming industry, sports and entertainment district, and restaurants.