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Innovative Education in Downtown Orlando

All classes have moved online through the end of the Spring 2020 semester, and students are asked not to return to campus. Essential campus operations are continuing, and most employees, with the exception of employees whose jobs cannot be performed remotely, are asked to begin working remotely. For details, please visit the UCF Coronavirus website.

UCF Downtown is a world-class 21st-century campus for digital media, communication, public service, and health-related programs in an innovative, urban environment.

In partnership with Valencia College, the new campus serves more than 7,000 students in the heart of downtown Orlando. In addition to academics, UCF Downtown offers students a complete campus experience with student housing, dining, recreation, wellness, volunteer and service opportunities, as well as student clubs and organizations.

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Downtown Classrooms

Flexible and Technology Enhanced Classrooms

Led by the Office of Instructional Resources, the furniture and technology in downtown campus classrooms helps facilitate active learning. Research supports that active learning strategies improve student learning outcomes.

UCF is moving to a model where all classrooms can better support active learning methods of teaching. Active learning is not a technology, nor a furniture solution. Active learning is a teaching practice facilitated with technology and furniture, but at its core is achieved through the activities practiced in the space by faculty and students.

All of the furniture is mobile, including the instructor podium, and there is a projector in every room.

There are also multiple whiteboards available around the room.

The classrooms at UCF Downtown are designed to feel familiar while also encouraging a variety of teaching practices:

All of the furniture is mobile, including the instructor podium. The in-room computer can be controlled with a wireless mouse and keyboard allowing the faculty member or presenter to be anywhere in the classroom.

An optional wireless collaboration system called Intel Unite is available at UCF Downtown. The system allows you to bring a personal device (phone, tablet, or laptop) and mirror the desktop to the computer in the room. This means you can have a computer in every class that already has your applications, documents, and other personalization preferences set up the way you want them, every time, every course, every semester.

The multimedia equipment is smaller and in a corner, out of the way of the students and faculty so that almost the entire room becomes usable floor space for teaching and learning activities.

There are multiple whiteboards throughout the room.

There is a projector in every room, just as there are in existing classrooms. Some rooms have additional monitors on the other walls that will mirror the content on the projector. No matter how the furniture is arranged or where the student looks they will be able to see the content.

All of the conference rooms have a large flat-panel monitor and a device on the conference table that will allow for connecting to the display.

All rooms are designed the same way so that no matter who uses the room everyone has a consistent experience across the entire campus.

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Buildings

The downtown campus provides UCF and Valencia College an incredible opportunity to think differently, look at new approaches in the classroom and better support students.

-Mike Kilbride, Assistant Vice President, UCF Downtown

From Concept to Construction

UCF President Emeritus John Hitt announced the university’s decision to establish a downtown Orlando campus during the UCF Focus Breakfast in September 2014.

Since then, the university created the UCF Downtown committees, which spent more than a year exploring everything from student services and educational programs to transportation and facilities. The project was approved by the Florida Board of Governors in 2016, and design and build teams were selected that summer. Construction began in downtown Orlando in Summer 2017. The campus officially opened in August 2019, with housing, parking and dedicated transportation to and from UCF’s main campus.

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Dr. Phillips Academic Commons

About Dr. Phillips Academic Commons

Dr. Phillips Academic Commons features four stories of active learning spaces, including classrooms, the downtown library, study and tutor spaces, a moot court, and academic offices. The building is a state-of-the-art learning facility that will overlook Creative Village’s central park, a green space for outdoor concerts and events, scheduled to open at a later date.

Project Team:

  • Architect: Robert AM Stern / SchenkelShultz
  • Contractor: Skanska
  • Project Cost: $66M
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Renderings of Dr. Phillips Academic Commons
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The UCF Center for Emerging Media is located in downtown Orlando and home to a variety of academic, artistic and innovative programs.

UCF Communication and Media Building

About Communication and Media Building

The UCF Communication and Media Building (formerly Center for Emerging Media) is home to the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy, the Center for Research and Education in Arts, Technology, and Entertainment (CREATE), and other academic and innovative programs.  CMB continues to be an academic hub for the campus. Prior to the campus opening, CMB underwent renovations to reflect 21st-century learning environments and is the new academic home to students, faculty and staff in the Nicholson School of Communication and Media.

Project Team:

  • Architect: Schenkel Schultz Architecture
  • Project Cost: $5.75M

The Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy, UCF’s graduate-level video game design program, was one of the first programs based at CEM.

UCF Parramore Parking Garage

About the UCF Parramore Parking Garage

The 580 space, four-story garage includes license plate recognition technology, security cameras, real-time space counts by floor and electric charging stations. Additionally, the ground floor will house a university store operated by Barnes & Noble, campus services and storage space for campus supplies.

Project Team:

  • Architect: Walker Parking Consulting and C.T. Hsu + Associates Architects
  • Contractor: PCL Construction
  • Project Cost: $14.6M
The UCF Downtown parking garage is four-stories and has 580 spaces.
The Collaborative also features space for individual or group studying with views of downtown Orlando and Creative Village Central Park.

UCF Downtown Student Housing

About Student Housing

UnionWest at Creative Village is a privately developed, 15-story building with more than 600 beds on the top floors. The lower levels will have retail and academic learning space, including Valencia College’s Walt Disney School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality. A parking garage for housing students and visitors to the campus is also attached to the building.

Project Team:

  • Architect: Baker Barrios Architects and CannonDesign
  • Contractor: Batson-Cook
  • Owner: Ustler Development, Inc. and DEVEN
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The Collaborative, located on the 6th floor, includes an outdoor patio overlooking downtown Orlando and Creative Village Central Park.
UnionWest at Creative Village will feature more than 600 beds for student housing.

Tours

Visit UCF downtown

Tours of UCF Downtown are offered every Monday and Friday at 10 a.m., except holidays and campus closures. Available tour dates will be shown as options on the Office of Undergraduate Admissions registration site.

Campus tours begin at UnionWest at Creative Village with a 30-minute information session, followed by a 60-minute walking tour of the campus led by a UCF Downtown student ambassador. You may preview the UnionWest residence hall during your tour. Campus tours are limited in size, so sign up early.

SCHEDULE YOUR CAMPUS TOUR

Want to know exactly what you’ll see or where to eat while on your tour? Head to our FAQ page for more details.

 WiFi

how to connect to your downtown campus wifi

UCF and Valencia College students, faculty and staff have access to fast and convenient Wi-Fi at the new downtown campus. Follow the steps below to connect your electronic devices to the network for the best wireless experience:

UCF USERS

Step 1: Open your Wi-Fi setting and select DTCampus as the network

Step 2: Log in using your NID and NID password

VALENCIA USERS

Step 1: Open your Wi-Fi setting and select DTCampus as the network

Step 2: Log in using your Downtown Atlas ID and password

GUESTS

Step 1: Open your Wi-Fi setting and select DTCAMPUS-Guest as the network

Step 2: On the window that appears, select the link at the bottom that reads “Need to register for guest access?”

Step 3: Provide the information requested in the registration form and select “register”. You will receive an email and a text message with your login credentials.

Step 4: Sign on using the email provided and four-digit password sent to you

Step 5: After accepting the terms and conditions, you will have access to the Wi-Fi network for 18 hours. Once the time limit is up, you will have to obtain a new temporary login password using steps 1–4 in order to gain access again.

If you have trouble connecting to the network, please contact UCF IT 407-823-5117.

GUEST WIFI INSTRUCTIONS (PDF)

Reservations

Reserve space on campus

UCF Downtown provides access to campus spaces for students, staff, faculty, alumni and the community.

Our new campus features modern facilities and state-of-the-art technology throughout campus classrooms, meeting space and large event rooms. Most rooms offer a variety of setups with comfortable furniture and presentation equipment for meetings of all sizes.

Current students, faculty and staff can reserve group study rooms for same-day scheduling using a touch panel outside of each room. Meeting rooms may also be reserved by current students, faculty and staff by sending a calendar appointment through Microsoft Outlook.

Classrooms and Specialty Meeting Spaces are available to students, faculty, staff, community members, businesses and organizations, and must be scheduled in advance through the Special Request Form.

For additional details on how to reserve space at UCF Downtown, please view the Space Reservation Process and Guidelines document.

SPACE RESERVATION PROCESS AND GUIDELINES (PDF)

Room rates may apply to non-UCF affiliated businesses and organizations. Please download the Room Rate PDF below for more details.

VIEW ROOM RATES (PDF)

Ready to reserve a space?

Need more help reserving a room? You can also email dtscheduling@ucf.edu for assistance.

SPECIAL REQUEST FORM

Downtown Market Day

About

Once per month, UCF Downtown hosts Downtown Market Day for UCF and Valencia registered student organizations and external vendors to showcase their services and/or products.

The event takes place on the third Thursday of each month (except during holidays) from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. in the Communication and Media Building Plaza.

Registered student organizations (from either Valencia College or UCF) and vendors can reserve a 10 x 10 space, along with a table (6 ‘ x 30”) and two chairs from which to promote their product and/or organization. Set up takes place from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. and each organization or vendor is responsible for cleaning up their area after the event.

Organizations may bring their own tents by obtaining advance permission from the UCF Downtown Administration office. A limited number of UCF Downtown tents are available to RSOs and, if requested, will be loaned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Reservations and Costs

When making Downtown Market Day requests, please be prepared to provide your organization’s name, address and contact info as well as the nature of your company or organization. Costs for Downtown Market Day reservations are as follows:

  • $75 for vendors ($65 for verified Alumni of UCF or Valencia)
  • $30 for currently enrolled UCF or Valencia students who are selling products or services (must provide proof of enrollment)*
  • $30 for Parramore-based businesses and organizations
  • Free for registered student organizations

*Please note that discounted rates are exclusively for students who will sell their own goods and services, not for a company by which they are employed.

Downtown Market Day spaces are not confirmed until your reservation charges are paid in full via checks made payable to “University of Central Florida.” Personal checks or cash cannot be accepted.

REGISTER FOR MARKET DAY

Parking

Your reservation does not include parking, however there are several guest and visitor parking options available on-campus and within the Creative Village.

Passport is a new mobile parking payment system available on the first floor of the Parramore Garage (PG1). This technology allows you to pay by credit card through the Passport app on any iPhone or Android smartphone. Passport will send you an alert 15 minutes before your parking session ends and you can extend your parking session using your device. If you do not have a smartphone, the signage in the garage displays a local phone number to call to make your payment.

Passport Parking Rates: $5 per day or $1 per hour (plus, $0.25 every renewal period)

Metered parking along Livingston Street, as well as an hourly parking lot on Livingston Street adjacent to the Marriott Hotel, is managed by the City of Orlando. Meters for on-street parking spaces must be paid using the ParkMobile app. UnionWest also has hourly parking available for visitors.

Market Day policies

This list includes restrictions, insurance requirements, and other policies related to Downtown Market Day.

Certificate of Liability Insurance

Vendors are subject to provide a Certificate of Liability Insurance with additional insured endorsement. The Downtown Market Day coordinator will inform you if this is required for your reservation. The University of Central Florida Board Of Trustees, University of Central Florida and the State of Florida must be listed as additionally insured during the time(s) of the event, including setup and breakdown. A copy of the certificate needs to be received by Student Union Event Services at least seven (7) days prior to the event.

Prohibited Items and Services

The following items and services are prohibited from participating in Downtown Market Day:

  • Housing vendors
  • Credit Card vendors
  • UCF Logo materials
  • Books and Textbooks
  • Posters
  • Bars and Night clubs/any Happy Hour specials
  • Tobacco Products

Prohibited Activities When Tabling

  • Food or drink cannot be distributed
  • Petitions cannot be signed or distributed during tabling
  • Advertising for bars or alcohol is strictly prohibited
  • RSOs shall not partner with any outside business when tabling
  • Music is prohibited at tables

Additional Tabling Policies

  • RSOs must have a reservation with the Downtown Administrative office in order to table
  • Only one table may be reserved per RSO
  • RSOs must check in with UCF Downtown staff before tabling
  • Tables are chosen on a first-come, first-serve basis
  • Tables are not to be moved
  • Vendors/students must stay within their 10’ x 10’ space while promoting services
  • Organizations and vendors who do not clean up after themselves may be prohibited from participating in the future
  • Religious and faith-based groups must make a reservation with UCF Downtown in order to table