Experience UCF Downtown
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.
Designed for Success
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 have renovated classrooms, labs, a Maker Space and other specialized technology areas in the Communication and Media Building (formerly the UCF Center for Emerging Media) which already has a motion capture studio and sound stage. UnionWest will also provide a unique space for students, from additional study and lounge areas to health and wellness, and advising services.
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 and Wellness 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.
Health and Wellness
UCF is committed to the health and wellness of its students, faculty and staff. The downtown campus will offer a variety of health and wellness services and programs, including primary healthcare, mental health counseling, stress reduction, fitness, nutrition and sexual health.
All of these services will be located on the second floor of UnionWest at Creative Village.
UCF Student Health Services provides a wide array of primary care services five days a week to meet your healthcare needs.
- Diagnose, treat and write prescriptions for common illnesses such as strep throat, bladder infections, pink eye and infections of the ears, nose and throat
- Common vaccinations for flu, HepB, MMR and Tdap
- TB testing
- Treat minor wounds, abrasions, joint sprains and skin conditions such as poison ivy, ringworm and acne
- Provide a wide range of wellness services, including physical exams and smoking cessation
- Lab tests such as Strep, Mono and urinalysis
- Monitoring of diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, asthma and other chronic illnesses
- Prescription refills
Mental Health Counseling
Mental health services at UCF Downtown will be provided by UCF Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).
- Free, confidential mental health counseling
- Initial assessment and treatment recommendations
- Short-Term individual counseling
- Crisis intervention and management
- Presentations on mental health and wellness topics
- Consultations to staff, faculty, students and parents
- Referrals to community providers other resources
The Recreation and Wellness Center will be a comfortable workout space for students, faculty and staff with any fitness goals. The 7,900 square foot facility will include a multipurpose fitness studio, include cardio equipment with the latest technology, strength machines, free weights and a state-of-the-art functional space.
Group Exercise Classes: Sign up for daily group exercise classes ranging from yoga to strength and resistance, and cardio-based dance to help you reach your fitness goals.
Fitness Assessments: Learn your baseline fitness level and test cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, muscular strength and body composition.
Personal Training: Schedule one-on-one sessions with a certified personal trainer to create an individualized fitness program just for you.
Outdoor Programs: Enjoy outdoor trips leaving from the downtown campus to state and regional locations as well as multiple outdoor fitness activities in and around downtown Orlando throughout the semester.
Faculty and staff can join the Recreation and Wellness Center for a fee. Details will be posted here soon.
The Recreation and Wellness Center is currently hiring for several part-time student employee positions at the downtown campus. These positions are open to both UCF and Valencia College students.
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Biofeedback Relaxation Training: 6-session one-on-one training with a counselor that teaches you relaxation techniques to help reduce stress.
Meditation Classes: Learn how to “just be” during our weekly guided meditation.
HIV Testing and Counseling: Get free and confidential test results in 15-minutes and learn different ways to keep yourself safe.
Condom Availability: Condoms are always free and will be available in multiple locations on-campus (to be announced soon).
FreshU Cooking Demonstrations and Classes: Learn how to incorporate fruits and veggies into your diet in a fun and delicious way while staying within your budget.
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.
For those dining on-campus, there will also be several options. Dunkin’, Qdoba Mexican Eats and Subway have leased space on the first floor of UnionWest at Creative Village, the mixed-use student housing building. Scheduled to open in fall 2019 along with the downtown campus, the leases represent four of the six retail spaces available in UnionWest.
Subway’s Fresh Forward restaurant will incorporate new décor including USB charging stations, digital menu boards and a remote order pick-up area.
Dunkin’ will provide a modern atmosphere with new and innovative technologies and design, including mobile ordering.
Qdoba Mexican Eats continues its history with UCF and will feature fresh menu choices including made to order burritos, salads, quesadillas and more.
UCF Libraries will be part of the UCF Downtown community providing important services to students, faculty and staff. Services provided on the campus will include:
- Checkout of books, DVDs, and course reserves
- Access to electronic resources, including databases, electronic books, journals, and videos
- Printing, copying, and scanning
- Research assistance via in-person consultations, online chat, phone, text or email
- Borrowing from other libraries via Interlibrary Loan
- Library Instruction
Hours of Operation
- Mon – Thu
- 9 AM – 10 PM
- 9 AM – 5 PM
- 12 PM – 8 PM
Rachel Mulvihill has been selected as the Head Librarian of the UCF Downtown Library.
Mulvihill has been a librarian at UCF for more than 17 years and has spent the last four years leading the Teaching and Engagement Department at the John C. Hitt Library.
During her career, she has focused on library instruction and information literacy, outreach and engagement, and serving online and distance learning students.
Rachel will provide leadership to the staff of the UCF Downtown library and be responsible for building relationships with faculty in the downtown academic programs.
Subject Librarians will remain based at the main campus, but they will travel downtown to meet with faculty and students as needed. Quick online and telephone support will continue to be provided by UCF’s Ask Us service.
- Corinne Bishop
- School of Public Administration,
Doctoral Program in Public Affairs
- Richard Harrison
- Department of Communication
- Athena Hoeppner
- Department of Games and Interactive Media
- Rich Gause
- Department of Legal Studies
- Renee Montgomery
- Department of Health Management and Informatics
On all UCF campuses, safety is a priority. Members of the UCF Police Department do everything they can to keep UCF a safe place to live, learn, work and play. UCF Downtown is no exception.
UCF Police will have 24/7 uniformed patrols with officers dedicated to the downtown campus and based at a sub-station on Amelia Street.
On-Campus Safety and Security
Over the past four years, UCF has developed a comprehensive safety and security plan in conjunction with Orlando Police Department and Valencia College Security that has included partnership ride-alongs and inclusion in weekly crime meetings to understand trends in the area. To support safety and security efforts, the campus will be well lit and have security cameras and “blue light” emergency phones located throughout the campus. When activated, “blue light” emergency phones connect you directly with a UCF PD dispatcher.
All buildings on-campus will have daytime security personnel and after hours, campus buildings will utilize secured access entry technology. A valid UCF Card will be needed to gain access to certain areas of the buildings. In garages, license plate recognition technology will help verify who is entering the garage and flag any suspicious activity.
UCF Police will continue to offer similar services currently available on the main campus, including women’s self-defense classes, property registration and nighttime escorts to your car.
The downtown campus will also be part of the UCF Alert emergency system, which provides text messages, emails and other notifications about emergencies and natural or man-made disasters affecting the university.
Meet the UCF Downtown Police Commander
Commander Scott Freeman ’11 will lead the team of officers patrolling the downtown campus. Commander Freeman is a 14-year veteran of UCFPD, where he started his career as a civilian community service officer. From there, he quickly moved up the ranks from officer to sergeant to his current role as the Regional Patrol Commander. Commander Freeman has also served with the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation (MBI), a multi-agency drug task force, and as sergeant of UCFPD’s Criminal Investigations Division.
Commander Freeman has a passion for sports and American history. He and his wife recently celebrated the birth of their first child, who is being raised as a die-hard Knights fan.
About Your UCF Card
As a 21st-century campus, we are infusing technology into our infrastructure to create secured access to campus buildings after hours. Access will be managed using the UCF Card, which also serves as your campus photo ID.
All faculty, staff and students will need the UCF Card pictured below to access campus buildings and office suites.
Faculty and Staff
Beginning April 1, 2019, faculty and staff can visit the UCF Card Services office, located in the John T. Washington Center across from the UCF Bookstore, to receive a new card at no cost. Please identify yourself as a UCF Downtown faculty or staff member to be issued a new card. Card Services will have an office in downtown this fall, but we strongly encourage faculty who are taking summer leave to get their new card before the end of the spring semester.
All students will need the newest version of the UCF Card, like the one pictured above, to access campus buildings after hours. Current students may now visit the UCF Card Services office in the John T. Washington Center to upgrade to the new card at no cost. You will also be required to turn in your old card at that time. If your UCF Card already looks like the one pictured above, you will NOT be eligible to receive a new card. In order to receive a new card, you must be currently enrolled in fall classes downtown.
The Card Services team has a list of all currently enrolled downtown students so we encourage you to get your card ASAP. A Card Services office will be at UCF Downtown in Fall 2019.