Safety and Transportation
Are safety escorts available?
Yes, students, faculty, staff and visitors can request a safety escort by calling (407) 823-5555.
Do I need to purchase a UCF parking permit to park on the downtown campus?
Yes, you need to purchase a UCF parking permit to park on the downtown campus. But, your UCF parking permit can be used in both the Garage on Parramore Avenue and the Garage on Amelia Street. Your UCF Parking permit is valid at UCF Downtown and on the main campus.
Will I have to pay more for parking at UCF Downtown?
If I don't have a car, how can I get to UCF's main campus?
Is the campus safe?
UCF Downtown has a dedicated police force at the campus, available 24/7, located in a sub-station on Amelia Street. The campus includes uniformed patrols, video surveillance, blue light phones, and emergency alert systems. This plan is the result of coordination and planning between the UCF Police department and City of Orlando Police department over the past four years to collaborate on safety at UCF Downtown, which includes partnership ridealongs and inclusion in weekly crime meetings to understand trends in the area.
Location and Academics
Where is UCF Downtown located?
The campus is located at 500 W. Livingston Street on 68 acres of city-owned land in downtown Orlando’s Creative Village, where about 15 acres between Livingston and Amelia streets and across from the UCF Communication and Media Building have been designated for higher education.
What academic programs are offered at UCF Downtown?
The UCF Downtown committees looked at which programs would provide students with more educational opportunities, such as internships or research partnerships with businesses, nonprofit organizations and governments in the downtown area. The full list of academic programs align with three emerging industry clusters in digital entertainment and communication, health care technology and administration, and public service.
Can students take all of their classes downtown?
More than 20 academic programs are offered at UCF Downtown. Lower-level courses will be offered both downtown and on the main campus. If an academic program is relocating downtown in fall 2019, all of the required courses in that degree program are held at the downtown campus or—if offered by the program—online.
Can I access the downtown campus as an online student?
As an online student, you have access to UCF Downtown resources including advising, the campus bookstore, library services, and experiential learning and internships.
How many students does UCF Downtown serve?
Stimulating downtown Orlando and providing a true college experience means having a critical mass of students. With more than 7,000 students, UCF Downtown brings a vibrant campus to the heart of downtown Orlando.
How can I sign up to tour UCF Downtown?
What will I see during my tour of UCF Downtown?
Tours of UCF Downtown begin with a 30-minute information session led by a UCF First Stop representative. The information session will cover the unique aspects of our urban campus environment, the application and admissions process, tuition and scholarship information and housing. Time for questions will be allotted. The walking tour includes stops in UnionWest at Creative Village (including academic and recreation spaces), the Dr. Phillips Academic Commons and the Communication and Media Building. Tours are led by a current UCF student and will last approximately 90 minutes.
Does the campus tour include a preview of on-campus housing?
Where should I park and check in for my tour?
There are several guest and visitor parking options available within the Creative Village. On-street metered parking is managed by the City of Orlando in addition to an hourly parking lot on Livingston Street, adjacent to the Marriott Hotel. The UnionWest garage also has hourly parking available for visitors.
Click here to view the Creative Village parking options and rates.
Once you have parked, proceed to the UnionWest entrance at the corner of W. Livingston St. and N. Terry Avenue to check in with the front desk and receive further instructions. A campus map is available here.
Are there accommodations for people with disabilities?
Wheelchairs are available for guests with limited mobility and elevators are available in lieu of stairwells to access the upper floors of the UnionWest building.
Where can I get something to eat or drink during my visit?
Dunkin’ and Subway are open at UnionWest and a variety of restaurants are located within walking distance of campus. Your tour guide can provide recommendations and directions.
Tuition and Fees
How much does it cost to attend UCF Downtown?
Costs to attend UCF Downtown are the same as main campus for undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs. In fact, undergraduate students will have the opportunity to realize a reduced cost of attendance by taking co-listed general education courses offered to both UCF and Valencia students.
Will I incur any additional fees at UCF Downtown?
No, student fees are not affected by the new campus.
Housing and Meals
Who can live in downtown student housing?
Is there a meal plan for downtown students?
There is no meal plan at UCF Downtown.
Where can I eat on the downtown campus?
The first floor of UnionWest will include quick-service food options and the Campus Store will include a full-service cafe. Until the restaurants open, food trucks are available between the Communication and Media Building and Dr. Phillips Academics Commons. Many other restaurants are also available within walking distance of the campus.
Will my orientation be downtown?
For fall 2020, Freshman and Transfer students will complete their New Knight Virtual Experience. Although Orientation experience will be completed virtually, you are expected to still be available for the entirety of your Orientation date/program. Students may have different requirements throughout the day depending on their major/college.
You must register and pay for an Orientation session date on the Orientation website if you have not done so already.
Partnerships and Feedback
How can I share my thoughts or questions about the project?
How can I learn more about partnering with UCF Downtown?
If you are interested in learning more about how you can support UCF Downtown either through business partnerships or community initiatives, contact the UCF Downtown team at [email protected]. To learn more about how you can financially support the project, contact Mike Morsberger, Vice President for Alumni Relations and Development and CEO of the UCF Foundation, Inc., at [email protected].