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Frequently Asked Questions

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?

No, your UCF parking permit is valid at UCF Downtown.

If I don't have a car, how can I get to UCF's main campus?

There are several ways you can get back to UCF’s main campus, including taking the direct UCF shuttle, driving yourself or with a friend, taking the LYNX bus or ride SunRail. View the campus map to see all of your transit options.

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.

Orientation

Will my orientation be downtown?

Starting summer 2022, students who have selected a major that is located on the downtown campus will be required to attend a downtown orientation session.

How do I register for a downtown orientation?

To register for your downtown orientation, complete the steps in your summer/fall task list on My.UCF.edu. You will be able to reserve an orientation date after completing the prerequisite tasks. As a downtown student, you will only be permitted to register for a downtown orientation.

Why don’t I have the option to select a downtown orientation?

First, ensure your major is a downtown academic program. If your major is located downtown, check your myUCF to make sure the information in your account is correct. If you have recently changed your major, please wait one business day to allow for system updates. If you are still unable to register for a downtown orientation, please contact First Year Experience at 407-823-5105.

Campus Tours

How can I sign up to tour UCF Downtown?

Parties of 15 or fewer may register for a tour through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by visiting the registration website.  Parties of 16 or more should contact UCF Downtown First Stop at [email protected] to make group tour arrangements.

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?

Yes! An optional tour of our housing community, UnionWest at Creative Village, will be offered at the end of the campus tour however you must register in advance.

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’, Subway and Vera Asian 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?

UCF and Valencia College students are eligible to live at UnionWest at Creative Village.

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 includes quick-service food options, including Subway, Vera Asian and Dunkin. Many other restaurants are also available within walking distance of the campus.

Partnerships and Feedback

How can I share my thoughts or questions about the project?

We encourage you to share your ideas and questions. Please email us at [email protected].

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].