UCF Downtown is a unique transit-oriented campus that gives students, faculty and staff a variety of options for getting to and from the campus.
From driving and carpools to express campus shuttles and public transit options including SunRail, Lynx and Lymmo, the choice is yours. The campus’ location in the heart of downtown Orlando also makes biking a great option for those looking to put their best wheel forward.
UCF Parking and Transportation Services operates 15 daily roundtrip express shuttles between the UCF main campus’ Lynx Transit Center (between Garage A and Garage I) and UCF Downtown. The shuttles are open to UCF students as well as employees with a valid UCF ID.
The shuttles operate Monday through Thursday, from 6:45 AM to 10:30 PM and Friday from 6:45 AM to 8:30 PM, except on holidays or campus closures. All shuttles have WiFi and are ADA compliant.
For questions about the UCF Downtown express shuttle, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are about 2,000 parking spaces available to support the downtown campus. This includes dedicated permit parking spaces for students, faculty and staff, on-street and metered visitor spaces, and designated parking for residents and visitors of UnionWest at Creative Village.
Just like the main campus, parking permits are required to park in UCF lots and garages and parking spaces are designated by permit type. However, there is no overnight parking on the downtown campus or in the City garages at Creative Village.
In order to ensure there is adequate parking for the campus community during the first few weeks of school, the university has worked with the City of Orlando and UnionWest at Creative Village to provide additional temporary parking garages and lots adjacent to the campus. Click the campus map to view all lots and garages.
The Amelia I Parking Garage (PG3) is the primary parking garage for “D” (green) and “R” (orange) permits. The Concord St. parking lot (PLC) is the secondary parking lot for “D” (green) and “R” (orange) permits. If both of these locations are full, an overflow lot will be made available and shuttles will operate between the lot and the campus.
In order to purchase a parking permit, you will need your Atlas ID and Downtown Campus password.
UnionWest Residential Students
The UnionWest garage is the only overnight parking option on-campus. Each resident of UnionWest can lease one assigned parking space in the UnionWest garage, which is attached to the building and provides convenient and controlled access to student housing.
When traveling to UCF’s main campus, students with UnionWest parking permits are permitted to park in Student “D” (green) parking lots and unreserved parking garages on the main campus for the 2019-2020 academic year.
Faculty and Staff Parking
Parking Lot B (PLB) serves faculty and staff with “B” (red), “C” (blue) parking permits. If this location is full, an overflow lot will be made available and shuttles will operate between the lot and the campus.
Guest and Visitor Parking
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. UnionWest also has hourly parking available for visitors.
Construction of UCF Downtown’s new parking garage on Parramore Avenue is expected to open in Sept. 2019, bringing 580 parking spaces to the campus.
Frequently Asked Questions
Safety and Transportation
Will 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.
Is the campus be 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.
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?
SunRail is a commuter rail system with 16 stations that run through Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia counties. Students, faculty and staff at UCF Downtown are able to ride SunRail for free in August and September 2019 thanks to a partnership with the commuter line.
SunRail trains feature free WiFi, power outlets, bike racks and more!
Passes are available for pick up from the UCF Parking and Transportation Services Office, located in the Communication and Media Building, 500 W. Livingston Street, Monday – Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM.
When picking up the pass, you will be asked to show a valid UCF ID.
To sign up for a free pass, complete the downtown campus pass request form on the Sunrail website.
SunRail and the Florida Department of Transportation look forward to welcoming UCF and Valencia onboard SunRail. Mass transportation, particularly for a metropolitan campus, helps to create opportunities beyond the classroom by connecting riders to valuable jobs and future opportunities.
Zipcar is a car sharing company with vehicles that can be reserved for as little as an hour or for as long as four days. Gas, insurance, roadside assistance and more are included in the hourly and daily Zipcar rates.
University of Central Florida members pay a $35 annual fee. New student members can receive their first year for just $15. Rental rates start at $7.50 per hour and $69 per day. For more information or to sign up, visit the Zipcar website.
There is one car available at the UCF Downtown campus and additional cars are available throughout the greater downtown Orlando area. The locations are as follows:
- UCF Downtown campus in Livingston Parking Lot B
- Orange County Courthouse, on South Orange Avenue
- North of Lake Eola, on Broadway Avenue
- East of Lake Eola, on North Eola Drive
- South of Lake Eola, on South Eola Drive
- Ivanhoe Village District, on North Orange Avenue
- City Commons Parking Garage, on Boone Avenue
Why car sharing at UCF?
- Helps to preserve the environment by reducing traffic congestion (every Zipcar reserved helps keep 15 vehicles off the road and help reduce carbon dioxide)
- Provides economical, easy, convenient, and safe alternative transportation for students, faculty and staff
- Promotes ridesharing and saves money on gasoline
- Reduces wear and tear on your personal vehicle
Getting Around Downtown
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. There are six Lymmo line stops at UCF Downtown and LYNX Central station is just a short, five-minute walk from the campus.
The Lymmo lines operate from 6:00 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. on weekdays, with hours varying on the weekend. You can ride all over the downtown footprint at no cost.