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.
Effective Friday, Mar. 20, the Express Shuttle between UCF’s main campus and UCF Downtown will be discontinued until students, faculty and staff are asked to return to campus.
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.
As of Sept. 30, 2019, UCF permits are no longer valid in Lot B, Lot 5 or the Concord Lot.
Permits may be picked up at UCF Downtown’s Communication and Media Building lobby. *Note, this location is temporarily closed as part of the preventative steps UCF is taking to minimize health and safety risks to our students, faculty and staff due to the spread of COVID-19. Visit the UCF Coronavirus website for details.
The Amelia I Parking Garage (PG3) is the primary parking garage for “D” (green) and “R” (orange) permits. The Parramore Garage (PG1) is the secondary parking lot for “D” (green) and “R” (orange) permits.
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
The Parramore Garage (PG1) serves faculty and staff with “B” (red), “C” (blue) parking permits. The Amelia I Parking Garage (PG3) is the secondary parking lot for “B” (red), “C” (blue) parking permits.
Guest and Visitor Parking
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.
Reminder: there is no overnight parking on the downtown campus or in the City garages at Creative Village.
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?
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.
SunRail is a commuter rail system with 16 stations that run through Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia counties. SunRail trains feature free WiFi, power outlets, bike racks and more!
The downtown campus is a short, easy walk from LYNX Central Station.
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 near UCF Downtown and additional cars are available throughout the greater downtown Orlando area. The locations are as follows:
- UCF Downtown campus, City of Orlando Livingston Parking Lot (corner of Livingston St. and Hughey Ave.)
- 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.