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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.

Express Shuttles

UCF Downtown student getting off of the express shuttle

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.

View the Shuttle Schedule

For questions about the UCF Downtown express shuttle, email ucfdowntown@ucf.edu.

Parking

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.

Effective Sept. 30, 2019, the Parramore Parking Garage (PG1) is open and available for parking with a valid UCF permit. Beginning Sept. 30, 2019, UCF permits will no longer be valid in Lot B, Lot 5 or the Concord Lot.

Students

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.

UCF Students

Purchase Parking Permit

Valencia Students

In order to purchase a parking permit, you will need your Atlas ID and Downtown Campus password.

Valencia: How to purchase a parking permit 

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.

Reserve UnionWest Parking

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.

Purchase Parking Permit

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. Meters for on-street parking spaces must be paid using the ParkMobile app.  UnionWest also has hourly parking available for visitors.

Creative Village Parking Map and rates 

campus map

Campus Map

View all parking garages and lots on and around UCF Downtown.

Creative Village Parking Options

View parking options and rates in Creative Village.

Frequently Asked Questions

Safety and Transportation

Yes, students, faculty, staff and visitors can request a safety escort by calling (407) 823-5555.

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.

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.

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.

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SunRail

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.

Read More About UCF Downtown and SunRail

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.

— Nicola Liquori, FDOT/SunRail CEO

Zipcar

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

Learn more about Zipcar

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.

Learn more about Lymmo