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.
The shuttles will operate Monday through Friday, except on holidays or campus closures. All shuttles are ADA compliant.
For questions about the UCF Downtown express shuttle, email email@example.com.
There will be more than 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.
Student, Faculty and Staff Parking
UCF Parking and Transportation Services will operate two parking garages on the downtown campus. Just like the main campus, parking permits will be required and parking spaces will be designated by permit type. Both garages are less than a five-minute walk to the academic core of the campus.
Guest and Visitor Parking
There are several guest and visitor parking options available within the Creative Village. On-street metered parking will be managed by the City of Orlando in addition to an hourly parking lot on Livingston Street, adjacent to the Marriott Hotel. UnionWest will also have hourly parking available for visitors.
Parking Garage on Parramore Avenue
The Parking Garage on Parramore Avenue will be the primary parking garage for faculty and staff with dedicated zones for both “B” (red) and “C” (blue) permits. Student parking will be available on the upper floors of the garage. The campus store, parking services office and card services will also be located on the first floor in this garage.
Parking Garage on Amelia Street
The Parking Garage on Amelia Street will be the primary parking garage for students.
Frequently Asked Questions
Safety and Transportation
Will I need to purchase a UCF parking permit to park on the downtown campus?
Yes, you will 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 the campus be safe?
UCF Downtown will have a dedicated police force at the campus, available 24/7, located in a sub-station on Amelia Street. The campus will include 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 there be parking for students, faculty and staff?
Three garages with about 1,800 parking spaces will provide access to parking for students, faculty, staff and guests to the campus and Creative Village. Parking decals will be sold by UCF Parking and Transportation Services and will provide students, faculty, and staff access to all UCF managed parking garages including the new garages on the downtown campus. In addition, the downtown campus will be accessible by SunRail, Lymmo, LYNX, and direct shuttles from 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?
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 will now be able to ride SunRail for free in August and September 2019 thanks to a new partnership with the commuter line.
Faculty and staff will be able to utilize the promotional offer beginning August 1 and students can begin using their passes on August 26 – the first day of classes at the new campus.
To sign up for a free pass, complete the downtown campus pass request form on the Sunrail website.
Passes will be available for pick up from the UCF Parking Services office on the downtown campus in late July.
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.
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 two 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.