With more than 66,000 students at UCF, getting around campus can sometimes be challenging. To help make it easier, this list covers the transportation rules, practices and tips you need get to class on time and stay parking citation-free.
Main Campus Residents – Students who live on main campus must park in the designated spaces for their assigned housing community Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
On weekdays, campus residents are not allowed to park in staff, faculty or student spaces, including the green D parking lots and garages, and will be subject to parking citations before 5:30 p.m. However after 5:30 p.m. and on weekends, campus residents may park in any student, staff or faculty spaces.
Downtown Campus Residents – Students who live at UCF Downtown‘s UnionWest community must lease a space from the UnionWest garage since it is the only overnight-parking option on campus. This parking lease must be paid on a monthly basis and will provide students with a UnionWest permit. This permit will also be valid in all green D parking lots and garages at the main campus. Students who lease a parking space in UnionWest do not need to purchase a UCF parking permit.
Commuting Students – Students traveling to main campus must purchase a green D parking permit and park in designated D lots and garages. Commuting students at the Rosen, Lake Nona and Downtown campuses must also purchase D permits.
Altamonte Springs, Leesburg, Ocala, Sanford/Lake Mary, South Lake, Valencia East, Valencia Osceola, Daytona Beach and Valencia West campus students must obtain a free permit from the office designated for their campus. Please note that these permits are not valid on the main UCF campus.
Accessible Permits – Individuals with disabilities can use accessible parking spaces by displaying a valid UCF permit and accessible hang tag or license plate. In the event that no designated accessible spaces are available, parking in a valid non-reserved, non-marked parking space close to your destination is allowed.
Nose-in Parking – Effective July 1 back-in parking is no longer allowed on any UCF campus. The proper way to park your vehicle in all lots and garages is nose-in and tail-out. Failure to adhere to the policy may result in a warning or parking citation. For more information, click here.
Metered Parking – Effective Summer 2019 metered parking throughout main campus no longer accepts coins. Now, drivers must pay for parking at designated spaces by using the Passport app or calling 407-809-4834. Street parking on East Plaza Drive and West Plaza Drive near the Addition Financial Arena is free from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, but drivers will have to pay to use the meters during any other hours. Be sure to abide by all signs near metered parking spaces to avoid citations.
Downtown – With a valid UCF permit, students at UCF Downtown may park in the Amelia I garage (listed as PG3 on the map below) on Amelia Street. If you park in the Amelia I garage be sure to enter from Ronald Blocker Avenue to avoid parking in an adjoining garage that does not accept UCF permits and possible citations.
Secondary student parking is also available in UCF’s Parramore garage (listed as PG1 on the map below) located off North Parramore Avenue and West Robinson Street.
Additional garage, lot, and street parking may be found throughout the downtown area, but they will be at your own expense.
Availability and Notifications – Find out which parking garages on campus have spaces available by using the Parking Availability icon on the UCF Mobile app. Through the app you can also opt-in to receive parking notifications, such as updates on garage closures.
Garages – After 10 a.m., parking in Garages D, H and C will be limited, if not full. However, parking will still be available in Garages A, I and lot B-6.
Park and Ride – Save time and stay out of the heat by using the Park and Ride shuttle Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Park your car at the Softball Stadium, located on North Orion Boulevard across from Spectrum Stadium, and a shuttle will drop you off at the bus loop near the Research Building I. Riders should expect travel time to be less than 15 minutes.
EV Charging Stations – Electric vehicle owners must register their vehicles on the SEMACONNECT app and display a valid UCF permit or decal. Users must now pay $1 per hour for the first four hours of use. The hourly fee will increase by $1 for every hour thereafter.
Buses and Shuttles
Pegasus Express – These four on-campus shuttles will run counterclockwise around the university from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters. During the summer, they operate from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Shuttles do not operate during campus closures on holidays, such as Memorial Day and Thanksgiving.
You can also use the Shuttles icon on the UCF Mobile app to keep track of the Pegasus Express schedules and stops, as well as see how far the shuttle is from you in real-time.
Feel free to send feedback on any of UCF’s shuttles to firstname.lastname@example.org
Downtown Campus Shuttles – Effective Aug. 26, shuttles operate between UCF’s main and downtown campuses Monday through Friday with varying hours between 6:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Main campus departures take place at the Lynx Transit Center (between parking garages A and I). Drop-offs and pick-ups for the downtown campus will be on Livingston Street in front of Dr. Phillips Academic Commons.
Rosen Campus Shuttles – During the fall and spring, shuttles travel between main campus and the Rosen campus Monday through Thursday between 6:45 a.m. and 9:15 p.m. In the summer, the shuttle runs Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Main campus departures are in the Pegasus Circle and Aquarius Agora Drive roundabout located behind the Student Union. Drop-offs for Rosen campus are at the main entrance and departs from the main parking lot.
Lake Nona Shuttles – Shuttles travel between the main and Lake Nona campuses Monday through Friday between 7:20 a.m. and 8:50 p.m. Main campus stops are at the Physical Sciences building and the Biomolecular Research Annex on Research Parkway. Lake Nona’s stop is located on Laureate Boulevard.
Grocery Shuttles – On Tuesday, shuttles run between campus and the Publix Super Market located at the University Palms Shopping Center on Alafaya Trail. Grocery shuttles run every 45 minutes from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and make stops on campus at Marketplace, the Nike community, Towers and Lake Claire.
Off-Campus Shuttles – Students who live at select off-campus housing communities can leave their cars parked at their residence and take advantage of complimentary shuttles that will drop them off on campus. These shuttles operate Monday through Thursday from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
LYNX – UCF students, staff and faculty can ride all LYNX routes for free, whether they’re near campus or not, with a valid UCF ID. The LYNX Central Station is also a five-minute walk from the UCF Downtown campus.
LYMMO – The free LYMMO lines are an easy, convenient way to get around downtown Orlando, with two lines stopping at UCF Downtown. The rapid transport system operates from 6:00 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. on weekdays, with hours varying on the weekend.
ZimRide at UCF – ZimRide is a carpooling service that allows you to find friends or colleagues who are going the same direction as you. There are no membership fees, but riders split costs with fellow passengers.
Bikes – There are 65 bike racks on campus that are free to use. Bikes should be locked to the racks using u-bolt lock and cable combinations. Locking bikes to anything other than the racks will cause them to be impounded.
Students with a valid UCF ID can also take advantage of SGA’s free Bike and Gold bike share program as alternative to driving. Bikes can be rented for a week, month or semester from the bike shop, which is located on the first floor of the Student Union. Weekly check-ins at the bike shop are required to ensure the bike is in proper working condition.
E-scooters – Starting in January 2020, 300 Spin e-scooters will be available for rides throughout UCF’s main campus. Android and Apple devices users can download the Spin app to use the e-scooters, which will only work on campus in the areas outlined on the map below. While these e-scooters do not need to be docked, 12 charging stations will be placed throughout campus with incentives to use them. If you don’t have a smart phone, mobile location services or a credit card the Spin Access program provides options for you to still use the e-scooters. The program also offers discounted fares for those who qualify.
Lyft – For the Fall 2019 semester, SGA has partnered with Lyft to provide students with discounts for the ride-sharing app. Using a unique code each month, students may receive $7.50 off rides that occur on Fridays and Saturdays from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.
The codes are only valid for two rides each month and the rides must be within a specific zone around UCF, which is outlined on the map below. Students must also use the business setting within the Lyft app to use these discounts. The discount code for December is SGADEC19. For more information click here.
SunRail – This commuter rail system can help students, faculty and staff living in Osceola and Volusia counties to the Downtown area. One-way tickets are available for $2.00 and round-trip for $3.75. SunCards are available for purchase for frequent riders, with varying prices.
Skateboards – Skateboarders must use sidewalks and cross walks and yield the right of way to pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists.
Car Trouble? If you’re having issues with your vehicle, Parking and Transportation provides assistance with battery jumps, door openings, tire changes, finding your vehicle or locked your keys in your car. You can call UCFPD’s non-emergency number, 407-823-5555, and they can dispatch a patroller to assist you.