Navigating campus transportation can sometimes be challenging, especially during this pandemic. To help make it easier, this list covers the transportation rules, practices and tips you need get to class on time and avoid a parking citation.
If you do not have a valid permit and are planning to park on campus for Spring 2021, please purchase a one-semester or multi-semester permit from Parking and Transportation Services. If you are not planning to be on campus frequently for Spring 2021, you can also purchase virtual daily permits.
When purchasing a permit you can choose contactless delivery to have it mailed or pick it up from the Parking Services location in Garage B. UCF Downtown students can also pick up permits in the Communication and Media Building lobby.
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.
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 UCF Downtown campuses must also purchase D permits.
Altamonte Springs, Leesburg, Ocala, Sanford/Lake Mary, South Lake, Valencia East, Valencia Osceola 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 UCF’s main campus.
Main Campus and Rosen Campus Residents – Students who live on main and Rosen campuses must park in the designated spaces for their assigned housing community Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Lake Claire residents should note parking on grass inside lots H5- H7 is now restricted by Landscape and Natural Resources. Please use designated residential spaces in lot H4 for overflow Lake Claire residential parking. Lake Claire residents can also park overnight in lot H4-A with a valid resident parking permit.
On weekdays, campus residents are not allowed to park in faculty, staff or student spaces, including the D permit 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.
UCF Downtown 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 D permit parking lots and garages at the main campus for the 2020-21 academic year. Students who lease a parking space in UnionWest do not need to purchase a UCF parking permit.
Availability and Notifications – Find out how many spaces are available in each parking garage on main campus 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.
EV Charging Stations – Electric vehicle owners must register their vehicles on the SEMACONNECT app and display a valid UCF permit or decal. Users must pay $1 per hour for the first four hours of use. The hourly fee will increase by $1 for every hour thereafter.
UCF 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.
As of August 2020, there has been a change in the traffic pattern for entering and exiting the Amelia I Parking Garage. Ronald Blocker Avenue is now a one-way street traveling north only. To enter the Amelia Garage, turn right onto Alexander Place from N. Hughey Avenue. Turn right again onto Ronald Blocker Ave. The entrance is in the same place as previously, on your right-hand side. When exiting the garage, you will exit onto Ronald Blocker Ave., but can only turn right. Please view the map below for directions on how to enter the Amelia Parking Garage.
Secondary parking is also available in UCF’s Parramore garage (listed as PG1 on the map below) located off North Parramore Avenue and Bentley Street.
Additional garage, lot, and street parking may be found throughout the downtown area, but they will be at your own expense.
Metered and Mobile Payment Parking – Effective Summer 2019 metered parking throughout main campus no longer accepts coins. 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 other hours. Be sure to abide by all signs near metered parking spaces to avoid citations.
Individuals without a parking permit who are visiting UCF Downtown can use the Passport app, a mobile parking payment system, to access parking on the first floor of the Parramore Garage (PG1). 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.
Nose-in Parking – Effective July 1, 2019, 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.
Park and Ride – Park and Ride services will be suspended for Spring 2021.
Buses and Shuttles
Please note that standing room has been suspended on all shuttles and seating capacity has been reduced by 20 percent to help promote physical distancing. As UCF is requiring students, faculty and staff to wear face coverings on campus, the same requirement applies while on shuttles. To increase safety, riders must show drivers their valid UCF ID prior to boarding UCF shuttles.
Feel free to send feedback on any of UCF’s shuttles to [email protected]
Downtown Shuttles – Effective Jan. 11, 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.
Grocery Shuttles – On Tuesday, shuttles run between main 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.
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.
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 UCF Downtown.
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 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. on weekdays, with hours varying on the weekend. Lymmo operates out of the same system as Lynx, so the same safety precautions are in places on these buses as well.
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.
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.
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.
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 SG’s free Bike N’ Gold bike share program as alternative to driving. Bikes can be rented for a week, month or semester from the Bike N’ Gold shop, which is located on the first floor of the Student Union.
Bike N’ Gold will resume normal operations with the hours 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, during Fall 2020. Please note the service is implementing reduced employee schedules to allow for physical distancing. Weekly check-ins at the bike shop are required to ensure the bike is in proper working condition. Bike N’ Gold also offers repair for student-owned bikes, such as inflating tires, adjusting brakes and more.
Lyft– SG 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 above. Students must also use the business setting within the Lyft app to use these discounts. For more information click here.
Scooters – In conjunction with the start of the spring semester, a fleet of 200 Spin scooters will be available to help students better navigate the university’s 1,415-acre main campus. The scooters will operate from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., will only be operational on campus, and require downloading the Spin app, which is available on Android and Apple devices. Scooters will be available at 15 charging stations across campus and will cost $1 to unlock and $0.15 per minute to ride.
Skateboards – Skateboarders must use sidewalks and crosswalks and yield the right of way to pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists.
SunRail– This commuter rail system can help students, faculty and staff living in Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia counties travel to downtown Orlando. It also features free Wi-Fi, power outlets, bike racks and more.
UCF Downtown students and employees can register to ride SunRail for free from Aug. 17 through Sept. 30 and to receive a reloadable SunCard. Once this promotional period ends, riders can continue to ride by adding value or a pass onto their SunCard.
One-way tickets are available for $2 and round-trip for $3.75. Weekly, monthly and annual SunCards are available for purchase for frequent riders, with varying prices.
Car Trouble? If you’re having issues with your vehicle, Parking and Transportation Services provides assistance with battery jumps, door openings, tire changes, finding your vehicle or opening your locked doors. You can call UCFPD’s non-emergency number, 407-823-5555, and they can dispatch a patroller to assist you.