STUDENT LIFE

LIVE & LEARN IN A VIBRANT CITY

Living in America’s most popular tourist destination has its perks, but there’s a lot more to Orlando than theme parks and thrill rides. From our dynamic downtown to our eclectic neighborhoods and wide-open nature reserves, Orlando offers more reasons to explore than you can imagine. And with 236 days of signature sunshine to enjoy, it’s no surprise that so many UCF alumni choose to stay in the region after graduation.

THINGS YOU CAN DO IN DOWNTOWN ORLANDO


Portrait of Joel Gonzalez

A NOTE FROM ALUMNI


JOEL GONZALEZ ’18

While considering colleges, UCF was a top choice for Joel Gonzalez ’18 because of its proximity to tech companies and opportunity for employment. Now, the computer engineering graduate is a software engineer for a Department of Defense contractor where he works on trainer upgrades for military simulators.

“Not only is UCF in a major city that’s growing each day, but there are numerous tech companies in the area — many looking for top-tier students that can make an impact right away. I felt comfortable in my ability to find a job in my field before I even set foot on campus.”

CHECK OUT OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO IN CENTRAL FLORIDA


Dancers performing together on a stage.

ARTS EPICENTER

Orlando’s world-class entertainment, music and arts venues host pop stars, opera divas, Broadway actors, art shows and performers of every type and genre.

Two students in a canoe on Lake Claire.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

There are trails to hike, lakes to paddle and natural springs to explore. And in less than an hour’s drive, there are beautiful beaches to discover and enjoy.

Students at the Holi Festival of Colors at Lake Claire.

CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES

There are hundreds of festivals, fairs and fiestas happening year-round that draw Central Floridians together to celebrate food, culture, film, music, theater and more.

Female student wearing a hat and smiling.

SHOP ’TIL YOU DROP

Dozens of malls, boutiques and outlets offer everything from high fashion to deep discounts within a short drive from campus.

Orlando Pride soccer players celebrate on the field of Camping World stadium

SPORTS HUB

UCF is Orlando’s hometown team, but we also cheer for the local pros, including the Orlando Magic, Orlando City Soccer Club, Orlando Pride and Orlando Solar Bears.

Photo credit: Orlando Pride/Mark Thor

Three female students spell out UCF with their hands and arms outside Cinderella's Castle at Magic Kingdom.

THEME PARKS APLENTY

Whether you seek the thrill of roller coasters or are drawn to the magic of imagination, UCF is perfectly positioned for students to enjoy quick access to world-famous attractions, including Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando.

Knightro walking in parking lot outside of the football stadium.

RIDE SHARE

Ride-hailing and ride-sharing options are an economical and eco-friendly alternative to having a car on campus. Students can take advantage of discounted weekend rides with Lyft and vehicle rental by the hour or day with Zipcar.

UCF shuttle waiting for students.

UCF SHUTTLE

Free shuttles provide air-conditioned rides across campus and to many off-campus apartment complexes, Central Florida Research Park, UCF Downtown, Rosen College and the Academic Health Sciences Campus. Plus, designated grocery shuttles run weekly for all your shopping needs.

Student with backpack waiting for SunRail in downtown Orlando.

ADVENTURES BEGIN HERE

Orlando makes it easy to travel with two international airports, local and national train service, and multiple bus lines. Plus, students can ride any Lynx bus for free with a valid UCF ID.

Students sit at a table outside of the Student Union eating food together.

HUNGRY FOR MORE

From food trucks to fine dining, our thriving culinary scene blends flavors from around the world with options for every budget.

Students riding bikes along the boardwalk near the Student Union.

RIDE ON

With more than 20 fitness trails offering hundreds of miles of smooth pavement, bicycling around Central Florida is safe, scenic and fun.

Students look at materials with professor

NO. 1 REGION FOR JOB GROWTH

With the fastest growing job market and population in the country, Orlando outpaces other fast-growing metros and propels innovation forward.

YOUR FUTURE STARTS AT UCF.

Beautiful location. Renowned professors. Innovative learning. Thrilling activities. There are many reasons to apply to UCF, but only one way to do it. Take the next step to become a Knight.

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