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University of Central Florida

The University of Central Florida, or UCF for short, is located in Orlando, Florida. UCF is a member of the State University System of Florida, and by enrollment is the second largest university in the United States. The main UCF campus covers 1,415 acres and lies about 13 miles northeast of downtown Orlando. In 2012 student enrollment nearly reached 60,000 students, representing more than 140 countries, and all 50 states including the District of Columbia.
The University of Central Florida has a unique campus layout. The campus was designed to be a pedestrian oriented campus, with a series of concentric circles. The outermost circle is Gemini Blvd, which is also the main road for vehicular traffic on campus. Inside of Gemini, there is Apollo Circle, Mercury Circle, and finally Pegasus Circle as the innermost circle. Pegasus Circle contains the student union, which is the center of the campus, with the John C. Hitt Library located directly to the south of it. All academic buildings are located inside of Gemini, with the circle divided up into pie-shaped sections for each college.As there are very few roads inside of Gemini, many buildings' loading docks are accessible only by sidewalks and thus receive most deliveries at night. The University of Central Florida campus is one of only two in the nation with a concentric circle design. Newsweek has ranked UCF as having the 20th most beautiful university campus in the country.

  1. 50,968 undergrads in 2012
  2. 8,522 professional and grad students in 2012
  3. Campus Housing Capacity= 10,276
  4. 21% of undergrads live on campus
  5. Average housing costs= $5,300
  6. The University Libraries has a collection of over 2 million volumes, including 593,000 e-books. Serials subscriptions total 29,600, of which 23,700 are in electronic format. The Library owns approximately 3.1 million microforms, and 50,500 media titles in various formats. UCF is a partial depository for both United States and Florida government publications.

Student Review of University of Central Florida:
"UCF is a very good school overall. I live in Central Florida and live off campus so I can't comment on campus living. I can't comment about the core classes are either at UCF since I went my 1st 2 years to community college. The only classes I took at UCF were my major classes- which were very good for the most part.
UCF has an excellent undergrad business program unlike most college which only care about MBA business students. The Finance major is very good, and you really learn a lot from every class. The quality of education you get from a UCF undergrad business degree does not compare with top notch northeastern schools, but it's as good as any you'll find in the southeast- or close to it.

As for the other aspects of the school:

1. Campus layout/look- Well the campus is massive. Then again with something like 35,000 students it has to be. Parking can be a pain, and you might have to walk a half mile or more from the parking lot to your classes. The campus is beautiful though- plenty of trees, lakes, and grassy areas that are very nice for sunbathing, studying, etc.

2. Library/Computer Labs, etc.- UCF has an excellent library that is 4 floors. Basically the library has all the materials you could ever considerably need for doing research for classes and there are plenty of good spots for studying. There are also a TON of computer labs on campus so you never have to venture far to type, print, or surf the web.

3. Professors- Just like all colleges, some are good, some are bad. All you have to do is look up the professor on ratemyprofessor.com on the web and you can find out all you need before registering for their class. Most professorsar UCF are good though. As for class sizes at UCF, it depends on the class. Core classes tend to be large auditorium courses with over a hundred people, which higher level electives or major specific courses may have as few as 20-30.

4. The people- UCF is one of the friendlier campuses I've been to. The vast majority (70%+), of UCF students live in Central Florida- so it's easy to relate with others if you're from FL. And even if you're from out of state you shouldn't have much trouble making friends. There are Frats and Sororities on campus, but they don't seem to fragment the campus into isolated groups- especially since most students live off campus anyhow.

5. Campus Fod, shops, etc.- This is one of UCF's biggest strengths. UCF has a lot of good places to eat ranging from fast food, to dining halls to nice restaurant and even a pub that serves beer (which I often slip off to in between classes to help me through my next class). The campus also has a nice bookstore which sells non-textbooks and other stuff. There are also jiffy store type stores, a Sun Trust bank, and many other stores and places on campus includig a clinic and an eye care center.

6. The area surrounding the UCF campus- There is always something to do in Orlando. There are dozens of great restaurants, bars, shops, malls, and much more within a few miles of campus. The campus is located a bit outside the downtown area of Orlando- but it's not that far really, just a 20 min. or so drive to the downtown nightclubs and Church Street Station. Disney and the theme parks are further- maybe a 30-40 min. drive tops." - Students Review

"Best Of" University of Central Florida

1The state-of-the-art athletic center!
2Spirit Week
3Wackadoo's
4Wireless Internet
5Shuttles to and from campus
6Great local drink specials/happy hours
7Constant tailgating
8Free cab vouchers from downtown courtesy of the student government
9Spirit Week's free concerts (music and comedy)
10Proximity of off-campus apartments

"Worst Of" University of Central Florida
1No parking! Anywhere!
2Too many apathetic students
3Rainstorms in the summer
4Walking in the heat to class
5Advisors are not always helpful
6Lack of availability of classes
7Cops/strictness
8Steep tuition increases every year
9Cops/strictness
10Steep tuition increase every year

 

Housing Fees

Fall 2012 - Summer 2013


Academic Year Agreements


Community

Room Type

Hall/Building

Fall

Spring

Apollo Community

Shared (Res Hall)

Lake, Osceola, Polk, Volusia

$2470.00

$2470.00

Apollo Community

Single (Res Hall)

Lake, Osceola, Polk, Volusia

$2810.00

$2810.00

Greek Park Community

Shared (House)

ΚΑΘ, ΘΧ

$2700.00

$2700.00

Hercules/Nike Community

Shared (Res Hall)

101-103, 108-110

$2835.00

$2835.00

Hercules/Nike Community

Single (4/2 Apt)

104-107, 111-114

$3085.00

$3085.00

Hercules/Nike Community

Single (2/1 Apt)

104-107, 111-114

$3330.00

$3330.00

Lake Claire Community

Single (4/2 Apt)

55-70

$3045.00

$3045.00

Libra Community

Shared (Res Hall)

Brevard, Orange, Seminole

$2700.00

$2700.00

Libra Community

Shared (Res Hall)

Citrus, Flagler, Sumter

$2700.00

$2700.00

Rosen College Apartments

Single (4/2 Apt)

904, 905

$2985.00

$2985.00

Rosen College Apartments

Single (2/1 Apt)

904, 905

$3200.00

$3200.00

Temporary Triple Room

Triple (Res Hall)

Brevard, Orange, Seminole

$2026.00

$2026.00

Annual (11 1/2 months) Agreements


Community

Room Type

Hall/Building

Fall

Spring

Summer

Towers at Knights Plaza

Single (4/2 Apt)

Tower I, II, III, IV

$3440.00

$3440.00

$2202.00

Towers at Knights Plaza

Single (4/4 Apt)

Tower I, II, III, IV

$3640.00

$3640.00

$2330.00

Towers at Knights Plaza

Single (2/1 Apt)

Tower I, II, III, IV

$3745.00

$3745.00

$2397.00

Towers at Knights Plaza

Single (1/1 Apt)

Tower I, II, III, IV

$3845.00

$3845.00

$2461.00

Summer-Only Agreements


Community

Room Type

Hall/Building

Summer A

Summer B

Summer C

Greek Park Community

Shared (House)

ΚΑΘ, ΘΧ

-

-

$1934.00

Hercules/Nike Community

Shared (Res Hall)

101-103, 108-110

-

$1015.00

-

Hercules/Nike Community

Single (4/2 Apt)

104-107, 111-114

$1105.00

$1105.00

-

Hercules/Nike Community

Single (2/1 Apt)

104-107, 111-114

$1192.00

$1192.00

-

Lake Claire Community

Single (4/2 Apt)

55-70

-

$1090.00

-

Rosen College Apartments

Single (4/2 Apt)

904, 905

$1069.00

$1069.00

$2138.00

Rosen College Apartments

Single (2/1 Apt)

904, 905

$1146.00

$1146.00

$2292.00

Towers at Knights Plaza

Single (4/2 Apt)

Tower I, II, III, IV

-

$1101.00

$2202.00

Towers at Knights Plaza

Single (4/4 Apt)

Tower I, II, III, IV

-

$1165.00

$2330.00

Towers at Knights Plaza

Single (2/1 Apt)

Tower I, II, III, IV

-

$1198.50

$2397.00

Towers at Knights Plaza

Single (1/1 Apt)

Tower I, II, III, IV

-

$1230.50

$2461.00

Apollo Community
The Apollo Community has the most centrally located residence halls on campus. It is comprised of four two-story buildings with suite-style floor plans, in which four or five residents occupy the suite. Each suite is made up of two or three rooms, a bathroom and a common living space. The shared common living room area comes unfurnished so students can use the space in many different ways. Each of the four residence halls has a lounge area, laundry room, and vending machines.

Agreement Type: Fall/Spring academic year agreement
Room type: Residence Hall
Buildings: Lake, Osceola, Polk and Volusia Halls
Floorplans: see here
Class: First-year students
Furnishings: Extra-long twin xl bed, dresser, desk, desk chair, and closet
Utilities Included: Air conditioning, heat, electricity, water, cable TV, and high speed wireless Internet
Parking: Students park in lots next to the communities and use special Apollo/Libra decals.

Lake Claire Community
The Lake Claire Community Apartments are located between the Communication Building and Greek Park. There are fifteen buildings containing twelve apartments each arranged in three courtyards. The complex has a central community building featuring an office, lounge, vending, and laundry. Lake Claire is within walking distance from the apartments, where residents can sunbathe, play volleyball, picnic, rent canoes and relax by the water.

Agreement Type: Fall/Spring academic year agreement
Room type: Apartment with single rooms and kitchen
Buildings: Buildings 55 – 70
Floorplan: see here
Class: First-year students and limited spaces for upper-classmen
Furnishings: Extra-long twin junior loft, dresser, desk, desk chair, and closet
Utilities Included: Air conditioning, heat, water, cable TV, and high speed wireless Internet
Parking: Students park next to the building using a special Lake Claire parking permit

Libra Community
The Libra Community features six residence halls housing approximately 1000 students who are mostly in their first-year at UCF. The Libra Community is close to the Health Center, dining hall, and Recreation and Wellness Center. There are two different styles of rooms in the community, although both are four person suites with two shared occupancy bedrooms that share a common bathroom.

In the center of the community is the Libra Community Center, a common area with a large screen television, used for area residential programming and student use. There is also a common kitchen area that students may use by request of the residence life staff. There are also two laundry rooms and an area for vending machines. Students can park with a student decal in Garage B or surface lots located near the community.

Agreement Type: Academic year (fall and spring commitment)
Room type: Residence hall suites with two shared occupancy rooms and shared bathroom
Buildings: Brevard, Citrus, Flagler, Orange, Seminole, Sumter\
Floorplans: See here
Class: First-year students
Furnishings: Desk, desk chair, dresser, bookcase, and extra-long twin bed
Utilities Included: Air conditioning, heat, electricity, water, cable TV, and high speed wireless Internet
Parking: Students park in lots next to the communities and use special Apollo/Libra decals.

 

Neptune Community
The Neptune Community is the newest addition to first-year housing at UCF. As an expansion of the Academic Village on the south side of campus, the Neptune Community is adjacent to the retention pond located behind Nike Building 102 and Hercules Building 108. It will open Fall 2013 for 650 incoming first-year students. Suite style layouts feature four private bedrooms sharing two bathrooms. Each floor will have a community living room, kitchen, and laundry.

Agreement Type: Two-semester (fall/spring) only or Summer only
Room type: Private room suites
Buildings: 156, 157, 158
Floorplans: See here
Class: First-year students
Furnishings: Extra-long junior loft twin bed, dresser, desk, desk chair, book shelf and closet
Utilities Included: Air conditioning, heat, water, cable TV, and high speed wireless Internet
Parking: Students park next to the communities with dedicated resident parking permits

NorthView Community
Opening for Fall 2013, NorthView will be the UCF area's newest student apartment community. Located just across McCulloch Rd. from the UCF campus and Bright house Networks Stadium, NorthView offers the convenience of campus living with the amenities of off-campus apartment life. Complete with a resort style pool, fitness center, recreation courts, parking garage and community centers; NorthView is the future of student housing. UCF managed housing means access to the resources and support you need on your path to graduation. NorthView has 6 fantastic floor plans including 2 and 4 bedroom apartments.

Rent will be billed by semester to the student account located in myUCF. Student financial assistance (grants, scholarships, and loans) can be used to pay for NorthView. Rent prices will include all furnishings, access to amenities, garage parking, and all utilities.

Fall 2013 Spring 2014 Summer 2014
4 bedroom / 4 bathroom $3,686.00 $3,686.00 $2,456.00
4 bedroom / 4 bathroom loft $3,776.00 $3,776.00 $2,516.00
2 bedroom / 2 bathroom $3,911.00 $3,911.00 $2,606.00

Check out construction progress here and our fitness center here.

Agreement Type: Three-semester (fall, spring, and summer commitment)
Room type: Apartment with private bedrooms and kitchen
Floorplans: See here
Class: Sophomore, junior, senior, and graduate
Furnishings: Desk, desk chair, dresser, and full-size bed
Utilities Included: Air conditioning, heat, internet, electricity, water, cable TV, and high speed Internet, closet for dorm stuff.
Parking: Private garage parking included

Nike and Hercules Communities
The Nike and Hercules Communities are located at the Academic Village. The Academic Village is located directly behind the Recreation and Wellness Center, leisure pool, and next to the intramural fields. Each community has four apartment buildings and three residence halls. The Nike and Hercules residence halls are for first-year students and the apartment buildings are mostly for upper-class students. During the summer most first-year students live in the Nike and Hercules Communities.

Agreement Type: Fall/Spring academic year agreement or Summer only
Room type: Residence Hall, Apartment
Buildings: Residence Halls: 101-103, 108-110; Apartments: 104-107, 111-114
Floorplans: see here
Class: First-year students in residence halls and upper-class students in apartments
Furnishings: Extra-long junior loft bed, dresser, desk, desk chair, book shelf and closet
Utilities Included: Air conditioning, heat, water, cable TV, and high speed wireless Internet
Parking: Students park in lots next to the communities that require a special AV parking permit

Rosen College Apartments
Study, work, play and live in the heart of central Florida's hospitality industry! The Rosen College Apartments are on the Rosen campus located on Universal blvd. near Sea World, Universal Orlando and The Walt Disney World Resort. The Rosen College Apartments primarily serve hospitality majors or those students who want to live and work near Orlando tourist destinations. With academic year agreements (fall and spring only) as well as summer-only options, this is the only local apartment that can be described as student housing. The community has a centrally located heated pool that gives residents a chance to relax and socialize during sunny days. Living on campus at the Rosen College apartments gives students the feel of a small college with all the resources and excitement of a large university.

Agreement Type: Academic year (9-month lease) fall and spring commitment
Room type: Furnished 4/2 or 2/1 apartments with single bedrooms
Buildings: Building 904 and Building 905
Floorplans: see here
Class: First-year, sophomore, junior, senior, and graduate
Furnishings Common area: Couch, bar stools, refrigerator, stove/oven, microwave oven; Bedroom: Desk, desk chair, dresser, and extra-long twin bed
Utilities Included: Air conditioning, heat, electricity, water, cable TV, high speed Internet, and free laundry
Parking: Residents of the Rosen College Apartments will be provided a parking pass for the Rosen Campus at no additional charge.

The Towers at Knights Plaza
The Towers at Knights Plaza feature 11.5 month agreements for fall, spring, and summer beginning each fall. These apartments feature kitchens with dishwashers, single bedrooms with full-size beds and optional parking. The typical apartment layout has four bedrooms sharing two bathrooms. The Towers are located next to the UCF Arena, the Bright House Networks Stadium, restaurants, and retail shops. The Towers are a perfect option for first-year students who want their own room. Students living in the Towers include upperclassmen and graduate students. You are encouraged to apply early since the Towers are a very popular housing option.

Agreement Type: Annual (fall, spring, and summer commitment)
Room type: Apartment with single rooms and kitchen
Buildings: Tower I, Tower II, Tower III, and Tower IV
Floorplans: See here
Class: Sophomore, junior, senior, and graduate
Furnishings: Desk, desk chair, dresser, and full-size bed
Utilities Included: Air conditioning, heat, internet, electricity, water, cable TV, and high speed Internet
Parking: 2 private parking garages exclusively for students with a Towers resident parking permit

UCF has affiliated with two off-campus apartment communities. Knights Circle and the Pointe at Central are close to campus and offer apartment living with private rooms and many great amenities.

Knights Circle
Live like you mean it at Knights Circle. Take advantage of renovated buildings, updated units, and outstanding amenities. Sprawling over 60 acres the amenity packages offer a state of the art movie theater, free tanning, fitness area, study lounge, three swimming pools, basketball, tennis and volleyball courts, computer labs, social recreational areas and much more.
At Knights Circle you will have the privacy and lifestyle you deserve in an off-campus student community that is built specifically for you, the college student. Apartments include spacious floor plans, individual bathrooms, modern amenity packages including washer/dryer, dishwasher, and over the range microwaves. Safety is important and Knights Circle also offers controlled gate access, 24-hour security and regular patrols from the UCF Police Department.

Amenities at Knights Circle:
Online rent payment and maintenance requests
Clubrooms with Plasma TVs, Billiards & Ping Pong
UCF shuttle direct to campus – less waiting, more sleeping
3 Pools
5 Tennis Courts
3 Basketball Courts
3 Volleyball Courts
New* movie rental kiosk
Modern Fitness Center
Car wash stations
Free 24hr Computer Lab with FREE printing
FREE Tanning Bed
Recycling Centers & Convenient Mail Center
Controlled Access Gate & UCF Police Patrols
Valet trash service
Residence life program with over 40 trained staff
Community on 64 Acres - great for any outdoor activities
30 grills and picnic areas throughout the community
Hang out in one of our Gazebos
Exceptional Building exteriors with multi-color scheme
Appliance package provided in every unit featuring washer, dryer, stove, microwave, refrigerator with ice maker & garbage disposal.
Brand new state of the art movie room, with a built in X-box 360, Play Station 3, and Wii Gaming System. Also each system is provided with games.
The Pointe at Central
With low prices, vast amenities and friendly staff, The Pointe at Central is a great choice for off-campus housing! A worry-free environment allows you to focus on the most important thing - being a college student. You will experience our best of class amenities such as a 24-hour clubhouse complete with a state-of-the-art fitness center, game room, business center, two resort-style pools and a hot tub, basketball and sand volleyball courts and much more! Located on the University of Central Florida shuttle and Lynx bus routes, the commute is easy!

Amenities at The Pointe at Central:

24 hour access to Clubrooms with Plasma TV, Billiards & Ping Pong
24 hour access to our Fitness center
24 hour computer lab with FREE ink for printing
Individual leases
On-site resident life staff for each building
Shuttle to campus
Car wash Stations
DVD Library
Online rent payment and maintenance request options
24 hour on-site maintenance
Tennis court
2 basketball courts
2 volleyball courts
2 swimming pools
Hot tub
Controlled Access Gate & UCF Police Patrols

The University of Central Florida also offers a number of lifestyle communities that cater to your living needs. You can choose from Compass Connection (transfer students), Go Knights, Healthy Knights, Out of State Students, Volunteers UKnighted, Hospitality Management, Burnett Honors College and EXCEL.

 

Meal Plan at University of Central Florida

Student Overview of Campus Dining (grade of A- on College Prowler):
"You'll never go hungry while living on or visiting the UCF campus; there's enough variety for everyone. Conveniently, you can find tons of fast food all over the campus. There really is every type of food, ranging from hotdogs to Mexican. By majority vote, Wackadoo's is the top choice of places to eat on the UCF campus. This popular bar and grill aims to please the students and has a friendly menu, featuring things such as the "Fat Ass Burger," for the hungry student. Many students meet up and work on group projects while taking advantage of the food establishments on campus.

The dining hall can hold its own and receives praise from students. Although it doesn't seem to be a place to eat every meal, it provides students with easy eating and a huge variety everyday. If you live on campus, getting a meal plan is a good way to go." -College Prowler

 

A meal plan is more than breakfast, lunch and dinner. Make new friends over lattes, meet your study group for ice cream, or relax in comfortable lounge seating and enjoy our free wireless internet connection!

 

All Access 7 : Unlimited visits (Monday-Sunday) to the Marketplace &
Knightro's + $50 Knight Cash = $1,861.00 +Tax Per Semester

All Access 5: Unlimited visits (Monday-Friday) to the Marketplace &
Knightro's + $50 Knight Cash = $1,703.00 +Tax Per Semester

Any 14: 14 meals per week at the Marketplace &Knightro's
+$50 Knight Cash= $1,545.00 +Tax Per Semester

Note: The fall semester meal plan begins on Aug. 17, 2012 with lunch, and ends Dec. 12, 2012 after lunch. The spring semester meal plan begins Jan. 5, 2013 with lunch, and ends May 1, 2013 after lunch. The dining halls will close during the following dates, but please note that updated hours of operation will be posted at www.ucfdining.com: Thanksgiving break: closed Nov. 21, 2012 after lunch, re-opens Nov. 25, 2012 for dinner. Winter break: closed Dec. 12, 2012 after lunch, re-opens Jan. 5, 2013 for lunch. Spring break: closed Mar. 1, 2013 after dinner, re-opens Mar. 10, 2013 for dinner.

 

Block 150 Meal Plan: 150 visits (Monday-Sunday) to the Marketplace &
Knightro's + Chick-fil-A every week for the semester! = $1,150.00 +Tax

Note: The spring semester meal plan begins Jan. 5, 2013 with lunch, and ends May 1, 2013 after lunch. The dining halls will close during the following dates, but please note that updated hours of operation will be posted at www.ucfdining.com: Spring break: closed Mar. 1, 2013 after dinner, re-opens Mar. 10, 2013 for dinner.

All dining halls offer the following amenities:

  1. Study lounge
  2. Free wireless Internet
  3. Comfortable lounge seating
  4. Flat screen TVs
  5. Full-service espresso bar
  6. Mongolian grill
  7. Brick-oven pizza
  8. Extended morning and late-night hours

 

Campus dining locations include:

  1. Seattle's Best
  2. Barnes & Noble Cafe
  3. Burger King Whopper Bar
  4. Chick-fil-A
  5. Dominos
  6. Freshens
  7. Einstein Bros. Bagels
  8. Java City
  9. Knightro's
  10. Knightshop& Sushi Bar
  11. Salsa 2 Go
  12. The Marketplace
  13. YUM YUM Cupcake Truck

Hours of operation can be found here and campus dining locations can be found here.