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Orlando, FL
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36,775
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$22,345 ($6,247)
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Average
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3 College Freshman

Weather: It is humid here but sunny for the first half of the day. Around noon, it will be raining for a good hour and then its back to beautiful. After the rain, it cools down and is nice to walk to class.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Mixed Feelings – There are a lot of options in the area for off-campus housing, especially apartments, but there are a lot of factors to consider. Some of them are university-affiliated, which have added benefits, like noise restrictions and security. These make the apartments safer and more peaceful to live in. These generally include shuttle service during the weekdays to and from campus from the complex, which makes it more convenient. Some apartments are not affiliated with the university, nor are they strictly student housing, which makes them noisy most of the time. Some of these offer shuttle service as well, but they are not as regulated. The benefits are, of course, the freedom, a full kitchen, and, the majority of the time, your own bathroom. However, these amenities come with a very steep price, especially if you are not planning on having several roommates. There are many options, but be prepared to tone down your expectations to fit within your budget.

3 College Freshman

Majors: Relatively Easy – We cannot declare ourselves Business majors until we are accepted by the actual Business College so we are kind of forced into taking gen ed classes until then.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: High Quality Apartments – The apartments are relatively expensive but definitely worth the money that they do ask for.

4 College Freshman

Computers: They Are Very Reliable and Accessible – The computer labs at UCF are grade A and easy to manage as well as access along with the school wide WiFi.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Knight's Circle Is VERY Convenient – Living in Knight's Circle is pretty awesome. The service we recieve can't be better and the free shuttle service to campus is convenient as well. Not having to worry about parking on campus is the best feeling ever!

4 College Senior

Transportation: Shuttle System – the shuttle system from apartment complexes to main campus run rather smoothly.

3 College Senior

Facilities: Nice and New – The Student Union is big and new, but very hard to find seats to eat if it's a busy time of day. The study spaces there are nice but aren't usually quiet. The library is quiet but kind of dark and gloomy, depending on the floor. It's hard to find a place that isn't crowded or loud that you can just relax in without going into the hot Florida outdoors.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a bunch of college-student-friendly restaurants on University Blvd and Alafaya Trail, both streets are directly connected to UCF. Chipotle, Moe's, Buffalo Wild Wings, Kyoto, Ruby Tuesdays, and the usual fast food places as well as sit-down dining.

1 College Senior

Drug Safety: Wet Campus – Greek Life on campus is basically devoted to partying, despite whatever policies they may have in place. UCF is therefore not a "dry campus" and alcohol is allowed on campus (they even have a bar/pub in the Student Union, Wackadoo's). Tailgating at football games, of course, is all about beer pong and drinking, and frat parties are happening every week. Drinking is not very visible on a daily basis at UCF, but it's not hard to find.

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3 College Senior

Overall Experience: Big School, Big Spotlight – The size of UCF blows my mind every semester, and that comes with the feeling of being a number to the administration and just one of 59,000 students with the same degree. However, being in Orlando and having such a large faculty has provided incredible opportunities and information for students in any field. The city of Orlando has so much to offer to everyone, not just hospitality. And the faculty - at least in my program, Journalism - bring years of experience from the field that is so beneficial for students to learn from. That being said, the size of UCF and the Greek Life there make it easy for a student to feel excluded socially and academically, so it takes work to find your way. Besides joining Greek Life or on-campus clubs, the many organizations and offices on campus offer great opportunities for students who are serious about their careers.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Lots of Options but Still Limited – There are a lot of places to eat on campus and two really great dining halls. One located next to the Arena and one located near the gym. Also a very decent selection of third party food options. And three different companies to get your coffee from.

5 College Senior

Facilities: Gym, Memory Mall, Fountain, Union – There are a lot of places to sit outside on campus. Lots of benches and places to just hang out. Memory Mall is often utilized for outdoor events, ultimate frisbee and a swordsmens class. The gym is open roughly 18hrs of the day most days. Has two pools, rock wall, and plenty of exercise equipment. Also since the campus is built in a big loop, you can run around the entire campus for those of you whom like to run. Also every wednesday there is a market that sets up outside the union and they have clubs tabling, boutiques, and other various companies just trying to get their names in your mind with free samples like from Monster energy drink or Redbull.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of Options – UCF is located literally 5 minutes from a whole strip of places to eat right on University. and then about 10 or so minutes down alfaya there is the Waterford Town Center which is a huge shopping area with a whole lot of places to eat, of every variety too.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drinking Very Popular – There is some drug use around campus because it is so close to downtown Orlando, however the bigger problem is alcohol. There have been a few deaths due to alcohol (traffic accidents, overdrinking, etc) and while the school is trying to better it, there is still lots of alcohol on campus for tailgating.

5 College Senior

Diversity: Plethora of Color – I would say that there are literally all types of students at UCF, also a great range of ages. I see everyone from fresh out of high school to established working men and women in all of my classes.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: University Drive and Waterford – Lots of places to check out, not many discounts for students though, prices vary depending on the place - most not too pricey.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The students on campus tend to dress well for the most part. Everyone is clean and properly dressed and looks presentable. I rarely see anyone on campus that looks unkempt.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Diverse Ethinicity – Since it is still just the first week of school, I havent actually gone to campus that many times, but I can say that I have seen diversity. Of course being in Orlando, Florida does mean that the majority of students will be white, but I have also seen a great amount of hispanic and african american students as well as teachers!

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Not Much Variety – There is one main spot to get food, which is in the Union. It has Italian, Mexican, Asian, and some fast food places. There isn't anything really unique. Burger King is there which is cheap. The market is available for your flex pay dollars, which include some buffets.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Diverse, Diverse, Diverse – University of Central Florida is extremely diverse. We have every kind of ethnicity, economic background, political belief, religion, and sexual orientation that one can think of. No matter who you are, you will fit in at the University of Central Florida and find people just like you. We also have hundreds of registered and unregistered organizations here. Therefore, you will also always find something to do and people to do it with.

1 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Overpriced and Lots Are Full – Lots of parking lots. Too many permits issued. Never any parking and permits are very expensive. After 6pm you can park in teacher parking. Not everyone knows that

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Tons of Options – On University Blvd and Waterford Lakes.

Everything from Dollar menu fast food to high end.
McDonalds, Wendys, Burger King, Panera Bread, Olive Garden, Chilis, Applebees, Unos, El Cerro (hidden gem) Buffalo Wild Wings, Ale House, TGI Fridays, Amigos, Steak n Shake, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Dominos, Papa Johns

4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Above Average – Girls are into high end designer. (prada, burberry,) even for clothing
Guys are wearing designer also. Italian leather shoes polos and jeans

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Buses Are the Way to Go – Parking at University of Central Florida is a total hassle and unnecessary. It is definitely better to park at off-campus housing and take a shuttle onto campus. There are 12 routes and about 4 buses on each route. The buses come to every student housing complex every 10 to 15 minutes. I will say from experience that they do run a little slower from 12pm to about 1pm because drivers are probably switching shifts. However, as I stated, anything is better than parking on campus. You will spend about an average of 20 minutes in the morning trying to find a parking spot. The buses are also free because they are included in tuition, and there is an app for smart phones and I-phones that lets you track where the bus on your route is so you know how much time you have to get to the bus stop.

Zip cars are also very convenient. On campus, you are allowed to rent a car, with insurance and gas included in your rent. The rent rate depends on how long you need the car, but it is not that expensive. My friend rented one and had it for the weekend for $25.

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Nathalie Desdunes
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UCF is growing by leaps and bounds. The students love to hang out, and they all know how to have a good time. There’s so much to do and there’s something for everyone. Do you really need any more reasons to go to college in Florida?

Orlando is an exciting city with tons of attractions and activities available to all. In many ways, going to school at UCF resembles a four-year vacation (Disney on Sunday, classes on Monday!). Downtown Orlando on a Friday night can, at times, seem like Mardi Gras, and City Walk on a Saturday night isn’t to be missed. Also, Floridians are welcoming and friendly and most students at UCF make friends quickly and easily. Friendly faces and sunny skies, what more could a college student ask for? The stellar academics, up-and-coming sports teams, and state-of-the-art facilities are reason enough to spend the next four years of your life at UCF; the city of Orlando is just one big fringe benefit. Come join us!

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