Local Atmosphere

Location
Orlando, FL
Undergrads
36,775
Tuition (in-state)
$22,345 ($6,247)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The area is amazing, it has everything a college student could want. There's shopping, dining, and nightclubs catered exactly to college students all within 5 miles.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Orlando is by far one of the best places to live. There is always something to do and there are jobs everywhere. We have everything from Disney to Art shows. Orlando is quite diverse and there is a place for everyone to fit in.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: I've lived in Orlando for 4 years and there is still so much I haven't done! The main campus is about 20 minutes from downtown which is always busy on Friday and Saturday nights. There are plenty restaurants and bars near campus as well as a few restaurants that serve alcohol ON campus. Campus activities: there is ALWAYS something to do! Theme parks are 45 minutes away and as a student, we get discounted tickets! I mean, who doesn't want to go to Disney for a fraction of the average ticket?

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Orlando is a huge city with lots to do. You can venture to the theme parks, go shopping downtown, or go clubbing with friends. There's always something to do.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Living in Orlando, there's always something to do. There are a lot of tourists, but you get used to them and they are usually very nice.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Nathalie Desdunes
Hometown
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Major
Marketing
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It's no understatement to say that you'll never be bored in Orlando as long as you take advantage of what the city has to offer. There's something for everyone, whether you favor a fast and upbeat tempo or a slow, relaxing day enjoying the outdoors. Orlando's vast number of theme parks and resort areas make it the number one vacation destination in the U.S.

If you're a shopaholic, then you've come to the right city. Everywhere you look, there are trendy clothing stores nearby and there are many shopping districts located throughout Orlando, with the Premium Outlet Malls being a favorite among UCF students. Just take it easy on the credit card!

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Orlando is the number one vacation spot in the U.S., with Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Epcot Center, Sea World, Islands of Adventure, Animal Kingdom, and Wet-N-Wild.
  2. Orlando has more hotels than any other city in the U.S. besides Las Vegas.
  3. Orlando contains the largest formal rose garden in Florida.
  4. Orlando is home of the world's largest McDonald's.
  5. There are over 160 outlet stores located right off of Interstate 4.
Notable Natives
  • Wayne Brady
  • Delta Burke
  • Howie Dorough - Backstreet Boy band member
  • Erica Dunlap - Miss America
  • Tracy McGrady
  • Wesley Snipes
Local Slang
  • Rager: A party
  • Sweet: Cool or interesting
Points of Interest
  • Downtown Disney
  • The Orlando Premium Outlets
  • Pointe Orlando
  • Thornton Park Shopping Center
  • Waterford Lakes
Shopping Centers
  • Fashion Square Mall
  • Florida Mall
  • Mall of Millenia
  • Oviedo Marketplace
Movie Theaters
Regal Waterford Lakes
541 N. Alafaya Trail
Orlando
(407) 207-9110
Movie Theaters
Regal Winter Park Village 20
510 N. Orlando Ave.
Winter Park
(407) 628-0035
Major Sports Teams
  • Orlando Magic: basketball
  • Orlando Miracle: WNBA basketball
  • Orlando Predators: arena football
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Atlanta: GA: 6 hours, 45 minutes
  • Miami: FL: 4 hours, 15 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 1,128 responses

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  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 1,129 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 11% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 2% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 16% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 71% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 1,129 responses

  • 13% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 25% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 62% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 1,129 responses

  • 9% No way.
  • 55% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 36% Totally.

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