Local Atmosphere

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

Local Atmosphere: It's a big city with lots of constructions and a lot of people. Some parts are prettier than others.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Orlando has so many attractions you could keep busy for years to come.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: UCF is located in Orlando, Florida....nuff said. Well since I'm being forced to elaborate, do the words Disney World, Universal Studios Florida, or Sea World ring a bell? They're all located here and although it's about 30-45 min to get to those attractions coming from campus, the student discount we receive more than makes up for the amount you will spend in gas and tolls (nobody takes local roads here, unless you are one of those people who actually enjoys sitting in ungodly traffic.) In addition to the major theme parks, you have plenty of options such as Wet N' Wild, dozens of mini-golf establishments, two major malls in Mall of Millenia and Florida Mall in addition to the outlet malls, Orlando Magic and Orlando City Soccer games, etc, etc. Most people are friendly towards students and as stated above we get discounts to basically everything. But beware, this is a major tourist destination so be prepared for all of these places to be crowded.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The local attitude towards the students is very welcoming.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Traffic is bad but goes with the feel of the town

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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 1,174 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 1,165 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 1,165 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 1,164 responses

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

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