Off-Campus Housing

Orlando, FL
Tuition (in-state)
$22,345 ($6,247)
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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: For the most part I like living off-campus, I am close enough to walk when I want to, but also have the convince of taking the bus.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are definitely some off campus housing properties that have their problems (Sterling and Northgate) while others (Knights Circle) are amazing. There are so many great amenities available to use at almost any time of day. Prices are reasonable for the space and amenities. There are many places off campus to live that have direct shuttles to campus. No having to pay for a city bus pass just to get to campus and end up stuck in traffic and late. Off campus housing is so much better than living on campus if you're not a freshman.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The off campus housing is amazing, the apartments are great with plenty of room.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Taking a day out of the semester to look for a new place to live and finding the best place for you is very important. You need to find the perfect cost and safety.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: So living off-campus isn't just an's the way to go in my humble opinion. Living on campus isn't horrible, but who comes to college to be supervised as if they were back under their parents roof? By my count there are 14 off-campus apartments who cater to students within a 5 mile radius either on Alafaya Trail or University Drive. So selection isn't a problem, however cost on the other hand is. The newest of apartments University House and Sterling Central come with amenities such as 36 inch flat screen TV's in your bedroom, tanning beds in the congregation area, etc,etc, but those things don't pay for themselves....cheapest rent there for a 4/4 is 620 bucks a month. Prices typically run between 950-325 bucks depending on number of rooms and which apartment you choose, but buyer beware, the lower in cost, the more sketchy the places become and unfortunately in my time here I've been around for hostage situations, sexual assaults, stabbings, but let me please emphasize that this can happen anywhere and is an anomaly that doesn't happen in the newer apts especially ones closer to campus. Parking can be a pain as it is with the entire school. The most convenient thing is that the UCF shuttle runs to all 14 of the apartments I can think of between 8 A.M. and 10 P.M.


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  • 14th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

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Nathalie Desdunes
Fort Lauderdale, FL
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By a majority vote, living off campus isn't just the right way to go, it's the only way. UCF is a huge commuter school with most of its students living off campus in either apartments or houses. In and around the UCF area, it's easy to find what suits you and your budget. Many complexes are geared towards student housing and offer individual leases for each tenant. Apartments can offer you what dorms can't-your own washer and dryer, your own bedroom and bathroom, balconies, clubhouses, and many other amenities.

Apartments are conveniently located next to campus; some are as close as one mile away. Living off campus is convenient and more private. Off-campus living is very social; many students meet their friends through being neighbors and bumping into each other in their complexes. Off-campus living is strongly recommended.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
For Fall Semester, start looking during the preceding Spring Semester.
Popular Areas
Apartments within five miles of UCF’s main campus
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $810
  • 2 BR: $650
  • Studio: $480

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 961 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 952 responses

  • 1% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 5% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 60% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 34% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 952 responses

  • 16% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 51% Somewhat helpful.
  • 33% Extremely helpful.
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