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4 College Freshman

Local Area: There is Universal Studios, Disney, and City Walk, all within a few miles of the school. There's always something to do in Orlando!

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Since it's Orlando, obviously there are always things to do, however, it is slightly spread out (campus is about 30 minutes away from most tourist attractions), and the attractions are usually pretty expensive.

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4 College Junior

Local Area: There are many things to do for many types of students.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Orlando is a tourist destination which can get annoying during the summer time. But we do enjoy the parks throughout the year. There are also hispanic festivals due to the high number of latinos in the area. Most people avoid the alafaya (UCF) area if needed because of all the partying students are known for.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Area: We're in the heart of the tourist section of a big city, and very close to all the attractions, so there is always places to go and things to do!

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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 1,276 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 1,279 responses

  • 70% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 17% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 2% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 11% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 1,284 responses

  • 60% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 26% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 15% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 1,281 responses

  • 35% Totally.
  • 56% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 10% No way.

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