Applying For Housing
Are first year students given preference to on-campus housing?
The University has deemed that students attending college for the first time should be given as much opportunity to live on campus as possible. The University CANNOT house all the freshmen who would want to live on campus, therefore, you must be accepted by the University as early as possible so that you may apply for housing in a timely manner. First year students who do not get housing on-campus will be referred to Off Campus Student Services
Are first year students required to live on campus?
First year students at UCF are not required to live on campus.
Are transfer and/or graduate students eligible for campus housing?
Yes! Transfer and Graduate students are eligible to live on campus and nearby in our off-campus and affiliated properties. Take a look at our eligibility
page for more details, and you can check out more off-campus resources at www.housing.ucf.edu/offcampus
Do annual agreements require summer class enrollment?
No, annual agreements do NOT require enrollment in summer classes.
Do you have family/married housing on campus?
Unfortunately, we do not have family or married housing on campus. You may find off-campus housing resources at http://offcampus.ucf.edu
How do I apply for housing?
All applications for housing are done through the myUCF system. Log into myUCF
and go to Student Self Service > Housing > Apply
. For more detailed instructions, please visit: www.housing.ucf.edu/apply/
If I apply for summer housing, am I automatically enrolled in the fall?
No, the summer and fall application periods are separate. You can apply for summer and fall at the same time by completing two housing agreements in the online housing application.
My gender shows up incorrectly on MyUCF. What should I do?
It is very important for room assignments that you have your gender correct in the MyUCF system. If you have not yet started at UCF, you should contact Undergraduate Admissions at 407-823-3000 to ask how to make the change. If you have already started at UCF, you should contact the Registrar's Office at 407-823-3100 to have the change made. Also, please contact us
to let us know about the discrepancy.
What are my PID and password to log into myUCF?
Your PID is your UCF student ID number. It is very important that you know this number. You can look up your PID by going to myUCF and clicking on "What are my PID and NID?" Your default password is a capital "P" followed by your birth date in the YYMMDD format. The first time you log into myUCF you will be prompted to change your password.
What can I do if I am not offered space?
Do not despair! Fortunately, there are many off-campus student apartment complexes near the University that can provide suitable housing. You can start by checking out our affiliated
off-campus properties. Also, the University has an Off-Campus Student Resource Center
that serves as a source of information to help students find off-campus housing accommodations, apartments and/or roommates.
What happens if I get an error message while applying in myUCF?
If you receive the error message "Invalid PID" when you click the "I Agree" button, make sure that you are entering your entire PID, including the letter.
If you receive any other error message while completing the application, log out of myUCF and log back in and try again. You will NOT create multiple applications by clicking through the housing application more than once. If you have tried several times and still receive error messages, please call us at 407-823-4663 or contact us
What is a 'Summer' Agreement?
Summer Agreements are one semester (Summer) obligations that coincide to the corresponding Summer session (A, B, C, or D).
What is a housing agreement received date?
A housing agreement received date is the date you submitted your online housing agreement. The housing agreement received date is used in determining room and roommate preferences. This date is subject to change if you request a change in your agreement type.
What is a housing confirmed date?
A housing confirmed date will display on your Housing Agreement Status page in myUCF when a space has been reserved for you on-campus. Housing confirmed dates are given out based on the date your housing agreement is received, the semester you enter UCF, and your student classification.
What is an 'Academic' Year Agreement?
Academic Year Agreements are two semester (Fall and Spring) obligations that coincide with the duration of the Fall and Spring Semesters at UCF. During breaks between semesters, residents may not remain in their rooms (though belongings may remain).
What is an 'Annual' Agreement?
Annual (11.5 month) Agreements are three semester (Fall, Spring and Summer) obligations that exist outside the academic calendar. Residents may remain in their rooms over semester breaks.
What should I do if I cannot remember my password to myUCF?
If you have not yet started at UCF, please contact the Help Desk at 407-823-5117 for assistance with resetting your myUCF password. If you have already gone through Orientation and received your student ID card, you can go to myUCF and click on Forgot your PID password? to reset your password.
What type of housing did I apply for?
You can see the type of housing you applied for on your housing status screen in myUCF. Log into myUCF and go to Student Self Service > Housing >Status.
When can I apply for housing?
You may apply for housing once you are offered admission to the university.
When will I know if I have a space?
Do not assume you have been assigned to on-campus housing. Based upon your housing application received date, a housing confirmed date will be given to you, as space becomes available. You will see the housing confirmed date on your status screen in myUCF. If we are unable to offer you space for the semester you desire, we will send you a referral to off-campus student housing. We will do this as soon as possible so that you may make alternate housing arrangements.
Where can I view the agreement terms and conditions?
You may view the terms and conditions for your housing agreement on the status page in myUCF. Log into myUCF and go to Student Self Service > Housing > Status. You may also view terms and conditions in a PDF format on our website here
Why can't I see information correctly in myUCF?
If the first page of your housing agreement does not show your name, address, email address, etc., you do not have an email address on file in myUCF. The housing agreement requires an email address, so you will need to enter one in myUCF. Go to Student Self Service > Personal Information > Email Addresses to enter an email address. After you do this, you should be able to see your information in the housing agreement.
PC Users: myUCF works best when you use Internet Explorer. If you are not using Internet Explorer, try logging into myUCF through that browser. You can also try clearing your cache and cookies on Internet Explorer. Select Tools , the select Internet Options, then under Browsing History select Delete, then select Delete All.
Mac Users: myUCF works best on a mac when you use Mozilla Firefox. If you are using Safari, switch to Firefox.
Room and Roommates
Can I change rooms before arriving?
Once we give out room assignments all of our space is completely filled, so room changes are not always possible. You may contact us if you have room change request prior to arriving, but we cannot guarantee that we will be able to honor it. Please note that UCF Housing and Residence Life will not change a room assignment due to race, religion, or sexual orientation.
Could my roommate/room assignment change before I arrive on campus?
Due to late cancellations, some assignments may change up to the day the buildings open. Updated room and roommate information is available at myUCF>Student Self Service>Housing>Assignment
How are room assignments made?
Room assignments are made based on the date you applied for housing and what preferences you entered in myUCF. The earlier you apply for housing, the more likely you are to be assigned to one of your top choices.
How are roommates matched?
Roommates are matched randomly unless you have a specific roommate request. We do provide a free login for UCF students for roomsurf.com, a private roommate matching service that works with Facebook. You can find more details on our roomsurf.com partnership and how to request a specific roommate here
. We do provide a group on Facebook where students may search for his/her own roommate and then enter that person in their preferences. We place freshmen together in our academic communities (Apollo, Libra, Hercules, Nike and Lake Claire). In the Towers and Rosen Apartments we try our best to place freshmen together, but cannot guarantee freshmen roommates as they are mixed class facilities.
How can I tell if my preferences are saved in myUCF?
Once you have entered your preferences in myUCF, click on the "Save Preferences" button at the bottom of the page. A window will pop up that says "Current Preferences Saved. (0,0)." This means that your preferences have been saved in our system. You may adjust your preferences any time up until May 1, but make sure to press the "Save Preferences" button any time you made a change.
How do I request a roommate?
See our Roommates information page here
What are Living Learning Communities?
The Department of Housing and Residence Life has several living learning communities to complement the students' UCF academic experience. These partnerships were designed to create living-learning environments outside of the classroom. Students must be offered a UCF housing agreement to live in these communities. For more details, please visit: www.housing.ucf.edu/choices
What is my NID?
Your NID is your network ID number. To find your NID, go to myUCF and click on "What are my PID and NID?" below the log-in fields.
What should I do if I have a medical condition/disability?
If you have a medical condition or disability that will require special accommodations within housing, you will be able to indicate that during the online housing application process. Once you indicate that you have a medical condition or disability requiring accommodation, you will receive more information regarding the appropriate forms and procedures to complete. Documentation from your health care provider will be required. If you have questions about possible accommodations, please call 407-823-4663 and ask to speak with a member of the Room Assignments team.
When will I get my room assignment?
Room assignments for fall are typically available in early June. Room assignments for summer are typically available in mid-May. You will receive an email when your room assignment is posted to myUCF and you will be able to view your room and roommates on myUCF > Student Self Service > Housing > Assignment.
Why can't I request more than one roommate?
At this time our assignments system is not set up to handle more than one roommate request. We will try our best to ensure your one roommate request but we are unable to process multiple roommate requests.
Do you communicate with parents?
We will send general reminders and updates to the parent/guardian email address provided during the housing application process. The parent/guardian email address is required for students under 18 and optional for students over 18. Due to FERPA regulations, we communicate directly with the students regarding specific or personal matters.
How does on-campus mail work?
When you are given a room assignment on-campus, you are also given a PO Box assignment. You can find more information about on-campus mail here
How will Housing and Residence Life communicate with me?
We communicate officially via email directly to the student. It is important to add email@example.com to your email address book so that emails from us will not be put in your spam or junk folder. Email is the official means of communication at UCF and students are expected to maintain and check their email regularly.
What email address will you send information to?
We will send email to the address you have listed in the myUCF system. Please note that all UCF students must sign up for a Knight's Email address. Once you sign up for Knight's Email, your email address in myUCF will automatically update to this address, so you should make sure to check it regularly for communication from UCF Housing and Residence Life, as well as other departments, professors, etc.
Who should I contact with a problem?
If you have not yet moved on campus, please contact the Department of Housing and Residence Life through one of the methods on our Contact page
. If you are already an on-campus resident, you should contact your community office either by visiting the office or by phone.
Will anything be mailed to my home address?
You may receive a housing viewbook in the mail at your home address once you are offered admission to UCF. However, all official communication with you from the Department of Housing and Residence Life will be through email, myUCF, and the Housing and Residence Life website. We do not mail home any invoices, room assignments, applications, etc.
How can I use my financial aid to pay for housing?
How do I cancel?
How do I pay my rent?
How does the Florida Pre-Paid Dormitory Plan work?
How much does it cost to apply for housing?
When you apply for housing, you are required to make a prepayment for each housing agreement you submit. The prepayment amount is then put towards the rent of the first semester of that agreement. The prepayment for summer-only housing is $100. The prepayment for an agreement starting in fall is $250. The prepayment for and agreement starting in spring is $250.
How much does it cost to cancel?
In what situation is the prepayment refunded?
If we are unable to offer you a room assignment for the semester you requested, the prepayment will be credited back to your student account. However, if you decide not to live in the UCF facilities and notify the Department of Housing and Residence Life, you will lose the entire prepayment. If you do not respond to, or reject the agreement offer, you lose your entire prepayment.
When is rent due?
What to Expect
Can I stay in my room/apartment during the semester breaks?
Academic Year Agreements (Apollo, Libra, Lake Claire, Hercules, Nike)
No, you may not stay in your room during the break between the fall and spring semesters. You may leave your belongings in your room but you may not stay in the room. During the semester breaks between spring and summer and between summer and fall you must move out of your room completely. All students may stay in their rooms during Spring Break.
Annual Agreements (Towers and Rosen)
Yes, you may stay in your room during the semester breaks.
Do you have wireless Internet?
Yes we do! All academic-year residence halls on campus will have wireless internet building-wide by Fall 2013. All communities also have wireless internet in common areas and lounges. In addition, wired Ethernet ports are located in all bedrooms on campus. Check www.resnet.ucf.edu/wireless
to see the updated list.
How are rooms furnished?
Each student is provided with a bed, mattress, dresser, desk, and chair. Apartment living rooms are furnished with a love seat, two side chairs, and a small dining table with four chairs. Apartment kitchens all come furnished with a full-size refrigerator and range. Apartments in the towers also include dishwashers. All units have vertical blinds and shower curtains. Towers residents will need to supply their own shower curtains.
How do I move in?
Move-in dates and times will be posted on our website here: www.housing.ucf.edu/movein
. You should plan to arrive on campus during one of the applicable move-in times. You will go directly to the community where you are assigned in order to move in. More information on the move-in process is available on the move-in page above.
How does parking work?
All students parking on-campus will need to purchase a parking decal through Parking and Transportation Services. Please visit http://parking.ucf.edu
for information on how to purchase your parking decal. You must register for your decal online prior to picking it up.
Is smoking allowed in the residence facilities?
No, all university facilities, including on-campus residential facilities have been declared Non-Smoking in compliance with the Florida Clean Air Act of 1992. (See State Statutes, Section 386.001.) This includes the stairwells, hallways, and building entrances. In recognition of the health risks caused by smoking, The University of Central Florida provides a smoke-free environment for its faculty, staff, students and visitors. Our smoke-free policy promotes the health and comfort of the university community and our guests.
Is there a telephone in my room?
An optional local telephone service is available for a fee. The student must submit a telephone landline request
to initiate service. Please note that there is no long distance service available.
May I cook in my room?
If you are in an apartment style facility, you may cook in your kitchen. If you are in an apartment, you may have appliances such as a toaster, toaster oven, coffee pot and George Foreman grill in your kitchen. These appliances are not permitted in bedrooms.
If you are in a residence hall facility, you may only cook in a microwave. You may bring a microwave oven (up to 1000 watts), a small refrigerator (up to 5 cubic feet) and a coffee pot. You may not have appliances such as a toaster, toaster oven, or George Foreman grill as there is not proper ventilation in residence hall rooms for this type of appliance.
May I have a pet?
The only pets allowed to be kept in on-campus housing are fish in a ten gallon or smaller tank.
May I raise my bed in my room?
Supplemental lofts and devices such as rack raisers are NOT allowed in university residential facilities. All beds are extra-long twin except the Towers at Knights Plaza. The Towers have regular full-size beds. The extra-long twin beds located in Nike, Hercules, Neptune, Lake Claire, Rosen, and Libra are considered junior lofts and can be raised or lowered on the existing bed frame to accommodate storage underneath. To have your bed raised or lowered, you should contact your community office.
May I store my bicycle in my room?
No, if you plan to bring a bicycle to campus, be prepared to leave it outside the residential facilities. Be sure to bring a lock and chain to secure the bicycle to the designated bicycle storage area. If you are concerned about your bicycle being exposed to the weather, you should seriously consider not bringing it to campus.
What are the visitation policies?
Members of the opposite sex are permitted to enter living quarters if approved by all roommates.
What happens to residents if UCF is going to be affected by a hurricane?
Florida's hurricane season lasts from June 1st through November 30th, and UCF's hurricane policies and procedures are summarized below.
The National Hurricane Center warns that some part of Florida is threatened by a hurricane or tropical storm each year, and the center provides information about hurricanes and other severe weather at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/. During any threatening weather, UCF's Office of Emergency Management monitors this site and sends official weather reports to all vice presidents, deans, regional campus directors, and to UCF's President John C. Hitt.
If a serious storm or hurricane threatens our region, the Governor and President Hitt have the authority to cancel classes or close campuses, and they do so in consultation with other area colleges, school districts, and government offices. If they cancel classes or close the university, UCF News and Information will disseminate details to local TV and radio outlets, including WUCF radio 89.9 FM, and they will post this information on the UCF home page at http://www.ucf.edu. Additionally, a list of other media outlets and hurricane resources is available at http://emergency.ucf.edu/hurricanes.html.
When it is necessary - as it was during Hurricanes Charley, Frances, and Jeanne in 2004 - UCF enacts its Emergency Plan, coordinated by William Merck, Vice President for Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer. Storm closings typically require UCF to open campus shelters for resident students, essential-operations staff members, and their families. Jeff Morgan, Director of Emergency Management, will establish an Emergency Operations Center to coordinate mission critical services such as security, utilities, dining services, and shelter support. Details of our Emergency Plan are posted on the Office of Emergency Management Website at http://emergency.ucf.edu/plans.html. Updates about information for residents will be on the front page of the UCF Housing and Residence Life website as well at http://www.housing.ucf.edu.
While we hope to escape hurricanes this season, we are wise to prepare well and to educate ourselves in case an emergency occurs. Please do your part to keep the UCF community safe.
What housekeeping services are provided?
The bathroom is cleaned and the carpet vacuumed on a weekly basis. Your custodian will post the cleaning schedule in your room. Prior to the custodian's arrival you are expected to remove all your belongings from the bathroom sink, counter and shower stall. All clothing must be picked up off the floor. If you fail to do this, your bathroom will not be cleaned or your room will not be vacuumed.
The bathrooms in the academic agreement apartments will be cleaned on a weekly basis. Your custodian will post the cleaning schedule in the bathroom area. Prior to the custodian's arrival, you are expected to remove all your belongings from the bathroom sink, counter, and shower area. If you fail to do this, your bathroom will not be cleaned. Residents must maintain their kitchen areas and vacuum their apartments. Students living in the Towers at Knights Plaza are responsible for their own cleaning. Students living at the Rosen College Student Apartments will receive bathroom cleaning twice a month.
You are responsible for emptying your own trash into the dumpsters or trash compactors. The housing agreement requires residents to maintain clean and hygienic conditions in residence hall rooms and apartments.
What is a Resident Assistant (RA)?
Resident Assistants are specially selected and trained upperclassmen who live on your floor or in your building. The role of the RA is to be a community facilitator for the students living on campus at UCF. RAs do this through answering your many questions about housing or the University, spending time getting to know you and your interests and by offering planned events and activities that are both fun and educational. The RA has information to help solve your housing problems, knows what resources are available to you, and has experience with the academic system here at UCF. The RAs are also responsible for administering and enforcing housing and university policies. If you have any situations or questions, feel free to contact your RA.
What safety and security measures do you have?
We have several different security measures that help to make our housing a safe place for you to live:
- Locks & Keys: Each student is issued a key(s) that will open their building/apartment/room and all students will have at least 2 locked doors between their bed and outside. We ask that students keep their keys with them at all times and keep their doors locked.
- UCF Police Department Our University Police Department patrols our campus and responds to emergencies in our housing communities.
- RHAP (Residence Hall and Apartment Patrol ): These student employees work in our housing communities from 12 am until 8am, assisting residents and helping to be a presence in our communities and ensure safety.
- Safe Escort Patrol Service (SEPS) The Safe Escort Patrol Service (S.E.P.S.) has part-time student workers, hired and trained by the UCF Police Department, to provide an Escort Service to anyone on campus during the evening hours (7:00 pm - 1:00 am) Sunday through Thursday. Besides providing safe escorts for people, the S.E.P.S. are also trained as Crime Watchers.
What should I bring for my room? What should I leave at home?
Where can I find information about dining memberships?
Please visit the UCF Dining Services website www.ucfdining.com
for more details on dining memberships and how to purchase them.
Will I have access to cable TV?
Yes, all University residential facilities are wired for cable television service. However, it will be necessary for students to supply a cable cord to connect the television to the wall. All rooms are provided with a single standard residential cable outlet mounted on the wall.
Will I have access to Internet?
Yes, all UCF residence halls and apartments have internet connections available to students. All academic-year residence halls on campus will have wireless internet building-wide by Fall 2013. All communities also have wireless internet in common areas and lounges. In addition, wired Ethernet ports are located in all bedrooms on campus. Students may not set-up their own wireless routers in their rooms.
How can I find out how to be an RA?
How do I apply for housing next year?
You had an amazing year on campus- who wouldn’t want to stay? To find information for returning residents, check out our website here
. If you didn’t live with us this year, but you are interested in moving on campus, check out our eligibility
page, and instructions on how to apply
How do I change the contact information you have for me?
We use the contact information listed in myUCF to contact you. Log into myUCF and go to Student Self Service > Personal Information in order to update your contact information.
How do I move out?
Prior to the move-out dates, Residence Life staff will post information on the move-out procedures. Make sure to read this information carefully and follow all instructions. You will need to return your mailbox key to your mail center, and return your room keys to your community office. For additional details, you can always ask at your community office.
How do I request a room change?
If you are having a problem with your room or roommate, please speak with your Resident Assistant about the issue. He or she can recommend what to do or help you with a roommate mediation. If the issue is very serious, you should contact a Graduate Assistant or Area Coordinator in your community office.
What is the movie channel schedule?
What TV channels can I get on-campus?
When do I have to move out?
Where can I find information about employment with your department?
You may see which positions are open and access applications here
Where do I go for help?
If you need help or have questions, you should contact your Resident Assistant or your Community Office. For phone numbers of the community offices, please visit our contact page
Who do I contact with a maintenance problem?
We're here to help! You can always fill out an online work order with Facilities Operations here
. If your maintenance problem is an emergency, such as a dead elevator, toilet running over, power out, or an extremely hot or cold room, you should call 407-823-5223 for the 24/7 Work Control Center.
Who do parents contact with concerns?
Once your student has moved on-campus, you should contact the Area Coordinator within the community where your student resides. For phone numbers of the community offices, please visit our contact page
. The Area Coordinator is a masters-level, live-in professional staff member who supervises the community. He or she can help you with your concern regarding your student, or refer you to an appropriate person.