Student Learning: The UCF Residential Curriculum
Living on campus is a learning and growing experience. You will build new relationships, find opportunities, and learn from your peers and Resident Assistant.
The UCF residential experience has been developed with student learning in mind. UCF Housing is where all students can become active, engaged, and productive global citizens. The on-campus experience includes initiatives and strategies focused on:
- Community Engagement
- Cultural Competence
- Global Impact
Meeting Your Resident Assistant
Resident Assistants (RAs) are UCF students who serve as a resource and mentor in your community. RAs are carefully selected and trained to be sensitive to the academic, emotional, and social challenges facing residents, particularly the normal adjustments to residence hall living. We encourage you to seek out and develop a relationship with your RA so they can help you in your transition to living on campus. Your RA will reach out to you throughout the semester to meet 1:1 or in a small group. All residents are encouraged to meet with their RA regularly.
Living With Roommates
For many college students, sharing their space is a new experience. Living on campus is a fantastic opportunity to learn about yourself and others. The time and effort you put into building positive relationships will enhance your college experience. Here are some items to consider:
- Introduce yourself before move-in (by phone or IRL-not online!)
- Establish boundaries and revisit them as necessary
- Get to know your roommate
- Talk about problems as they arise
- Be realistic with your expectations
- Be patient with yourself and with others
Remember that Housing and Residence Life staff are available 24 hours/day to assist with conflicts; however, active involvement from all parties is required in order to effectively resolve concerns.
What is a Roommate Agreement
Early in the semester, all roommates will meet with their RA and develop a roommate agreement. Your RA will help guide a conversation around communication and potential areas of conflict in your suite or apartment. Topics range from cleanliness, noise levels, and temperature control, to necessary accommodations for allergies or medical needs. Finding common ground early is important to maintaining a healthy dialogue. In the event a roommate conflict does occur, the roommate agreement will help residents engage in respectful communication when trying to find resolution. However, should an ongoing issue occur, our staff is here to help mediate, provide support, and help residents explore alternative solutions.
Joining the UCF Community
The first week or two after move-in is the best time to meet residents on your floor, building, and community. Many students are looking to make new friends, so don't be shy in introducing yourself. It is very important to get out of your room and get to know those around you. Your RA can help introduce you to your community. You can also meet people at your floor/building meeting and the other activities that will be happening. Make the most out of your UCF experience by finding your community and getting involved!
During the first week you are strongly encouraged, and in some cases required, to attend several community and university-wide events. They are as follows:
Floor or Building Meeting
Your RA will host a floor meeting which will help orient you to the community and navigate the various services provided by the university. This is your first opportunity to introduce yourself to other residents on your floor.
The Knighting (known at many schools as “Convocation”) is a required celebration of the beginning of students’ academic journey at UCF. First year students and transfer students alike will assemble to be welcomed by the university president and other distinguished speakers. This is the only event where first year students can receive a souvenir graduation tassel. Students are encouraged to travel to the Knighting with their floor and attend the Opening Knight involvement fair afterwards.
UCF's official Welcome Week, Pegasus Palooza, returns every fall semester with a week full of social, academic, and service activities for students to get acquainted with the UCF campus, meet people, and simply to have fun!
Move-in Pool Party
All residents are invited to join us at the RWC Leisure pool on the Saturday of move-in weekend for a pool party! We provide lots of food, activities and great music. Cool off, meet people and have a great time.
Safety & Security
If you see something, say something
Safety and security are very important, and you can play an important part in keeping yourself and your community safe. Ensure you save important phone numbers like your community office and UCF Police (407.823.5555). In the event of a life-threatening emergency, contact University Police or call 911.
If you see anything suspicious, unusual, or concerning, report it to University Police. For more helpful information, visit: https://police.ucf.edu/safety-tips
- Let’s Be Clear
- UCF offers resources to help prevent sexual harassment, assault, relationship violence, and stalking. Bystanders can make a difference. For more information, visit: https://letsbeclear.ucf.edu/
- UCF Cares
- UCF Cares provides a number of services for students. The goal of UCF Cares is to build a culture of care, one Knight at a time. For more information or helpful resources, visit: http://cares.sdes.ucf.edu
- Hurricane Preparedness
- Hurricane season is from June 1st to November 1st. In order to prepare for a hurricane, ensure you have a plan and have communicated that plan to your friends and family. Consider making a hurricane kit so that you have all the necessary supplies on hand. For more information, visit: http://www.emergency.ucf.edu/hurricanes.html
- Property Registration
- We highly recommend that residents register their personal property online with the UCF Police Department. Items such as computers, bikes, cameras and other valuables can be entered. We especially suggest students bringing bicycles to campus register them with the UCF PD, as bicycles must remain on our bike racks outdoors. Please visit the UCF Police Department to get more information and to register your property.