What to Expect at Move-in: Quick Overview

  • Review our packing list and make sure to have ID before you leave home!
  • Review driving and parking directions on our site below.
  • Arrive on campus and go to your assigned community's designated unloading lots or garages.
  • Students should proceed immediately to check-in, get their keys and find their room. Don't Forget - In order to check out your room key, you will need your UCF ID Card. You must be present to receive your room key; a friend or family member may NOT check out a key for a resident.
  • While student check in, Families are strongly encouraged to stay with vehicles and begin unloading process.
  • Unload vehicles in unloading zones quickly. Temp parking is for 45 minutes only. Parking services will be ticketing and towing as needed.
  • Move vehicles to overnight parking once the heaviest and largest items are unloaded.
  • If needed, visit Parking Services to pick up your decal or hang tag.
  • Plan to be busy afterward! (Welcome Events)

Continue reading this page for additional details about arrival and check-in

Driving Directions

Directions from FL Turnpike and I-4 to UCF

To Towers, NorthView and Lake Claire:

  • Take 417 East to University
  • Take University to Alafaya Trail
  • Cross over to first Traffic light
  • Turn Left and follow signs to check-in

To Nike, Hercules, Libra, Apollo and Neptune:

  • Take I-4 to exit 82A (408 East) for 8 miles
  • Take exit 18 toward FL-417 North for 4 miles
  • Take exit 37A for East University Blvd
  • Turn right on University Blvd for 2.5 miles
  • Enter UCF across Alafaya Trail
  • Turn right at Gemini Blvd S and follow signs to check-in

Directions from I-95 to UCF

To Towers, NorthView and Lake Claire:

  • Take I-95 to exit 215 (Highway 50) towards Orlando for 22 miles
  • Turn right on Alafaya Trail for 3 miles
  • Pass main entrance to UCF and turn right on Gemini Blvd N and follow signs to check-in

To Nike, Hercules, Libra, Apollo and Neptune:

  • Take I-95 to exit 215 (Highway 50) towards Orlando for 22 miles
  • Turn right on Alafaya Trail for 2 miles
  • Turn right on Central FLorida Blvd for .5 miles
  • Turn right on Gemini Blvd S and follow signs to check-in

Parking and Check-In

Parking and unloading areas are not in close proximity to the residence halls and check-in stations therefore we recommend that families bring a hand cart or dolly from home. We have a limited number of dollies and hand trucks in each community that will be utilized by our move-in volunteers to help residents move their belongings to their apartments. Parking and traffic patterns will be strictly enforced to ensure continuous flow. Standing in an unloading zone could result in ticketing and towing.

What to do when you arrive

  1. Arrival – Upon arrival, families should park in the designated temporary unloading zone for your community. Parking services staff on site will issue your vehicle a temporary parking pass. The 45 minute temporary parking pass is for unloading only. Staff and volunteers will direct your student from parking areas to check-in stations. * If you are moving into Lake Claire, NorthView or the Rosen College Apartments, just park anywhere in the designated lots. Loading zones and long-term parking are the same in these communities.

  2. Information Stations – Each community will have Information Stations located near unloading zones. Here you can get a map of your community and directions to check-in. Move-in volunteers stationed at Information Stations can provide directions and help with unloading. UCF dollies and hand carts are very limited and only issued to move-in volunteers.

  3. Check-In Stations – Students should go immediately to check in upon arrival. There may be a short wait to check-in, especially in the morning. To avoid overcrowding, we encourage students to check-in while families begin unloading vehicles or go to designated family locations. Please have your UCF ID card with you upon checking in. Staff will review important information, issue keys, identify your new building/room and direct residents to move-in volunteer stations if unloading assistance is needed.

  4. Unloading – We suggest that families begin unloading vehicles while students check in so you can get heavy and bulky items unloaded as quickly as possible. There is limited parking close to communities, so unloading zones are restricted to 45 minute temporary parking only. Even in unloading zones, it will be quite a walk to some buildings. Once vehicles are unloaded they must immediately be moved to designated long-term/overnight parking. Overnight parking is not permitted in unloading zones until move-in weekend is over. Each community will have designated unloading areas. [see table below]

Community Check-In Station Unloading Zones/ Information Stations Long Term/
Overnight Parking
Apollo Osceola 1st Floor Lounge Lot B4 /
and 1st floor of Garage B
Garage B
Hercules Hercules Programming Center Lot B8 Garage B
Libra Libra Community Center Lot C3 / Lot B9 Garage B or Libra Garage
Neptune Neptune Multipurpose Room Lot B8 for Bldg 158
Lot B15 for Bldgs 156 and 157
Garage B or Libra Garage
NorthView NorthView 1st Floor Northview Garage Northview Garage
Nike Nike Programming Center Lot B15 Garage B or Libra Garage
Lake Claire Lake Claire Community Center Lake Claire Parking Lots Lake Claire Parking Lots
Tower I Tower I Lobby Parking Garage G - First Floor Parking Garage G - Upper Floors
Tower II Tower II Lobby Parking Garage G - First Floor Parking Garage G - Upper Floors
Tower III Tower III Lobby Parking Garage E - First Floor Parking Garage E - Upper Floors
Tower IV Tower IV Lobby Parking Garage E - First Floor Parking Garage E - Upper Floors
Rosen Rosen Community Center - Building 905 Rosen Parking Lot Rosen Parking Lot

Once in Your Room

Maintenance and Cleaning Requests

Should you find anything wrong with your room/apartment upon move-in or if your room needs cleaning, visit your community office.

Internet Setup

In order to connect to the internet in your room you will need a computer equipped with at least a 10Mb ethernet interface and a standard ethernet cable to connect the computer to the provided ethernet wall jack.

You will receive a brochure at move-in that details how to hook up your computer to the internet in your room. You may view more information at the ResNet website. If you have questions regarding your internet set-up, you may contact the Help Desk at 407-823-5117.

TV Setup

All rooms are equipped with a residential cable converter box and cable TV service is included. You will need to provide your own television, coax or HDMI cord. If you are in a shared room, we suggest communicating with your roommate prior to move-in so that you can decide who needs to bring a TV.

Policies and Procedures

During move-in you will receive a Community Living Guide which outlines the Department of Housing & Residence Life’s community standards, procedures, and services provided by our university. The Community Living Guide along with the housing contract, living learning community expectations, and communication from our staff are here to ease your transition to on-campus living. Should you need additional support or have a specific question about a policy or procedure after reading these materials, your Resident Assistant (RA), Graduate Coordinator (GC) and Area Coordinator (AC) will be happy to assist you.


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