Employment FAQs

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No, you can be an off-campus student and still be eligible for our positions (including the Resident Assistant position).

If you were hired as a Resident Assistant or Conference Assistant, we will provide housing during training and work periods. If you were hired as an Office Assistant, Residence Hall and Apartment Patrol, Housing Ambassador, or Mail room Assistant, we will not provide housing accommodations. If you do live on campus, you are responsible for requesting a housing accommodation if needed for training periods.

Once you submit your application, your references will be emailed a link to follow and complete. There emails are automated, and occasionally end up in the spam/junk folder. Please alert your references to be on the look-out. It is very important to note that your references will not receive any notification until after you finalize and submit your application. Please be aware of the reference deadline. It is the responsibility of the candidate to keep track of their references being completed as you can view this from your application.

You are eligible to apply for student staff positions at UnionWest located at our Downtown Campus.

The interview timelines vary based on the specific job. If your application meets our criteria, you may be invited to interview for the position. We may not be able to offer an interview to everyone who applies based on the total number of applicants and our hiring needs at that time. The specific hiring timelines can be found on the application of each position on ucf.erezlife.com

You will be contacted in the event that we are moving you to the next phase of the hiring process (after an application, we would contact you for an interview or let you know that you do not meet the minimum qualifications at this time). We may not be able to move everyone forward.

Try and do some mock interviews with friends, mentors, or Career Service. Focus on your strengths and how you can apply them to the position you are interviewing for.

You must have a minimum 2.50 overall cumulative GPA. You must be free of any current violations, or sanctions, with the Department of Housing and Residence Life and the Office of Student Conduct at time of application, offer, and start of employment. This will include possessing a current clear status with both departments in regards to disciplinary probation.

Each position posted on erezLife will specifically state which semesters the application is intended for. We cannot guarantee vacancies at any time. We accept applications for Office Assistants and Residence Hall & Apartment Patrol throughout the year, with application review and a limited number of interviews being conducted once per semester. Applications for Conference Assistants will be available early Spring semester for Summer employment. Housing Ambassador applications are posted when vacancies arise. For Resident Assistants our application is always posted July 1 – October 1 for positions for the follow Spring (January) semester as well as the following Summer (May) to Spring academic year.

    • For example, the RA Application available July 1st 2019 – October 1st 2019 will be for positions in Spring 2020 and May 2020-May 2021.

Our undergraduate and graduate student staff positions are all posted on ucf.erezlife.com

References must be non-family members. We prefer that at least one of your references if from the UCF/Valencia community (i.e. faculty, staff, advisor, club president, Orientation Leader, Peer Mentor, etc.). Please select references who can speak to your leadership experience and relevant skills.


Every year the position is new and you would need to apply and interview again.

The Candidate Waiting Area is the group of applicants that have successfully made it through the interview stage, have not been selected for a Spring RA position, but will be considered for a May to May RA position. The Alternate Pool are the applicants not selected for a May to May RA position and will be considered vacancies in RA positions are to occur between February and October.

Applications are open July 1 - October 1. Interviews for selected candidates will take place in October; depending on staffing needs, we may have some openings for Spring (January) that we could hire for. Otherwise, all candidates that successfully complete the interview stage will be moved into the Candidate Waiting Area from October-February. Mid to late February we will notify candidates who are selected for a May-May position. You will have a few weeks to accept your offer and complete all required HR paperwork. All RA contracts are May-May with only a limited number of RAs granted permission to be excused from Summer responsibilities. Anyone not offered a May position will be moved to the Alternate Pool and will be considered for any vacancies from February through the following October.


UCF Graduate Coordinators are trained during the Summer semester and thus, we require all our Graduate Coordinators to be present for the Summer semester to begin training and working in their positions. Additionally, many of our communities and other initiatives operate annually and require staff during the Summer semester. Graduate Coordinators will only be excused from starting employment in Summer under special circumstances. Please contact the Professional Staff Recruitment Committee: ResLifeSelection@ucf.edu if you believe you may have special circumstances that need to be considered.

No, you do not need to be enrolled in classes for the Summer semester if you are starting employment with the Housing and Residential Life Department in the Summer of 2021. You will, however, need to be enrolled as a full-time graduate student for the Fall 2021 semester.  

Please communicate with the Professional Staff Recruitment Committee: ResLifeSelection@ucf.edu if you are an international student and will not be able to start employment in the Summer of 2021 due to visa restrictions. We will do our best to work to accommodate you and your restrictions. Please be sure to also make a note on your application when you will be able to start employment and specify your reason why (There is a question related to this on the Graduate Coordinator application). 

UCF Graduate Coordinators receive a tuition waiver (not including fees) for full-time graduate enrollment, which is typically nine credit hours per semester. If you have more than nine credit hours per semester, the Department of Housing and Residence Life (DHRL) may be able to cover additional credit hours. Please notify the Professional Staff Recruitment Committee: ResLifeSelection@ucf.edu if you believe you will be taking more than nine credit hours per semester for your graduate program of study.  

Please contact the Professional Staff Recruitment Committee: ResLifeSelection@ucf.edu well in advance of the April 1st 2021 deadline if you believe you may not be accepted to your graduate program of study by this date. Please provide a reason for this delay and the committee will evaluate your case and may be able to accommodate depending on your specific circumstance.  


No, you will have to arrange for your own transportation and parking needs.

You can change your direct deposit information on the myUCF portal.

Domestic students can work 30 hours or less per week. International students can work 20 hours a week during the academic year and 40 hours a week during the summer and university break periods. However, each position will offer a different set of hours.

  • Please note: If you are employed on CPT (authorized off-campus employment), your total employment between on-campus and off-campus may not exceed 40 hours/week at any time.

You will be paid every two weeks via direct deposit into the account you set up with HR. You will complete time sheets for each pay period.


Yes, you must attend an information session in order for your application to be considered complete. Please refer to the RA application for the list of dates/times these sessions are offered.

Once you have completed your HR paperwork, the student staff hiring process can take up to 14 business days. Student staff start dates are on alternating Fridays. After you are approved, your supervisor will be in communication with you regarding training and scheduling shifts.

Please check your Knights email, as this is how we will be directly communicating with you!

If you already work for DHRL, please email reslifeselection@ucf.edu and we will facilitate a position change.

You can attend any of the info sessions. If selected for an interview, you will attend interviews on the UCF main campus.

If you have a relative working at UCF, there is additional paperwork that will need to be completed by both supervisors. Please inform us about this once you receive your offer so this paperwork can be started.

When you are offered a position, you will also be emailed the hiring packet and directions for how to complete the packet. This packet must be completed and returned to the Housing Administration Building, which is located on Gemini Blvd. next to Ferrell Commons/ All-Knight Study. Please pay attention to the details. Don't sign anything that needs a notary until you're in front of the Housing HR Coordinator.

If you are an international student, you will need to bring your original offer letter to the International Affairs and Global Strategies student center to receive your paperwork/approval to work for Human Resources.

Proper identification (original documents) need to be provided to the Housing HR Coordinator when completing documents. You will complete an I-9 form online. You will receive an email that you must respond to in confirmation. If your I-9 is incorrect or missing, you will receive notifications from HR. Once your paperwork is completed, it will be sent to UCF HR for processing and approval, which includes a full background check.


No. Do not attend training until you have received your start date and information from your supervisor.

You will be compensated for training periods.

Training varies based on the particular position and the time of year you are being hired. Once you are formally approved through HR, your supervisor will communicate with you regarding training.

This varies based on the specific position and time of year you are hired. If you cannot attend training, you must contact your supervisor immediately to request an exemption.

In regards to the Resident Assistant process, student staff training is mandatory. If you cannot attend training at the start of your first semester of employment, you must inform ResLifeSelection@ucf.edu at the time of your offer. If you are unable to attend a session or part of training due to an academic or family obligation, Training is required, and any exemptions must be approved through your Coordinator and Assistant Director. Keep this in mind when applying as training typically occurs about two weeks prior to the start of each academic semester.

You will be added to DHRL student staff training on web courses, and will receive email notification that you have been added. You must complete the web course modules prior to student staff training (May, August, December) or within one week of hiring; whichever comes first.


You are responsible for adhering to the DHRL dress code. This includes wearing a department-issued polo, appropriate shorts/pants/skirts, staff name tag, and closed toed shoes (when required).  Inappropriate apparel includes sweatpants, gym shorts, yoga pants, flip-flops, and clothing with ragged edges/stain/holes/etc.  You will be provided with departmental apparel; it is your responsibility to keep it in good condition.

Your official start date will be communicated with you at time of hire.


For any additional questions related to student staff employment please contact ResLifeSelection@ucf.edu