After Check-In


This page was updated on 12/14/20 for Spring 2021. Keep checking your emails and our social channels for additional updates.

After COVID-19 Testing

Beginning at move-in, students are required to wear facial coverings at all times in the presence of others, follow physical distancing guidelines, and minimize interactions with others.

It is very important to read and understand all campus policies related to COVID-19. All residents are expected to complete the COVID self-checker daily. The checker can be found on the UCF mobile app. Click for printable instructions on completing the self-checker.

We suggest reading up on our resident resources, especially the Health and Safety page.

 

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
  • Self-Awareness
  • Equity & Inclusion

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 virtually, 1:1 or in a small group. All residents are encouraged to communicate 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 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 communicate 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 health and wellbeing, 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

Many students are looking to make new friends right after move-in, so don’t be shy in introducing yourself using the various online platforms that will be available to you. It is very important to get to know those around you, even virtually. Your RA can help introduce you to your community using various online resources, so keep an eye on your email and other communications. You can also meet people at your online floor/building meeting and the other virtual activities that will be happening. Make the most out of your UCF experience by finding your community and getting involved!

Fall Welcome Events

This section is specific to what students can expect in a normal Fall semester. Spring semester does not include university-wide welcome events, as we traditionally have a much smaller incoming spring class.

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:

Community Meeting

Your RA will host a virtual 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

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.

Pegasus Palooza

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!

Campus Safety

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. Find helpful safety tips here.

  • Let’s Be Clear
    • UCF offers resources to help prevent sexual harassment, assault, relationship violence, and stalking. Bystanders can make a difference.
  • 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.
  • Hurricane Preparedness
    • Hurricane season is from June 1st to November 30th. 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.
  • 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.