University of Central Florida student housing

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Coordinates: 28°35′51″N 81°11′54″W / 28.59751°N 81.19843°W / 28.59751; -81.19843

Student Housing
UCF Tower.jpg
Established 1968; 49 years ago (1968)
Director Christi Hartzler[1]
Students About 11,700 total[2]
Location Orlando, Florida, U.S.
Website housing.ucf.edu/

The residence hall system at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida is administered by the Department of Housing and Residence Life. As of 2011, the system offers just under 6,500 beds on its main campus within five housing communities, 400 beds at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management, and 3,750 beds in university-affiliated housing.[2]

Housing on the main campus is separated into five communities, the oldest being Apollo, and the newest dorms being the Neptune Community in the Academic Village. The majority of on-campus housing is occupied by freshmen, while the bulk of upper-class and graduate students live in off-campus apartments, houses, and cooperatives.

The United Resident Student Association (URSA) is the residence hall association for the university. All residents living in on-campus housing, UCF Affiliated Housing, or the Rosen College of Hospitality Management Housing are automatically members of URSA.[3]

Overview[edit]

Tower One at Knights Plaza as viewed from its promenade
Academic Village

Residence hall style suites are available in the Libra, Apollo, Hercules, and Nike communities. All of the residence hall suites have bathrooms shared between two or three rooms as opposed to communal bathrooms. Apartment style housing is available in the Academic Village (Nike, Hercules and Neptune) communities, the Towers at Knights Plaza (Tower I, II, III, and IV), the Lake Claire Courtyard Apartments Community, and NorthView. UCF also has 400 beds at the Rosen College Apartments Community, located on the Rosen College of Hospitality Management campus. The Towers at Knights Plaza house the majority of the upper-classmen who live on campus.

All communities have resident assistants, graduate assistants and area coordinators. On average, there is at least one resident assistant per 40-70 residents. The university currently employs 176 RAs, 17 GAs, and 11 area coordinators.

In 2007, the university constructed the Towers at Knights Plaza, commonly known as "The Towers", as part of an athletic village known as Knights Plaza, which includes the CFE Arena, Spectrum Stadium, as well as 183,000 square feet (17,000 m2) of retail and restaurant space. Retailers and restaurants in Knights Plaza include Barnes & Noble, Domino's, Subway, formerly a Skewerz Grill, Burger U (formerly Tailgaters Bar and Grill), Jimmy John's, Starbucks, and "Knightros", an all-you care to eat restaurant. The complex also features a branch of the UCF Pharmacy called Knight Aide, a Princeton Review, and a secure mail room for students who live in the Towers. Apartments in the Towers are offered in various plans ranging from 1 bedroom/1 bathroom to 4 bedroom/4 bathroom, with the majority being 4 bedroom/2 bathroom. Each tower houses approximately 500 students. Tower III is a learning community for students enrolled in The Burnett Honors College, while a majority of student athletes are housed in Tower IV.

The Towers at Knights Plaza, Rosen College Apartments, and NorthView offer annual contracts to rent their apartments for a full academic year (fall, spring, and summer), whereas residents of all other standard housing communities on the main campus sign contracts to rent their rooms only for one or two semesters at a time.[4]

To supplement the beds provided on campus, the university has partnered with two off-campus housing communities to create "University Affiliated-Housing." These communities consist of about 3,750 beds available at Knights Circle and The Pointe at Central. Both communities offer many UCF services such as resident assistants, UCF Police service, reduced rental rates, and shuttle service on class days.[5]

Future[edit]

Housing on the main campus typically fills to capacity well before the start of the fall semester and cannot accommodate everyone who applies. In order to provide additional student housing to meet the demand, UCF is currently constructing an expansion to Academic Village, two new Greek Houses, and a new learning community called NorthView, all to open in time for the Fall 2013 semester.[6] The university is also planning to construct additional housing on its main campus, including a new community between Libra and the Academic Village, adjacent to the Recreation and Wellness Center.[7] In addition, there are numerous private developments being constructed near the university.[8][9]

Communities[edit]

Below is a complete listing of all University-based housing communities:

Main campus housing[edit]

On-Campus Housing[2]
Community Number of Beds
Academic Village 2,288
Apollo 418
Libra 1,021
Lake Claire 744
Towers at Knights Plaza 2,004
Total 6,490
  • Apollo Community – Includes Lake Hall, Volusia Hall, Osceola Hall, and Polk Hall; which were built in 1967 make them the oldest residence halls on campus, located in the west side of campus by the Math & Physics building and the 63 South dining area.
  • Libra Community – Large resident hall buildings originally built in 1980 located in the southeast side of campus, near the Student Health Center & Marketplace dining area.
  • Lake Claire Courtyard Apartments Community – Apartment-style resident halls built in 1993 on the north side of campus near the Lake Claire recreation area.
  • Academic Village
    • Nike Community – The eastern section of the Academic Village, which is located on the south end of campus contains both suite and apartment style residences and was constructed in 2001.
    • Hercules Community – The western section of the Academic Village, which is located on the south end of campus containing both suite and apartment style residences and was constructed in 2002.
    • Neptune Community – The southern section of the Academic Village, which is located on the south end of campus contains apartment style residences and was constructed in 2013.
  • Towers at Knights Plaza – These are apartment style residence halls with the majority being 4 bedroom/2 bath or 4 bedroom/4 bath.
    • Towers I and II – Located on the north side of campus to the west of the CFE Arena
    • Towers III and IV – Located on the north side of campus adjacent to Spectrum Stadium and the CFE Arena

Greek Park[edit]

Greek housing is also available on the main campus in the Greek Park community, which consists of over 450 beds. There are nine sororities and four fraternities housed on campus. There was am additional fraternity house on campus that was demolished in May 2008, and two new houses along with a Greek Life Center are currently under construction in its location. All of the residences located in Greek Park, even though they are located on university property, are owned and maintained by their respective organizations, save for four houses that are owned by the university and rented to eligible organizations.[10]

UCF plans on constructing a Greek Park II, which will have a much higher population density than that currently of Greek Park, when it becomes financially feasible for the university.[11]

On-Campus Greek Housing

Greek Life Housing[2]
Organization Number of Beds
Alpha Delta Pi 32
Alpha Tau Omega 31
Alpha Xi Delta 30
Chi Omega* 40
Yup 52
Kappa Alpha Theta* 44
Kappa Delta 28
Kappa Kappa Gamma* 40
Kappa Sigma 24
Pi Beta Phi 30
Sigma Chi 33
Theta Chi* 37
Zeta Tau Alpha 40
Total 461

Fraternities Known to Have Off-Campus Housing Options

* Indicates Greek Housing that is owned by the university and not the respective Greek Life organization.

NorthView[edit]

NorthView located directly north of UCF's main campus, and within walking distance to Spectrum Stadium, is a new luxury student housing community that was completed in 2013. The community houses 600 students, all built around a faith-based community center, that includes a Hillel Jewish Student Center, another faith-based partner yet to be decided, and common space for other faith based organizations.[12] Like all other learning communities on-campus, students must request to live specifically in this community, and the housing is not targeted at any specific faith. The community is owned by a third-party but is managed by the UCF Department of Housing and Residence Life.

Rosen College Apartments[edit]

In 2005, the university opened two on-campus housing buildings at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management. The dorms are able to house 400 residents and 8 resident assistants. The community includes an outdoor pool, community center, outdoor grill area, and key-card only access to the building. The campus is under the law enforcement jurisdiction of the UCF Police Department and provides shuttles to the main campus on class days. Apartments on the campus are open to any UCF student, and are based upon academic leases for two semesters (fall/spring), with summer leases available.

Affiliated Off-Campus Housing[2]
Community Number of Beds
Knights Circle 2,525
The Pointe at Central 1,224
Total 3,749

University Affiliated Housing (off-campus)[edit]

Affiliated housing is owned by the University of Central Florida Foundation, Inc. and is managed by Asset Campus Housing, which is the largest third-party property management company in the United States.[13][14] Affiliated housing is patrolled by the UCF Police Department and offers shuttle service on class days.

  • Knights Circle – Apartment complex directly west of UCF's Lake Claire across Alafaya Trail.
  • The Pointe at Central – Apartment complex located south of UCF, off Alafaya Trail and just north of Colonial.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "University of Central Florida 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog" (PDF). University of Central Florida. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "2.7 Housing: Data and Analysis" (PDF). University of Central Florida. Retrieved 2011-04-04. 
  3. ^ "URSA United Resident Student Association - About". University of Central Florida Department of Housing and Residence Life. Retrieved 2011-04-04. 
  4. ^ "Housing Communities". University of Central Florida Department of Housing and Residence Life. Archived from the original on 2007-10-26. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 
  5. ^ "UCF Affiliated Housing". University of Central Florida Department of Housing and Residence Life. Retrieved 2011-02-02. 
  6. ^ "NorthView Update". University of Central Florida Department of Housing and Residence Life. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  7. ^ "University of Central Florida, Comprehensive Master Plan 2010-2020 - Existing and Planned Housing" (PDF). University of Central Florida Facilities Planning & Construction. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  8. ^ "UCF growth slows — but not student-housing development". Orlando Sentinel. 2012-10-02. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  9. ^ "Developer finalizes plans for project near UCF". Orlando Business Journal. 2012-03-16. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  10. ^ "Off Campus Greek Park to Add Another UCF Fraternity". Knight News. 2011-02-09. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  11. ^ "Vacant Greek houses get a new chapter". Central Florida Future. 2009-04-14. Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  12. ^ "UCF Expands into Seminole County". The Seminole Voice. Retrieved 2009-03-06. 
  13. ^ "Asset Campus Housing Is the Largest Third-Party Property Management Company in the Country According to Student Housing Business". Asset Campus Housing. 2011-01-17. Retrieved 2011-02-02. 
  14. ^ "Our Portfolio". Asset Campus Housing. Retrieved 2011-02-02.