You’ve been accepted to the best college in the nation, you’ve gone through the Knighting (orientation), now all that’s left is for you to start fall semester. If you’ve started living on campus in the summer, that’s great, you somewhat already got the hang of college! If fall is your first semester in college, then this is the website for you. Whether you’re a returner or an incoming resident on campus, I hope that you find this helpful!
Items to Bring
- Sheets: x-long twin 80″ (full-size for Towers residents)
- Pillowcases & pillow(s)
- Blanket & comforter
- Mattress pad
- Towels & washcloths
- Toiletries (toilet paper included for non-Towers residents)
- Alarm clock
- Wastebasket & plastic liners
- Ethernet cable
- Television (cable ready with cable cord)
- Stereo (with headphones)
- Power Strip *(120 volt U.L. approved/built in manual reset 15 amd circuit breaker/Maximum length cord six (6) feet/maximum six (6) outlets at end of cord
- Laundry bag and laundry supplies
- Microwave (no more than 1000 watts)
- Refrigerator (no more than 5 cubic feet); if you are in an apartment a refrigerator is included in the kitchen but you are more than welcome to have your own mini refrigerator in your room
Apartments (additional items)
- Pots & pans
- Cooking utensils
- Eating utensils
- Toaster ovens and toasters (only permitted in apartment styles)
Items to Leave at Home
- Pets (other than fish in a 10 gallon or smaller tank)
- Bed lofts or risers
- Firearms or explosives
- Any type of gun/weapon (toy, bb guns, airsoft guns, pellet guns, bow and arrow etc.)
- Illegal drugs
- Broiler ovens, heaters, hot plates and other “open element” appliances (George Foreman grills)
- Devices using an open flame, such as: candles, portable gas stoves, grills, fondue pots, gas burner hot plates, or gas lanterns
- * Bike – You are allowed to have a bicycle on-campus as long as you secure it properly to a bike rack outside. However, we find that the majority of students who bring a bike to campus never use it throughout the year. Carefully consider whether you will actually use your bike before bringing it to campus. You may not keep your bicycle inside any housing facility for any reason.
Parking permits are available for purchase through Parking and Transportation Services.
- Register your vehicle online at http://parking.ucf.edu/permits/.
- Have your permit mailed to an address you specify or pick up your permit at parking garage B.
- Payment can be made either online or at the time of pick up.
What You Need
In order to check out your room key, you will need your UCF ID Card or another photo ID. You must be present to receive your room key; a friend or family member may NOT check out a key for a resident.
On move-in day it is very helpful to bring a dolly or hand truck as it is difficult to park very close to the buildings. Additionally, we suggest you dress comfortably and bring water as it is quite hot in Orlando in August.
Where to go
To move-in to your assignment, you should go to the community where you were assigned. There will be directional signs to lead you towards the move-in location. Please see the links to the UCF campus map below for community locations:
APOLLO COMMUNITY (Lake, Volusia, Polk and Osceola Halls)
Osceola Hall on the 1st Floor
HERCULES COMMUNITY (Buildings 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113 and 114)
Hercules Programming Center in Building 109
LAKE CLAIRE APARTMENTS (Buildings 55 – 70)
Lake Claire Community Center in Building 65
LIBRA COMMUNITY (Brevard, Orange, Seminole, Citrus, Sumter and Flagler Halls)
Libra Community Center
NIKE COMMUNITY ( Buildings 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106 and 107)
Nike Programming Center
ROSEN COLLEGE STUDENT APARTMENT COMMUNITY (Buildings 904 and 905)
Rosen Community Center
If you find that you and your roommate(s) could use some help getting a discussion of issues started, your RA can help. He or she can provide you with a Roommate Agreement to complete and can facilitate your discussion about it. This agreement will focus your discussion on areas of potential conflicts and help you and your roommate(s) come to mutual solutions. It is expected that all residents will first seek to resolve his or her own roommate conflicts in a courteous and respectable manner. If conflicts continue, please see your RA to make her aware of the situation. Your RA can help facilitate a resolution.
Your RA will have a meeting with your suite or apartment sometime during the first few weeks of school. This meeting is a great opportunity to go over some of the Roommate Agreement topics and to get to know your RA and apartment or suite mates better.
Remember what I told you all about roommate agreements. I know you don’t want to be “that roommate”, but it’s better to tell all now, than have a billion struggles later.
Living With Roommates
For most college students, learning to share a relatively small living environment is a new experience. In most cases a roommate is someone you don’t know. Your roommate(s) could be from the same geographical area as yourself or from another country. In either case, you can count on facing some challenges in learning to live together. How do you create an atmosphere between you that permits studying to get done, relaxation and sleeping to occur, privacy needs to be met, and even a friendship to develop? Certainly, this is not an easy task. Building a positive roommate relationship takes time and effort. Communication is the key!
Start by becoming acquainted with each others’ backgrounds, attitudes, habits and moods so you know what to expect from each other. The questions below will help facilitate sharing. Keep in mind, your roommate is not going to be a carbon copy of you. There will be differences. You will both need to adjust, accommodate and compromise. Keep an open mind and GIVE IT A TRY!
Resident Assistants are specially selected and trained upperclassmen who live on your floor or in your building. The role of the RA is to be a community facilitator for the students living on campus at UCF. RAs do this through answering your many questions about housing or the University, spending time getting to know you and your interests and by offering planned events and activities that are both fun and educational. The RA has information to help solve your housing problems, knows what resources are available to you, and has experience with the academic system here at UCF. The RAs are also responsible for administering and enforcing housing and university policies. If you have any situations or questions, feel free to contact your RA.
Your RA will be around during the move-in and will probably stop by to meet you. Get to know your RA so that you are familiar with the person who can help you in your transition to living on campus. You will also see your RA at your first floor or building meeting.
The Residence Life staff in your community will be hosting welcome events to help residents start getting to know one another and becoming familiar with UCF. Additionally there will be some campus-wide events to welcome all new students and residents. You should attend these events as they are great ways to meet people and get connected with the university community.
Floor or building meeting
During the first week of school your RA will host a building or floor meeting. During the meeting you will cover some policies and procedures and will also get to know your neighbors. Make sure you attend this meeting as it is mandatory and a lot of important information will be covered.
There are many ways to start getting involved in life on campus. You will see advertisements up around your hall or building for meetings, events and activities. Go to some of the ones that catch your eye. The first couple weeks of school are the best time to get involved as most clubs and organizations are recruiting new members and hosting welcome events.
Remember what I told you about getting involved. Chances are there’s something on campus that you are interested in! Refer back to After the Knighting at the Get Involved section. Or if you want, just shoot me a message telling me what you want to get involved in, or what you’re interested in and I can pair you with a list of clubs/organizations that match your interests/major!
Get excited for some of the best years of your life! Remember that college is going to be different from what you may be used to and hopefully you got that from our session during orientation. It’s going to be a lot of fun, but remember to be responsible and be smart. Always remember that I am here for you if you have any questions. Your RA (resident assistant) is also a great resource should you need anything or have any questions about anything.