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Everything You Need to Know About UCF Transportation and Parking

From getting the right permit to getting help when you lock your keys in your car, here’s a comprehensive guide for traveling to, from and around campus.

By Nicole Dudenhoefer '17 |
August 2, 2018

Students can take advantage of on-campus bike shares, like SGA's Bike and Gold program, to get around campus.

Students can take advantage of on-campus bike shares, like SGA's Bike and Gold program, to get around campus.

With more than 66,000 students at UCF, getting around campus can sometimes be challenging. To help make it easier, this list covers the transportation rules, practices and tips you need get to class on time and stay parking citation-free.


Fall permits go on sale Aug. 6. Be sure to purchase your permit early to avoid long lines and citations. Students who opt to receive their permit via mail should order with enough time to receive them before their first day of class.

On-Campus Residents ­– Students who live on main campus must park in the designated spaces for their assigned housing community Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

On weekdays, campus residents are not allowed to park in staff, faculty or student spaces, including the green D parking lots and garages, and will be subject to parking citations before 5:30 p.m. However after 5:30 p.m. and on weekends, campus residents may park in any student, staff or faculty spaces.

Commuting Students – Students traveling to main campus must purchase a green D parking permit and park in designated D lots and garages. Commuting students at the Rosen and Lake Nona campuses must also purchase D permits.

Altamonte Springs, Leesburg, Ocala, Sanford/Lake Mary, South Lake, Valencia East, Valencia Osceola, Daytona Beach and Valencia West campus students must obtain a free permit from the office designated for their campus. Please note that these permits are not valid on the main UCF campus.


Those who attend classes at the Cocoa and Palm Bay campuses must purchase special permits online.

Accessible Permits – Individuals with disabilities can use accessible parking spaces by displaying a valid UCF permit and accessible hang tag or license plate. In the event that no designated accessible spaces are available, parking in a valid non-reserved, non-marked parking space close to your destination is allowed.


Availability and Notifications – Find out which parking garages on campus have spaces available by using the Parking Availability icon on the UCF Mobile app. Through the app you can also opt-in to receive parking notifications, such as updates on garage closures.

Garages – After 10 a.m., parking in Garages D, H and C will be limited, if not full. However, parking will still be available in Garages A, I and lot B-6.

Park and Ride – Save time and stay out of the heat by using the Park and Ride shuttle Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Park your car at the Softball Stadium, located on North Orion Boulevard across from Spectrum Stadium, and a shuttle will drop you off at the bus loop near the Research Building I. Riders should expect travel time to be less than 15 minutes.

EV Charging Stations – Electric vehicle owners must register their vehicles on the SEMACONNECT app and display a valid UCF permit or decal. Users must now pay $1 per hour for the first four hours of use. The hourly fee will increase by $1 for every hour thereafter.


Metered Parking – Metered parking is located throughout main campus with signs indicating how long you are allowed to park in the space. Street parking on East Plaza Drive and West Plaza Drive near the CFE Arena is free from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, but drivers will have to pay to use the meters during any other hours.

Using the Passport app, drivers can pay for metered parking on campus with their credit card. Passport also notifies users 15 minutes before their time has expired to add more time if needed.

Buses and Shuttles

Pegasus Express – These four on-campus shuttles will run counterclockwise around the university from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters. During the summer, they operate from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Shuttles do not operate during campus closures on holidays, such as Memorial Day and Thanksgiving.

You can also use the Shuttles icon on the UCF Mobile app to keep track of the Pegasus Express schedules and stops, as well as see how far the shuttle is from you in real-time.


Rosen Campus Shuttles – During the fall and spring, shuttles travel between main campus and the Rosen campus Monday through Thursday between 6:45 a.m. and 9:15 p.m. In the summer, the shuttle runs Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Main campus departures are in the Pegasus Circle and Aquarius Agora Drive roundabout located behind the Student Union. Drop-offs for Rosen campus are at the main entrance and departs from the main parking lot.



Lake Nona Shuttles – Shuttles travel between the main and Lake Nona campuses Monday through Friday between 7:20 a.m. and 8:50 p.m. Main campus stops are at the Physical Sciences building and the Biomolecular Research Annex on Research Parkway. Lake Nona’s stop is located on Laureate Boulevard.

Grocery Shuttless – On Tuesday, shuttles run between campus and the Publix Super Market located at the University Palms Shopping Center on Alafaya Trail. Grocery shuttles run every 45 minutes from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and make stops on campus at Marketplace, the Nike community, Towers and Lake Claire.

Off-Campus Shuttles – Students who live at select off-campus housing communities can leave their cars parked at their residence and take advantage of complimentary shuttles that will drop them off on campus. These shuttles operate Monday through Thursday from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Knight LYNX– This late-night bus service runs between campus and select areas in the community on Friday and Saturday with two different bus lines.

The Blue Line runs from CFE Arena to the Waterford Lakes Town Center, and returns to campus from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.

The Red Line travels downtown via the 408 from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.

LYNX – UCF students, staff and faculty can ride all LYNX routes for free, whether they’re near campus or not, with a valid UCF ID.

Alternative Transportation

Zipcar at UCF – Zipcar is a membership-based car sharing company providing automobile reservations to its members billable by the hour, or day. It is an alternative to traditional car rental and car ownership. UCF members pay a $35 annual fee and then pay by the hour or day for car use.

ZimRide at UCF – ZimRide is a carpooling service that allows you to find friends or colleagues who are going the same direction as you. There are no membership fees, but riders split costs with fellow passengers.

Bikes – There are 65 bike racks on campus that are free to use. Bikes should be locked to the racks using u-bolt lock and cable combinations. Locking bikes to anything other than the racks will cause them to be impounded.

Students with a valid UCF ID can also take advantage of SGA’s free Bike and Gold bike share program as alternative to driving. Bikes can be rented for a week, month or semester from the bike shop, which is located on the first floor of the Student Union. Weekly check-ins at the bike shop are required to ensure the bike is in proper working condition.

The Lime bike share program is also available on campus. Using the iOS or Android app, users can find, unlock, pay for and pick up GPS and 3G-enabled bikes or scooters. For students, Lime rides cost $0.50 for every 30 minutes for classic pedal bikes.

Skateboards – Skateboarders must use sidewalks and cross walks and yield the right of way to pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists.

Car Trouble?
If you’re having issues with your vehicle, Parking and Transportation provides assistance with battery jumps, door openings, tire changes, finding your vehicle or locked your keys in your car. You can call UCFPD’s non-emergency number, 407-823-5555, and they can dispatch a patroller to assist you.