Before You Arrive

This page was updated on 11/30/21 for Spring 2022. Keep checking your emails and our social channels for additional updates.


We are so excited to welcome you to UnionWest soon!

We aim to make your move-in experience wonderful. Your check-in begins before you arrive on campus. Please review all move-in information including driving directions, signage and station descriptions, unloading, parking, and room set up. Additionally, we suggest you dress comfortably and bring water as it is quite hot in Orlando. Finally, be prepared for inclement weather conditions, as it rains frequently.

Move-in Appointments


To register for your move-in appointment

  • Login to myUCF > Student Self Service > Housing > Housing Portal.
  • Click on the Move-In Appointment link on the right side of the Housing Portal Home Page.

Valencia Student Login Link:

Download the UCF Mobile app!

The UCF Mobile app will be very useful to you, even before you arrive on campus. It contains many campus resources, including move-in information, maps, directions, and parking details you will need during check-in.

You can download the UCF mobile app at

Valencia College Residents: You will need the UCF mobile app during check-in. When opening the app for the first time, you should select the “Guest” experience (not the UCF Downtown student experience). If you already selected the student experience, you can select the “Change app experience” icon at the bottom of the main landing screen.

We strongly recommend leaving large furniture or excessive decorative items at home. Having fewer surfaces and objects will make your space easier to keep clean and tidy.

Apartments that include a kitchenette come with a microwave. Each resident will also be provided with their own mini-fridge, located under their bed. Furniture provided to each resident includes a bed, 3-drawer unit, desk, and desk chair. Tables and living room couches are provided in apartments with living rooms.

Items to Bring

For Move-in Day
  • Photo ID
  • Your preferred personal cleaning supplies and hand sanitizers
    • Residents will be expected to take personal responsibility for cleanliness and sanitation in their spaces.
  • Dolly or hand truck
    • Residents may check-out moving bins, but equipment is limited. Photo ID is required to use equipment. Failure to return equipment within two hours to the location you checked it out at will result in a charge of at least $50 to your student account
  • Bottled water
  • Umbrella
For Your Room
  • Bedding: full (standard private bedrooms), King or Cal King (premium private bedrooms), or twin XL (80″) (shared bedrooms)
  • Towels & washcloths
  • Toilet paper
  • Toiletries, including prescription medicatio0ns
  • Alarm clock
  • Wastebasket & plastic liners
  • Power strip *(120-volt U.L. approved/built-in manual reset 15 and circuit breaker/maximum length cord six (6) feet/maximum six (6) outlets at end of cord)
  • Laundry bag and supplies (HE detergent)
  • Freezers
    • No more than 2.6 cubic feet
    • No more than 30 inches tall
    • Must consume 253 kWh or less annually. This can be found on the yellow “Energy Guide” label found on all refrigerators and freezers.
    • Must be plugged into the dedicated 20 amp outlet in your room, the same outlet as your mini-fridge, located under your bed. No additional items may be plugged into this outlet.
  • Shower curtains
Internet and Cable
  • Ethernet cable
  • Television (cable ready with cable cord)
  • HDMI cord or coaxial cord for digital converter box (TV)
Apartments (addl. items)
  • Pots & pans
  • Cooking utensils
  • Eating utensils
  • Dishes
  • Only permitted in kitchenettes: Toaster ovens, toasters, rice cookers, crock pots, air fryers, and George Foreman grills.

Items to Leave at Home

  • Pets (other than fish in a 10 gallon or smaller tank)
  • String lights
  • Bed lofts or risers
  • Waterbeds
  • Octopus, torchiere lamps, and Light bulbs or lamps that utilize halogen gas
  • Wall decorations covering more than twenty percent of each individual wall
  • Curtains used in hallways, windows, or as partitions
  • Firearms, explosives, or any sharp weaponry
  • Any type of gun/weapon (toy, bb guns, airsoft guns, pellet guns, bow and arrow, etc.)
  • Illegal drugs
  • Heaters, hot plates and other “open element” appliances
  • Devices using an open flame, such as candles, portable gas stoves, grills, fondue pots, gas burner hot plates, or gas lanterns
  • Toaster ovens, toasters, rice cookers, crock pots, air fryers, and George Foreman grills (Note: these are only allowed in our apartment-style kitchens)
    • Be aware that if your appliance sets off the fire alarm, the fee is $375 and up.
  • * Bikes – You are allowed to have a bicycle on campus as long as you secure it properly to a bike rack. Secure bike storage will be provided for UnionWest residents. You may not keep your bicycle inside your unit for any reason.

The Community Living Guide outlines the rules, expectations and behaviors that all residents are expected to abide by, including the COVID-19 Addendum. Violations of the Community Living Guide, including failure to follow health and wellbeing guidelines (ex: mask wearing, physical distancing, maintaining a hygienic living space), can result in student sanctioning ranging from warnings to housing termination. We encourage parents and guardians to review this document as well.

Your room and roommate information is available to you in the housing portal.

Please note that rooms and roommate information may change due to cancellations, renovations, etc. Check your housing portal to confirm your room assignment before you travel to campus.

Your UCF or Valencia ID Card will become your key at move-in. We recommend requesting UCF ID cards by mail. If you do not have your ID card prior to your move-in, you will have to get it issued on campus to check in.

Incoming Students

A photo of your choice can be submitted ahead of visiting campus and reduce your wait time at Card Services. Photos must be submitted prior to the first day of class. Any submission after this point will be rejected, and a photo will be taken in office at the time of card issuance.

Once your photo has been approved, your card will be available for issuance at Card Services.

Alternatively, you can request your UCF Card by mail. Please complete the UCF Card by Mail Request form. There is a $5 processing fee for this option.

UCF Card by Mail Requests

A photo and supporting documentation such as a driver’s license or passport must be submitted to receive your UCF Card and/or badge. Following approval of your photo, please expect an email from requesting payment by credit card.

For more information about this process, please call UCF Card Services at 407-823-2100.

*Valencia residents at UnionWest may click here for information on obtaining your ID Card.

Please make sure that you view your charges online at the myUCF portal as a paper bill will not be mailed to you. Note that if your account shows enough anticipated financial assistance to cover the cost of your housing, your payment is deferred until your financial aid is disbursed. However, if you show a balance, it must be paid by the due date.

Valencia College Residents:

Valencia College residents can see their account balance and print statements at their discretion using the Housing Portal. To view, click “Web Accounts” in the Housing Portal.

Valencia College residents may only make payments via mail. You may pay with a cashier check, or money order; payable to UCF Housing. Please include your name and Valencia student identification number.

Payments may be mailed to:

University of Central Florida
Attn: Accounts Receivable
P.O. Box 163222
Orlando, FL 32816-3222

If you have questions or concerns regarding payment information, please call the Department of Housing and Residence Life at 407-823-4663 and ask to speak with an accountant.

When you receive your room assignment online at the myUCF portal, you will also see your mailing address. It is very important that any mail sent to you at UCF be addressed with YOUR first and last name and PO Box number.  During the move-in process you will receive information on where your PO Box is located in your community and how to get your PO Box key.

If you need to send a package to campus prior to your arrival, please make sure to send it no more than a week prior to your move-in.  We will hold your package for you if it is addressed correctly.

For more postal information click here.

Optional: Reserved Private Parking

Residents of UnionWest have the opportunity to reserve assigned, 24-hour parking spaces in the privately-managed UnionWest garage, which is attached to the building. The resident rate for a space is $110 per month, below market for the downtown area. Parking reservations will be taken on a “first come” basis.  To reserve a spot, please e-mail For more information about parking at UnionWest, please click here.

All students living on-campus must either complete an immunization form that documents vaccination for Bacterial Meningitis and Hepatitis B or sign a waiver declining the vaccine. This requirement must be completed prior to Orientation and registration for classes and is in addition to the state requirement for Measles and Rubella.

Any student who has not submitted the documentation to UCF Student Health Services will not be able to move into housing for summer or fall. The updated immunization form that includes Bacterial Meningitis and Hepatitis B is available for download here.

For more information, please contact UCF Student Health Services.

A completed FERPA Release Authorization form gives our department permission to share your protected personal information with an individual you designate (usually a parent or family member), should they request access to such records. Fill out the form online via the Housing Portal (myUCF > Student Self Service > Housing > Housing Portal) if you would like to grant permission.

Some homeowner’s insurance policies may cover belongings of a student living on-campus, so parents should check with their insurance company on this option. You can also purchase a Renter’s Insurance policy through various insurance companies.

Please note that UCF and the Department of Housing and Residence Life is not responsible for a student’s belongings in the event of damage, fire, sprinkler discharge, hurricanes, etc., per the terms and conditions of the housing agreement (see section 11. Limit of Liability of the agreement terms and conditions). Students are encouraged to obtain their own personal and property loss insurance.