Parking and Transportation
Get around downtown quickly and conveniently.
Located in the heart of the City Beautiful, Downtown Campus places you in the center of it all—minutes from food and entertainment to shopping and parks. Plus, with public transportation right around the corner, including LYNX and SunRail, you’ll be able to experience even more.
A valid parking decal is required at all times on campus property, including downtown. If you park off campus, but within city limits, you are required to pay for metered spaces. Please note that while street parking—including metered spaces and surface lots—may be available, you will still be responsible for the parking rates even if you have a Downtown Campus parking decal.
Parking at Downtown Campus requires a valid permit at all times. There is a fee for parking decals, which are sold by UCF Parking and Transportation Services. The decal gives you access to up to three garages (PLEASE NOTE: UW parking is only for UW residents) with approximately 2,000 parking spaces in and around Downtown Campus and Creative Village.To view all lots and garages, download the campus map. Downtown Campus Map
Prior to obtaining your parking pass or accessing other Downtown Campus online systems, you must establish a Downtown Campus password. To do this:
- Log in to Atlas
- Navigate to the My Atlas tab
- Within the Downtown Campus Password Tools channel, select "DTC – Atlas Username Password Reset" for UCF Systems
- Within the Account field, type your Valencia College Atlas ID
- Complete the Captcha field as prompted
- Follow the remaining prompts to create a new password.
Valencia College students and employees are able to ride the LYNX system absolutely free. And since Downtown Campus is a short walk from the LYNX Central Station, you’ll be able to get to other campuses conveniently and explore other parts of Central Florida.
As part of a promotion with SunRail, Valencia College Downtown Campus students and employees will be able to ride absolutely free this August and September. Train services are available at all SunRail stations during their hours of operation. Submit a SunRail campus request form and pick up your pass from the UCF Parking Services office on the downtown campus. Be sure to bring your Valencia College ID (VID) when you pick up your pass.
- For students, the promotional offer to ride for free starts on the first day of fall term—Aug. 26—and ends Sept. 30.
- For employees, the promotional offer to ride for free extends from Aug. 1 to Sept. 30.
Bike or Use a Lime Bike
Don’t live far from Downtown? Ride your bike.
Check out the Downtown bike map.
Ways to Get to Downtown Campus
For the easiest and most efficient route, find the nearest Valencia College campus to your location and follow the directions below.
Please note, from the LYNX Central Station to Downtown Campus, it’s either a 5-minute walk, or you can bike or take the LYMMO Lime bus that departs every 10 minutes.
East RegionEast Campus (45-50 minutes)
Take the 104 bus (comes every 30 minutes) from the bus stop on the south end of campus (N. Econlockhatchee Trail and Shepton St) to the LYNX Central Station in Downtown.Winter Park Campus (35-40 minutes)
Take the 102 bus (comes every 15 minutes) at W. Morse Blvd. and S. Capen Avenue, straight to LYNX Central Station in Downtown.
West RegionWest Campus (50 minutes)
Take the 21 bus (comes every 30 minutes) straight to the LYNX Central Station.
South RegionOsceola Campus (60-75 minutes)
Start at Denn John Lane and Windsor Oak Ct. Take either the 10 or 18 bus to the LYNX Kissimmee Intermodal Station (they both come every 20 minutes and it is about an 18 minute ride) or drive to the Intermodal Station and park. From there, take the SunRail (P324 NB) to the LYNX Central Station in Downtown.Poinciana Campus: (90-95 minutes)
Start at the Poinciana Walmart Center. Take the 26 bus which comes every 30 minutes. Get off at the Kissimmee Intermodal Station and take the SunRail (P324 NB) to the LYNX Central Station in Downtown.Advanced Manufacturing Training Center (60-65 minutes)
Start at LYNX Kissimmee Intermodal Station and take the SunRail (P324 NB) to the LYNX Central Station in Downtown.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I park?
Parking garages for “D” (green) and “R” (orange) permits.
- Primary: Amelia I Parking Garage (PG3)
- Secondary: Parramore Parking Garage (PG1)
You may also park in any legal parking space downtown with a proper permit or meter/daily pass that you’ve paid for. Please park legally or your car may be towed, ticketed or wheel booted.
Do I need a special downtown parking decal?
Yes. A valid permit is required at all times to park on and around campus property. Students with a Downtown Campus parking decal may park in eligible parking garages, such as the Parramore Parking Garage or Amelia I Parking Garage. Metered parking and/or surface parking may be available, but posted parking rates will need to be paid even with a valid Downtown Campus decal if on public property.
Is parking free? Do we pay?
Parking is not free downtown. Students, faculty and staff will need a valid Downtown Campus to park in Downtown Campus garages. Permits can be ordered online at UCF Parking Services. Violations may be subject to a fine. Valencia College faculty and staff need to see their supervisor to obtain a parking permit.
Where do I get a parking decal?
Please visit, UCF Parking Services.
Is there any free parking nearby if we take a bus to campus?
Free parking may be available, but there are very few areas offering this service. Free LYNX services are available downtown.
What do we do if there is no parking available?
Seek any available legal parking.
Who do I call if I have car issues? What services are offered?
Having car troubles? Parking and Transportation offers vehicle assistance at both the Creative Village and Main Campus. This includes battery jumps, door openings, lost vehicle escorts and tire inflations. Contact UCF Police Department, 407-823-5555.
Is there reserved parking?
For large special events, contact the Executive Dean’s Office for approval.
As a part-time faculty member, do I pay for parking?
You will be issued a parking permit for one of the 75 reserved spaces. If all spaces are utilized you will need to park in any available space, pay for services, then seek reimbursement.
If I am going to Downtown Campus for a meeting, where do I park?
Any legal space may be utilized with the proper permit or payment of service (meter or daily pass). Valencia College has 75 reserved parking spaces that are already assigned to Downtown Campus faculty and staff. Minimal reserved spaces may be available with a reserved parking pass. These passes are not readily available, it’s recommended that you purchase a daily pass for the parking garage and submit for reimbursement. There are also metered spaces on the city roadways.
What are the public transportation options?
LYNX Bus Transportation Services and SunRail are the primary public transportation services for the Downtown Campus. UCF will also provide a shuttle service to the UCF main campus (schedule to follow). A free LYNX Pawpass can be obtained at any Valencia College Security Office.
Free SunRail passes are available (staff availability Aug. 1, students availability Aug. 26, all expiring on Sept. 30). Passes will be available for pickup from the UCF Parking Services office at Downtown Campus in late July.
Will there be a shuttle from the campus?
Valencia College has no shuttle services at this time.
What is the train schedule?
Please visit SunRail Customer Service.
What are the bus routes?
Please visit LYNX Routes and Schedules.
Are there charging stations for electronic vehicles?
Charging stations for vehicles will be available in the following locations:
- Two spots in the new parking garage attached to UnionWest.
- Three spots in the new parking garage being built by UCF, which will include our faculty/staff parking spots. The three charging spots will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.