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Student housing in Orlando

A city that’s inspired by dreams and wonder, Orlando is considered a magical place by many, and not just because it is the home of Walt Disney World.

Make ‘the world’s theme park capital’ your home with off-campus housing from Student.com. Our student housing options in Orlando offer cheap housing close to the University of Central Florida.

We offer furnished student apartments that come equipped with modern facilities and the necessary amenities.

If you need more information on the student apartments we offer in Orlando, simply give us a call, Or, if you prefer, send your queries through our website’s live chat.

Get to know Orlando

A city in the state of Florida, Orlando is the sixth-largest metropolitan area in the Southern section of the United States. With a population of about 300,000, Orlando is the fourth-largest city in Florida, only behind Jacksonville, Miami, and Tampa.

With the average resident around 32-33 years old, Orlando is a young city and one of the fastest growing in the U.S. It is also one of the most culturally diverse, with one out of every six residents born outside of the United States.

One of the most-visited cities in the world, Orlando is also filled with tourists from all over the world, who continue to be drawn to the central Florida location’s unique recreational attractions, leisure activities, and great climate.

The city is home to a number of world-class theme parks and is one of the busiest cities in the U.S. for conferences and conventions. Chief among its claims to fame are Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, and the Convention Center - the second-largest convention facility in America.

While the city was built on the fame of its alluring, iconic theme parks, Orlando’s appeal goes beyond the “magic.”

Beyond the theme parks

While Orlando continues to be a city that is inspired by dreams and wonder, the amount and variety of attractions have grown immensely.

With a now robust dining scene, world-renowned nightlife, bars, and clubs, high-end outlet shopping centres, and amazing concert and sports venues, “O-Town” can now rival some of the most enticing cities in the world.

If you are an art-lover, visit the Orlando Museum of Art, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the Mennello Museum of American Art, as well as a number of smaller galleries and art studios throughout the city.

Discover upcoming live entertainment such as Broadway shows and educational programs at the Dr. Phillips Center. Also, located in the heart of the city's Downtown area, the Amway Center is Orlando's main sports and entertainment venue.

Explore 12,000 years of local history at the Orange County Regional History Center, or the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany at the Morse Museum in Winter Park.

The venerable Orlando Science Center offers hands-on exhibits and planetarium shows on giant 3-D screens. Find the Orlando Fire Museum, a small gem tucked away behind the Shakespeare Theatre in Loch Haven Park, and learn about the history of the city’s bravest, along with a host of antique equipment at the restored 1926 firehouse.

Student living in Orlando

With most of the amenities of a big city and just the right mix of laid-back Florida lifestyle, Orlando is a great location for students to live and study.

As the city continues to evolve, there is now a great mix of fun things to do and see in Orlando that makes for a great experience, not only for tourists young and old but for students as well.

From hanging out at downtown clubs, exploring art galleries and museums, discovering unique shopping and dining spots, to adventuring in the outdoors, it’s unlikely you will spend all your study breaks visiting theme parks.

There are so many more amazing things to see and do in “the world’s theme park capital.”

Orlando has a vibrant performing arts scene with several theatres and film studios in the area. The music scene is also dynamic with hip hop, rock, reggaeton, Latino and heavy metal especially popular. So, look forward to some lively weekends.

When you are feeling sporty, check out an Orlando Magic NBA basketball game at the Amway Center, visit the Exploria Stadium to see the Orlando City soccer team, or see the out-of-town Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros teams in action at baseball spring training.

With sunny weather, big open skies, lots of green trees, and local parks, there will be lots of opportunities for relaxation, exercise, and adventure in Orlando. Dubbed ‘The City Beautiful’, there is no limit to the many adventures and exciting times that await in Orlando.

While most beaches are a good one to two hours away by car, Central Florida has more than 2,000 lakes, springs, and rivers. There are also several water sports centres in Orlando if you want to try water skiing or jet skiing.

Shopping and dining

People also come to Orlando for its malls. Within a 20-minute drive from Disney World are the sprawling Florida Mall, the Orlando Premium Outlets, and the more sleek and exclusive Mall at Millenia.

Orlando’s shopping malls aren’t just for retail activity and a quick browse through. Prepare for plenty of entertainment, dining, and fun. The 1.7 million square feet (160,000 square metres) of stores, restaurants, and venues of Orlando’s largest mall are waiting to be explored at the Florida Mall.

Sneak in a little shopping during those magical Mickey moments at Disney Springs, which is loaded with shops, dining, and entertainment options from casual and trendy to upscale.

Universal CityWalk mixes theme park magic with retail therapy and family fun. Eat, shop, dance, catch a show by the Blue Man Group, or enjoy a concert at the Hard Rock Café.

Outside of its splendid malls, there are even more options when hunger calls. About 40 ethnic cuisines are represented in the city, home to 17 James Beard Award-nominated or winning chefs. You’ll find international flavours, upscale dining, and health-conscious food options in Orlando, which is ranked a top vegan- and vegetarian-friendly destination by Livability and WalletHub.

Where to study in Orlando?

University of Central Florida

Part of the State University System of Florida, the University of Central Florida (UCF) is an emerging preeminent public research institution of higher education.

With about 70,000 students enrolled, it’s the second-largest university in the U.S. by enrolment.

UCF’s huge student body is spread among 10 regional campuses. Its impressive 1,415-acre main campus sits in unincorporated Orange County, Florida, northeast of Orlando and south of Oviedo.

The university’s campuses are home to a diverse range of students from all 50 states and almost 150 different countries.  UCF comprises 13 colleges and offers over 200 programmes for its students to choose from.

Founded in 1963, UCF began as a technical university, providing support to the nearby Cape Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center space programs. Today, UCF is one of the fastest-growing universities in America.

It has Carnegie Foundation designation for very high research activity and holds partnerships with almost 100 universities in 36 countries across the world.

The university’s main campus is equipped with an expansive recreation and wellness centre, which includes three climbing walls, an indoor running track and fitness equipment, a 10,000-seat arena, and a football stadium.

Valencia College

Fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Valencia College is a community college with an academic standard close to a Florida public university.

It was named the best community college in the nation, winning the first Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.

Valencia primarily offers two-year associate degrees, which transfer to university bachelor’s programs. Valencia students who graduate with an A.A. degree are guaranteed acceptance into one of eleven state universities in Florida.

The college accepts students of all English proficiency levels and provides small class sizes conducted by experienced and well-trained instructors. Valencia has a diverse student population with more than 100 countries represented on its campuses.

Frequently asked questions about student apartments in Orlando

How do I apply for off-campus university housing in Orlando on Student.com?

Applying for off-campus university housing in Orlando on Student.com is nice and easy. You can use the filters and map feature on this page to narrow down your options and find just the right fit for you.

Once you have found a property you are interested in renting, go to the property page by clicking ‘View rooms’. On the property page, choose the room type you want and click ‘Book Now’ or ‘Enquire’ to book it. One of our booking consultants will contact you shortly after, answer any questions you may still have and take you through the next steps.

What are the different types of student rooms you offer?

We currently offer two different types of student rooms in Orlando:

Our Private Rooms offer a private bedroom just for you. Depending on the property, your bathroom may be either private or shared. Other facilities are shared with other students.

Our Entire Place room-type will give you a fully private property. You’ll have your own bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette and won’t have to share them with anyone.

Are bills included in the rent?

In most cases, your bills are included in the total cost of the rent. This is not the case with all the properties we list though, so make sure you check on the property page if bills are included in the place you’re interested in renting.

Do you list fully furnished student apartments?

Yes, most of the apartments we list are rented fully furnished. Make sure to check on the property page if this is the case with the property you’re looking to book though.

Can I also book accommodation for the summer months?

Yes, in most places we list in Orlando, you can book your room for the summer months as well.