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Students tell us about life near their campuses

University of Central Florida

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What’s your name, age and year in school? Thomas Higgins, 22, super-senior.
Say I’m new to campus, and I’m looking for a good place to get a beer (or cocktail). Where should I go? One of the many bars off University. (Editor’s note: Try Knight Library, 11448 University Blvd., knightlibrary.com; The Public House, 12046 Collegiate Way, publichousefl.com; The Original Devaney’s, 7660 University Blvd., theoriginaldevaneys.com)
Do you have a favorite? I don’t drink beer; it’s the hoppy taste.
How about for food? Any good restaurants around here? California Pizza Kitchen in Waterford Lakes (695 N. Alafaya Trail, cpk.com).
What’s the best option on the dining-hall or cafeteria menu? Oh, I don’t eat that shit.
What do people do for fun on this campus? On UCF campus, usually they find a watering hole and drink.
How’s parking on this campus? Do you have any tips for beating the parking nightmares? I just go straight for the garage’s top floor. People are lazy and they don’t want to walk.
If you don’t know anyone around here, where’s the best place to go to meet people? Memory Mall. There’s always people sitting around. Just strike up a conversation at random.

 

What’s your name, age and year in school? Crystal Whisenant, 23, junior.
Say I’m new to campus, and I’m looking for a good place to get a beer (or cocktail). Where should I go? Mellow Mushroom (11680 E. Colonial Drive, mellowmushroom.com). Good variety of beer.
What’s the best option on the dining-hall or cafeteria menu? Corner Café in the Student Union, all the way. Definitely.
What do people do for fun on this campus? Oh jeez, I don’t really have fun on campus. I kinda go off campus to people’s houses.
How’s parking on this campus? It’s not bad, but they’re pretty big sticklers for parking passes. So many parking tickets just for parking in the wrong place. Even for, like, the doctor. You have to go in and get a pass and then come back out and put it on your dash, and they don’t advertise that, so you can get tickets for that.

 

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What’s your name, age and year in school? Vicki Stepherson, 18, freshman.
Say I’m new to campus, and I’m looking for a good place to get a beer (or cocktail). Where should I go? I don’t drink.
How about for food? Any good restaurants around here? Ummm … I like Panera Bread (11472 University Blvd., panerabread.com) and Buffalo Wild Wings (11400 University Drive, buffalowildwings.com).
What’s the best option on the dining-hall or cafeteria menu? I like the wrap place right here (Corner Café, inside the UCF Student Union).
What do people do for fun on this campus? I go to the leisure pool by the gym.
How’s parking on this campus? I live on Neptune, which is right next to the gym, and there’s, like, private – not private, but only for Neptune people – parking. So I just park there.
If you don’t know anyone around here, where’s the best place to go to meet people? I go to the gym and do classes and group exercises, and I meet people there.
Did you hear about incoming UCF freshmen being assigned to live in closets and bathrooms? Apparently when some students checked their housing assignments before school started, there were some errors and people were set up to live in closets. Haha, no, I didn’t.

 

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What’s your name, age and year in school? Danielle Pierce, 25, “it’s complicated.”
Say I’m new to campus, and I’m looking for a good place to get a beer (or cocktail). Where should I go? For alcohol, I have no idea. I don’t drink.
What’s the best option on the dining-hall or cafeteria menu? Probably the sushi.
What do people do for fun on this campus? I don’t know, this is actually my second time on campus. I had someone show me where my classes were yesterday.
How’s parking on this campus? I don’t know. I take the bus.
If you don’t know anyone around here, where’s the best place to go to meet people? Pride Commons (facebook.com/pridecoalitionucf). I just met a lot of people there last week.

 

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What’s your name, age and year in school? Austin Dorval, 21, junior.
Say I’m new to campus, and I’m looking for a good place to get a beer (or cocktail). Where should I go? One of my favorite bars is World of Beer (3402 Technological Ave., worldofbeer.com), and you can always go to On Tap (10028 University Blvd., facebook.com/on.tap.9).
How about for food? Any good restaurants around here? Um, that’s a good one. There’s the … what is it, Great Panda? Or uh, Giant Panda (11726 E. Colonial Drive, flgiantpanda.com), which is an all-you-can-eat Chinese place. There’s Mellow Mushroom. We also have Flippers Pizza (4498 N. Alafaya Trail, flipperspizzeria.com), which is really good pizza. And we have Lazy Moon (11551 University Blvd., lazymoonpizza.com). Lazy Moon is the best place to get pizza if you’re a UCF student. And for anything else, there’s Waterford Lakes Town Center (413 N. Alafaya Trail).
What do people do for fun on this campus? For fun on campus, I usually head over to the Student Union, because usually they have something going on. For fun off campus, I usually head to, like, the mall, or something. They don’t really have a good mall, so you kinda have to go to the Mall
at Millenia (4200 Conroy Road, mallatmillenia.com).
Any tips for finding parking on campus? I remember my first year of college, I got like three tickets because I never paid attention to the colors of where you’re supposed to park. If you’re a new student coming in there’s a lot of free places to park, if you know where to look. There’s Garage F. It’s all the way inconveniently behind the CFE Arena, but it’s free, so .... You can’t park there until 11 p.m.-2 a.m., though, which is like “who the fuck’s on campus?”
If you don’t know anyone around here, where’s the best place to go to meet people? Oh, I would go to, like, one of the club events when I first started, and I use classrooms to meet people. But the Student Union always tries to have big events to get people to come out. And if you live on campus, usually your housing area will do something like that.

 

Rollins College

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What’s your name, age and year in school? Patrick Smith, 21, senior.
Say I’m new to campus and looking for a good place to get a beer (or cocktail). Where I should go? Oh, definitely hit up Fids (Fiddlers Green, 544 W. Fairbanks Ave., fiddlersgreenorlando). It’s an authentic Irish pub that is frequented by Rollins students and has good food, good drinks, real darts, live music, sports games and everything you need. It’s just a really cool atmosphere to go with some friends and enjoy your time.
How about for food? Any good restaurants around here? You can’t go wrong. Take a walk down Park Avenue and randomly pick; you won’t regret it. My favorites are 310 Park South (310 S. Park Ave., Winter Park, 310parksouth.net) if you want a nice sit-down restaurant, or BurgerFi (538 S. Park Ave., burgerfi.com) if you’re looking for a more relaxed burger joint.
What’s the best option on the dining-hall or cafeteria menu? Oh, that’s a tough one. It’s hard to pick, only because everything on campus is delicious. Normally when you think of cafeteria food, you think “nope, that sounds horrendous,” but with Rollins’ cafeteria, it’s all practically gourmet and made right in front of you, fresh. My favorite is when they have the French onion soup and the homemade authentic Southern fried chicken, or the BBQ chicken.
What do people do for fun on this campus? There’s always something going on. We have an entire office dedicated to coming up with fun things to do on campus called Rollins Entertainment Programs. They do stuff like movies on the lawn, or de-stress days close to finals, with five-minute massages and smoothies for free. The fraternities and sororities put on events as well, like Watermelon Bust, wing fling and puppy dates. Or, if you want something quieter, we have a room in the library full of pillows, which is a good place for a nap.
How’s parking on this campus? Parking can be a challenge. Since we are such a small campus, there is only so much room for vehicles.
Any tips for beating the parking nightmares? Easiest way would be to not even bring your car. Unless it’s absolutely necessary, you don’t even need a car. If you do have a car on campus, be sure to come early. Once 8:30 a.m. hits, good luck finding a spot on campus.
If you don’t know anyone around here, where’s the best place to go and meet new people? Pick a spot. People are so friendly here that at times I forget not everyone is this nice. You can go up to pretty much anyone and strike up a conversation. Best spots to hit are the cafeteria, any of the cafés on campus or even the library.

Valencia East

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What’s your name, age and year in school? Daniel Rodriguez, 21, sophomore.
Say I’m new to campus, and I’m looking for a good place to get a beer (or cocktail). Where should I go? Mostly if I wanted to just hang out I’d go to the library.
How about for food? Any good restaurants around here? Definitely it’s gonna be Kobe’s (Kobe Japanese Steak House, 11609 E. Colonial Drive, kobesteakhouse.com), which is on East Colonial.
What do people do for fun on this campus? Um, fun? Mostly I just study. It’s the most fun thing I do.
How’s parking on this campus? Any tips for beating the parking nightmares? During the end of the year, it’s nice and easy. But at the beginning of the year, it’s gonna be packed. It’s really annoying. You just gotta show up early and beat the traffic.
If you don’t know anyone around here, where’s the best place to go to meet people? You’re just gonna have to walk around outside, I guess. Be like, “Hey, what’s up, hi.”

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What’s your name, age and year in school? Kayla (no last name given), 18, freshman.
Say I’m new to campus, and I’m looking for a good place to get a beer (or cocktail). Where should I go? I don’t know.
How about for food? Any good restaurants around here? I’m very Hispanic; I like La Lechonera (Lechonera Latina, 9850 E. Colonial Drive, lechoneralatina.net). It’s really good.
What’s the best option on the dining-hall or cafeteria menu? All of the cafeteria food is good. It’s better than high school, that’s for sure!
What do people do for fun on this campus? I like going to the gym. There’s a gym upstairs.
How’s parking on this campus? Sometimes it’s bad. It just depends on the day and how early you are.
If you don’t know anyone around here, where’s the best place to go to meet people? The cafeteria.

Full Sail University

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What’s your name, age and year in school? JT Schneider, 19, freshman.
Say I’m new to campus, and I’m looking for a good place to get a beer (or cocktail). Where should I go? I have no clue because I don’t drink beer, but the Wing House (Wing House of Winter Park, 227 S. Semoran Blvd., winghouse.com) has beer, I think.
How about for food? Any good restaurants around here? Sonny’s (Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q, 3390 University Blvd., Winter Park, sonnysbbq.com) is really good, but also I like Crispers (391 S. Semoran Blvd., Winter Park, crispers.com).
What do people do for fun on this campus? Just hang out in the parking lot. But me and my friends are getting together to play Minecraft at the end of the month. Just a Minecraft party.
How’s parking on this campus? Any tips for beating the parking nightmares? Depends on what time you get here. If you get here 10 minutes before class, it’s a nightmare. If you get here 30 minutes before class, it’s fine.
If you don’t know anyone around here, where’s the best place to go to meet people? Definitely the Fishbowl. It’s Building 3 on campus. It’s this big glass bowl from the outside, and it’s just where everyone goes to hang out. There’s a Starbucks there.

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