Although the University of Central Florida does not serve as a public hurricane ride-out shelter, students that live in on-campus communities will have options that keep them safe while Irma passes through.

UCF has instructed these students to move to safe off-campus locations if possible or follow relocation procedures.


Students in On-Campus Housing


Although university housing remains open at this time, UCF urges students who live on campus to move to safe off-campus locations by noon on Friday, Sept. 8.


Should Hurricane Irma threaten Central Florida, students who live on campus may not be able to stay in their on-campus locations and may be required to relocate to designated ride-out locations.

Students with special needs should make plans now to relocate off campus.

During a storm like Irma, the university cannot guarantee that power and water won’t be interrupted at ride-out locations. Additionally, food, water, and medical assistance will be limited.

UCF will share more information about ride-out options should it be required. As a reminder, the university does not serve as a public shelter during hurricanes.

Shuttles will be available to take students to the Publix Super Market located at the University Palms Shopping Center from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, UCF said. More information on grocery shuttles is available here.

No other shuttle routes will be available.

UCF canceled all classes and programs beginning Thursday, September 7 through Monday, September 11 to allow students to evacuate and prepare for Hurricane Irma.

In anticipation of Hurricane Irma’s impact, all academic programs and classes are canceled starting Thursday, Sept. 7, to allow for sufficient preparations and travel needs. Faculty and staff should report as usual on Thursday to secure their offices, research and to take care of other issues,” UCF said.

The campus will close on Friday, Sept. 8 and remain closed through the weekend and on Monday, Sept. 11. University facilities will be inaccessible, with the exception of Spectrum Stadium for Friday night’s football game.

This decision — which affects all classes, including those conducted online – will allow time for students, faculty, and staff to make safety preparations.

This closure includes the Rosen College of Hospitality Management, Health Sciences at Lake Nona campus and Center for Emerging Media in downtown Orlando, all of which follow main campus closure protocols. UCF regional locations will follow the decisions made by their respective host state college.

All UCF Classes Cancelled, Campus Closed for Hurricane Irma

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