University of Central Florida
28 February - 2 March 2019


Greetings from the University of Central Florida's School of Performing Arts (Department of Music)! We welcome you to Orlando, Florida, and the main campus of UCF, where we are pleased to be hosting the College Music Society-Southern Chapter's 2019 meeting. This year is the fortieth anniversary of the founding of the CMS-Southern Chapter at UCF, and as is now traditional, the Chapter returns every ten years to its "home."

For those who attended one of the previous chapter meetings at UCF, you may be pleasantly surprised to see a (relatively) new Music Building, which was opened in the Fall of 2010 as part of the Performing Arts Center on the west side of the campus. This dedicated teaching building has state-of-the-art classrooms, multiple rehearsal spaces, teaching studios, faculty offices, practice rooms, and both the SPA and Music Department offices. Many CMS-S activities will take place in or near the "PAC M."

In addition to our new Music Building, you will also see many other newly built structures on the main campus of the second largest university in the United States. UCF's current enrollment is well over 66,000 students (not all on this main campus!), and the surrounding off-campus boulevards have grown into a vibrant commercial area that supports this large student body and campus visitors. We hope that you will take some time to enjoy some of the many amentities both on and off campus during your visit to UCF.

Local arrangements for this CMS-Southern meeting are being handled by Professor Keith Koons, Associate Professor Scott Warfield, and other SPA personnel. Please feel free to contact either of us (see email and phone information on our faculty pages), if you have any questions.


Remember that the UCF campus is a large and active community, with many, many different conferences, sporting events, and other activities that often fill up most of the nearby hotels. You are encouraged to make your housing arrangements sooner rather than later to ensure that you find the facilities that you want.

We have made arrangements with two nearby hotels to reserve blocks of rooms at special conference rates. [Both will be available until 8 February 2019] They are:

The areas immediately to the west and south of the main UCF campus have many other properties with a variety of amenities and prices. If you have a particular brand preference or are collecting "loyalty" points, see the lists below for the names of all hotels near campus, which you may contact on your own.

Heading west from the main entrance of UCF on University Boulevard are the following properties, generally located on the north side of University Blvd behind various restaurants and other businesses. All are within about one mile of the PAC M Music Building, and there are many different restaurants within walking distance of any of these hotels.

Heading south from the main entrance of UCF on Alafaya Boulevard (FL 434) are the following properties, all of which are from one to two-and-a-half miles from campus. There are fewer restaurants along the way, until one reaches East Colonial Road (FL 50), and in the Waterford Lakes Shopping area (about 0.5 miles below East Colonial).



The University of Central Florida is located on the east side of the greater Orlando area, a region of over 2.8 million residents, well known for its theme parks and other recreational opportunities. The main UCF campus is just over 13 miles from downtown Orlando, about 20 miles from the Orlando International Airport, and over 30 miles to the "Attractions" (I-Drive, Disney, and other theme parks) on the southwest side of the region. The Atlantic coast is just under one hour to the east. See Google Maps (UCF) for a general view of the region.

Because of its popularity as a tourist destination, Orlando has several travel options, which you may wish to consider. These include:

For those driving personal automobiles, the primary North-South highways into the Central Florida/Orlando region are:

Local Transportation

As a major vacation destination, Orlando offers a good array of transportation options from a wide number of services at a variety of prices. For those arriving at Orlando International Airport (MCO) or anyone interested in travel in the Orlando area, see the MCO "Parking & Transportation" web page for options and prices. Among your choices for transportation to and from MCO and the UCF area are:


Parking on the UCF campus can be challenging, but not impossible, with the many commuting students, staff, and faculty competing for parking spaces throughout the entire day. The Music Building is bordered by many spaces and one parking deck, and a limited number of spaces should be available, especially early in the morning (before 9:00 am). Please note the following before driving on the UCF campus.

Walking On and Near the UCF Campus


Use the following interactive maps to locate buildings on the UCF campus and off-campus locations:

UCF Campus Map MapQuest Google Maps


Restaurants, Bars & Taverns, etc.

As with any college or university campus, there are innumerable establishments, ranging from the most modest to the most elegant, waiting to serve students, faculty, and visitors. UCF is no different, and there is such a vast number of restaurants, bars, pizza, burger joints, ethnic foods, fast food, take-out, etc., that it would be nearly impossible to list them all here. Nevertheless, these names will get you started in finding something good and (possibly) interesting to eat!

UCF Campus

All within walking distance of the PAC M (Music Building)

Washington Center - About 2 minutes' walk; actually a covered walkway between Trevor Colburn Hall and the Student Union

Student Union - About 5 minutes' walk (continue through or past the Washington Center); mostly fast food aimed at students,
with casual seating throughout the Union lobby and second floor; Best for lunch, as most close around 5:00 pm

Ferrell Commons - About 5-7 minutes' walk on Apollo Circle past Millican Hall and the Reflecting Pond, then to the right

CFE Arena - About 10-12 minutes' walk across campus (past the Student Union and down the Memory Mall to the UCF basketball arena); shops on either side of the arena.


All relatively close to campus, but best accessed by car or possibly on-foot from a nearby hotel

Plaza on University - On the northwest corner of University Blvd. and Alafaya Trail (UCF's "front door"), on the street level of an up-scale apartment complex.

University Boulevard - The main road heading directly into campus from the west (from the campus to the traffic light at Rouse Road [one mile from UCF entrance]), is filled with numerous establishments, including modest "hole-in-the-wall" joints, student-oriented bars, a number of well-known mid-scale casual chain restaurants, and more.

Southside (starting at UCF)
(Eastbound toward campus)
North Side (starting at UCF)
(Westbound from campus)
Streetside Buildings

Habanero's Mexican Grill
Kyoto - Japanese Sushi & Grill
Firehouse Subs
Dunkin' Donuts
Del Taco
(see Plaza on University [above])

Collegiate Square (behind Habanero's, etc.)

Habibi - Mediterranean
Pita Pit
Smoothie King
Kung Fu Tea
Natura Coffee
Proccolino's Pizzeria
Miss Saigon - Vietnamese
Pho' Noodle Shop
The Public House (Bar)
(Commercial strip - no food)

Streetside Buildings (from WaWa gas station to Rouse Road traffic light)

4 River's Smokehouse - best BBQ in the area
Steak 'n Shake
Chipotle - Mexican burritos, etc.
Metro Diner - "American" (meatloaf, fried chicken, etc.)
Jimmy Hula's - Fish tacos, burgers & more
Zaxby's - chicken
Knights Library (Student Bar - enter at your own risk)
Buffalo Wild Wings
Azteca - Mexican

International Plaza

Pokestop - Rolls Bowls Tacos
Humus House
Cold Stone - Ice Cream
Jimmy John's - made-to-order subs
Toasted - Grilled Cheese & Burgers
Lazy Moon - Bar & Pizzeria

University Shoppes

Pei Wei - Asian Diner
Ice & Bites Cafe
World of Beer - large selection of beers on tap, limited food choices
Jersey Mike's Subs
Tropical Smoothie Cafe
First Watch - Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch

Ruby Tuesday

Wendy's (at Rouse Road traffic light)
Rouse Road traffic light (one mile from UCF Campus entrance)

North on Alafaya to traffic light at Gemini/Corporate Blvd (about 0.4 miles above Centaurus, traffic light near PAC M)

Shopping Plaza - On the southwest corner of Alafaya Trail and Corporate Blvd; a mix of student-oriented cheap eats and a few interesting choices



For a general introduction to the greater Orlando area, including downtown, museums, the arts, theme parks, etc., see: Visit Orlando.

Winter Park

Located about nine miles west of UCF, Winter Park offers several of the region's best restaurants, upscale shopping, the Morse Museum, and other amenities. See the City of Winter Park Visitor's Guide and the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce Guide for information.

The "Attractions" and the "I-Drive"

For those interested in classic tourism at any of Orlando's iconic theme parks, the many "tourist attractions" along International Drive, lots of restaurants, and even a 400' Observation Wheel--all located about 25 miles from UCF on Orlando's southwest side--see the International Drive Resort Guide.

The Space Coast

For those interested in the beaches closest to Orlando and UCF (about 45 minutes travel), head to the "Space Coast," home of the Kennedy Space Center and much more. See the Florida's Space Coast Guide.

Daytona Beach

Among the most famous beaches in the world, and located less than an hour north/northeast of UCF is Daytona Beach. See the Daytona Beach Visitor's Guide for information.

Last Updated: 24 January 2019 (sw)