Check-ins you should check out
The must-visit hotspots near your campus
Published: September 11, 2013
So you’ve been at school for three weeks now, and so far you’ve hit the student union, the food court, the library and the bar your roommate took you to right after you settled in. You know there’s more stuff out there to check out … but where is it? And how will you know when you’ve found the “it” spots for studying, eating, drinking, shopping and chilling, either on or off campus? Well, you can muddle your way through and try to figure it out on your own. Or you could check out the places we’ve highlighted in the following pages. Our crack team of interns scouted out the various campuses in Orlando and found the places they thought were the most student-friendly and interesting. When you finally get around to checking them out for yourself, check in on Facebook or Foursquare so your friends know you’ve found the perfect place to do whatever it is you’re up to.
Your school: Full Sail University
Your destinations are located: on the east side of Winter Park
11551 University Blvd.
Start your night off with a giant slice of pizza and a pitcher of PBR at Lazy Moon. Create your own or pick a signature – Jason’s Mom’s slice, with ranch dressing, chicken and carmamelized onions, is a popular choice – or make it interesting and try the El Fidel, a slice with a mustard base, mojo pork and dill pickles.
11448 University Blvd.
If you go to UCF, you’ll inevitably be drinking here. There’s a reason USA Today recently ranked it the No. 2 college bar in the United States.
Waterford Lakes Towne Center
413 N. Alafaya Trail
Waterford Lakes Towne Center offers just about everything your little shopaholic heart desires. It’s got megastores (Target), budget shopping (T.J. Maxx), boutiques (Stahli) and a wide variety of restaurants (Friendly Confines, Starbucks, TooJayx). The only downside: Driving in the parking lot can be a full-on nightmare, so watch where you’re going.
Lake Claire on the UCF campus
Lake Claire is a small man-made lake at the end of Greek Park Drive on UCF campus. Chill in one of the pavilions or use your UCF student ID card to rent paddleboards and kayaks for free.
Natura Coffee and Tea
12078 Collegiate Way
Tucked away between University Boulevard and Alafaya Trail lies Natura Coffee and Tea, a little oasis with wifi, a few comfy couches and intimate tables; it’s the perfect place to get amped on some caffeine while you’re studying for finals.