Arrival and Orientation

Mandatory Orientation: Fall 2018


Please plan to arrive by 8:50 AM so we can start promptly at 9:00 AM.  


At the end of the Coggin Exchange Orientation, we will bring you to the UNF International Center's tour and orientation.  The International Center will cover important topics such as F-1/J-1 regulations and responsibilities, enrollment requirements, and on-campus employment. Please bring the following items/information to orientation: 
  • DS-2019 (J-1 students)
  • Passport and visa
  • Local U.S. address
  • Phone number

For more information, visit the UNF International Center's orientation webpage or contact UNF's International Center.


Arriving in Jacksonville


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It is very important that students find a flight that flies into the Jacksonville International Airport (JAX); if you fly into a different airport in Florida, transportation will be very expensive and difficult to acquire. Students should arrive on Friday, August 17, for the fall 2018 semester. From JAX airport, students have about a 30 minute car ride to UNF's campus. We recommend that students download the smart phone apps Lyft and Uber before their arrival, and use the app to get a ride from the airport. This is a less expensive option than traditional taxis, and typically costs about $30 from the airport. You should give your driver the following address: The Fountains, Osprey Ridge Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32224. 

Our residence halls have round-the-clock security, so despite students' arrival times, they will be able to get into their rooms. Please note that if you arrive early, certain amenities may not be available such as: the campus transportation shuttle, dining on campus, and more; you will also be assessed a $30 priority move-in fee per night before August 17 by UNF's Department of Residence Life.  More information about airport transportation and housing can be found on the UNF International Center's orientation webpage.


If it is unclear when you should arrive or you have any questions about your arrival plans, please e-mail Stephanie Worley. Also, if you are planning on coming to UNF on any day other than the 17th, you must let Stephanie know so that your room key will be ready for you at the time of your arrival.