September 1, 2014

Higher Education: Dorms

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Towers at Knights Plaza
Towers at Knights Plaza has apartment-style units with single bedrooms with full-size beds. [Photo: University of Central Florida]

Towers at Knights Plaza

University of Central Florida, Orlando
Building cost: $67 million (two buildings)
Beds: 2,000
Opened: From 2005 to 2007

Amenities: Single bedrooms with full-size beds; high-speed internet and cable television in each bedroom; kitchens with dishwashers

Floor plans: Apartment-style rooms include one-, two- and four-bedroom suites.

Rates: $8,897/year (fall, spring and summer semester) for a four-bedroom/two-bathroom setup; $9,953/year for a single

Notable: The four towers house 2,000 students who have private rooms with full-size beds. One tower is designated as UCF's Honors Living-Learning Community, providing a computer lab with free printing for honors students.

Dining at UCF
Just outside the 2,000-student towers is a strip of retail shops and restaurants. [Photo: University of Central Florida]

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