I'm back with another post about the Disney College Program. One of the bigger decisions that you have to make once you have been accepted and paid your acceptance fee is what your plans are for housing during the program. There are three options that you have as a DCP participant...Chatham, Patterson and Vista Way. Since I haven't actually done the program yet, I'm definitely not an expert but I have done a lot of research so here is what I know so far...
Option #1: Vista Way
I know that I don't want to live here. Apartments can range from 1 bedroom to 4 bedroom (I think). Oldest complex. Cheapest complex. Has a reputation. Separated from the other two. Check-in location. Has it's own bus stop.
Option #2: Chatham Square
Cute. Where I want to live. Apartments range from 1 bedroom to 4 bedroom (again, I think). Not the oldest, not the newest. Shares a bus stop with Patterson. Next door to Patterson and Mickey's Retreat. It has green carpet (ewwww). Happy medium.
Option #3: Patterson Court
Very cute. Newest. Apartments can range from 1 bedroom to 4 bedroom (again, I think). Most expensive. Next door to Chatham Square and Mickey's Retreat. Reputation of being too quiet.
You wont know where you are living until you check in. As far as roommates go, there is a roommate notification system that Disney has set up...you don't have to sign up for it but you can if you would like. To my undesrtanding, the point of signing up is to have the possibility of knowning your actual roommate before heading down to Orlando. If you have already decided to live with somebody (they have to have the same arrival and departure date as you!) you can put their information in the Roomate Notification System and that should make sure that you are placed together. Now, if you have anther pair of people that you want to live with, you can't request that through the system but you can stand in line together at check-in and I guess that usually allows you to all live together!
Other random facts about housing that I have read...
Rent is paid weekly and is automatically deducted from your paycheck.
The internet is slow (and not wireless!) so bring a router if you want to have decent and wireless internet in your apartment.
You need to have a laundry card to do your laundry, they aren't coin operated. The initial cost for the card is $5.00 but $3.00 of that goes onto the card upon purchase.
Each occupant will get a bed, nightstand, locker and half of a dresser.
The apartment comes furnished with a couch, dining table and chairs, and kitchen items including silverware and dishes.
The closets look pretty big which is good :)
Check out some apartment tours on youtube!