DISNEY COLLEGE PROGRAM: The shit they don't really tell you. PART 3.
THE DCP APARTMENT COMPLEX SORTING HAT
Hopefully this post will help you decide the perfect apartment complex for you, and hopefully it will make you feel better about being placed in one that you didn’t want to live in. I’ve lived in two out of the four, but I’ve been to all of them. They’re all wonderful.
I’m going to start with Vista Way because this place totally and completely has my heart, and it’s where most of you will probably end up. If VW wasn’t your first choice (It wasn’t mine) but you we’re placed here and for some reason you’re upset about it…stop. Stop right now. Wipe your tears, you lucked out. Vista Way is the place where you meet people that will forever change your life. Its where the party doesnt stop until the sun comes up. Its where all of the internationals live. (And trust me, they are the greatest friends you will make.) It’s where all the buses are at. It used to be where the hot tubs were but they removed them this week. Its where I fell in love for the first time in my life. It’s where all of the brazilians came to my apartment to party. Its where we punched holes in walls and broke glass bottles and threw pumpkins off the third floor. I will never ever forget living here. It was the greatest experience and blessing I could have ever asked for.
If you’re one of the last arrival groups, count on being placed in Vista. Vista is the oldest and biggest complex, so yeah, the inside of the apartments are really shitty. Here’s what mine was like when we first moved in. I was apartment 3903, ground floor, all the way in the back. The microwave had no handle. The fridge was broken. The Dishwasher door was hanging off. There was no modem. The towel racks were not existent. The couch had a hole in it where a coil stuck out and if you leaned back you get impailed. There was a dorito under my bed, The kitchen had cracks in the floor and muddy water would come up. The toilet overflowed when we weren’t home. There were roaches. I could go on forever. We were on a first name basis with the maintenance men….for all the time they spent fixing out apartment up, they should have been paying rent too. Can you believe I still love this place? We made our apartment into one of the nicest ones in VW. It is in no way luxurious, in fact, theres such little storage in the kitchen that my roommates bought a bookshelf for their room to keep their stuff. But it is the most fun place to live in Disney. I know some people aren’t into that, but if you get placed in Vista involuntarily, just know that its an amazing place, and you’re going to make friends from all over the world.
The pool is nice (theres 2), The gym is do-able, if you’re nice to the front desk people they’ll come back to your apartment and kill the roach for you…or help you mop up when you accidentally put dish soap in the dishwasher (MY BAD). Theres a beach volleyball net, Tennis courts, basketball court (poppin at night), Service center is in building 21 and if you go in they’ll give you free cookies. Theres a chick fil-a, wendys, walgreens, chevron, applebees, 711, cici’s, and a ton of other places IN WALKING DISTANCE. (Friends, you can walk to buy liquor.) Most of the apartments are still wood floors, some were renovated with carpet. The third floor apartments have a huge high ceiling and giant window, which rocks, but theres no balconies. 3 bedroom apartments have only 2 bathrooms. There are washing machines in each buildings first floor, a lot of them don’t work. Nice people will leave notes on the broken ones. Its easy as anything to sneak people into Vista passed the curfew. Theres ALWAYS an afterparty. Don’t be afraid to call maintenance for literally ANYTHING. thats what they’re there for and its what you pay for. If you have problems. Call them.
—-If you like to party, if you like to meet people, if you like going to the gym, if you value new friendships more than luxury, if you’re not high maintenance and you like to have a good time, if you want your college experience to be absolutely unforgettable, if you have off every monday night (ill explain why later..), you want to live in Vista.—
I lived in Chatham for my first CP and I loved it. Its beautiful. The apartments are carpeted. The fridges are bigger than Vistas. You get a whole pantry closet in the kitchen. 3 bedroom apartments have a bathroom in EVERY BEDROOM HALLELUJAH AND THEYRE HUGE. The pool is absolutely beautiful, the gym is TINY (better off using Pattersons). Most of the housing events are in Chatham. Theres a bus stop. You can walk to patterson and the commons. You can walk to the outlets. All apartments have balconies. Theres beach volleyball. Its a really nice place to live. When I lived there, we partied all the time. Security at Chatham is more uptight, the VW security guards rock. I hear its quieter nowadays. My Fall program I didn’t go to Chatham ever, but there was always Chatham kids hanging out at Vista. Its definitely nicer inside than Vista, but it’s much quieter. Certain buildings have washing machines so you have to walk a little with your laundry but its no big deal really. Its right across from Mickeys Retreat (where lifeguards take their Ellis course and theres pools and boating and stuff)
—If you like occasional parties, like to have nice things, dont feel like sharing a bathroom with 3 others, like a quieter complex, like to go to bed early, like to focus more on work, not really into the whole party all night thing, you’ll love Chatham.—
The newest complexes. This place looks like a fucking resort. Palm trees everywhere, gorgeous apartments, Beautiful pool, Big gym, balconies for every apartment. Guys. Patterson is literally a dream. You have to walk to the chatham bus stop but its just down the street. Theres really no party life here, its very very quiet, but super beautiful. The inside of the apartments are pretty and new. Often referred to as the “retirement community.” It feels like you’re on vacation. I ran from Vista to Patterson to use their gym a ton of times. Its about 2.5 miles one way, and you can also walk to the outlets from here, as well as Walgreens, Publix, the Post office, and a few other places
—If you’re all work and no play, if you dont drink or party, if you want a nice apartment and dont mind the quietness, if you’d rather stay home and hangout than go out, if you literally want to feel like you’re living in a resort, you’ll love Patterson—
Commons is really nice inside too, but probably my least favorite, appearance-wise. The cool thing about Commons is that every apartment has a Washing Machine in it, a lot of events are here, it used to be where the internationals lived, but now they mostly live in Vista, though some are still placed here. They’re fairly new, Similar to Chatham. Right next to Chatham and Patterson so you can walk to the outlets and all that from here too. There’s a bus stop, its nice. It’s “eh.” The pool is nice, its not too loud, I never really hung out here at all.
—If you have a shit ton of clothes and want to be able to do your laundry anytime in your own apartment, if you like quiet, if you like meeting people from other countries but aren’t into partying in apartments too much, you’ll love the Commons—
Okay I hope that answered some of your questions about which apartment complex is best for you, but if you have any other questions, please feel free to ask!!My apartment in vista during Christmas…
Coming sooooon: Party Bus, Happy Mondays, other things that count.