The Ultimate Guide to Choosing DCP Housing

It’s finally time. You’ve been accepted to the once in a lifetime opportunity of the Disney College Program, selected your program dates, paid your fees, are talking to potential roommates on the Facebook page, and now you just have to choose where to live. While no matter where you live it will be great, it’s nice to know a little bit about the complexes before you preference them during housing selections. Today I’m sharing with you an overview of the complexes so you can get an idea of how you want to preference things when the time comes.

The Commons

This complex was the second to join the DCP housing family. As of recently about half of the apartments have been updated. Many of my friends from my program lived here in both the renovated and un-renovated units and really enjoyed it.

What’s Nearby: This complex is right across the street from an outlet mall. It is also a 15 minute walk from Publix and a 10 minute walk from Chatham Square, Mickey’s Retreat, and Patterson Court.

Buses: The buses that stop at The Commons typically stop inside security in front of the clubhouse. While a majority of the buses that only stop at resorts don’t have a stop here, you can always request them.

Laundry: Laundry is included in each apartment.

Amenities: The Grid convenience store, pool, tennis court, sand volleyball court, service center, front desk, computer center, and front desk.

Pros: The Grid convenience store, laundry in each apartment, and updated rooms.

Cons: Bus schedule, older apartments need renovations, and they are the most expensive.

Price Guide:

1BR/2 person: $124/wk

1BR/3 person: $109/wk

2BR/4 person: $122/wk

2BR/5 person: $102/wk

3BR/6 person: $110/wk

4BR/8 person: $109/wk

Vista Way

Vista Way is the original DCP apartment complex, making it the oldest. While some of the apartments have been updated, many of them are still in need of updating. It is known as a party complex, but if we are being honest you can find a party at any complex if you wanted.

What’s Nearby: Short walk to Wal-Greens, Chick-Fil-A, CiCi’s Pizza, Wendy’s and more. It’s also a 10-15 minute drive from the other apartment complexes.

Buses: Vista Way is known as the bus hub. All buses stop here and are often parked for 30-45 minutes here.

Laundry: Laundry facilities are available on the first floor of each complex.

Amenities: Two pools, volleyball court, Fitness Center, basketball court, service center, front desk, outdoor pool table, and tennis court.

Pros: Close to fast food restaurants, some housing events are held here, least expensive housing, and there are some updated apartments.

Cons: Everyone knows it as the ‘party complex, it is further from the other complexes, and only offers two and three bedroom apartments.

Price Guide:

2BR/4 person: $111/wk

3BR/6 person: $101/wk

Chatham Square

The third apartment complex to be added to the DCP apartment complex family it is home to many of the housing events.

What’s Nearby: Fifteen minute walk to Publix, across the street from Patterson Court and Mickey’s Retreat, and it’s a ten minute walk from The Commons.

Buses: All buses stop right outside of security in front of the clubhouse. Buses are typically stopped here for 5-10 minutes.

Laundry: Laundry facilities are only available in 4 out of the 30 buildings.

Amenities: Mickey-shaped pool, Fitness Center, outdoor pool table, volleyball court, front desk, tennis court, service center, and computer center.

Pros: Buses, the prices, and it hosts several housing events.

Cons: Apartments are outdated and in need of renovations.

Price Guide:

1BR/2 person: $120/wk

1BR/3 person: $105/wk

2BR/4 person: $115/wk

2BR/6 person: $93/wk

3BR/6 person: $107/wk

4BR/8 person: $106/wk

Patterson Court

Patterson Court is the newest and the nicest apartment complex in DCP housing, making it the most expensive complex to live at. It is known as the “senior living” complex as supposedly older CP’s like to live here.

What’s Nearby: Located right across the street from Chatham Square, it’s also a 10 minute walk from The Commons and a 15 minute walk to Publix.

Buses: The only bus that makes a stop here goes to Wal-Mart. To be able to take the buses to work you will have to walk across the street to Chatham Square.

Laundry: Laundry facilities are located in 4 of the 16 buildings.

Amenities: Pool, outdoor pool table, Fitness Center, front desk, computer center, and service center.

Pros: Newest complex and it features the largest apartments.

Cons: The price of the units, no 4 bedroom units, and no buses other than the Wal-Mart bus.

Price Guide:

1BR/2 person: $120/wk

1BR/3 person: $105/wk

2BR/4 person: $115/wk

2BR/5 person: $100/wk

3BR/6 person: $107/wk

If you’ve done the DCP, which housing complex did you live in? Are there any facts you would add to these lists? If you are considering the DCP which complexes are your top and why? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

  • Paige Louise Jordan

    I did spring advantage 2016 and lived in a 2BR/6 person apartment in Chatham… cramped but honestly, having the cheapest rent in any of the complexes was totally worth it.