Once accepted into Disney College Program, deciding if you’ll live in Disney College Program Housing is a big decision. We’re here to help!
The Disney College Program or DCP is one of the most unique internship programs in the world. Students are immersed in all things Disney while living, learning, and working at the most magical place on earth. One of the biggest perks is Disney college program housing, and we’ve got some tips to help you out.
My daughter completed the college program, a professional internship, and then went on to work on the conservation team at Animal Kingdom. You can read all about her experiences over at her blog Britty Loves Disney. Needless to say, she learned a thing or two about living in Disney housing, so let’s dive right in!
Where is the Disney College Program housing?
There are four complexes, all located near Little Lake Bryan in Lake Buena Vista. Depending on traffic, it took my daughter 15 – 25 minutes to get to work. She had her own car. There are also buses that can take you to and from work.
What are the names of the complexes?
Currently, the five complexes are Vista Way, The Commons, Chatham Square, Patterson Court, and Flamingo Crossings, which is expected to open in summer 2020. My daughter lived at Chatham Square!
Do you get to choose the complex you want?
You are encouraged to submit a housing preference through the Disney Dorms system, as well as the number of roommates and bedrooms you prefer. To request a roommate, both or all must have the same registration period and departure date. Requests are not guaranteed. You’ll be notified of the complex you’ve been assigned to and how to check-in before you arrive. I highly recommend completing the pre-registration process to speed up registration on the day of your arrival.
Will I know who I am living with beforehand?
It’s possible. You can find Facebook groups for each arrival date, and there is tons of helpful information there. You can also virtually meet your roommates in these groups. In fact, my daughter had already formed relationships with most of her roommates before she arrived!
How much does Disney Disney College Program housing cost?
As of March 2020, prices range from $115 to $205 per week, which includes utilities such as electric, water, cable, and garbage pickup, and local phone service. Your rent comes directly out of your paycheck. A non-refundable housing fee of $150 (as of March 2020) in paid advance. If you choose to live off-property, you do not have to pay this fee.
How to save on housing?
Room with up to eight people and split the rent, request the cheapest complex (Vista Way), and pick up extra shifts to offset your rent.
Do you have to live in housing?
No. You can opt-out and find your own housing, but I wouldn’t advise that. Living with fellow interns is a once in a lifetime experience. My daughter had some of the best times and made friends for life. They become your support, your family, and your lifeline. ** International interns must live in Disney housing.
Can married couples live in housing?
Yes, as long as both people are participating in a Disney internship or program and can show proof of marriage. You can make the request to live together through the Disney Dorms system before your arrival.
What are the perks of living in Disney College Program housing?
Free bus service allows you to get to most places you need without the worry or parking fees. Living in DCP housing also allows you the option of bringing your own car!
Free events like dance parties, movie nights, pool parties, day getaways, and classes are offered at each complex and are a great way to make friends and network – and get free food!
Friends. Disney friends are the BEST! Living in housing, going to events, having roommates – these are all part of the experience. You will meet people from all over the world and make lifelong friendships.
Can you drink alcohol?
Students 21 and over are assigned to Non-Wellness apartments, where alcohol is permitted. Students under 21 live in Wellness apartments, where alcohol is NOT prohibited. If you’re over 21 and want a Wellness apartment, you can request that before arriving.
Do I need to bring furniture?
All apartments have basic furnishings: beds, living furniture, dining furniture, basic kitchen equipment, and housewares. You will need to provide your own bedding, extra linens, TV, groceries, and any specific kitchen equipment you want. Most units do not have a laundry room, but there is a laundry facility at each complex. There is wifi in the common areas like the pool, clubhouses, and lounges. All the complexes have a fitness center, pools, and a computer lab.
How big are the apartments?
Apartments range from 1 bedroom, which 2 people can share, or 2-4 bedrooms, which 4-8 people can share.
What are the pros and cons of having more roommates?
The pros are lower rent, instant friends, always having someone to do something with, moral support, and sharing necessities. The cons can be that personalities clash, not everyone may have the same cleaning standards, and more roommates means more noise. I’m an introvert and need peace and quiet, but my daughter LOVED having a big ‘ole houseful of girls! They called themselves “The Great Eight” LOL!
Can I change apartments?
Yes – with a fee. Each complex has a service center that is there to help. If you’d like to change apartments, that’s where you’ll start.
What are the Disney College Program Housing rules?
There are a lot! From “can I nail things into my wall” to “can someone spend the night”, most answers can be found in your DCP guide. When in doubt, call the service center or ask a fellow cast member. The rules are strict and heavily enforced. If you break them, you risk immediate termination.
Lastly, to help with homesickness and loneliness, you must put yourself out there. Unless you’re sitting alone in your room every day, it’s virtually impossible to not meet people on the Disney College Program. Spend time with your roommates, go to events, and try to get to know fellow cast members. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, so live it up!
Have you completed a Disney internship? If so, please share your tips and experiences below! 🙂
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