During my Disney College Program last spring I lived in a 6 person 2 bedroom apartment in Chatham for the first 3 months and a 3 person 1 bedroom in Chatham for the last month. Both those apartments are triple occupancy, which means there are 3 people in one or more bedroom. Other triple occupancy apartments include commons 3 person 1 bedroom, commons 5 person 2 bedroom, patterson 3 person 1 bedroom, and patterson 5 person 2 bedroom. Vista Way has no triple occupancy apartments. The thing most poeple dislike about triple occupancy apartments is that they have a bunk bed, each room with 3 people in it has one single bed and one bunk bed (five person apartments have one triple occupancy room and a regular double occupancy room with two single beds). I loved my triple occupancy apartments, and I wanted to share some reasons why so that you can consider them too!
1. The Price Is Right
Different size apartmetns in different complexes are all different prices, and triple occupancy apartments are the cheaptest! That was my main reason for wanting a triple occupancy apartment last year. The 6 person, 2 bedroom apartment in Chatham is the only apartment still under $100/week!
2. It's a lot easier to get
If you're worried about getting the specific complex you want or about not having random roommates added to your apartment, triple occupancy is a better guarantee. If you list a triple occupancy apartment as your first choice, it's much easier to get your first choice. If you really want to be in the commons, there's a lot less people competing for a 5 person 2 bedroom than a 4 person 2 bedroom!
3. Bunk Beds Aren't As Bad As You Think
As I said before, bunk beds are the reason most poeple don't want this apartment. First of all there's a single bed in each room too (5 person apartments have 3 single beds and only one bunk bed) so if there's someone in your roommate group that's still opposed to it, you can compromise by offering him or her the single bed! But honestly, they're pretty good for bunk beds, I shared a bunk bed with my sister for years and I lived in bunk beds both summers since beginning college, and I honesly have the least complaints about the DCP bunk beds. First of all, they're very roomy, most people (to be fair, I am short, but I do have a long body for my shortness) can sit up in the top or bottom bunk. I liked to put up a blanket fort in my bottom bunk and stick encouraging notes in the slats to look at when I woke up. One of my roommates in the top bunk swore she slept better up there, and both chose to stay in the top bunk even when they were offered the option to switch to the bottom bunk or single bed. There's also a nice shelf up on the top bunk to store your water, phone, etc. The biggest think I want to mention, in some of my other bunk beds I've heard my roommate above me rustling aorund and shaking the bed, I never had that with my DCP bunk bed, with either roommate that slept above me.
4. It's Not Too Crowded
Another worry I hear a lot is that they're worried it'll be too crowded with 3 people in a room. First of all, the rooms are much roomier than dorms, and there's plenty of living and storage space, anyway everyone I knew spent way more time in their living room than bedroom. Also, we weren't all home at the same time usually. Sometimes we didn't even sleep in our beds! We all slept on the couch at one point or another for whatever reason, and once we moved a mattress and four of us slept in one room!
5. Sometimes There's Little Perks
I don't know if this is true about the 5 person apartments, but in my 6 person triple occupancy apartment we had 2 fridges and my friends in 6 person double occupancy apartments only had one!
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