The living component of your Disney College Program provides you the opportunity to build relationships with your roommates and possibly even make life-long friendships with people from all over the world! There are many resources available to you to help you have good relationships with your roommates. Here are some suggestions for building great relationships with your roommates.
Start off strong!
It’s best to start your program off on the right foot and early communication amongst your apartment is key to that! Set aside some time with your roommates when you first move in to your apartment to make use of pages 36 and 37 in your Program Guide to set some guidelines for your apartment. Figure out what you and your roommates expect of each other and discuss topics such as cleaning schedules, which items will be shared in your apartment, quiet hours, when you’ll have guests over and how you will communicate with each other. Determining these guidelines at the beginning of your program will set your apartment up for success!
Try something new
There are nearly countless things to do around the Walt Disney World Resort! Find something that you and your roommates would enjoy and spend that time getting to know each other. Some ideas are making dining reservations for a restaurant you’ve never been to, going to a park and meeting everyone’s favorite character, trying a famous Disney treat such as dole whip for the first time, conquer each of the mountains at Magic Kingdom or visit all four parks in one day. The possibilities are endless!
Have a “family” dinner
Most likely, you will have roommates with varying cultural backgrounds. Embrace the diversity in your apartment and have a dinner one night when each roommate makes a dish that is traditional of where they are from. What a neat way to learn about each other!
Attend a housing event
Get your roommates together and go play some bingo in hopes of winning some groceries or watch a mystery movie and stay for the character meet and greet! Attend welcome events and make new friends together or go on of the housing trips and explore something new together. And don’t forget to take photos! These are the memories you’ll want to capture!
Add some magic to your apartment
It always helps to have a little Disney décor around the apartment as a reminder that you all live in that apartment because you create happiness at Disney. If you have a white board or some other form of communication within your apartment, leave little notes like, “don’t forget to make magic today!” to put a smile on their face and inspire them to spread magic and happiness for our guests. Make sure you refer to your Program Guide to see what types of decorations are allowed to be put up in your apartment and consult your roommates before putting anything in the common area.
If things aren’t going smoothly with your roommates, first try talking with them to see if you can resolve the issues amongst yourselves. Be open to compromise and remember that your roommates come from various backgrounds and may have differing ideas of communication or cleaning. If things don’t get better, your Service Center is available for you to talk to housing specialist or schedule an apartment meeting. Security is available to you 24 hours a day and is your go-to whenever the Service Center is not open. If at any point things are not going well, don’t hesitate to use the resources available to you in Disney Housing to help resolve any issues and make your living experience here better.