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I was considering living at Centennial and had an interesting experience in the office. Before signing a contract here you need to know up front a few facts about management:
If you want to move in with specific friends that is not guaranteed by the office that signs the contract with you. If you "request" a room before signing a contract that does not bind them to give you that room. In my girlfriend's experience, she signed a contract, requested a specific room with two of her friends. It was a six girl apartment and 8 girls made requests for the room and so they automatically relocated my girlfriend and one of her friends to an apartment out of that ward. When we went to management to talk about it they told us there was nothing they could do other then move her to a third apartment.
Something else to take into consideration, when you go to sign, look at who is actually signing the e-contract, if possible ask who that signer is. That signer is neither the owner or the manager, he is an assistant employee who they've decided to let sign away his name on all the contracts. In reality he has no power in the contract, if you ask him for help he doesn't know the answers to questions and will send you to the lovely property manager named Veronica.
Veronica is a ray of sunshine. (Obviously this is sarcasm) When we tried to talk with her about the issue she got irate and wouldn't talk to us, she flat out refused to talk to me when she was disrespecting my girlfriend because I hadn't physically signed the contract. If you want to deal with management that cares more about keeping your deposit than making your stay here a good experience than go ahead and sign, you may get lucky and have a great experience. But if you're looking for genuine customer service and management you can trust there are plenty of other places in Provo that you can live without having to beat your head against a wall.
As an added bonus, the one apartment I was able to look at had a lot of cosmetic maintenance issues. If you move in here make sure you make note of those when you fill out your check in packet or you may end up paying for those when you move out.
When I had to get my TV back from my apartment here and didn't have a key, I went in through the window! :D
I rented from summer 11 through summer 11.
Hands down worst apartment ever. Infested with Mormons who are the least friendly people in the world.
I rented from fall '01 through fall '02.
Centennial isn't the best, but it is pretty good, and not expensive. I'm writing this review on January 30th, 2014 after living here for 2 years.
The furnishings are a little dated. Cabinet space is good enough, but fridge space is hard. Dishwasher is old and is more of a sanitizer than a washer. It also leaves hard water stains. Each room comes with a /single/ desk, and a bunk bed (standard double). There is only 1 chair for every person, so if you are eating at the table or working at the desk, you'll have to move the chair. The rooms are a good size, but the lack of a second desk/chair can leave you without a place to sit and do homework. Couches are okay, but the chairs need to be replaced.
There isn't much space in the drawers, so that can be a hassle, but has a good amount of closet space.. I generally hanged most of my clothes. There is not a washer/dryer in the apartment, and the card operated one will bleed you dry. Also closes at around 10 to 11, and isn't open Sundays, even though it's completely self service (those crazy mormons...) Not a lot of washers/dryers so be prepared to wait for one.
Each room has 2 Ethernet jacks, with about a 5 Megabit connection per jack. I've found the connection to be very stable and reliable, even during peak netflix hours. They have just installed Google Fiber into every room, but don't have an option to opt-out of the regular internet/cable package that's about $15 a month on your utilities.
2 bathrooms, 2 sinks per bathroom. The water generally can stay hot for all 6 if everyone agrees not to have the shower at full bore. The water pressure is high, and you only have to turn it up to about a third of full power to get regular shower strength. The shower heads are a little low. I'm 6' 6" and the shower head comes up to the top of my chest. Each shower is also a combination tub.
Utilities vary. I'm not positive, but pretty sure the use of the entire building is divided evenly over all the tenets. I've had them as low as $30 and as high as $45 (including cable/internet)
Everything is managed though their site for rent and maintenance. Maintenance is quick. Cleaning checks are pretty easy going (Unless it's her time of the month if you know what I mean...)
Wards are good, activities from wards/centennial are good, but not very often. Parking is a hassle. There isn't any covered/guaranteed parking, so every spot fills up, plus the road, plus a few of the spaces in the church across the street. They don't tow there, so don't worry about the sign. Centennial is too far away from anything to walk. You must have a car or like the bus because fast food is far, campus is far, groceries are far. The only close things are a gas station, Taco Bell, Little Caesars, and Gold's Gym.
TL;DR: Average to Good. The place is old, but well maintained. Prices are excellent. Don't go here if you don't have transportation.
I rented from winter 12 through winter 14.
I really liked my time there, only leaving because of ward/dating crud. The Bishopric was amazing and really tried to look out for people. Maintenance was always quick to take care of things, though things were always in disrepair. And the dishwasher (though working) always left white film on the dishes. Sprinklers are also set to really odd times. Overall, I loved it, and it was a great place to be. I'm really surprised when I hear that some people didn't like it.
I rented from fall 10 through summer 11.
I am always surprised to visit local apartment rating sites and find that Centennial gets high reviews. Then I notice that these ratings were leveled before this year, during which I have noticed that everything has literally gone to Hell. Don't be fooled - the rent isn't as low as the quality of the housing, and they'll gouge you at any chance they get - even failing you on for a cleaning check you couldn't complete because you had to attend your grandmother's funeral.
I rented from spring 10 through summer 11.
Kitchen and living room is a little small for 6 people but the apartments are pretty nice and there are 2 bathrooms. They are good social wards, plenty to do, and a sweet hot tub with lots of apartments around. Bus stops right next to place so its only a few minutes to get to campus. Its good for the price- I would recommend it.
I rented from winter 10 through winter 10.