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-Includes some information that the admission folks will not tell you:
You will be required to dress formal(tie & dress shirt) 2-3 TIMES A WEEK!--fun to find that out when you only bring one set of dress clothes with you cuz they didn't tell you, right?
IMPORTANT TIP: DON'T FLY through San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) on any airline and DON'T FLY LIAT airlines!! Doing either one of these will result in your luggage being LOST when you arrive here!!
CHECK! the EXPIRATION date on any (1)Debit/Credit card or (2)Driver License as well as your (3)Passport BEFORE you come here. If either one of those expires while you're already in Antigua you might find yourself in deep dooh dooh.
-They can also change your assigned housing a week before you arrive, so don't be surprised.
-If you are married, engaged, moving with kids or have a live-in partner (girlfriend/boyfriend, etc) or are an older student there is a chance that you can make a case to be exempt from student housing. They might say no at first, but you should stand your ground! For example, if your spouse/fiance/live-in partner is going to be visiting you frequently, the school won't allow them to stay in the housing with you and you won't be able to have your privacy. If you're an older student, there is no reason your studying/living should be disturbed by the partying 20 year olds, or worse 18 year old pre-meds.
(Note, the rent the school charges you is sometimes about 1 and 1/2 times the rent you would pay if renting on your own). Average NON-aua independent housing ranges between $500 for studio/room to $600/$700 a month for one bedroom apartment. BUT to rent a place on your own in Antigua, expect to have to arrive a week or two early to see what is for rent in person and if it is before the start of the semester the best/most economical places would likely be rented out by then. DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT wire/mail any housing deposits to Antigua to ANY landlord, even if they're on an Independent Housing list provided by the school(which is mostly compiled from ads posted around the school). The only exception to this is putting down your AUA Student Housing deposit to the New York office.
-If you decide to withdraw, the $3,000-$8,000 semester rent is non-refundable, even on the prorated basis if you rent from AUA!
-"Single"--usually a single ROOM inside a 2 or 3 bedroom apartment, not a whole apartment or studio to yourself. Might or might not have your own bathroom.
-"Double"--it's a room with TWO people in it, which can be a part of an apartment with 2 or more of such rooms. So you might be sharing a bathroom with 4 or more other people.
-"Air-conditioned"-you'll have an a/c unit in your bedroom. The kitchen, living and dining areas usually have NO air-conditioning.
-"Fully Furnished"-doesn't mean that you will have a study desk(guess what I came here for?) or a dresser (most often the study desk is missing, dressers are usually there). Solution: complain to the school/landlord & they might get you a desk. Otherwise, see if a student has one for sale or go out and buy one (can sell it when you leave).
Electricity costs: I calculated them to be 4x of what they are in U.S. It's an average of 40 U.S. cents/kWh. In Cortsland it's a flat $150 USD/month, most other places they will actually bill based on your usage, which if you run your a/c will end up around that number or more. However, running the ceiling fan instead of the a/c expect to pay at least $70/month. So try one night with just the ceiling fan--you might be surprised that it can actually be a good sleep. Be aware: they bill it per apartment, not per room. So say you are in a 2 bedroom and the other dude or chick blasts their a/c 24/7 since they're from Florida and can't live without it, and you're from Montreal and get sick from the d amn thing. In the end, you'll still have to split the whole bill with them anyways.
Internet: It's free and fast on campus, but in the dorms you'll have to pay about $400/semester for it, unless you get out of school housing. Many privately rented apartments will have internet included with rent. However, Cortsland has free wifi in the lobby, but the mosquitos will eat you there when it gets dark. Cable is free in every room in Cortsland, but costs extra in most other dorms. Bring along a wireless router if you want to split the internet in your dorm with your roomies and save money. LIME internet is ok, avoid ACT! No internet will work in Charles Jacobs, but they'll be happy to take your money if you pay for it (pay with credit card so could always dispute the charge if have problems)
AUA Bus ($450/semester), flexible schedule (to be posted).
Taxi-Negotiate the price BEFORE you get in each time! 15EC ($1US=2.67EC) each way per person (10EC multiple people) or about $450US/semester Taxi contract(careful who you deal with-avoid Shawn--he's a crook, will lure you in with cheap rides, I'd pay it monthly, not the whole amount at once). Recommend Jerry or Loric.
Car rental: $350-$500US/month (only deal with reputable people, avoid Shawn and Collin) Franklin is good! Bring your U.S. driver license and make sure it won't expire while you're on the island or you're screwed. Will still have to buy their temporary driver license for $20US for 3 months, but need to have your unexpired U.S. one with you at all times.
Buying your own car: will have to spend at least $3,000USD, plus insurance $200US/year and gas $100US/month depending on how much you drive. Registration is around $120US/year. Plus doing an oil change every 3 months will be about $45US per oil change. Still cheaper than renting in the long run if you know how to take care of a car and spot problems before it breaks down.
SENDING BARRELS TO ANTIGUA: This is a comment made by a student in an AUA Facebook Group:
"My boyfriend said it cost him a couple hundred US when all was said and done to get my barrell out of the port of Antigua. This doesn't count shipping or anything else. I will never ship anything to Antigua again, it was such a waste of money. and will just buy it here if I need something and can't bring it in my checked-in luggage. If you really need something sent, don't ship by boat, try and see if you can send it through the airline as a standby luggage. Some airlines still do that (according to my father)."
This is to let you now just because it might cost you $100 to send your barrel, it does not mean you won't be charged $100's more in import duties/fees to get it out of the port. So might as well get the stuff you would be sending for as much or less when you are in Antigua!
AFTER READING THIS POST: MUST READ: LIST OF THINGS TO DO & TO BRING for Incoming Basic Science AUA Students!
Locations and their GoogleMaps Coordinates:
GOOGLE MAPS VISUAL OF THE BELOW (WITHOUT THE DESCRIPTIONS): https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid...e093bddc&msa=0
AUA Campus: 17.156387,-61.797388 (paste into maps.google.com to explore)
-Scotia ATM inside where can use Bank of America ATM cards without any fees!! Apply for Bank of America at least a month before you come here and keep all your money there. Warning: DON'T come here with a temporary Bank of America debit card as it will expire in 30 days and you'll be left F*-ed (that's why you should apply for the card at least 30 or more days before coming here!). Also have another family member have access to the account so they could add money for you back in the U.S.
The Hospital (No it's not right next door to the school and you won't enter its halls until Med3/Med4) 17.116846,-61.838801
-25 mins by car from campus
Walking Distance from Campus:
**Note: only a few people who live there actually walk to campus due to practical reasons. Most take the AUA bus, some rent cars and very few have a bicycle or motorcycle.
**If you MUST walk, walk FACING the oncoming traffic (which would be on the RIGHT side of the road in Antigua cause cars here drive on the Left side). That way you will actually see the car BEFORE it hits you and will have a chance to get out of the way, whereas if you walk with the oncoming traffic behind you, you won't have that chance.
Lord Nelson 17.152553,-61.78977 (paste into maps.google.com to explore)
-15-20mins walk to AUA
(mostly along Jabberwock Rd, where there is no sidewalk & cars fly by going 60mph. So will walk to the side of the road (facing oncoming traffic) & move unto the grass when a car approaches. The sun is hot during the day and if it starts raining you're out of luck)
-right on the beach
Sugar Mill 17.144956,-61.79757 (paste into maps.google.com to explore)
-20 mins walk to AUA
(if using the shortcut, which is a dirt road that gets huge puddles if it rains, other half on Jabberwock Rd where cars drive fast & no sidewalk--stay to the side & use the grass when a car is approaching)
-The beds are all full-size beds. If you have a roommate, you share a bathroom. The doubles have 1 1/2 bathrooms. The half bathroom is downstairs and the full is upstairs. There are all the dishes (spoons, forks, plates, bowls, pots, pans, etc.)
-No laundry on premises. So will have to shell out $25US per load for a private laundry service to pick it up and do it for you.
- The bedroom has a dresser with closet space, a desk, a chair, and a mattress.
-Make sure you bring a pillow.
Mandalay 17.169026,-61.801636 (paste into maps.google.com to explore)
-25mins walk to AUA (most of it along Jabberwock Rd, where cars fly by you going 60mph and there is no sidewalk--I see some students walk it though)
-'fully furnished' doesn't mean that you will have a desk or a dresser (thanks Lancelot for mentioning this)
-SAFETY WARNING: Don't advice walking there at night from campus as you pass by Jabberwock beach where there have been robberies at night(both people on the beach at night and students walking by at night). During the day you're safe, so don't worry and these were isolated incidents
(The island is just like any urban part of U.S. safety wise. If you ask me, yes I do feel just as safe here as I would in U.S. However, just as in U.S. I keep my guard on, avoid dangerous situations--being out late at shady clubs/bars--and always lock my door, even if I'm out for a minute. Most of the time if someone gets hurt here, it is by being out past 12am on a friday/weekend and alcohol/drugs are usually involved. Just like in U.S., if you're out on the road late Friday or weekend night, that's when you run the greatest risk of being involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident due to all the drunks out behind the wheel at that time.)
NOT Walking Distance from Campus:
Serendipity: 17.132189,-61.832525 (paste into maps.google.com to explore)
Pros: you'll never have to need to wait for the taxi to go shopping or most other things
-20-30 mins by bus from campus (depending where your bus stops and includes waiting time for the bus to leave)
-5 mins walk from Epicurean Grocery store, 7mins walk to Movie Theater, 10mins walk to Woods Mall(17.133369,-61.833946): Banks, Cell Phone stores, Pharmacy, Office Supplies, Clothing store
Cons: no laundry on premises, so would have to pay $60EC ($25US) per load of 5 lbs of laundry to a laundry service (they pick up). Normally pay $6US to wash & $6US to dry per load at laundry facilities at student housing (yes, it's a rip off).
- SAFETY WARNING: 1st floor of the building further away from security is not safe: some guys got their door kicked down at 3am while they were asleep and a backpack with laptop was taken. They even tried to push into one of the guy's room,but he was holding the door shut as they were trying to bust in. The fence upfront has barbwire and security booth, but the fence in the back is broken and no barbwire..so anyone can come in, kick down your first floor door and jack your stuff lol. If you're on higher floors, you're safe and the location of the place is well worth it.
Utopia: 17.120647,-61.814865 (paste into maps.google.com to explore)
-10-15 mins by bus from campus (includes waiting for bus to leave, but usually buses to Utopia don't stop at other housing, so it's a straight shot)
Note: the place is so huge that there are 3 buses, and if you want to catch the early one so you could get a could seat in a classroom of 250 people, better be out real early so could be the first in the early bus line!!!
-Gourmet Basket grocery store 7 mins walk
-Chinese Restaurant 10mins walk
-Food Fantasies 10 mins walk
-WARNING: Many rooms are windowless!!!--w t f?
"University Housing"/Amor's--III 17.169638,-61.831659 (paste these coordinates into maps.google.com to view)
-[/COLOR]-15-20 mins by bus from campus (depending where your bus stops and includes waiting time for the bus to leave)
BBC 17.165531,-61.831709 (paste into maps.google.com to explore)
--15-20 mins by bus from campus (depending where your bus stops and includes waiting time for the bus to leave)
-a bunch of houses that used to house the former BBC offices
Charles Jacobs: 17.148507,-61.84019 (paste into maps.google.com to explore)
--20-30 mins by bus from campus (depending where your bus stops and includes waiting time for the bus to leave)
-20mins walk from First Choice Supermarket, 20mins walk from the Sandals Beach, only around 14 students live there.
-No internet porvider will work in most rooms, so don't count on having internet in your dorm.
-Don't buy ACT internet if you're going to live there, won't have a reliable connection in most rooms even though the router is right by the building. ACT internet sucks in general.
Cortsland Hotel: 17.12642,-61.83673 (paste into maps.google.com to explore)
-20-30 mins by bus from campus (depending where your bus stops and includes waiting time for the bus to leave)
-15-20 mins walk from Epicurean & Woods Mall (no sidewalks on the way, will walk along the side of a busy road)
-Flat $150 USD monthly electricity charge.
-free wifi internet in the lobby, they'll clean & wash your bedding, but the landlord is a B**ch to deal with--very rude & unpleasant
-220V electricity with only double plug converter to 110V--so will need extension cords and 7 way outlet splitter/surge protector to run all your stuff.
-NO KITCHEN in most rooms. Communal kitchen with 2 stoves for MANY people to share (will be sharing cooking utensils too!)
Bring an electric cooking pad to have in the room if you're coming there.
--SAFETY WARNING: One guy left his door open and a local came in and took his laptop. One guy had his room robbed with no signs of break in while he was away.
NEW Student Housing (most locations currently unavailable, will add them as they are found :
** Please see the link below the descriptions for photos of these properties.
Grandview (Ken Nedd property) - 4 bedrooms/ 3 bathrooms/ very spacious/own pool. (2 master suites, 2 rooms share bathroom/ laundry/ Queen size beds/ 20 minutes from campus/ USD5100
Bell View 1 (Ken Nedd property) - 2 bedroom/2bath/ spacious / own pool PLUS studio entirely self-contained/ Queen size beds/ 20 minutes from campus/ USD 5100
Bell View 2 (Ken Nedd) - 2 bedroom/2 bathroom, own pool / laundry en suite/ Queen size beds/ 20 minutes from campus/ USD 5100
Mahogany Suites – 2 bedroom apts/ Very spacious/ laundry en suite/ Queen size beds/ 20 minutes from campus / USD4500
Whitegate Cottages - 1 single bedroom suite/pool / Queen size beds/ 20 minutes from campus/ USD5700
4 bedroom house/Individual bathrooms./ laundry in house/pool USD 5100
Studio 10 17.165866,-61.801187
- Single studios on Jabberwock Beach road/ Studio, but laundry facilities on site/ Full size beds/ 5 minute walk from school/ USD5100 (ALREADY FULL)
Dove Cove - 1 bedroom single studios / 2 bedroom apartments/ Laundry on site/ Twin size beds/ 15-20 minutes from campus/ USD 5100 studio / 4500 single bedroom
Whitegates - 2 bdrm apts/ Individual bathrooms / pool/ Queen size beds/ 20 minutes from campus/ USD 4500
Valley View - 1 bedroom / 2 bedroom / 3 bedroom/ Laundry on site/ Very spacious / new/ Queen size beds/ 20-25 minutes from campus/ USD4500 (ALREADY FULL)
Caribbean Homes - 2 bedroom apartments in 3 buildings/Laundry en suite / large modern kitchens/ fairly new/ Queen size beds/ 10-15 minutes from campus/ USD 4500
Dove Cove - 2 bedroom apts. Each bedroom is shared by two people. Shared bath. Shared kitchen and common area with the single room/ Twin size beds/ 15-20 minutes from campus/ USD2700 per bed.
Anchorage Inn- Studios with kitchenettes/ Laundry on premises/ Full size beds/ 15 minutes from campus/ USD3900
For Photos please visit this link: http://auaconnect.auamed.net/ch/
Some Independent Housing Locations:
PLEASE NOTE: any independent housing that says they're on AUA bus route will NOT have an official AUA buses stop there. It is up to the bus driver to decide where the to stop to pick up the students there or not, especially if the bus is already full. Please check with the students already living there to see if the bus does really stop there.
Marble Hill Suites 17.157646,-61.841431
Amor II 17.165866,-61.821394
This is one of the independent housing Amor's not AUA student housing.
Jabberwock Village 17.165028,-61.800823
5 minutes drive to campus, 20 mins walk
Ruth's Place 17.165026,-61.803311
Cheap and 5 mins drive to school, but some apartments are shabby with sometimes rusted furniture/appliances. Weekly and Daily rates available in addition to leases. There was a murder there once of a non-student and the place does have a real shabby appearance. However, from what I recently heard Ruth Spencer seems to be helpful and the students living there are generally happy with the deal they get. The place is not for everyone though. See it in person first to see if it is for you.
Antigua Seaview 17.145548,-61.843227
Claim to be Luxury Apartments, but the price is luxury too.
Epicurean: 17.133369,-61.833946 (paste into maps.google.com to explore)
has a pharmacy & (all major ATM's inside, including Scotia where can use Bank of America ATM cards with no fees!!)
7 minute walk from Serendipity
15-20 minute walk from Cortsland
First Choice 17.141228,-61.845517
-much less selection than Epicurean:
20mins walk from Charles Jacobs (but not practical to walk in the sun with hands full of groceries). Can walk there & take a taxi back to save $$.
Gourmet Basket 17.124154,-61.813191
- 7 mins walk form Utopia
Woods Mall: 17.133369,-61.833946
-Banks, Cell Phone stores, Pharmacy, Office Supplies, Clothing store
-10 mins walk from Utopia, 15 mins walk from Cortsland
Townhouse Megastore 17.107105,-61.834059
-household items and appliances
-not near any student housing
FREE WAYS: GOOGLE VOICE (Just signing up is not enough, have to get a Google number while still in U.S. for it to work from Antigua or outside of U.S.)
-Go to www.google.com/voice Log-in with your gmail account username & password (if you don't have one, get one). Then on the Left side of the www.google.com/voice page, once you logged in, click on "Get/Register Google Number", then follow the instructions on picking your own Google Number with an area code of your choice and associating an existing U.S. number with it.
-This will allow you to make, receive both phone calls, voicemails & text messages through your gmail account FREE of charge till the end of 2012 (or maybe later if they extend it). If your gmail is open, your computer will actually start ringing if someone is calling you!
-After you've done this, there's more you can do: Download an application called Talkatone unto your Android or iPod, iPhone, iPad. Sign in using your google voice account and now you can make phone calls from any one of those devices as well as receive phone calls on them (yes my ipod rings when someone calls my google number, just have to have it connected to wifi.
SKYPE offers calling plans which vary in price depending if you wan to purchase a skype number or not. it's said they're cheaper to buy if you're buying while logged in in U.S. The advantage of Skype is that it offers the best voice quality at the lowest wifi connection, while google voice requires a good wifi signal to work.
Magic Jack: I know some people here use it. When it came out 4 years ago I gave it a try, and for me there wasn't any magic in it..calls were dropped and for someone to call me took 3 times.Well actually once it did a magic trick: my grandma was dialing too fast and it only registered part of what she was dialing, which happened to be 911 part of the full number..2 cops showed up at her door lol.
-if you want to bring a cell phone I recommend that it be quadband, take SIM cards(if it's a Sprint phone, forget about it as it doesn't have a SIM card slot) and you have to get it UNLOCKED before you get here. Some iPhones take smaller SIM cards, still have to get it unlocked and then have to find a person here to cut the standard size SIM card down to fit the iPhone.
-When you get here you'll get a packet at the airport that will contain a SIM card with about 10EC on it. If you have an unlocked quadband phone, can just slip the SIM card in and call home to say you have landed.
-Otherwise you can get a cheap cell phone here for $20-$30US at the orientation that will get the job done.
-Some people bring their unlocked Blackberries, and get the BB messenging plan to message other blackberry users around here and at home for a flat cheap fee, but not everyone here has a Blackberry, so that won't let you message everyone. I don't have a blackberry and most of my friends don't. I don't know anyone in the states that does either..yet for some people here all of their friends have a black berry and everyone home as well...so it depends on your own situation if that will make sense for you or not.
SAFETY products I can recommend:
-Common Sense--available free, learn to use it:
The island is just like any urban part of U.S. safety wise. If you ask me, yes I do feel just as safe here as I would in U.S. However, just as in U.S. I keep my guard on, avoid dangerous situations--being out late at shady clubs/bars--and always lock my door, even if I'm out for a minute. Most of the time if someone gets hurt here, it is by being out past 12am on a friday/weekend and alcohol/drugs are usually involved. Just like in U.S., if you're out on the road late Friday or weekend night, that's when you run the greatest risk of being involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident due to all the drunks out behind the wheel at that time.
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-PEPPER SPRAY: BEST DEFENSE FOR YOUR BUCK!(can't take on the plane, put in the luggage that goes under the plane) (search ebay for keychain key ring pepper srpay)
Here's what you need2 MUST HAVES)
-1 key chain type (to always have on you)
-1 foam type to have in the room
I found that Sabre Red Home & Away Kit has both of these and is the best: http://www.amazon.com/SABRE-Pepper-S...+home+and+away
-Optional: pepper spray gun: the best is Kimber Pepper Blaster:
-Flashlight: LED type, get rechargeable batteries + charger for them. Here's one for $4.30 on ebay that I bought before and it's real bright:
Zoom Focus 3 Mode AAA CREE LED Flashlight Camping Light | eBay
-Expandable Baton(longer than 30" on amazon.com or ebay) or long umbrella or other stick if you're planning to jog/bike, cause the dogs tend to chase after joggers/bikers and any 'stick' works well on them. Also, jogging on school grounds you're fine, there's no dogs here. If you're WALKING anywhere you're fine, they'll just bark at you, and most never leave their yards. Just like to chase joggers/runners in the neighborhood, that's all. So only bring this if you're one of the very few that will jog/bike the neighborhood.
-Door Jammer Bar: Prevents your door from being kicked down ( yes this one is expensive, but the cheap ones don't really work). Bring only if you really have extra space as it's not a must have and is probably really heavy. Should only even consider it if you're on the first floor of the building.
Amazon.com: Buddybar Door Jammer: Home Improvement
-good ol' Baseball Bat
-Laptop Lock: one side locks into lock hole usually located on either side of the laptop, the other one you loop around the table leg or your backpack
under $4 on ebay: NOTEBOOK LAPTOP SECURITY PASSWORD COMBINATION LOCK CABLE CHAIN FOR DELL HP APPLE | eBay
-Mosquito Net: Coghlans-Double-Mosquito-Net. This is a real good one..forms a 'net' box around your bed: http://www.amazon.com/Coghlans-Doubl...sr=1-1-catcorr
-Safety Vest with reflector stripes & jogger strobe light if you plan on jogging/biking/walking at night
(but really, try to do that stuff during the day & where it's safe to do so-the school does have a gym)
BEST PACKING ADVICE (Given by plan2bmd on the below listed thread):
"Maximize what you bring by bringing things that do not weigh a lot but are costly. Laptop, hard drive, flash drive, cloths that are must haves, etc. Many people use up valuable space on thing like food products, that only cost a couple extra dollars here. Bringing things like bug spray, and oatmeal are really a waste of time for minimal savings. Concentrate on light high quality items that are "must haves"."
Like plan2bmd said, almost everything else you can buy here for a few bucks more, so don't waste your space!
This also goes for all of you who want to bring a printer. Sure if you have the space, but it's not something that's a must have and will take up a lot of your space that can be used for more important high quality items that will save you more money. There are printers in the library and can buy one here for around $75US. Also, can always bring one when you return to the island for the second semester. The library does have printers/copiers just so you know and it costs 10cents for black and white and 25 cents for color.
***LIST OF THINGS TO DO/BRING AND PASSING THROUGH CUSTOMS ADVICE FOLLOW FURTHER DOWN ON THE PAGE!
Please join the FACEBOOK groups AUA Fall 2011/Class of 2015 and AUA Spring 2012 - Class of 2015 and ask the current students if there are housing questions that I couldn't answer! Also, there already is AUA Fall 2012 Facebook group with over a 400 members in it.
Statistics from gunpolicy.org on homicide rate per 100,000 comparing Antigua & Barbuda to other islands and countries (As you can see it's MUCH lower than many other Caribbean islands with med schools on them, but higher than in the U.S.)
MUST READ: LIST OF THINGS TO DO & TO BRING for Incoming Basic Science AUA Students!:
Navigating the Island without a GPS: cause no GPS will work here!
Note: You only need this if you plan on driving all over the place without anyone to show you the way. Most streets have no names posted on them to make it even more confusing.
Bring an Android wifi enabled cell phone with Google Maps installed on it. Find Antigua and Barbuda while connected to wifi, hold down the center of the map of the island until you can click an arrow to see more options. Select 'Pre-cache map area'. After a few minutes the phone will load the map of the whole island for you to use even when offline--good for a month till you have to do it again. Since most phones have a GPS chip in them, you can then go outside, open the Google Maps application and press the circle target button for the phone to show you your exact location on the Google Map of the island! This is very useful when driving around the place, as you can always quickly check where exactly you are on the map (pull-over first though, no Google Mapping while driving lol!) The phone that I use for this is HTC Evo (which doesn't work here as a cell phone cause only unlocked GSM phones--preferably quadband--work here and mine is from Sprint) However, any wifi enabled phone with Google Maps on it, whether it will work as a cell phone in antigua or not, will precache data on it to a certain degree if you view it through google maps. If it has gps chip in it then you can use it to locate yourself on that pre-cached data even if offline.