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    maurinz is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Cost of living on Saba

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    Can someone provide me info on cost of living on Saba.

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    Maurinz,

    I have a housing list (pdf format - file size 1.48 MB) dated April 15th, 2005. I can't post it b/c it's too large. PM me your email and I will send it to you.

    Of course, most of these places are probably taken, but i just want to give you a general idea. You can get an updated list when you arrive.

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    Hey GFLIP, I was just wondering if it is essential to get a car for the stay on Saba. I intend on getting a feel for the need for my first semester there, and if needed I may purchase 1 for the 2nd term. Also, how often and how much do you think should be budgeted for food on a monthly basis? I intend to be as frugal as possible when on the island, but not deprive myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rubensmadder
    Hey GFLIP, I was just wondering if it is essential to get a car for the stay on Saba. I intend on getting a feel for the need for my first semester there, and if needed I may purchase 1 for the 2nd term. Also, how often and how much do you think should be budgeted for food on a monthly basis? I intend to be as frugal as possible when on the island, but not deprive myself.
    Rubensmadder,
    It all depends where you live. If you decide to pick a place in the Bottom, then you don't really need a car. If you live up in Winwardside, Upper Hells Gate, ect. then you might want to consider getting a car. There is a bus service for the students, but it runs on a schedule. As a first semester you don't really need a car b/c both dorms are right next to the school. Occassionally, you will need to take a trip up to the bank in Windwardside, but you can always hitch a ride up <which is legal here on good ol' Saba...so is drinking and driving / drinking while you're driving>. As for food, personally, I spend about $25 dollars a week on groceries <sandwiches, cup of noodles, microwavable dinners>. Oh yeah, bring some vitamin supplements. Occasionally, I'll eat at the cafeteria during lunch <about $5 meals>. Other people in my class spend roughly $40/week. I'm just getting by in the dorms <Matthews> since we only have microwaves. I can't wait to live off campus so I can cook some real food.

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    Yeah, but when will you cook...
    Seriously, be sure to bring vitamins, they are essential to keeping yourself from breaking down, and helps keep your mind sharp and deal with the stress of med school. You DO NOT want to get sick here....missing one day can be like missing a week or two in undergrad.
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    Cost of living???? Well that will range depending on how you like to live.... if you like to spoil yourself with all the goods then it can be comparable to living in a big city, in the heart of the city... if you can deal with not such a lavishing lifestyle then you can live cheap. Rent will vary significantly... depending where you want to live (The bottom, Winwardside or Hell's gate) and depending how you want to live. Of course newer places which are newly furnished and built may be more expensive then older shacks. One bedrooms are more expensive then a two or three bedroom, but the average for rent I would say is about $400-500 a month (range from $300 to $1000 per person). Cable is approx $30, internet is approx $84 dollars, telephone local line is approx $15 for local calling, $30 with long distance capability, cellphone will depend on usage ($50 for phone and then you cards to call), electricity will depend on usage but approx $60 per person. So that brings us to food... yes your weekly groceries, anywhere from $40 to $90, depening on what you like to eat again (my self I like my meats fish, chicken, pork (cheapest meat you will find on the island, besides the fish you can catch while fishing) and STEAKs (not as good as back home but what the heck)), but when you look at food you also have to consider drinks, snacks in the cafeteria, a little party money and so on.... so this approx puts you at about $1000 per month. Can you do it for less SURE, do you want to suffer for 20 months.... NOT ME... remember you are going to be studying a lot and that you need to be well nourished you cannot live off cup a soup, and I also agree with wolfgang make sure you are taking vitamins and even double you dosage while down here... like you said you DO NOT want to get sick down here... Remember if there is something you CANNOT live without, like fruit rollups or your Whey protein.... ship it down here or bring a supply...

    R

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    Cellphone

    Thanks for all your responses! They're helping alot!

    A few more things that I guess alot of people would also like to find out about.

    Who are the providers for:

    1. Telephone
    2. Cellphone (I'm assuming that none of the US cellphone services work on the island on "roaming mode")
    3. Internet

    For the cellphone and whoever the provider is, what kind of plans do they have? Or is it a prepaid service?

    For the telephone line, do you have to get an international plan to access toll-free numbers? Is the local calling plan a fixed rate for unlimited local calls and is it sufficient for dial-up internet access?

    Is VoIP available on the island?

    I have had an MCI Calling Card that gets billed monthly depending on how much I use it and where I use it from. Does anybody on the island utilize this kind of service?

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rubensmadder
    Thanks for all your responses! They're helping alot!

    A few more things that I guess alot of people would also like to find out about.

    Who are the providers for:

    1. Telephone
    2. Cellphone (I'm assuming that none of the US cellphone services work on the island on "roaming mode")
    3. Internet

    For the cellphone and whoever the provider is, what kind of plans do they have? Or is it a prepaid service?

    For the telephone line, do you have to get an international plan to access toll-free numbers? Is the local calling plan a fixed rate for unlimited local calls and is it sufficient for dial-up internet access?

    Is VoIP available on the island?

    I have had an MCI Calling Card that gets billed monthly depending on how much I use it and where I use it from. Does anybody on the island utilize this kind of service?

    Thanks!
    I don't know if you've seen my several posts about living costs on the island in the past...if not please do a search on this forum for them, I have found them to be very accurate...I hope you find them useful.
    VOIP is not available on the island unless you use skype or similiar program on your computer via off-campus DSL service.
    Don't even think about using your MCI card on the island..$$$$
    Cell phone's here all use prepaid cards...and companies...there is a current post in the main saba forum about this now, and has been several in the past (use search).
    Good luck to you ~W
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    .............Phones

    If you have an unlocked GSM triband or quadband phone, you can change the sim card down here. I know somebody that had cingular service (using a motorola V60i) phone, and he got his phone unlocked. Down here, he switched the sim card and is currently using the prepaid service. It's about $.43 per minute to call back to the states, but you can go online and use a callback service, which charges about $.20 per minute.
    Doing all this will save you the cost of buying a new phone, which runs from $50-$200 (depending on the phone you want to invest in).

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    Thanks for all your responses. I will call Cingular tonight and have my 3-band phone unlocked.

    Mark

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