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    how much money to bring to SGU

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    I was wondering how much money to bring to SGU when i leave for SGU in Aug, is the the SGU budget they set for us generous enough for spending money and fun and leisure time money, also i am going to be on 100% loans, do i need to bring cash while waiting for my loans, if so how much. Also anything that isnt covered by loans that i need to worry about before i get my loans such as books, microscope fees, etc...

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    money...

    I would most definitely bring cash if you are on loans...I got my loan check nearly six weeks after the term started luckily I brought down enough to get me through it. I was type A and brought down about 1000-1500 in traveler's check. I had to get a tranformer (you wont need it in th enew dorms) and deposit for a phone line (500EC and activation fee 270 EC) and groceries and things so it was very helpful! Books and such are covered by your tuition for first term so dont worry about that.

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    Transformer

    Nimitt, I will be living off campus first term. Will I need to buy a transformer, and if so about how much are they. Also how powerful of one should I get? I was planning on taking about 3000 in trav. checks ( for me and my wife). Is that too much?

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    Hey Nimitt,
    Is that 1000 EC you brought down or US?
    Thanks!

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    He probably brought down US. 1000EC will not get yo far. Bring down cash, and 3K for you and your wife are probably OK. You may be able to get transformers from other student who are leaving. Your CC are accepted also in places. $3000 is alot of money for grenada.
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    Money...

    Medic answered basically what I would have. The transformer will depend on what you will use it for. Microwaves and hair dryers will require the 1600W whereas small applainces may only require 500W (prices vary depending on the watts). If you are living off campus most likely you will need a transformer but check with the place you are leasing from because a few places that are built specifically for students have 210 and 110V and there is no problem. Students are looking to sell transformer and microwaves etc all the time so check around and at the SGU store (mailroom) they have a sale at the start of the term.

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    I would wait to buy your transformers from the mailroom sale, since you will get a significant discount ( but it will still feel expensive). It is usually the first week of school. If you absolutely can't wait, then at least you will get some of your money back when you leave. When we left we sold basically everything we had brought or bought to one person- car, transformers, TV, stereo, kitchen stuff, etc.

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    Money

    I am on 100% loans too. It takes time to get a loan check cut, check with the loan office to see when they are distributing your loans to school. SGU then cuts you a check for the difference after their expenses are paid (tuition, books, fees, etc). The past two times I've done it, it took about two weeks to get the check from school. First term you'll have to pay duties on anything over $300 US in value when you enter the country. I think it's 10-15% of the item's value... like a laptop. So you need money for that, plus food to get you through about 2 weeks or so. I came down my first term with ~$300 US and that got me through fine... I put an additional expense on a credit card, which was a phone and internet hookup. US ATM cards work down there too if you need that option.

    As for budget cushion... I had ~$2000 US left at the end of my first term. But everything bought was split down the middle with my roommate... for example - food (I cooked every night almost--this saves a lot money), phone, internet --- if this is not your case you may spend more. This is also with moderate partying, dining out, etc.

    Hope this helped.

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