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    Living Expenses In Antigua

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    Hello,

    I know everyone is different when it comes to expenses. However, as an incoming student to Antigua this May, I would like to have an idea about how much approximately the living expenses would be for a month. I'll either be living in Utopia or Mandalay.

    I would like to know the following:

    - Internet Cost/month
    - Electricity Bills
    - Cable Bills
    - Any other utilities Gas/water?
    - Travel
    - Food
    - Going out for a night

    Like mentioned before, I understand all of the above varies from individual to individual. But a ball part would help me plan my finances accordingly. Thank you so much in advance for your help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nandu007 View Post
    Hello,

    I know everyone is different when it comes to expenses. However, as an incoming student to Antigua this May, I would like to have an idea about how much approximately the living expenses would be for a month. I'll either be living in Utopia or Mandalay.

    I would like to know the following:

    - Internet Cost/month
    - Electricity Bills
    - Cable Bills
    - Any other utilities Gas/water?
    - Travel
    - Food
    - Going out for a night

    Like mentioned before, I understand all of the above varies from individual to individual. But a ball part would help me plan my finances accordingly. Thank you so much in advance for your help.
    Prepared to be raped in prices. Those Antiguan realtors can smell money a mile a way. Be prepared to pay a lot.

    Internet = 50 us dollars for the unlimited
    Cable= usually included in houses
    Utilities = 200 - 300 US or more
    Food= 400 US a month
    Going out = Liquor is the only cheap thing on the island.

    AUA - They are just as bad as the Antiguans. They charge you to park your car, to go to school there. They tag on fee's halfway during the semester for BCLS and ACLS classes...which should be included in tuition. They will hit you up for a lot of cash here and there so be prepared. With there new campus they will prob squeeze even more out of you.

    JUST SO YOU KNoW....Locals only pay 400-500 EC A month for rent. AUA and those realtors on the island, they know you are a student/tourist they charge you more. If you need a place I would honestly just leave a letter on a local's door and tell them you are looking for a room to live in and they will usually hook you up. I used to pay 350 EC a month to this older antiguan couple for a room. That's less than $150 US a month. Boom I just saved you 500 US dollars a month. I looked into this after I discovered through the owner of my student housing that AUA has a contract with him for X amount for each room but AUA would charge me double that amount. WOW bloodsuckers!!!

    Get out of student housing...tell them you cant afford their prices. You will be better off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SecondAmendment View Post
    Prepared to be raped in prices. Those Antiguan realtors can smell money a mile a way. Be prepared to pay a lot.

    Internet = 50 us dollars for the unlimited
    Cable= usually included in houses
    Utilities = 200 - 300 US or more
    Food= 400 US a month
    Going out = Liquor is the only cheap thing on the island.

    AUA - They are just as bad as the Antiguans. They charge you to park your car, to go to school there. They tag on fee's halfway during the semester for BCLS and ACLS classes...which should be included in tuition. They will hit you up for a lot of cash here and there so be prepared. With there new campus they will prob squeeze even more out of you.

    JUST SO YOU KNoW....Locals only pay 400-500 EC A month for rent. AUA and those realtors on the island, they know you are a student/tourist they charge you more. If you need a place I would honestly just leave a letter on a local's door and tell them you are looking for a room to live in and they will usually hook you up. I used to pay 350 EC a month to this older antiguan couple for a room. That's less than $150 US a month. Boom I just saved you 500 US dollars a month. I looked into this after I discovered through the owner of my student housing that AUA has a contract with him for X amount for each room but AUA would charge me double that amount. WOW bloodsuckers!!!

    Get out of student housing...tell them you cant afford their prices. You will be better off.

    are the utilities prices per person?

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    yes the prices are per person. Utilities are very expensive. You will be charged around 1.40EC per kilowatt (about .50 cents US) of electricity (unless you find someway to get resident prices) . To put this price in perspective in the U.S it is around .5 - .10 cents for per kilowatt. This makes electricity 5-10x more expensive then living in the U.S. and considering its 90 degrees everyday and you might not want to sleep in your own sweat the electric bill is up there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iwanabmd View Post
    yes the prices are per person. Utilities are very expensive. You will be charged around 1.40EC per kilowatt (about .50 cents US) of electricity (unless you find someway to get resident prices) . To put this price in perspective in the U.S it is around .5 - .10 cents for per kilowatt. This makes electricity 5-10x more expensive then living in the U.S. and considering its 90 degrees everyday and you might not want to sleep in your own sweat the electric bill is up there.

    so if you live in the cheapest housing (1400 a semester), 350 a month + 400 in utilities...so we're looking at 700 a month? (not including food etc.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by SecondAmendment View Post
    Prepared to be raped in prices. Those Antiguan realtors can smell money a mile a way. Be prepared to pay a lot.

    Internet = 50 us dollars for the unlimited
    Cable= usually included in houses
    Utilities = 200 - 300 US or more
    Food= 400 US a month
    Going out = Liquor is the only cheap thing on the island.

    AUA - They are just as bad as the Antiguans. They charge you to park your car, to go to school there. They tag on fee's halfway during the semester for BCLS and ACLS classes...which should be included in tuition. They will hit you up for a lot of cash here and there so be prepared. With there new campus they will prob squeeze even more out of you.

    JUST SO YOU KNoW....Locals only pay 400-500 EC A month for rent. AUA and those realtors on the island, they know you are a student/tourist they charge you more. If you need a place I would honestly just leave a letter on a local's door and tell them you are looking for a room to live in and they will usually hook you up. I used to pay 350 EC a month to this older antiguan couple for a room. That's less than $150 US a month. Boom I just saved you 500 US dollars a month. I looked into this after I discovered through the owner of my student housing that AUA has a contract with him for X amount for each room but AUA would charge me double that amount. WOW bloodsuckers!!!

    Get out of student housing...tell them you cant afford their prices. You will be better off.

    can we actually do this?

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    if you get something for 700US a month including utilities TAKE IT! cause that is cheap!!
    news flash--- there is nothing cheap about living on an island
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    if you take the cheapest housing, you will be living with a roommate (not a housemate) as in 2 people in 1 bedroom. This is a little rough considering peace and quiet is a must, but with the new library it might not be an issue. A "bonus" to this living situation is you can roughly guess that your utilities will be cut in half
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