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    Electricity on the Island

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    Hey,

    I'm looking at apartments and was hoping to get one which included utilities in the rent. It has been difficult so I have started looking at cheaper apartments without utilities. I was wondering on average how much do students spend on electricity. Just trying to figure out my budget and what price to look for in apartments without utilities. Any input would be great.

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    I think only a few students have power bills < $100/month. $100-$150 was the norm back when I was on the island. If you live in a dump and are an energy miser, you can get by with a budget of ~$900/month for rent + power. If you want to live decently, plan to budget $1.2k-1.5k for rent & utilities. If you want to live lavishly, obviously the sky is the limit. Speaking of living lavishly, I will share with you one of my favorite music videos.

    For all you old timers who bought Go-Go's just to check out the owner's wife - THIS VIDEO has the "Schwarma Lady" in it. If you've fantasized about her like I have, you'll recognize her immediately. If one of the girls looks familiar but you're not convinced, I can't really prove it to you, but en route to Miami the boat does go past Saint-Marteen (at ~2:22). Coincidence? Possible, but doubtful.

    Bottom line - if you're used to $400/month rent for a nice 1BR - you're going to be SOL trying to find something similar in SXM. Your best bang for the buck is the dorms which included electricity and has a reliable generator. Good Luck!

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    My wife and I paid approx. $250/month for electricity and water at campus village (running AC at night and when having friends over).

    If you don't run your air conditioning or dryer, your power bills are considerably cheaper.
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    The electricty bills went up significantly recently. I think the prices have been raised. I usually pay 160-200$ and i'm rarely ever home. Only go there to sleep and eat.
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    I lived in Sunset Residencies and my electricity/water bills were rarely over $100. The most I ever paid was $105 and the least I ever paid was $60. The landlord reclassified the building so the utilities were much more affordable there. Also, I ran the AC all night, plus most of the time when I was home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RebeccaB View Post
    I lived in Sunset Residencies and my electricity/water bills were rarely over $100. The most I ever paid was $105 and the least I ever paid was $60. The landlord reclassified the building so the utilities were much more affordable there. Also, I ran the AC all night, plus most of the time when I was home.
    Sounds like your apartment was wired to my meters the whole time. You owe me some dough.
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    I was told to stay away from Sunset... How was your experience there? Any problems?

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    Apparently, GEBE recently fired the "corrupt" head of the company and as a result, the electric bills went UP and the power went OUT (even more often) ... only in st. maarten kids, only in st. maarten...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AUCMD2013 View Post
    The electricty bills went up significantly recently. I think the prices have been raised. I usually pay 160-200$ and i'm rarely ever home. Only go there to sleep and eat.
    wow, prices just goes up and up there. i remember paying 80-100 dollars a month. crazy ol' st. maarten.
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    I am going to be staying at Sunset Residences. How was it? And how far is it really from campus?

    Google maps doesn't really do addresses on St. Maarten.
    Quote Originally Posted by RebeccaB View Post
    I lived in Sunset Residencies and my electricity/water bills were rarely over $100. The most I ever paid was $105 and the least I ever paid was $60. The landlord reclassified the building so the utilities were much more affordable there. Also, I ran the AC all night, plus most of the time when I was home.

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