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    applicant2011 is offline Junior Member 510 points
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    Cote D' Azur -- Is it really important to have a generator?

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    I see that that several apartments, like Cote D'Azur don't have a generator. I know people still live there, does the electricity really go out that frequently and is it necessary to have a generator where you live? One of the landlords mentioned to me that if the lights go out AUC is only a 3 min walk from the apartment so its convenient for us to just walk over to AUC during those times... is this what usually people do there?

    I am looking into Cote D'Azur, Regency Park, and Arbor Estates...any suggestions?!

    Thanks for all your help!!

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    The thing about power outages is that they're completely random and always inconvenient. It's really hard to pin down an average. I'd say we lost power around 3-4x per month but sometimes you go several weeks without ever losing power and sometimes you lose power several times a week. When it does go out, they last anywhere from 15 min to a few hours. You just never know when they'll strike and how hard. There was a string of power outages one semester that seem to occur every weekend before exams. I'm sure you can imagine it's worse during hurricane season. Should a storm hit, expect at least a week or so without power.

    Having generators is a definite convenience and for those without, they either walk to campus or spend the hour or so without power. I spent most of my time studying on campus so I wasn't affected too much.

    For Cote D'Azur (and really any residence you consider), just a heads up: make sure the owners are reliable, friendly people. My experience at Cote D'Azur wasn't the greatest. The apartment was poorly designed and the landlord was slow with maintenance issues. Make sure you check the place out and choose it only if you can honestly see yourself living there for the next year and a half.

    Good luck!

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    Short answer, NO its not a big deal. Even if your place does have generator, doesn't necessarily means you gone have power! Power does go out often enough to be annoying but most of us study at school anyway not to be bothered. If you gone move to Cote D'Azur just make sure your landlord isn't Jim or PJ(his middle man). Haven't heard of any other complains from anyone else.

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    I survived without a generator, but I also did most of my studying on campus. Usually, the power would go out in the afternoon (in which I could hang out on the balcony) or late at night (and I was able to sleep). The worst was when it went out around 9pm, when there was no outside light and it was too late to muster the energy to go outside.

    Power went out about once a week and usually only for an hour. A generator might have been useful, but I was okay without one.
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    also, be aware that some places say they have a generator, and they do, but it is not cleared for operation yet, so it doesn't really do too much. Power outages are generally short - like an hour or less. They are still annoying, and happen pretty often. There are some areas out of Cupecoy where power rarely/never goes out.
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    I used to live in by the school and the power would go out a lot, especially during the summer time. This also holds true for water. I had a friend who lived in summit and his generator caught fire once :-O For the most part, those apartments by campus won't really have a generator that works or water that will be guaranteed at all times. To me it didn't make a big difference, except for the annoyance factor and then having to shift to campus. I moved to Aquamarina and these problems don't (or RARELY) exist here! It makes it easier for me to study here, and not have a minor issues to deal with. With that in mind, you have to manage - like making sure you wear a watch than rely on one that is powered - or hope that you don't get your car locked in your gate the day of an exam because of lack of power! lol It really depends on the complex, certain ones that tend to be nicer like blue marina or aquamarine, are more reliable in that sense. Hope this helps
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Dre View Post
    I moved to Aquamarina and these problems don't (or RARELY) exist here!
    Might have something to do with the PRESIDENT of SXM living there.

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    I didn't have a generator and often longed to live in a place that did unless the shizzle hits the fizzle when the big one hits it won't be more than an annoyance. If thats your deciding factor you take the money you'd pay to live in apace with a generator, subtract living without one and decide if the premium is worth about 30 power outages per year. (2/month+3 in the stormy season, thats no conservative average you're prob join to get less than that, and half of them won't get in your way cause it'll be during school time.) I never had one, and if I could go back I wouldn't pay a premium to have one either.

    Real world scenario: Nice apartment: Ave $1200 same one in a place with a generator: $2000 So you're talking about $800 dollars per month. Even if you split it with a roommate thats still $400. Put in perspective for $400 you can go do a dive with Ocean Explorers every other day, or buy 3 rounds of Patrons and Caribs at Soggy Dollar for all your friends every Thursday, or get 1 lap dance at PR every weeknight. Or bring two girls home from Bada Bing- at the SAME time! (To a super nice Cote d'Azur penthouse that's got everything but a generator) Just my .02c

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