Things you should know about housing in St. Lucia before you come

Hello,

I just wanted to stop by to give you some very important information about housing here in St. Lucia. I have been assisting students like yourself with housing for some time now and I feel compelled to write this post.

I have found some of the issues below, the most common so i figured that I would share with you some issues which keep on coming up very frequently.

Please see below:

1. Secure your accommodations ahead of time.

It is always a good idea to seek your accommodations ahead of time. (Many students arrive on the island with no idea of where they are going to be spending their time here. When you do this, you limit yourself and running the risk of taking anything available because of desperation) I know that you maybe skeptical about securing something prior to arrival, but that is what we are here for. Email us at info@caribbeanhabitats.com and we will send pictures (actual pictures not photo shopped) for your review.

2. Area

So you have heard that Rodney Bay is the place to be. It is home to places like Kentucky Fried Chicken, Subway, Churches Chicken, Rituals (the Caribbean equivalent to Starbucks, has the wifi and all, plus they sell great food) There are an unlimited number of other restaurants to choose from. There are two malls, 3 supermarkets, and a small casino. It has a couple of night clubs and several bars and pubs. It is within walking distance from a very lovely beach. Rodney Bay is indeed the entertainment district of St. Lucia. It is very popular with students and you do not have to ask why. The ability to find familiar food and the close proximity to everything is very attractive, but please understand that you have to pay for the convenience. Many many students ask me for this very high sort after area, but do not want to spend the money for the area. Please be realistic with your expectations.

3. Budget
Please remember that when contacting someone in St. Lucia like myself to coordinate housing for you, you must have a budget in mind. Plan ahead, do your figures ahead of time so you have an idea of what you can afford monthly when you get here.) I know that it could be difficult to determine what your budget is. A good guideline is the lower end $450.00US to around $750.00US a month. Remember also, that you get what you pay for, so be realistic with your expectations with the standard of the properties. Low end means low end and can be very comparable to the properties on the lower end in your home town. Do not commit to more than you can chew because sometime shortly after you are going to be hunting for a roommate, or break your lease commitment.

4. Budget for Bills
This is an important point. Please make sure that you budget for other bills above the monthly rent. In most cases, you will be responsible to pay for your water, cable, internet and electricity in any combination of two, three of all four of these. These are your bills, you have used the service, you had the comfort and convenience of the services, so you have to pay for it monthly. Please include the utilities in your monthly budgets. It is not fair to leave your roommate or the owner with your unpaid bills. In any event, most owners will now take your security deposit to apply to any unpaid utilities.

5. Utilities
Most accommodations will include hot and cold water, some may also include cable and internet, but almost always you will have to pay for your own electricity usage. A good number of places may come with rooms equipped with air conditioners. All I can say is remember your usage can equate to outrages electric bills. You should not leave them running all day and night, if you do, you will have to pay the piper. Most people use the standing fans which work as well. Just remember, you use it, it is your responsibly to pay for it. It is not fair and unethical not to pay your bills. St. Lucia is a small island, everyone knows everyone. The last thing you want is to be evicted, gain a reputation and no one else wants to rent to you.

6. Rules
I would like to make it very clear that the rules for renting do not change because you are doing so in St. Lucia. In most cases the owner is going to require a first and a security deposit. That is standard procedure almost all over the world. They will also require that you make some kind of commitment. Sign a lease for 6 12 months. I get many potential students asking for month to month leases. Month to month lease are not the rule, actually this is the is the exception. I am sure you can imagine why, every time someone moves out the owner has to clean and most time paint again before they can rent the place to someone else. It is very costly and they do not like this arrangement at all. And for you, why mover around so much, it is an interruption, and takes away from the time you could devote to your school work.

7. Roommates
This is very important when considering housing. For some, this works excellent, for others, it is a nightmare. Make sure when considering living with others you have something in common and have a very good understanding of how the finical commitment between you will work. We have a roommates compatibility form that we give to you to fill out. We then match you with someone with similar interests if we have others available. For the most part though, students come to me with their roommates already. Just remember to work out the details ahead of time.

8. Cleanliness
Please remember that you should take some time out of your busy schedule to clean up. I am embarrassed to have to mention this, but it is necessary. Generally speaking most areas do not have a problem with rats, and mice, roaches, and ants. However, if you do not keep your living quarters clean, eventually you will have some unwanted guests moving in with you. This is an island and if you are not clean they will eventually come. That cannot be blamed on the accommodations, or the area. The blame will be left to you. So as you make a mess clean up after yourself.

Finally, I advise to please take the whole issue of housing seriously. You are coming a far distance and the last thing you want is to be in a situation where you are absolutely unhappy while here. So let us plan ahead.....

See you soon!

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