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    What to Bring on the Island

    I was wondering, besides a laptop, what things should I buy in the US before I come to the island? Also generally how expensive are groceries on SXM?

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    Just to update,

    The dorms now have full wifi, so a router is not necessary if you have a dorm assigned.
    Also, the orientation advisors provided us with a bag of goodies upon arrival which included:
    - Off spray
    - a bar of soap
    - a roll of toilet paper
    - a roll of Paper towel
    - 1.5L bottle of water
    - Laundry card with enough credit for one load (Washing & Drying)

    the shower came with shower curtains

    I packed some of that, and could have saved that space!


    oh...and the AC gets kinda cold in the room, and I can't make it "weaker"...or weak enough to not feel too cold. If you get cold easily, I'd consider a slightly thicker blanket.
    Last edited by Hirokk; 06-21-2012 at 09:30 PM.

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    Can somebody tell me if you can use Bank of America checks or do you need local bank checks or cash to purchase things. I'm not a fan of debit charges. I'm mainly thinking about paying rent. Walking around with 600-700 dollars isn't ideal.

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    I'm sure it's mentioned in the 42 previous pages but how many students own cars? Is it crucial to have a motorcycle or car (to avoid rain). Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Charro View Post
    Can somebody tell me if you can use Bank of America checks or do you need local bank checks or cash to purchase things. I'm not a fan of debit charges. I'm mainly thinking about paying rent. Walking around with 600-700 dollars isn't ideal.
    Cash is king on the island. If you have a Bank of America account you can pull money from the Scotia Bank ATM at the Casino for free, but if you are paying rent, go early as nearly everyone is pulling their rent cash around the same time. Some people use debit/credit cards and I dont think there is too much of a problem as all the places (that accept cards) on the Dutch side anyway can charge in Dollars (no foreign currency charge). As to rent, many places require cash or a local (island bank) check. A few places/landlords accept US checks (I was lucky in this regard and always used a US check). If you have to carry the cash from the ATM, I'd advise going in the daytime and walking with a few other people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by El Charro View Post
    I'm sure it's mentioned in the 42 previous pages but how many students own cars? Is it crucial to have a motorcycle or car (to avoid rain). Thanks
    Honestly, It depends on personal preference and where you live. If you live near the school, then you can be fine without a car. I purchased one after 1st semester just for the ease of being able to go get groceries or anything else whenever I wanted and after I sold it 5th semester I ended up only truly paying about $200 for the car for the entire time I was on the island. Some people buy a car together and then share it in order to decrease the amount one has to pay. Some people rent cars on the weekends to do their shopping.

    Although some people have motorcycles, I'd be especially careful about riding on the island as traffic rules are not as enforced and the general rule is the largest car has the right of way and no one looks out for the bikers. So, be careful if you want to ride.
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    Thanks RfisherMd for taking the time to answer me with great advice that was exactly right on target. Motorcycle is out. ha-ha.

    Have you discovered if Landlords will allow you to pay ahead, say every 4 months to avoid bank lines and get rent covered with your loan check first and most importantly.

    Did you have time between studying and school to look into housing and check into buying a car (well obviously you did) or is it rather difficult.

    Was the living expense money sufficient for everything, or did you have to watch spending really carefully at the end of the semesters?

    What is having things shipped from the mainland like? Say you order a good pair of running shoes, does customs charge a huge duty? Or are things of that quality there on St. Maartin? Are all packages opened?

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    Is it difficult to find lodging close enough to campus to walk, or does demand and price make it less attractive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Charro View Post
    Have you discovered if Landlords will allow you to pay ahead, say every 4 months to avoid bank lines and get rent covered with your loan check first and most importantly.
    Each landloard is different. Some students pay for the entire semester upfront when the loan check comes in. Just talk to him/her and find out.

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    Did you have time between studying and school to look into housing and check into buying a car (well obviously you did) or is it rather difficult.
    I am not sure what your 1st semester living situation is. If you are in the dorms, then there is more than enough time towards the end of the semester to get everything sorted. Especially because the 5ths will be leaving and opening up their apartments for rent. If you are not in the dorms, I would advise arriving a few days early and staying in a hotel while you find a place. You do not want the stress of starting medical school AND trying to find a place to live. If you call the Sunset Hotel, or the Sonesta Maho and tell them you are an AUC student, you should be able to get a discounted rate (~$

    Quote Originally Posted by El Charro View Post
    Was the living expense money sufficient for everything, or did you have to watch spending really carefully at the end of the semesters?
    Again, it depends where you live and how you live. If you live in a nice condo, it can cost nearly $2,000/month. If you gamble your money at the casino away, then you get the picture. If you have a family, it is not enough (As AUC only accounts for the cost of living for a single student). If you are single and live frugally like a student, the money is enough, some say it is even too much. I advise taking full loans the first semester anyway and seeing how you make out. I would advise saving some of it away for USMLE Exams and for living expenses for the break between ending 5th semester and beginning clinicals as there are no loans during this time.

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    What is having things shipped from the mainland like? Say you order a good pair of running shoes, does customs charge a huge duty? Or are things of that quality there on St. Maartin? Are all packages opened?
    There is NO customs on SXM. Nothing gets taken/charged. I would advise setting up an account with Four Star Cargo They can give you a US address in Miami and then charge you by weight and how fast you want things delivered (there is no additional monthly/yearly fee). They offer air and sea options. Another option for shipping mail is a company called "The Mailbox". They will meet you at the business fair at orientation. For a fee, they will give you a US address in Miami and deliver a set amount of pounds free each month and charge per pound after that. If you are just getting packages from Amazon, etc. Id recommend just using 4star as this is the company "The Mailbox" uses and then charges a fee on top of it. That said, SXM is a fairly advanced/nice island and there isn't much you cannot find there (except for muscle powders, I think). You may have to pay more to get it on SXM, but if you have to pay shipping, then it is kind of a wash anyway.

    Quote Originally Posted by El Charro View Post
    Is it difficult to find lodging close enough to campus to walk, or does demand and price make it less attractive?
    The places closer to campus are more desirable and the places know it and charge a premium for it. For the most part, it is worth it as you dont have to have a car and can walk to school. If you live outside of the close area surrounding the school (Cupecoy), you need a car as it is unsafe to walk through the golf course. I have not been to the island recently, but when I was there it was a dangerous place.
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    I bring picnic food, fruits, water blankets and towels !!

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