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    starting may 09, few questions

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    im starting at ross in may, and i had a few questions. 1. what apartment(s) are worth living at? 2. how bad are the insects if you live on the first floor? 3. is it necessary to bring a wireless router? 4. is it necessary to bring a mosquito net? 5. is portmouth beach hotel a good place to live at? thanks, any info will be helpful

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    i started in may 05 so it might be a little different. left the island in sept 06.

    PBH is a nice place to stay. they have backup generators in case the power goes out. It's also close to the school and the beach is right there in your backyard. rent is fair. downside is that i think some sewage passes by near there so u will get a nice whiff every now and then. There are plenty of places on lizard trail, banana trail, etc. just look around and see what fits you. keep in mind you probably want to stay close to campus in case you want to study late at night and be able to walk home. the closer you are to campus the more expensive.

    when i stayed at PBH for my first semester, i remember lizards and insects on the walls. centipedes would show up every now and then, but mostly i saw them outside in the grass. the lizards actually eat the mosquitoes so kinda want them around. plus, it doesnt hurt if a lizard licks your face while u sleep.

    you should definitely bring a wireless router so u can roam around your apt without be tethered down.

    i didnt bring a mosquito net, but be prepared to be bit. just keep your door closed and the AC running.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jumpsuit55 View Post
    im starting at ross in may, and i had a few questions. 1. what apartment(s) are worth living at? 2. how bad are the insects if you live on the first floor? 3. is it necessary to bring a wireless router? 4. is it necessary to bring a mosquito net? 5. is portmouth beach hotel a good place to live at? thanks, any info will be helpful
    1. Come down here, go on the housing tour, then decide which apt. fits your needs. There are tons of choices down here.

    2. Not bad at all, the most annoying insects down here are the ants and mosquitoes, and they don't discriminate based upon which floor you are on.

    3. Yea, good idea.

    4. No.

    5. I wouldn't live there personally. Over-priced, cramped, lousy bathrooms, and they have been known to screw ppl over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jumpsuit55 View Post
    im starting at ross in may, and i had a few questions.
    1. what apartment(s) are worth living at?
    There are a TON of apartments to choose from. Like the above poster said, banana trail and lizard trail are saturated. My husband stayed in Geraldine Lockhart down banana trail. It was a really nice place, and the lady was very pleasant. He had about a 10-15 minute walk to school, and most of it wasn't on a sidewalk, so that's something you might want to think about when lugging your heavy book bag around. Our friend stayed in the blue apartments across from Geraldine, and her place was also very nice. You can find a newer place pretty easily because the locals keep putting up apartments for the students.
    2. how bad are the insects if you live on the first floor?
    My husband lived on the first floor and it wasn't too terribly bad. Mind you he had the forest as his backyard, so he probably got a little more than most. The occasional centipede crawled in and mosquitos too. Never had a lizard or anything like that. He bought a bunch of those bug traps and stuff from Roseau and set them up at the front door as kind of a deterrent. I can't really tell you how big of a difference it made because we would still find bugs. The worst we ever saw was a black beetle the size of a baseball, LITERALLY. It was chillin on his front porch, so he just kicked it off and we went on with our lives.
    3. is it necessary to bring a wireless router?
    Again, like the above poster said, if you want to have freedom in your apartment to move around as you please bring one. Most of the apartments come with internet, but you'll need a cord to plug it into the wall, so it restricts where you can go.
    4. is it necessary to bring a mosquito net?
    He didn't bring one and did just fine. I would recommend bringing OFF or something to help deter them. He wasn't eaten alive or anything, but he did get bit quite a bit, so second semester I brought him OFF spray and it seemed to help.
    5. is portmouth beach hotel a good place to live at?
    We also had a friend who lived there that really liked it. It's super convenient because it's right next to school, like a 5 minute walk or less. They also have a bar there where most of the students hang out after mini's, so it's always nice to be close to home at night. It might be a good idea to live there first semester until you get familiar with the island. It's nice that it's on the main road as well, so it's close to some of the restaurants and James store (grocery).
    thanks, any info will be helpful
    I hope that was kind of helpful. I know I didn't go to Ross, but I definitely lived it first hand with the hubby. Good luck!
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    anyone know if getting a transport to portsmouth for grocery shopping would be cheaper in the end than using the stores near campus?

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    Quote Originally Posted by medic300107 View Post
    anyone know if getting a transport to portsmouth for grocery shopping would be cheaper in the end than using the stores near campus?
    Ive never heard of anyone doing this.... some people go to the outdoor market for fruits and vegetables and I think they have meats as well

    Stores around here charge the most for "US brands" so just buy as much local/west indies brands you can find....

    Ex. Bag of west indies Cheese curls 8EC and Doritos 15-20EC
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    Its costs 1 EC to go to portsmouth from the campus, having said that its probably not worth the hassle.

    Veg/fish market on weekends is good but you will have to be up and about by 6 am

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    Quote Originally Posted by SolNiger View Post
    Its costs 1 EC to go to portsmouth from the campus, having said that its probably not worth the hassle.

    Veg/fish market on weekends is good but you will have to be up and about by 6 am
    yeah i heard everything sells out quickly

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    Wow....wake up at 6am to save a couple EC.....thats crazy
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    Quote Originally Posted by DEQNY85 View Post
    Wow....wake up at 6am to save a couple EC.....thats crazy
    I've done it a few times. It sucks too cause it's on Saturday morning. The best thing is the fresh bread, everything else gets to be to chaotic.
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