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    With prices and rents higher after the hurricane. What do think your monthly expenses for food and housing will be now?
    Is there any affordable housing in Grand Cayman and would you need a car to get to school everyday?

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    Everybody has different feelings about prices on the island. I heard a few people from NY saying that prices didn't seem high to them because they're from NY. Most people think it's pretty expensive here especially when you take all the prices you see and add 15-24% to it to convert it to USD. I can't tell you about rentals because I live in the dorms but here are some of the prices that I remember:
    1 pack of Claritin (5 pills) = 9CI approx 12 USD
    Bike = 135-250 CI
    1 gal Tropicana oj = 6 CI
    Lean cuisines = 4-6 CI
    32" no brand regular TV = 500 CI

    My first trip to the supermarket cost me around 300CI and I didn't think I bought much because I don't have room in the dorm. I didn't even buy any meat. Just some fruit, milk, cereal, bread...

    I guess your expenses will depend on your lifestyle. There are people that share a 2 bedroom apartment between 4 people and then there are people that rent their own place or share a big house with just a few people.

    Getting around without a car would be impossible for me but there are many people that walk, take busses or just ride their bikes to school.

    Good Luck

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    The bus isnt too bad. walking during the afternoons when its less hot isnt too bad either. The only problem is during holidays less buses run.
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    Re: expenses

    Quote Originally Posted by footdoc
    With prices and rents higher after the hurricane. What do think your monthly expenses for food and housing will be now?
    Is there any affordable housing in Grand Cayman and would you need a car to get to school everyday?
    The other poster is right, depending oon your lifestyle. My husband and I spend $50 CI per week in groceries (and we eat meat EVERYDAY,!. Other things included is milk, cereal, bread, fruits, all kinds of things, and that includes snacks. $200CI per month is all we do for groceries, and it feeds two!. Also, I ride bike to school, so no fees there. I brought my bike with me, it dint cost me anything as US Airways counted it as a check in.
    My point: it is feasible to live cheap here while you attend school.

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    Id say for most student around 3K a month

    you can live cheaper if you are good at it, but expect NYC prices + 40%.

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    Tuna is $.70
    Ham is $3.00/lb
    Bread is $1.00
    Flour is $1.50
    Eggs $1.35
    Milk is $4.00/gal
    Ramen Soup is $.25
    Mac and Cheese $.50
    Butter is $1.75
    So, yeah you can live cheaply is you try. If you insist on name brands then you will have a problem. But I tend to feed myself on $20/week. I do have a friend that eats out everyday Paul as he is totally helpless and cant cook. He spends $14/day on food to eat every meal out. There is $.99 menu at Wendys and Burger King. He also wants me to mention that here are free buffets all over the island on Fridays during happy hour. ALL PRICES CI

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    CI

    When you get down to the caymans you learn to forget about the value of US money. At first, most people are trying to do conversions for everthing, but you have to realize that the conversion really doesn't matter. If you need something, you're gonna buy it even if it's a little pricey.

    By the way...the hurricane didn't change prices when it comes to groceries and stuff. The things that went up are mostly: 1. real estate/rent prices (because housing is at a premium, but this is improving quickly) 2. insurance (mostly homeowners, but car insurance is higher as well) 3. to a lesser extent, cars (the price of cars is slightly higher than before the hurricane). Remember that most things here are more expensive than the US...we are on an ISLAND and one of their large sources of income is tourism. There are some exceptions to the high prices...My wife and I got insured on a '97 honda accord for $400 CI (less than $500 US) for a year. That's much cheaper than US. Also, companies here are normally helpful when it comes to things that were messed up by Ivan. The tower for cable TV on our house was destroyed by Ivan and Westar fixed it for free (normally $250).

    So just live as frugally as you can, but don't worry too much about it...The study time is much more important.

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