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dabb21
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May 23, 2014 12:43 am  

Hello, I am moving to stt in twelve months and it can not come fast enough. I am going to be transferring to UVI I am curious if there is anyone on here that is a student or familiar with the University? I am also starting my search now for a place to live. I am wondering where the majority of the students live, also am wondering if there are people on the island that could use a 27 year old to help out with their property (pets and horses) and have a place for me to stay if that makes sense. I am just starting my search now so anything is helpful. PS I am coming down for grad school and studying marine biology and oceanic weather Thanks!!


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East Ender
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May 23, 2014 12:45 pm  

Well, not a student, but I know current and former students... I think a year ahead is a little early to seek housing, but it would be good to have areas of interest. Many students concentrate on the west end ( e.g. Bonne Esperence) or the north side for quick access to campus. Many apartments are within a house, so you could offer to do chores for a rent abatement. You might want to check out the Golden Age Ranch on FB. It is a horse rescue/stable/riding attraction where volunteers are always welcome.

Have you been to St Thomas before?


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dabb21
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May 23, 2014 5:42 pm  

Thanks for the response I have been there on a cruise once. I know t might be a little early but I want to have everything planned and see up. This is a huge move for me and I can't wait. Thanks for the info about the horse barn


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May 26, 2014 10:48 am  

Contant is also a popular rental area. There are many opportunities for marine biology majors. Check Coral World, VI Ecotours, and the Jean Cousteau Center at The Ritz. Unfortunately, they aren't close to UVI.


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dabb21
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May 26, 2014 4:25 pm  

Nice tank you for that info! I'm not too worried about being close to everything it's not a huge island. I'm used to city traffic and taking forever to get anywhere. I plan on getting scuba certified immediately. Is the rental area you mentioned closer to the university


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May 26, 2014 4:40 pm  

If you have a car and don't mind driving then you are not limited to the living near UVI/south and western side of island.
North side of island has rentals that are about 15 min. from UVI with little traffic.
South side gets pretty hot during the daytime so if you have to indulge in using the A/C, it'll drive up your cost of living.
Hard to plan so far in advance but if you could visit again before you move and get to know island a bit better then you'll have a better idea of where to settle for school, shopping and your favorite activities without having to drive back and forth from one side to the next, constantly, especially if you'll have to deal with any traffic.


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East Ender
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May 26, 2014 6:07 pm  

I believe that diving is taught as part of the curriculum. If you have a car, you will have lots of UVI friends and unlimited possibilities for housing.


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May 30, 2014 1:16 pm  

"The student should contact Paul Jobsis, the Director of the marine biology program. His e-mail is pjobsis@uvi.edu."


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dabb21
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May 30, 2014 8:20 pm  

thank you stxer what exactly did she say i should contact him about?


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Stxer1
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May 31, 2014 4:21 am  

My friend's reply was very generic. I gathered that the Director of your program would be able and happy to try and answer your initial questions posted here on the forum. He's probably used to answering the same kinds of concerns that you brought up here.


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dabb21
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May 31, 2014 5:21 am  

Awesome well thank you very much


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VI Trojan
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June 9, 2014 6:03 pm  

Hi dabb21,

I am in the same situation that you are in. I will be graduating with my Associate's Degree in December and transferring to UVI for the Spring 2015 Semester in January. I just found out that I have been accepted to the University's Hospitality and Business program. I have just started my search for housing and found that if you have a car you can live pretty much anywhere (I am shipping my car), if not then look in the contant area/west end. I am just as excited about moving and continuing my education on St. Thomas. I am 31 and hopefully I will find some part time work while finishing my undergrad degree. Maybe I will see you around campus next year! I have been talking to Ms. Morris in Admissions at UVI, she has been a great source of information to make the move as smooth as possible.

Have a great day!


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dabb21
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June 9, 2014 11:13 pm  

Hey vi Trojan good to hear I am not the only one doing this I won't be moving until June of 2015 and I am not bringing a car but I think I am going to buy a scooter once I'm there. I am going to pm you and give you my email we can maybe chat once in a while and help each other through this big move if that's ok with you!


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JulieKay
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June 9, 2014 11:16 pm  

You should thoroughly read the forum posts here on scooters before deciding to buy one. 😉

Good luck with the move!


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sunshinefun
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June 10, 2014 12:04 pm  

You should buy a scooter before moving here. Prices in the VI are very inflated.


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Alana33
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June 10, 2014 2:00 pm  

Not safe in STT to drive a scooter, IMO.
Steep terrain, sharp corners coming off off steep roads, narrow roads, lack of side walks, droff-offs on sides of roads, numerous potholes, bad/inadequate lightiing at night, overgrown roadsides, lack of good roads plus there's the idiot other driver factor.
One sees very few scooters here. For good reason.


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OldTart
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June 10, 2014 3:05 pm  

You should buy a scooter before moving here. Prices in the VI are very inflated.

Since the OP is planning on living on STT, a scooter is not a safe option by any stretch and I concur completely with Alana's comments.

Anybody who considers using a scooter on STT as transportation needs to ensure that their affairs are in order, they have top notch medical insurance coverage and sign up with one of the emergency medical airlift companies.


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caribstx
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June 10, 2014 4:39 pm  

Sounds like a dirt bike would be a better option!


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dabb21
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June 11, 2014 7:46 pm  

haha wow i got scared off that option pretty quickly


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caribstx
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June 11, 2014 7:55 pm  

Don't let them scare you!


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Alana33
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June 11, 2014 11:20 pm  

Please, let us do scare you as it may save your life and limbs.
We drive in STT. caribstx doesn't. Different islands, roads and topography from STX.


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noOne
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June 12, 2014 5:03 pm  

Yeah I had a motorcycle borrowed from a friend for about three months, I had one accident with it. I would not suggest riding any type of bike on STT roads, it is not safe with the roads the way they are and how people drive on the island.

Edit: heh, I would say that driving down there is one of the few things that does not change much over the years, right OT?


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IslandHops
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June 12, 2014 6:02 pm  

The roads on St. Thomas are in MUCH better condition than the roads on St. Croix but there are more hills, tight turns, and blind corners. It's the traffic/drivers that are a larger issue - I find even a cab ride over there can be exiciting. I ride a bike here on STX, but I wouldn't recommend riding on STT at all.


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Dorian Poisson
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August 12, 2014 7:20 pm  

Hi!

I'm attending UVI (moving from DC on Sunday) for Fall semester. Studying Marine Biology as well. PM message me and we can chat!


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