Moving to St. John March 2nd...
I'm moving to St. John in a little less than a month and wanted some advice on it. I'm 23 with a dog and about a week ago decided to just go for it. I've been coming to the islands since I was 12 every year so I have some knowledge of the island. Would love to know where to look for a job as well as where to look for a place to live but any advice on the transition would be awesome! Thanks in advance!
Do you have someplace to stay once you get to STJ? Having a dog makes it a bit harder to find a place to live. And you will likely need enough for first, last, and security deposit to move into someplace. If you are living along, a place that would accept dogs will likely run you $1,000-$1,200 a month. You can call Scenic Properties and see if they have anything available, 340-693-7777. Or, once you are on island, you can check the board at Connections. It is more difficult to find a place to live in high season, so your options will be limited. I also do not recommend renting a place sight unseen. And if you don't have, or will not be buying a car, ($3,000 for a P.O.S., $6,000 + for something decent) You will probably want to have someplace walking distance to town. You can always hitchhike, but doing it with a dog is pretty hard.
As for a job, also check the board at Connections. And you can just walk around town and fill out applications and leave resumes with everyone. And be persistent, check back frequently with places that you would really like to work at.
You can check Craig's List for Virgin Islands - They have rentals for STJ, STT, STX as well as room shares, sublets,etc.
Just don't send money, sight unseen, to someone unknown.
CL also has some scammers on there so if it sounds too good to
be true, be wary.
Connections is a good resource and has a bulletin board that has rentals, jobs, etc but people who work there are knowledgeable.
As stjohnjulie said, make sure you have enough funds to get you started and as you thru until you can find a job, especially traveling with a pup.
We're pretty much at height of season now, with Valentine's and President's week almost upon us.
Here's a link for an ad for a STJ rental. Don't know the guy or the place but have seen his ads before. Maybe stjohnjulie can comment.
Maybe you can rent by the month until you get your bearings?
Awesome, thanks for your help, just replied to the craigslist ad so we'll see how that goes. Thanks again!
stjohnjulie gave you lots of great advice, especially the part about don't rent anything sight unseen. I would also add, meet any on-site landlords in person (not just a phone or email chat) before you move onto their properties. I have run into some... let's say, interesting landlords with interesting expectations.
[edited to clarify what I meant by "meet", and then edited again to remove the unintended smiley.]
Very true about meeting landlord and assessing a rental prior to renting, sight unseen and handing over money. Always get a receipt if paying cash and know terms of rental, prior to signing anything. Ask questions if there's anything you're not clear on.
You could also post in rentals wanted section in Craig's List or for a roommate, etc. Good luck.