Moving to STT this summer!
After MUCH online research (quite a bit on this board) and lots of long talks with my fiance, I've decided to take the plunge and move to STT this summer (from Utah). I'll be starting at UVI in August. I'm thinking of renting one of the studio condos in Fairway Run - anyone familiar with those? I've also looked at the Pineapple Village studios. Which one is a better location to access great snorkeling? I'll probably be spending a lot of my free time doing that.
I'll be shipping my car down, so getting around won't be a problem. I've already requested some quotes.
For those of you who read my other thread, I've decided not to bring my daughters. They will stay in Colorado with their dad so I can finish my degree.
My fiance works in India, and we're already quite accustomed to spending at least half our time apart. When he does come to spend time with me, it will be like a tropical vacation every time! That's so much better than being stuck indoors on a cold winter day in Utah. Neither of us care for the cold & snow - we tried skiing a couple times, but whatever fun we might have had was overpowered by the bloody cold. Apres ski with a little hot cocoa and brandy, now THAT was more our style 🙂
Sadly I probably won't have time for a PMV, as I'm taking classes at the University of Utah this summer and my fiance will be busy in India. Our plan is to head down late July/early August and stay in a hotel for a few days while we finalize a long-term rental. My understanding is that this shouldn't be a problem, as it's pretty slow down there around that time and there will be plenty of apartments available. I know a PMV is highly recommended, but I absolutely HAVE to go to school down there (nursing - getting into an accredited nursing program up here is a huge hassle), so I'll just have to adjust. I've been through massive culture shock before, I'm a traveler (spent some time last summer on Menorca, a small Spanish island in the Mediterranean; it was wicked hot but oh, that water), and I can already feel that wonderful Caribbean sand and sea . . .
See you soon!
I am also going to be staying in a hotel for about 4 days to find a long term rental. We are going to rent a car and call a real estate broker to show us some places to rent. Joy Stanley posts a majority of the rentals on Craigs List, so I plan on contacting her a couple weeks before I move. I have also heard from some people on this message board that there are signs on the roads of places for rent. I dont think it will be a problem finding a long term rental in a few days. I will also be going to UVI in the fall. I have heard that you really do not want to live on the East End if you are going to UVI due to the long drive, especially if you have early classes. I do not live there yet, but this is what I have heard from people who do live there.
I am from Denver and I as well hate the cold. I cant wait for warm weather year around and no more snow. 😀
Don't rent anything sight unseen, whatever you do. Until you get the lay of the land don't leap into anything. Best of luck to you. You might want to check out Ronnie's place for a while until you get your bearings. Villa Fairview or Crystal Palace.
Going with a rental agent is a great way to see some properties, especially condos, but most people don't use realtors when they rent out their places. Make sure you check out the local paper as there are tons of properties on the rental market right now.
I was thinking about that, actually. Villa Fairview looks like a great place to start.
I've been scouring Craigslist daily. I've seen all of Joy's ads, and have already sent her an email telling her I'd like to meet with her when I get down there. You're heading down before I am - please let me know how it goes for you. I'm sure I'll see you around campus! What are you majoring in?
Thanks for letting me know! I know my move won't be ideal, as I don't have time for the PMV. However, I'm feeling fairly confident that I'll be able to find something.
I will actually be moving about the same time as you. I am going to be going to the BVI on July 14th to sail and dive for 2 weeks, and then I am moving to St. Thomas (A nice vacation before the move). So I will not actually start looking for places to live until about the end of July. I am majoring in Hotel Management, and I am going to try to get an internship at the Ritz Carlton. I should be done with school in about a year. As I understand the Campus is pretty small so I probably will see you on Campus some time or another. Keep me posted on how your move goes and I will do the same.
Thanks, Greg! I'll definitely let you know how my move goes. Have fun on your pre-move vacation!