Day To Day Antigua
Antigua will be your home for the next two years. That’s why our tips for living in Antigua include everything you need to reside comfortably – from grocery shopping to transportation. By the time you start classes, you’ll already feel at home and when you return to the U.S., you’ll be homesick for Antigua. Discover all you can do in a day in Antigua.
AUA contracts an independent bus service to provide subsidized transportation to quickly get you to and from campus and housing facilities. To access other locales on the island, taxi service is available with fixed fares to popular destinations.
Renting or buying a car is also an option. Numerous rental agencies can be found on the island, including ones in St. John’s and at V.C. Bird International Airport. Cars are available for purchase from dealerships, private owners, and other AUA students leaving for their clinical clerkships. On the island, temporary Antiguan driver’s licenses are required to drive. Rental agencies can facilitate acquiring them or you can contact the Antigua and Barbuda Transport Board for licensure and other information.
Groceries & Food
St. John’s is home to Epicurean, the island’s largest and most extensive supermarket that mixes a wide range of global brands with local produce and baked goods. In addition, a weekly farmer’s market provides opportunities to browse the selection of fresh fruits and vegetables grown on the island. Epicurean also has a second location with a pharmacy in the Jolly Harbour commercial area. First Choice rounds out the list of supermarkets near the campus.
There are over a hundred restaurants on the island, offering everything from fine dining to fast food. You will find familiar franchises such as Kentucky Fried Chicken, Subway, and Australian Ice Cream, but also a number of excellent restaurants that fuse local ingredients with the elements of West Indian cuisine.
Although all necessities are available on the island, most large internet retailers will ship to you (contact the vendor for details on government duties). For luxury shopping, there are a variety of upscale stores close at hand in St. John’s or a short jaunt away in English Harbour.
St. John’s hosts a number of clubs and live music venues for students looking to unwind. The island observes Sailing Week in late April or early May, Carnival in July/August, and AUA holds the Freedom Fest every semester to celebrate student diversity and raise funds for local Antiguan charities. There is also a movie theater on the island featuring the latest releases.