Our campus is within minutes from Nelson Dockyard, a historical area known for restaurants, shopping & activities, and is home to Antigua’s yacht club and world-renowned annual regatta, Sailing Week. Our campus is also located minutes away from many nearby beaches.
Life in Antigua & Barbuda
Antigua (pronounced An-tee’ga) and Barbuda are part of the Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean. We are proud to say that Antigua is one of the safest and most developed islands in the region. With direct flights from the United States, Canada, and UK, the island gives students the opportunity to experience the Caribbean while having the convenience of traveling to/from home.
Temperatures generally range from the mid-seventies in the winter to the mid-eighties in the summer. Annual rainfall averages only 45 inches, making it the sunniest of the Eastern Caribbean Islands, and the northeast trade winds are nearly constant, flagging only in September. Low humidity year-round.
The currency in Antigua is Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XCD). The exchange rate is $2.7169 XCD = $1 US. That sounds great until you find out that a Coke costs $3.50 XCD. Most everything is more expensive here, especially if you are stuck near school. All businesses will accept US currency. None will accept US personal checks.
Most businesses take VISA and MasterCard. American Express travelers checks are also accepted almost everywhere.
Several grocery stores and pharmacies are conveniently located throughout the island, offering the essentials that you would typically find within the United States. There are also street vendors and farmer’s markets that give students the opportunity to purchase local goods and experience exotic foods.
If you are in the mood to step away from campus dining, there are many restaurants for you to choose from, including fast food and fine dining. Located within the Dockyard are popular local eateries, many of which are open late. Venturing off into St. John’s and other areas of the island will also open your eyes to delicious cuisines.
Of course we understand that there are times when students simply need to unwind. Thankfully, there are many activities in the area and throughout the island. Popular destinations often host live music, clubs, and food tasting/events. During the second quarter of the year, Antigua Sailing Week kicks-off in English Harbor while Carnival is an experience you will never forget.