St George’s University is one of the world’s most beautiful medical schools. Although Grenada is a developing country, it’s natural beauty is one damn good reason to live here. Living in Grenada is nothing like you have ever experienced in your first world life. It’s Island Life.
What to Expect in Grenada
We travel on the left side of the road. 84 degrees everyday. Two seasons: wet and dry. No stop or speed limit signs. Yes, the grenadians are speaking English with a tint of Grenadian Creole. Students drive Suzukis maybe with AC. Scooters. Bumpy Roads. Leg day is everyday. Locals opening your coconut with a machete. Winning a chicken or goat at BINGO. Goats and cows cause traffic daily. Stray cats and dogs. Mosquitos. Everything is on “Island Time”. Local shops and vendors. Sunburns. Canada and New York channels on TV. Turquoise Seas. Hurricane Season. Cleaning Services. Mongoose.
What to Pack for Grenada
My list usually looks like this: Silverware, Plates, Brita filters, Swiffer pads, Sponges, Tide Pods, Laundry Scent boosters, Whey Protein, Body wash, Soap, Fish oil, vitamins, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Hand sanitizer, Clorox scrubber pads, Tylenol, Ziploc bags, Razors, Cotton balls, Deodorant, Bug spray and sunscreen, Lotion, Cat treats, breakfast biscuits, Tea and coffee instant packs, Gum, Peanuts, Ground Coffee, Oatmeal packs, Chia seeds.
SGU sprays campus twice a week for mosquitos.
Mail in Grenada
There are NO addresses, anything shipped to you must go through customs, then you will get a letter in your box at school-Which you have to apply for in the first week of orientation. You may have to go to the post office for anything that won’t fit in the mailbox.
$ Money in Grenada $
Most places take any cash payment but your change will be in EC. There is an ATM at the school and one in Spiceland Mall where IGA is located, on the Grand Anse Bus Route.
Bring some cash for your first few days in case you need to ride the Reggae bus.
Cellphones in Grenada
LIME or Digicel. I recommend getting a phone with a few minutes on it for emergencies. iPhones are great to bring bc you can still iMessage and FaceTime on wifi.
Food in Grenada
Grenada offers a variety of American, West Indian, and English Foods. Many vendors also sell Grenadian dishes like roti, oil down, calaloo, seafood, and nutmeg ice cream. For a complete list of native fruits and veggies visit Tanrosie.com.
List of Restaurants we enjoy: Umbrellas, Savvys, Carib Sushi, Dodgy Dock, The Owl, Sweetlys, Timbers, Bananas, Prickly Bay.
You can also get food or groceries delivered to you, check out- delivermegnd.com.
SGU has a student center with a Subway, Glovers Buffet, Glovers Bar & Grill, and New York Bagels. In the town of St George there are a few KFC’s, Subways, and a Pizza Hut as well as many many many local restaurants.
Groceries in Grenada
IGA is on the GrandAnse bus route in the Spicelandmall Mall.
Food Fair is on the Mont Tout bus route.
On campus ( & everywhere else ) there are also local vendors with eggs and fruit.
In town, there is the fish market and also a French spice market on the other side of the bus terminal where on Saturdays all the vendors come out to sell.
Transportation in Grenada
1.School Buses are free and you must show your ID.
They have random security checks.
Also, Become familiar with the SGU Bus Schedule
2. Reggae Bus 2.50 all the way
to Bus Terminal & 3ec on Sunday’s and Holiday
4. Boat Taxi
Pets in Grenada
You can bring your pets, but you have to live off campus. Click here to read how.
SGU has a vet clinic very close to the school for pets and the GSPCA always has pets you can adopt. We snatched our little Panther off the Grand Anse Beach and snuck her on the school bus in our book bag.
Finding a place to live in Grenada