LIVING IN ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
COST OF LIVING
Antigua is not a cheap place to live, but there are ways to avoid some of the higher cost items that will increase your monthly spending. Eating out is quite reasonably priced depending upon the type of food and the location of the restaurant. The cost of groceries varies, depending on whether or not the item has been imported into the country. By buying locally produced items you can reduce your grocery bill by quite a bit.
Healthcare services in Antigua and Barbuda are provided through a network of twenty-six community health clinics, a very good public hospital in Antigua (Mount St Johns), an eight bed medical facility in Barbuda, as well as numerous private clinics, doctors and dentists. Treatment for visitors is not free, so travellers are reminded to ensure they have adequate medical insurance at all times.
Education in Antigua and Barbuda is free and compulsory for all children between ages 5 and 16. Even transport, school infrastructure and class materials are accounted for under a levy of basic wages. Primary education starts at age 5 and lasts for 7 years.
Less than half of primary school pupils enroll at secondary school where they will study for 5 years. The state curriculum remains academic throughout without any vocational alternative.
Vocational training is under control of the national training agency that is responsible for setting and maintaining national standards. The Antigua State College delivers courses in office management, home management, agriculture, electronics and refrigeration among others.
There are three small colleges in Antigua and Barbuda. The University of Health Sciences trains medical practitioners. The University of the West Indies School of Continuing Studies offers adult training, while the University of the West Indies maintains an extramural department in Antigua.