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Housing for Ross Vet School Students

THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT STRIVES TO PROVIDE HIGH-QUALITY SERVICES TO THE STUDENTS AT ROSS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF VETERINARY MEDICINE

At Ross Vet, our Housing Department provides off campus housing assistance to students. We offer diverse housing options and related services, allowing students to find a home where they feel comfortable and safe. We will work with you to find affordable, secure, and clean living environments which meet specific safety standards.

In our search for suitable off campus housing, we consider your student life at Ross Vet school to help:

  • Promote opportunities for you to connect with others.
  • Develop a strong and enduring sense of belonging.
  • Establish an environment rooted in mutual respect and civility where students of varying backgrounds and cultural differences can live and socialize.

We look forward to welcoming you to our community!

Ross Vet Off-Campus Housing Policy

Off-campus student housing on the  “Ross reviewed” list meets the following requirements:

  1. Properties have been inspected by Ross Vet security and housing personnel and meet the minimum guidelines for safety and security. The safety features include, but are not limited to, security bars on windows and doors, outdoor lighting, and security cameras. For complete guidelines for “Ross reviewed” properties, contact the Housing Department.
  2. Properties are located in Ross Vet security “patrol zones” and are within a short distance of Ross Vet security in case of an emergency.
  3. Property landlords have proven to be responsive to tenant’s needs and fair in the management of the rental process

Listed properties are reviewed at least once every two years to assure compliance with Ross Vet guidelines. Listings and landlords that do not appear on the Ross Reviewed list have not yet been reviewed or they have been denied listing for non-compliance with Ross Vet’s minimum standards. Properties not on the approval list may be located outside the Ross Vet security patrol zones or present other risks. 

You may find your own accommodations through rental management agencies, websites, word of mouth, or other sources, but Ross Vet strongly encourages you to select off-campus housing from the “Ross reviewed” list. Regardless of how the property was found, 
you are responsible for diligently evaluating any potential properties, landlords, and roommates. 

To assure Ross Vet can be as responsive as possible to student safety, regardless of where students choose to live, having accurate local address information is critical. You are required to submit your local address to Ross Vet and proactively inform the school of any change of address. This assures accurate information on all students in case of an emergency or natural disaster. 

Please note that if complications arise between students and landlords—whether or not the property is Ross reviewed—or if there are complications between roommates, those issues are the sole responsibility of the students involved. 

Questions about housing policies should be directed to the RUSVM Housing Department. 

ROSS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF VETERINARY MEDICINE MAKES NO GUARANTEE OR WARRANTY WITH RESPECT TO THE CONDITION, CLEANLINESS OR LOOK OF THE LISTED PROPERTIES WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, ARISING BY LAW, CUSTOM, PRIOR ORAL OR WRITTEN STATEMENTS, BY ROSS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF VETERINARY MEDICINE, OR OTHERWISE.

ALL STUDENTS NEED TO CARRY OUT THEIR OWN DUE DILIGENCE OF THE LISTED PROPERTIES TO DETERMINE IF THE LISTED PROPERTIES SATISFY THE STUDENT’S NEEDS.

RUSVM WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR (1) ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, (2) COMMERCIAL LOSS OF ANY KIND (INCLUDING LOSS OF BUSINESS OR PROFITS), OR (3) LOSS, DAMAGE OR EXPENSE DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY ARISING FROM THIS AGREEMENT; BASED UPON BREACH OF WARRANTY, BREACH OF CONTRACT, WHETHER OR NOT RUSVM HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE OR LOSS.

***To secure housing requires entering into an agreement with a property manager/ landowner. Legal counsel can offer the best guidance on a lease or agreement. Therefore, a renter should seek legal counsel before signing a lease or entering into an agreement and at any time during the tenancy agreement.

Off-Campus Housing Tips
  • Determine your budget for a Ross Vet listed property.
  • Decide whether you want to live alone or with a roommate.

The Off-Campus Housing Database is complete with a variety of housing options from which to choose. All apartments are furnished with the minimum of a bed, dining & sitting room furniture, TV, refrigerator, stove, microwave, and air conditioner.

All of the listings have some form of security features, mostly consisting of security bars on accessible windows, exterior lighting, cameras and door locks.

All bathrooms have the standard North American features: sink toilet, bath/shower, or shower stall alone. All apartments are fitted with electrical outlets which carry 110 voltage.

Neighborhoods

Neighborhoods with listed properties close to campus:

  • West Farm
  • Boyds
  • Mattingley Heights (transportation required)
  • Camps (transportation required)

Neighborhoods with listed properties further away from campus (transportation required for all):

  • Fortlands
  • New Road Housing
  • Cedar Grove
  • Bird Rock
  • Frigate Bay

The Ross Vet campus is located in West Farm. Neighboring West Farm are a few communities – Boyds, Camps and Mattingley Heights. These housing communities are small which means that there is limited available housing located close to or within walking distance to campus. If no housing options can be found on the Off-Campus Housing Website, under the areas of West Farm, Boyds and/or Camps this means that no housing options may be available at the time of your search. Your next option would be to either continue to revisit those housing locations for a day or two but also begin to expand your search for housing in areas a bit further away from campus, where many other students reside.

Off-Campus Housing Website

The Off-Campus Housing website is available to assist approved/registered Ross Vet students via MyRoss. All incoming students must obtain off campus housing prior to arriving on St. Kitts.

Transportation To and From Housing

If securing an apartment further away from campus, here are a couple of options for transportation until you secure your own:

  • Rossi Shuttle  – Operates 5 days a week (Monday to Friday) and takes you to and from campus only. Students sign-up and pay (weekly rate EC$100 / Monthly rate EC$400) for this service. The bus picks-up and drops-off at points closest to your residence. The morning service starts at 7:00 am and the afternoon shuttle leaves campus at 5:00 pm. If students are not able to make the 5:00 pm shuttle an alternate service is available. Details to follow upon having secured housing.
  • Night Security Shuttle – This service is complimentary. It is available Monday through Friday every other hour from 6:00 pm to 12:00am. The shuttle operates at 7:00pm and 9:00pm service on Saturdays and Sundays. This service takes students to their doorstep.

Orientation Schedule
During new student arrivals and throughout orientation week, scheduled transportation will be provided for the commute to and from campus, and for grocery shopping.

New students should have arranged transportation or signed up for the Rossie Shuttle service by the Saturday before the first day of classes.  

BRINGING YOUR ANIMALS

Pets

Students may bring pets with them to St. Kitts, but the animals must meet all importation requirements. Students should also be sure the animal—like the student—has a return airline ticket. Check with the Housing Department to see which units allow pets. Please visit Preparing to Move to St. Kitts for complete information.

Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals

If you have a service animal (SA) or emotional support animal (ESA), please review the service animal policy in the handbook. If you have questions regarding your service animal or emotional support animal, please contact the Office of Student Disability Services OSDS at 855-229-0848 or rossvetosds@adtalem.com

RUSVM Housing Department

The Ross Vet School Housing Department is located in the Student Union Building.

New Students

Dereka Thompson

1-732-645-3100 – office U.S. line

1 869-465-4161 Ext 401-1303 St. Kitts office line

dthompson@rossvet.edu.kn

 

Off Campus Housing

Andrea Liburd

1-732-898-0113 office U.S. line

1-869-465-4161 Ext 401-1300 St. Kitts office line

anliburd@rossvet.edu.kn   

 

Senior Student Experience Operations Manager

Adele Straun

1-732-898-0179 office U.S. line

1-869-465-4162 Ext 401-1179 St. Kitts office line

astraun@rossvet.edu.kn 

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