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Welcome To The Department Of Housing
The Housing Department strives to provide high-quality services to the students at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.
At Ross, we aim to contribute to the educational experience of our students by offering a diversity of housing options and related services. The housing office works to facilitate access to affordable, secure, clean, and comfortable living environments, which also meet our minimum safety standards. We are committed to the continuous development of positive and pleasant relations between and among the Ross community and the community at large. We also seek to enhance the non-academic experiences of students through our services, programs and events.
In addition to facilitating finding housing, the we strive to:
- Promote opportunities for students 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 are respected and celebrated.
Our office is located on the east-side of the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine campus in the Campus Living Residences, Chief Tegreman Hall 111.
Adele Straun, Housing Manager: 869.465.4161 x401-1179
Dereka Thompson, Assistant Manager - Campus Living: 869.465.4161 x401-1303
Andrea Liburd, Assistant Manager - Housing Generalist: 869.465.4161 x401-1300
Colleen Govia, Administrative Assistant for Housing: 869.465.4161 x401-1181
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, Closed
On Campus or off?
All new and incoming students are required to live on campus for their first semester, unless approved to live off campus due to special circumstances. New students coming to St. Kitts with children are automatically approved to live off campus.
The Campus Living Residences are considered "transitional housing," i.e. students are only allowed to live on campus for their first term at Ross Vet whether they enter as a traditional semester one student or through the Vet Prep program. After the end of that first term, they are required to obtain off-campus housing.
Complementing the campus life experience are our Residence Advisers/Assistants (RAs), who are an integral part of life at the campus residence halls. They help to promote positive community life on campus while contributing toward the social, cultural, and intellectual development of campus residents. From the time you meet your orientation group, to the time you'll share with classmates at campus socials and cultural events, you will create lifelong friendships and lasting professional relationships.We look forward to welcoming you to our community!
Campus Living Handbook (PDF) Updated 2020
Off-Campus Housing Policy (PDF) Updated 2020
On Campus Housing
Located on the east side of campus by the Caribbean Sea, the University’s Campus Living Residences offers rooms to approximately 140 students in five residences. The Campus Living Residences have 100 efficiency units, 15 double occupancy units, and 4 triple occupancy units.
All rooms Include:
- Efficiency kitchen (refrigerator, sink, stove top, microwave, toaster oven, and coffee maker
- Bathroom (shower, sink and toilet)
- High-speed Internet connection in each unit (cable not provided)
- Phone in every unit that allows for on-campus dialing and free Internet calling (VoIP) to the U.S.A., Canada and Puerto Rico
- Cable TV hook-up. Televisions are not provided in apartment units. You may bring or purchase one here if you wish, but keep in mind that once you move into off-campus housing, your new home will likely have a television. Premium Cable TV is also offered free of charge in each apartment building’s air-conditioned lounge
- Wireless network accessible in all lounges
- The units are wired for 110 volts
Each Standard Room Includes:
- Bed frame, 76" x 55"
- Hangers (set of 10)
- Dresser (six drawers)
- Two arm chairs
- Two small lamps with shades
- Stovetop with two burners
- Toaster oven
- Coffee maker
- Window blinds
- Shower curtain with hooks
- Pots and pans, seven pc (includes three saucepans with lids and stainless fry pan)
- Corelle Dinnerware, 20 pc (set includes four each of the following: dinner plates, salad/dessert plates, saucers, soup/cereal bowls, and cups)
- Glasses: 4 in single occupancy, 6 in double occupancy, and 9 in triple occupancy units
- Silverware, set of 20 pc (meat fork, salad fork, knife, teaspoon for four persons; serving spoons)
- Silverware holder.
- Cooking utensils, 14 pc (stainless steel steak knife, kitchen knife, basting spoon, slotted spoon, ladle, slotted turner, cutting board, etc.)
- Garbage receptacle, kitchen
- Garbage receptacle, bathroom
Each Campus Living Residence Offers:
- Study lounge
- TV lounge (cable TV)
- Laundry rooms
- Room Furnishings
It is Ross Vet's policy that all students living off campus must select off-campus housing from listed properties, which is further explained below. For additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected]
To assist students in their selection of off-campus housing, RUSVM maintains a “Ross Reviewed” off-campus housing list. Listed properties are offered for your consideration for the following reasons:
- Properties have been inspected by RUSVM security and housing personnel and meet our minimum guidelines for safety and security. These include, but are not limited to, security bars on windows and doors, outdoor lighting, and security cameras. The complete guidelines for Ross-reviewed properties can be viewed by contacting the RUSVM housing department.
- Properties are located within RUSVM security “patrol zones” as well as being located within a short travel distance of RUSVM security in case of an emergency.
- Property landlords have proven themselves to be responsive to tenant’s needs and fair in management of the rental process.
Listed properties are reviewed at least once every two years to assure compliance with RUSVM guidelines. Listings and landlords that do not appear on the website have either not been reviewed or have been denied listing for non-compliance with the minimum standards and may present added risks, such as being located outside the RUSVM security patrol zones.
RUSVM encourages students to select housing from the recommended list. At the same time, students are responsible for diligently evaluating any potential properties, landlords, and roommates thoroughly. There are other sources of information available about island housing, including rental management agencies, other websites, and recommendations of RUSVM students.
To assure RUSVM can be as responsive as possible to student safety, regardless of where students choose to live, having accurate local address information on all students is critical. Students are required to submit their local address to RUSVM and to proactively inform the University of any change of address. This assures accurate information on all students in case of an emergency or natural disaster.
Please note that complications that may arise between students and landlords, whether listed on the site or not, or between roommates in regards to living arrangements, are the sole responsibility of the students involved.
Questions about this policy 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.
- Determine your budget for an Ross Vet listed propertyDecide whether you want to live alone or with a roommate
- Determine the area where you want to live (i.e. near or farther away from campus). Consider the cost of a car into your budget, even if you intend to live close to campus.
- Begin your search for your Ross Vet listed property.
Neighborhoods with listed properties close to campus:
- West Farm
- Mattingley Heights (transportation required)
- Camps (transportation required)
Neighborhoods with listed properties further away from campus
- Fortlands (transportation required)
- New Road Housing (transportation required)
- Cedar Grove (transportation required)
- Bird Rock (transportation required)
- Frigate Bay (transportation required)
The Off-Campus Housing website is accessible to approved/registered Ross Vet students via MyRoss and it is available to assist students in finding housing. Approved incoming students must obtain housing prior to arriving on St.Kitts. The Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine Housing Department works in partnership with each landlord that agrees to abide by the Landlord Code of Conduct to secure student residences. To access the Off-campus Housing website, login to MyRoss, Student Resources and St. Kitts Housing.
Bringing Your Pets
Students planning to bring their pets should ensure all requirements for importation to St. Kitts have been met and check with their airline carriers to ensure that they have a confirmed ticket for the pet. Please visit Preparing to Move to St. Kitts for complete information.