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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 University vet school, housing assistance is provided by our Housing Department. We contribute to the educational experience of our students by offering diverse housing options and related services. We work to facilitate access to affordable, secure, clean, and comfortable living environments, which also meet our minimum safety standards. Our department is committed to the continuous development of positive and pleasant relations between and among the Ross Vet community and the community at large. We also seek to enhance student life at Ross Vet school through non-academic experiences 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.
The Ross Vet school Housing Department is located on the east side of the campus in the Campus Living Residences, Chief Tegreman Hall 111.
RUSVm Housing Team
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?
Housing for students is available both on campus and off. All new and incoming students are required to live on campus for your first semester unless approved to live off campus due to special circumstances. If you are a new student coming to St. Kitts with children, you are automatically approved to live off campus.
The Campus Living Residences are considered "transitional housing” for students. You only live on campus for your first semester at Ross Vet whether you enter as a traditional semester one student or through the Vet Prep program. After the end of that first semester, you 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 and for our Ross Vet school student housing team. They help promote a 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
ROSS VET SCHOOL STUDENT HOUSING: ON-CAMPUS
On-campus housing for students is located on the east side of campus by the Caribbean Sea. The University’s Campus Living Residences can accommodate approximately 140 students across five residences. The Campus Living Residences have 100 efficiency units, 15 double occupancy units, and 4 triple occupancy units.
Students who require accommodation due to a disability in Ross Vet student housing, please contact the Office of Student Disability for assistance at 855-229-0848 or by emailing [email protected].
All rooms include:
- Efficiency kitchen (refrigerator, sink, stovetop, 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 armchairs
- 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
ROSS VET SCHOOL STUDENT HOUSING: OFF-CAMPUS
It is Ross Vet's policy that all students living off-campus must select from our “Ross reviewed” properties list. For additional information about off-campus housing for students, please do not hesitate to contact the RUSVM Housing Department.
To assist you in your selection of off-campus housing, the Ross Vet Housing Department maintains a “Ross reviewed” off-campus housing for students list. Listed properties are offered for your consideration for the following reasons:
- Properties have been inspected by Ross Vet 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 Ross Vet Housing Department.
- Properties are located within Ross Vet security “patrol zones” as well as being located within a short travel distance of Ross Vet 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 Ross Vet 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 Ross Vet security patrol zones.
We strongly encourage you to select housing from the “Ross reviewed” list. At the same time, you are responsible for diligently evaluating any potential properties, landlords, and roommates thoroughly. There are other sources of information available about island housing for students, including rental management agencies, other websites, and recommendations from other Ross Vet students.
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 on all students is critical. You are required to submit your local address to Ross Vet and 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 if complications arise between students and landlords, whether listed on the site or not, or there are complications between roommates regarding living arrangements, those issues are the sole responsibility of the students involved.
Questions about this policy should be directed to RUSVM Housing Department.
ROSS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF VETERINARY MEDICINEMAKES 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 a Ross Vet listed property.
- Decide 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 Vet 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 animals
Housing for students is available if you are planning on bringing your pet(s). 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.
If you have a service animal, please review the service animal policy in the handbook. If you have questions regarding your service animal, please contact the Office of Student Disability Services (OSDS)
at 855-229-0848 or by emailing [email protected] for questions or assistance.
EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMALS
If you would like to bring an emotional support animal (ESA) to Ross Vet and would like to apply for an accommodation to have your ESA in Ross Vet housing, the OSDS can assist you through the request process. Please contact the Office of Student Disability Services (OSDS) at 855-229-0848 or by emailing [email protected].