Students live in off-campus apartments where they have a choice to live with roommates or alone. All apartments are fully furnished when students arrive.
It is suggested that all incoming students set up housing through the AUS Housing Department. The university housing department assists students in procuring safe and economic housing in St. Vincent through ‘standard contracts’ executed directly between the landlord and the student. Any exception to this requirement must be approved by the Office of Student Services.
TThe Housing Department is a part of the Office of Student Services and helps students secure the right accommodations to suit each individual’s needs. The AUS housing department staff works closely with students to select housing, while maintaining great relationships with the local landlords. Some apartments are situated near the AUS campus but not all. Since most apartments are fully furnished, students will only need to bring, towels, clothing, and other essential personal items.
There are limited housing options near the AUS campus. For students living further from campus, it may be necessary to use a local transportation to get to and from school. Students must submit a housing application form and housing deposit as soon as possible. All housing is distributed on a first-come-first-served basis.
Apartment selection is designed to address the following goals: 1) to house all students; 2) to encourage roommate pairs/quads thus maximizing the occupancy of all space.
It is also important to note that students must live in their selected apartment for the minimum time stated in the lease between them and their landlord. This requirement gives students time to acclimatize to their surroundings and to meet other students. It also provides landlords ample time to re-rent an apartment at the end of a semester.
It is not mandatory for incoming student to be placed into housing provided by the university, if the individual would like to find their own housing that is fine. If an individual decides to find their own housing they will need to notify the Office of Student Service in advance so that arrangements are not made on their behalf. Also, because the flights come in fairly late and it may be difficult to contact the landlord you have selected please be sure to make hotel arrangements the night you arrive.
Students interested in having a roommate should indicate that preference on the housing application. The housing department will make every effort to match students based on the questions asked in the housing application.
Items to Bring
* Desk Supplies (pens, stapler, sharpener, etc.)
* Surge Protectors/Electricity Convertor/Transformer(St. Vincent uses 220v and a G-Type plug)
* Rain Gear
* Personal care appliances (hair dryer, curling iron, etc.)
* First Aid kit
* Mosquito Nets & Repellants
Many items are available on the Island, but will most likely be expensive; nonetheless it would be prudent to bring your choice of the aforementioned items as the selections available in the market may be limited.