Ross University requires that housing be secured before your arrival to the island. Rent prices range from 400 USD to 1,000+ per month. Typically, one bedroom apartments go from 400 -900 USD/month, two bedrooms 1000-1200 USD/month. Houses with 3 bedrooms are around 1200-1800 USD/month. Prices vary depending upon how close to the university you live. The closer to the university, typically the higher the rent, however, there are some exceptions. Closest to the University in Picard is Banana Trail and Lizard Trail. Banana Trail leads straight up from the Ross main entrance gates. Lizard Trail leads to the northern end of campus, the only other gate to enter/exit campus. The Moo Cow Trail (Balvin Rd.) would be your next closest bet. The Moo Cow Trail is between the main campus and what is called the Annex. Check out this video to get an idea of where all the trails are. Some students live in Glanvilla (which is about a 20 minute walk from campus) because prices tend to be more affordable and rentals more spacious for families. In Glanvilla you can find homes for rent in the 500-650.00/month range.
Some place have rules about pets and children being allowed or not. Ask before you secure a place. Some places have extra charges for a spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend residing with you. Those charges however, should be firmly established before you arrive. Expect to pay a full months rent for a deposit.
Find out what is included in your rent. Is it furnished ? Does it include water, electricity, maid service, internet, cable, security services etc ? Most places here do not include electricity with the rent because it is expensive. What kind of electricity does the apartment have-110 or 22o volt or both ? Do you need a transformer ? Are there screens on windows to keep the bugs out ? Are their pots/kitchen utensils, linens/towels, fans on site ? Security bars on windows ? Is the residence hurricane worthy ?
I recommend finding a place that has security bars on the windows. Dominica is not a dangerous place but petty theft does occur, especially in regards to electronics and lap top computers. Keep purses, back packs, cell phones, ipods, electronics, computers etc. away from open windows. You’d be amazed what people can do with a bamboo stick and a window. It also helps if your landlord lives on the property. Dominica is small community. Your landlord will recognize any unwelcomed visitors around their property. This is a natural theft deterrent. Ross security works hard to keep us safe and patrols the Picard area by car and on foot. They can be called 24/7 for any concerns you have.
If you are looking for a roommate, I recommend using Facebook as a way to network with your incoming class. Most incoming classes have their own Facebook group. It’s a good way to meet people and start making connections. Many Ross student associations have Facebook group pages too. You can find them through searching under “Groups” for “Ross University”. This is another way to get an inside look from upperclassmen. They may be able to advise you on good landlords or properties.
If you can find a place with a generator and a washing machine, you will be set and make instant friends! Don’t expect a dish washer. Don’t expect central air. Most apartments have a window/wall unit in the bedroom only. Fans will be your best friend ! You can buy a good fan in Roseau at Astaphans store. In Picard fans are available at James’ Store and the store next to Hope Restaurant. The Blue Sky Home Center in Portsmouth sells fans as well.