Anguilla is in the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles, east of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The main island of Anguilla is about 16 miles long by three miles wide, and it is surrounded by smaller uninhabited islands. It has a population of approximately 13,500. Anguilla is a self-governing overseas territory of the United Kingdom.
Anguilla is home to seven marine parks and some of the best beaches in the world. It is a popular resort destination with miles of spectacular white sand and tranquil, crystal clear waters. Swimming, diving, snorkeling, boating, parasailing, paddle boating, sailing, and wind-surﬁng are just some of the activities available at beaches around the island.
Anguilla is one of the Caribbean’s premier locations for snorkeling and diving. The transparent waters surrounding the island hold coral reefs, a rich habitat for brightly colored fish dotted with numerous shipwrecks.
You can explore the beauty of the island on foot, on a bicycle or on horseback. There are a number of golf courses and tennis courts. Natural attractions include salt ponds, wetlands, bird sanctuaries, and a small rainforest located on the north side of the island. Maps are available through the Anguilla Tourist Board.
You can also find a wide range of dining options with bistros, bars, roadside grills, and gourmet eateries. The cuisine is influenced by American, Amerindian, Caribbean, Continental, Creole, French, Indo-Chinese, Italian, and Mediterranean flavors.
Local ingredients include pigeon peas, coconut, sweet potatoes, plantain, yellow corn, mangoes, limes, fresh fish, abundant crayfish and spiny rock lobsters.
Traditional dishes include conki dumplings (steamed corn dumplings, sweetened with coconut and spices), a salt fish dish with onions, tomatoes and peppers often served for breakfast, and pigeon peas and rice, Anguilla’s take on the classic Caribbean rice and peas. Tamarind balls, a mouthful of sweet and sour, are a seasonal local delicacy when the Tamarind pods are ripe.
Mauby drink is made from the bark of the mauby tree infused with spices and aromatics such as cloves, mace, orange peel and cinnamon stick and the local brew Pyrat Rum has no doubt been responsible for a few sore heads in its time.
Anguilla is only a few miles north of the island of St-Martin / St Maarten, which is divided between two nations and jointly administered by France and the Netherlands. It’s a great option for a day trip with a rich and varied culture and a vibrant nightlife.
LANGUAGE IN ANGUILLA
English is the official language. The most common language, other than English, is the islands own English-Creole language. It is referred to locally by terms such as “dialect” (pronounced dialec), or “Anguillian”.
WEATHER IN ANGUILLA
Anguilla has a tropical but relatively dry climate, moderated by northeast trade winds. The temperature varies little throughout the year with a monthly mean temperature of 80 degrees. Rainfall is erratic with an average annual rainfall of 35 inches.
STUDENT LIFE IN ANGUILLA
Anguilla is safe and friendly, and offers a close supportive community with tutoring, mentoring and plenty of opportunities for peer led learning.
Our Buddy Program on Anguilla is a great initiative driven by our students to help new students feel at home. The Buddy Program matches new students with a current student to answer your questions before you arrive and help you settle in when they arrive.
STUDENT ASSOCIATIONS IN ANGUILLA
As a student of Saint James School of Medicine, you can also join a number of student organizations and associations. Saint James is proud to support these campus organizations financially, and students are always welcome to form new clubs.
STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION (SGA)
The goal of the SGA is to promote self-improvement, to address student problems in collaboration with the medical school administration, to maintain good relations with the island community and the Government of Anguilla, as well as organize recreational activities.
Each semester, the student body elects a president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. Class SGA representatives are elected from semesters one through four and serve as SGA officers.
The SGA sponsors student events like the welcome party for new students and health related projects for the island community. The officers meet regularly with the medical school administration to discuss any student concerns and issues.
AMERICAN MEDICAL STUDENT ASSOCIATION (AMSA) AT SAINT JAMES SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
The American Medical Students Association (AMSA) is the oldest and largest independent association of physicians-in-training in the United States.
AMSA is a student-governed, national organization committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training.
With a membership of more than 67,000 medical students, pre-medical students, interns, residents and practicing physicians from across the country, AMSA continues its commitment to improving medical training and the nation’s health.
At AMSA, activism is a way of life. When you join AMSA, you become part of a vital force of future physicians who believe that patients and health professionals are partners in the management of health care and that access to high-quality health care is a right and not a privilege. Student idealism is transformed into meaningful public service, innovation and institutional change.
Become a member of the AMSA-Saint James School of Medicine Chapter and transform your passion into action and meaningful change!
One of the beauties of attending a medical school in the Caribbean is the wealth of activities available to you outside study hours. This club allows students to take part in many of the activities Anguilla is known for. Students can try their hand at scuba diving, snorkeling, hiking, biking, horseback riding, windsurfing, parasailing, boating and many more.
STUDENT HOUSING ON ANGUILLA
Most apartments are located a short distance from the medical campus. Laundry facilities are located within the apartment complexes.
Rent ranges from about $700 to $1,500 per month. Furnished apartments include furniture, linens, towels, air conditioning, and/or ceiling fans. Tenants are generally responsible for electricity, telephone, cooking gas, and cable TV charges, however rent and utilities are negotiable.
Living close to campus will give you an opportunity to meet classmates, become familiar with the island, and form study groups.
Student housing accommodation lists are available from the Saint James School of Medicine’s Housing Coordinator once you have been enrolled in the medical school. The Student Government and the Buddy Program can also advise you on accommodations. The Housing Coordinator should be notified of your arrival date at least one month before classes begin. You are advised to arrive in Anguilla two to three weeks before classes start. We recommend that you do not sign any lease until you have arrived and viewed the apartment.
TRAVEL TO ANGUILLA
Anguilla’s airport is called the Clayton J Lloyd Airport. There are no direct flights to or from the US, Canada, or Europe. Major airlines in the US, Canada, and Europe have flights to San Juan, Puerto Rico or St. Maarten where you can take a connecting flight to Anguilla. Services fly from Anguilla to various other Caribbean islands, Anguilla Air Express offers flights to San Juan and Puerto Rico.
Regular ferries link Anguilla and the neighboring island of St. Maarten, with a travel time of about twenty minutes. This is your most convenient option. Sometimes students are able to get a discount on Charter ferries from the St. Maarten airport.
Visitors to Anguilla need a valid passport along with a roundtrip ticket with a return date within 90 days of your arrival.
GETTING AROUND ANGUILLA
Saint James School of Medicine is located near The Valley, which is the capital of Anguilla. Most locations in The Valley are within walking distance and many students use bicycles. Taxis are the only public transportation on Anguilla.
The campus runs a student bus service that picks students up in the morning and has several drop-off times after class. We recommend that you check that your apartment is on the student bus route before you sign the lease. The Housing Coordinator can help you find an apartment on the bus route.
Many students purchase cars while they live on the island then sell them to new students as they leave. Monthly rental plans for mopeds and cars are available.
CELL PHONES, CABLE TV, AND INTERNET ON ANGUILLA
The area code for Anguilla is 264.
Cell phones, Internet, and cable TV services are readily available. A deposit is required for standard cell phone service and the Internet. There are three telecommunications services on Anguilla: Lime from Cable and Wireless, Digicel and Caribbean Cable Communication. Cell phones may be rented from Cable & Wireless or Digicel. Saint James School of Medicine can provide information on these services upon your arrival.
BANKING IN ANGUILLA
The official currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar. US currency, traveler’s checks, and major credit cards are widely accepted. ATM machines dispense both local and US currency. The exchange rate is fixed at US $1 = EC $2.68. Banking hours: Monday to Thursday, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm, Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.
MAIL TO AND FROM ANGUILLA
The postal code for Anguilla is 2640. The post office in The Valley is open Monday to Thursday, 8:00 am – 3:30 pm, Friday 8:00 am – 4:45 pm. All mail should be marked “AIR MAIL” to expedite delivery.
TIME IN ANGUILLA
The time in Anguilla is Atlantic Standard (Eastern Standard Time plus one hour).