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. With 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. A popular resort destination with miles of spectacular white sand and tranquil, crystal clear waters, it is one of the Caribbean’s top locations for snorkelling and diving. The transparent waters surrounding the island hold coral reefs dotted with numerous shipwrecks.
Explore the beauty of the island on foot, 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 in the north of the island.
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.
“SMALLER STUDENT TO FACULTY RATIOS ALLOWS STUDENTS TO NOT ONLY HAVE AN INCREASE IN ONE-TO-ONE CONTACT WITH INDIVIDUAL FACULTY MEMBERS, BUT ALSO ALLOWS THEM TO EXPLORE THEIR COURSE WORK IN MORE DEPTH.”
Professor Adam Allen, Saint James Anguilla
STUDENT LIFE IN ANGUILLA
Welcome to your Caribbean med school community. We promise you individual attention, small classes, and personal support. Anguilla is safe and friendly, and offers a warm welcome with tutoring, mentoring and plenty of opportunities for peer led learning.
Our Buddy Program on Anguilla is an initiative driven by our students to help new students feel at home. The Buddy Program matches you with a current Saint James student in Anguilla, who will answer your questions and help you settle in when you arrive.
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. Some opportunities for involvement include: Red Cross, AARF, Cover 2 Cover, and White Coat Committee.
STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION
The goal of the Student Government Association (SGA) is to promote self-improvement, maintain good relations with the island community, organize recreational activities, and address any student issues in collaboration with the medical school administration.
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 ASSOCIATION
The American Medical Students Association (AMSA) is the oldest and largest independent association of physicians-in-training in the United States. The 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 is committed to improving medical training and the nation’s health.
ADVENTURE ANGUILLA CLUB
One of the beauties of attending Caribbean med school 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, and boating.
STUDENT HOUSING ON ANGUILLA
Most apartments are located a short distance from the medical campus. Living close to campus will give you an opportunity to meet classmates, become familiar with the island, and form study groups.
Rent starts from around $500 per month. Furnished apartments include furniture, linens, towels, cookware, air conditioning, and/or ceiling fans. Tenants are generally responsible for electricity, telephone, cooking gas, and cable TV charges, however rent and utilities can be negotiable. Laundry facilities are usually located in the apartment or within the apartment complexes
Please request student housing accommodation lists from our Housing Coordinator once you’re enrolled, and let the coordinator know your arrival date at least one month before classes begin. It’s a good idea to arrive in Anguilla two to three weeks before classes start, so you have time to get settled. We recommend that you do not sign any lease until you have arrived and viewed the apartment. The SGA and your buddy on campus can also advise you on good places to live.
“OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM, FACULTY ARE ALWAYS AVAILABLE. THEY’RE ALWAYS MORE THAN WILLING TO TALK WITH YOU. THEY’RE THERE TO HELP YOU WITH WHATEVER YOU MAY NEED.”
Aqsaa, MD3, Saint James Anguilla
TRAVEL TO ANGUILLA
There are daily direct flights from Miami to Anguilla. Additionally, 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 or ferry to Anguilla. Services fly from Anguilla to Miami, various other Caribbean islands, and Puerto Rico. Anguilla’s airport is called the Clayton J Lloyd Airport.
Regular ferries link Anguilla and the neighboring island of St. Maarten, with a travel time of about twenty minutes. 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 Anguilla is located near The Valley, 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.
LANGUAGE IN ANGUILLA
English is the official language of Anguilla. The most common language, other than English, is the islands own English-Creole language, referred to locally as dialect 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.
FOOD IN ANGUILLA
Anguillan cuisine is influenced by American, Amerindian, Caribbean, Continental, Creole, French, Indo-Chinese, Italian, and Mediterranean flavors. You’ll find a wide range of dining options with bistros, bars, roadside grills, and gourmet eateries.
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. Sweet sour tamarind balls are a seasonal local delicacy when tamarind pods are ripe.
Grocery stores are plentiful and well-stocked.
CELL PHONES, CABLE TV, AND INTERNET
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. Telecom providers in Anguilla include: Digital and FLOW. Cell phones may also be rented from these providers. Saint James School of Medicine can give you more information on these services upon your arrival.
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).
About SJSM Concierge
Saint James School of Medicine continues to raise the bar in education and the overall quality of services offered to its students. As such, SJSM introduced the role of Student Concierge. On each of our campuses, the Student Concierge team will assist students who are joining the school for the first time with their transition and acclimation to the island life. This service is available to every SJSM student, and there are no additional costs to utilize the service.
Students coming to the island for the first time can expect to be welcomed by the Student Concierge representative of their respective island at the port of entry (an appointment is required to be set up in advance). Our friendly staff member will then take you to your place of stay or give you a tour of the campus. We aim to ensure that your first visit to the island is pleasant and that your transition to your new Caribbean life as a medical student goes well.
Below are some of the additional services you can expect from the SJSM Student Concierge:
- INITIAL WELCOME TO THE ISLAND FOR FACULTY/STAFF
- RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING THE TRANSPORTATION & CAR SERVICES
- TRAVEL RELATED INFORMATION & SERVICES
- ACCOMPANIED CAMPUS WALKTHROUGHS
- DOCTOR REFERRALS
- GUIDANCE ON ORGANIZING EVENTS (BIRTH PARTIES, SCHOOL EVENTS, ETC)
- INFORMATION ON BUS TRANSPORTATION
- INFORMATION ON RESTAURANT & HOTEL RESERVATIONS
- MAPS/ LOCAL TOURISM INFORMATION
- SHOPPING INFORMATION (GROCERIES, CLOTHING, ELECTRONICS, PHARMACY, ETC)
- INFORMATION ON SHIPPING FREIGHT IN/OUT OF THE ISLAND
- CURRENCY/BANKING INFORMATION & ASSISTANCE
- ASSISTANCE WITH OBTAINING CELL PHONE/OTHER UTILITIES
- INFORMATION ON GYMS, SALONS, SPAS, DRY CLEANERS, TAILORS
- CAR RENTALS/REPAIRS, PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY, PHONE/INTERNET
- BABYSITTING/DAYCARE/CHILDREN SCHOOLING ADMISSION ASSISTANCE
Mrs. Pamela Riley
Mrs. Riley is a Canada-educated Anguilla native with a significant experience in customer service and concierge. After several years of experience working in some of the leading Anguilla hotels, Mrs. Riley has joined SJSM with one goal: helping students fall in love with Anguilla.