Campus LifeCAMPUS LIFE

Housing
Here at Xavier University School of Medicine, we understand that going to live and study abroad in a new place can be a difficult transition and quite the adjustment. We have a very supportive staff in Aruba who are the most valuable resource for assisting our students with their housing preferences & accommodations. XUSOM does not currently have on-campus dormitories, but we do offer university-sponsored apartments and houses. These accommodations are located within close proximity to the campus. Additionally, we have a good relationship with many local landlords as well, so there are plenty of excellent housing options. The following information should answer most of your housing questions:

– The average rental in Aruba is between $500 and $800 per month.

– One and two-bedroom apartments are available, as well as houses which can be shared by students.

– Transportation to and from campus will be provided, free of charge, for students who opt for XUSOM-sponsored housing.

– All other apartments and houses are relatively close to campus. Most students choose to walk, bike, or rent a vehicle for their time on the island.

– Most housing options are fully furnished and provide secure parking facilities for students who decide to rent a vehicle.

– All housing accommodations are usually finalized during the end of the prior semester as apartments become available. A housing agreement will be presented to the student and is to be signed and submitted to the housing coordinator before the start of the semester.

– The Aruba staff can also provide students with information & recommendations for non-university sponsored housing upon request.

For more information about housing & arrangements, please contact:

Ludmila Geerman, Student Coordinator
lgeerman@xusom.com

Food
While on the island, students can experience a bit of Aruban flavor by visiting local restaurants. Aruba’s melting pot of cultures contributes to an interesting menu of local dishes, with heavy influences from Holland, South America, and other Caribbean islands. Chain restaurants, both fast food and upscale, from the United States are also close to campus. These restaurants include Wendy’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Subway, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Tony Roma’s Steakhouse, Ruth’s Chris Steak House etc. Additionally, there are local supermarkets and shopping malls nearby. There is an on-campus cafeteria available for students to use at any time.

Student Organizations
XUSOM has several student organizations on campus that help to engage and educate the student community beyond the classroom. Our students are physicians-in-training and we are committed to providing the skills and experience necessary to succeed both educationally & professionally. While participating in these organizations, students have the opportunity to attend social events, activities, mentor groups, seminars, health fairs, etc. The following is a list of the on-campus organizations at XUSOM:

Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG)

The Family Medicine Interest Group teaches students to perform physical examinations. These exams include blood pressure, hearing, and vision; just to name a few. It is an excellent preparation for future clinical rotations and gives students the opportunity to apply their practical skills outside of the classroom. The FMIG hosts several different events including health fairs and seminars in various medical specialties. It is also a great way for our students to become actively involved in the community.

Student Government Association (SGA)

The Student Government Association helps to create and coordinate activities both inside and outside of the university for all of our students. The group works to promote a fun and exciting atmosphere for learning and welcomes all students to participate.

Academic Enhancement Program (AEP)

The Academic Enhancement Program serves as an on-campus mentor group and gives students who are performing well in their studies, the opportunity to tutor and support their classmates to improve their academic performance. XUSOM fosters a family-oriented, team environment where everyone guides one another to achieve both their educational and professional goals.

American Medical Student Association (AMSA)

AMSA is the oldest and largest independent association of physicians-in-training. AMSA is a national organization, governed by students who are committed to addressing the concerns of medical students and medical professionals. Pre-medical students, medical students, interns, residents and practicing physicians, make up the members of the AMSA. Their primary focus is to improve medical training and the health of our entire nation. Recently, a chapter of the association opened at XUSOM, and we couldn’t be happier.

MY XUSOM Intranet
MY XUSOM is the ultimate student resource that gives each student quick and convenient access to their profile, application, documents, and grades. All students will be prompted to create a login, once they have registered to start the online application process. In addition, all students will be able to access their student email through this portal.

If you are experiencing difficulty accessing MY XUSOM, please contact: helpdesk@xusom.com.

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