Photograph: View of ocean from Barbados.

Accommodations and Facilities

Students will be housed at Frank Worrell Hall on the Cave Hill Campus (number 33, upper center left on map). The dormitory rooms are not air-conditioned, but have cross breezes from their hilltop setting overlooking the ocean.

Special note for Summer 2016. This summer, our program begins one week earlier than normal, while UWI students are finishing their spring exams. Thus for just the first week of the program, students will be housed in a new dormitory designed for short-term stays. After the first week, students will move to their permanent accommodations at Frank Worrell Hall. Although the first-week dormitory normally is more expensive, it will be provided to our students at the same cost as Frank Worrell Hall.

Shared apartments. Each student will enjoy a private, single-occupant bedroom and will share a kitchen and bath. Each apartment has six bedrooms, one kitchen, and two bathrooms. The three-piece bathrooms have toilets, showers and a bathtub. Bedrooms are furnished with a single bed, built-in desk, dresser drawers, and closet. Each room has cable Internet access. The housing fee includes a twice-weekly cleaning, a weekly supply of clean bed and bath linens, and a daily cleaning of the kitchen and bathrooms.

Accommodations for family members. Family members (children, spouses, parents, etc.) sometimes accompany students on the program. Those who wish to bring minor children must use off-campus housing (see below). For spouses or parents, the Director of International Legal Programs can inquire on the student's behalf as to whether housing is available in the dormitory for short or long-term stays. Parents and spouses are not permitted to share the student's room. Spouses may be more comfortable residing together in off-campus housing. When parents visit, they usually opt for off-campus accommodations in a rented house or condominium, or in one of the many all-inclusive beach resorts along the island's west coast. The Director and Student Coordinator can assist with recommendations.

Dormitory complex. The dormitory entrance is staffed 24 hours per day by security guards. Students can leave their keys at the security station when going to the beach, and can also ask for assistance in calling a taxi. Inside the dormitory compound are laundry facilities with token-operated washers and dryers. Tokens can be purchased at the on-site housing office. The complex also has a common area where students can congregate.

Off-campus housing. Students who would prefer to stay off campus may make their own, private arrangements through University of the West Indies, Cave Hill's off-campus housing program, "CHILL Housing." As noted on the CHILL Housing webpage, UWI offers the assistance of its Accommodations Office staff. Please be very careful to keep transportation in mind, as public transportation may not always be reliable, taxis can be expensive, and driving is British-style, on the left side of the road.

Campus amenities. The campus also includes an air-conditioned student cafeteria, bookstore, ATM machine, and student health center. The health center is staffed Monday through Friday by registered nurses, nurse practitioners and a medical doctor. (Nearby clinics and hospitals serve students during evenings and weekends.)

Nearby amenities. Within a short walk of campus are a convenience store, a local beach (Batts Rock Beach), and a bank with another ATM. Within a short bus ride are several beaches and restaurants, a full-size grocery store, and the city of Bridgetown.

Law building amenities. The law building has an air-conditioned law library, and classes are held in an air-conditioned meeting room. The program's air-conditioned classroom is located in the Faculty of Law building, a modern facility that also houses a Law Library with air conditioning, computer terminals, reserve desk, bag drop, and printers. The building also has an outdoor picnic area with restrooms, water fountain, and vending machines. There is a campus convenience store behind the building, and the cafeteria is a short walk across campus.

The Faculty of Law building is shown as number 26 (upper right) on the Cave Hill Campus map (176 KB PDF).

Photograph: Entrance to the Law School at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus.Law library. UWI's well-regarded law library lies in the heart of the building and boasts rare and comprehensive collections on West Indian law: "With modern and functional facilities and a rapidly developing collection of West Indian and other Commonwealth legal materials, it is considered the primary legal library in the region. The book collection, now numbering in excess of 110,000, includes most of the statutes, law reports, texts, law revision commission reports, etc. of the major Commonwealth countries as well as a basic selection of American legal materials. The Law Library subscribes to approximately 620 legal periodicals. The collection's unique feature is the West Indian section, including pre-1900 laws of the region which have been acquired on microfilm."

The Law Library is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


The buildings and dormitories on the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies are accessible (with limited exceptions) to individuals with differing abilities. The law building consists of several levels and does not have an elevator and therefore may be challenging for students with limited mobility. The law school classroom and administrative office are wheelchair accessible.

For students with differing abilities, room costs and other housing amenities will not differ from the accommodations described above. The Cave Hill Campus—and Barbados in general—may not be reasonably accessible in all circumstances. Related inquiries should be directed to the Director of International Legal Programs or the Program Co-Directors.

Please see also Reasonable Accommodations for Study Abroad.

Photograph: Kaitlin Marsh.
"I always wanted to study abroad and the Barbados program was the perfect opportunity! I had one of the greatest experiences of my life while living and studying in Barbados. I made great friends and truly enjoyed living in a new and different culture. The Barbados program also taught me a lot about how to balance the workload of law school while also taking advantage of learning opportunities outside of the classroom." - Kaitlin Marsh, Washburn Law Student