48 residence halls. 4,800 beds. 1.8 million square feet.
Our oldest residence hall was built in 1822; the newest in 2012 (actually gut renovations of 100-year old buildings). Because of the variety of room shapes and sizes, students are best served by waiting until they move into a room before deciding how they (and their roommate) want to set it up.
Singles, doubles, triples: Singles, doubles and triples are standard residence hall rooms that house one, two or three students, respectively; that open onto a hallway, share a common bathroom with other hall residents; and have access to community living, study, kitchen and laundry areas in the residence hall (laundry machines use Bear Bucks, no cash).
Suites: Suites are a group of student rooms with a shared common area (a sitting room or small living room). Some suites have a kitchenette; some have just a sink, some have a bathroom, some have two bathrooms. Buildings with suites have a community kitchen which all students may use. Students have access to laundry facilities in the residence hall (laundry machines use Bear Bucks, no cash). Suites may be selected in Housing Lottery after the first-year ("freshman" year). Suite/Apartment housing rate.
Apartments: Apartments comprise a group of student rooms with a shared common area, bathroom, and full cooking kitchen. Students have access to community laundry facilities in the residence hall (laundry machines use Bear Bucks, no cash). Apartments may be selected in Housing Lottery after the first-year. Suite/Apartment housing rate.
Program Houses (Greek or Theme): Program Houses foster a sense of community by bringing sophomores, juniors and seniors with common interests together in a living environment. Theme Houses are formed around an issue or activity in which the residents have a common interest. Language and Cultural Houses give students the opportunity to speak a foreign language and to learn about other cultures. Fraternities and Sororities enrich the social atmosphere at Brown and conduct community service. Theme houses change based on student interests, and have included communities such as Art, Harambee, Interfaith, and Tech Houses. The selection process varies somewhat between houses. Fraternities and sororities organize a procedure called “rush” which begins in late January. Theme houses hold information sessions for interested students. All Program Houses are actually located within on-campus residence halls, and comprise single and double rooms. Once a student joins a house, specific housing is assigned within the house on the basis of seniority.
Special Interest Housing: Sections or floors of residence halls may be designated housing according to students' specific interests; students may request substance free, all-female/all-male, quiet, or over-21 (for students over the age of 21 who are entering as first-time college students) housing.
Standard furnishings: Each student is provided a bed with a 36" by 80" (twin extra long) mattress, pillow, desk and chair, dresser, trash can, recycling bucket, bookcase, and closet. The walls are usually painted white or off-white. Most windows have pull shades; curtain rods are not provided. The University supplies general room lighting, but not desk lamps. Each room has a phone jack, computer networking (one tap per resident), and access to Brown's cable TV system.
Off-campus: Undergraduate students desiring to live off campus must apply for and receive permission from Residential Life. Approximately 70-80% of seniors live off campus in a given year; a small number of juniors (perhaps 10% of the class) receive permission to live off campus based on the numbers of students and housing available in each year.