Prospective Students

Do you have questions or concerns about being a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, gender queer or same-gender loving student at Brown? Feel free to contact us to discuss your individual questions or concerns.

Brown generally has a very LGBTQ friendly environment. There is an active LGBTQ community at Brown. There are several LGBTQ student groups that cover a variety of interests. There are many opportunities for LGBTQ students and their allies to be involved in activities on and off campus. For more detailed information about student groups or to request to speak with a current Brown student please email us at lgbtq@brown.edu. You can also visit our Student Groups page.

Brown has a non-discrimination policy that includes sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. If at any time you experience any type of harassment or discrimination there are support systems in place to address bias incidents. You can report a bias incident to Brown Public Safety (Brown police), to the Office of Student Life or to the LGBTQ Center. For more information about our bias incident response please contact the Coordinator of the LGBTQ Center.

Resources for Trans/Gender Queer/Gender Variant Students

The Brown Residential Life and Housing system has gender neutral housing options for any upper-class students who choose this as an option regardless of their gender identity or expression. Any student who is interested in this option can make a selection during the housing lottery. The Residential Life Gender Neutral Housing Policy will provide you with detailed information.

We currently do not have gender neutral housing for incoming first-year students but Brown University will work with you to come up with a housing option that best fits your needs. Any student who has concerns about their housing options should contact the Office of Residential Life. Our Residential Life department is very willing to work with you to find an option that works for you.

The LGBTQ Center can also help you navigate your Residential Life options. If you would like assistance in advocating for an option that will best fit your needs please feel free to call our office at 401-863-3062 or email the coordinator, Kelly Garrett.

If you would like to talk to other students about these issues you can contact the student group Gender Action, a subgroup of the Queer Alliance by emailing queer@brown.edu.  

If you have questions about transitioning gender while enrolled at Brown the LGBTQ Center can assist you. We work with students to help them navigate the different systems across campus to make your transition go more smoothly. Please contact us for more information.

We have several gender neutral bathrooms available across campus. We have provided a list to assist you in finding one. The list is relatively complete but because of construction projects happening across campus it may not be 100% accurate. If you find an error or omission please feel free to contact us to make a correction.

Gender Neutral Bathroom List