Students taking Wintersession courses will be able to stay in the same dorm room as they do during the regular academic year, at no additional cost. Students who live off-campus should budget their normal rent cost for the month of January. Students should not anticipate a refund for housing.

Residence halls will reopen for Wintersession students on Monday, January 1. Students may contact the Department of Public Safety at 401-863-3322 for assistance with accessing their building in the event of a card malfunction. Students cannot return to campus earlier than January 1, but may move in later if their course does not start on January 2. 

Meal Plan
An optional meal plan is available for purchase to students who wish to dine on campus during Wintersession. Verney-Woolley (V-Dub) dining hall will be open every day from 7:00 a.m. (10:30 a.m. on Sundays) to 7:30 p.m. starting on January 3. (Note: Holiday hours will be observed on January 15, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. V-Dub will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.) All service and menu offerings provided during normal meal plan operations will be available. The cost of the full meal plan is $430; students may also elect to purchase meal plans at a weekly ($170/week) or daily ($42/day) rate. Alternately, access to single meal periods may be purchased at a walk-in rate of $10.95 for breakfast, $14.30 for lunch/brunch, and $16.75 for dinner.

To enroll in the Wintersession Meal Plan, please follow the steps below:

  1. Contact Lisa Sargent at 401.863.3343 or Lisa_Sargent@brown.edu
  2. Lisa will send a link to the enrollment form to your Brown Gmail account. Complete the form by 4:00 p.m. on December 16 for the plan to begin at the start of Wintersession on Tuesday, January 2. 
  3. You will receive an email confirmation of your successful sign-up of the Wintersession Meal Plan within 3-5 business days.

Events and Activities
Please view the full Wintersession schedule to learn about more about what will be happening on campus!

Community Engagement during Wintersession
The Swearer Center has made it possible for enrolled Wintersession students to engage with the local community while on campus in January. We encourage students to explore the options below and ensure that the time commitments will not conflict with class meeting times. Interested students must contact the Swearer Center at betsy_shimberg@brown.edu with the subject "Wintersession Engagement." A training session for volunteers will be required in December. 

Future Forward Tutor
Future Forward is an after school college access club coordinated by the guidance department at Hope High School, just up the street from Brown.  It is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 2:45 pm to 5:00 pm. As a Future Forward Tutor, you would be working with high school seniors who might be in several different stages of the college access process. During the month of January, most seniors will be focusing on identifying scholarships, completing scholarship applications and writing the accompanying essays.  Brown students will be partnered with our in-school partner - H2O (Hope High Optimized) - Hope High guidance staff, and may also work with the Swearer Center’s College Advising Corps Advisor placed at Hope High. 

Brown Elementary Afterschool Mentoring (BEAM) provides after school tutoring and enrichment to children in grades K-5 at the William D’Abate Elementary School in the Olneyville section of Providence.  From January 9th to February 10th, Brown students would plan and lead weekly lessons in academic topics such as math, science, reading, and social studies, as well as lead clubs in visual and performing arts, computers, or another area of interest.  BEAM operates Monday-Thursday from 3:30 - 5:30 and from 2:30-5:30 on Fridays.  We would welcome Brown students who may be interested in directing a play to perform at the end of the session or working with the children on a long-term visual arts project. 

Students will continue to have access to the campus services available during the academic year, including: