Life on Campus

Students enrolled in Brown or RISD Wintersession* credit-bearing courses that meet on campus will be able to stay in the same Brown 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 and should plan to live in their regular housing; they are not eligible to live on campus during Wintersession. Students taking Brown Wintersession courses online will not have access to their dorm. Students should not anticipate a refund for housing. 

Residence halls will reopen for Wintersession students on Wednesday, 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. 

*On-campus students may receive housing as early as January 1st, 2020, and should email the Office of Residential Life directly at [email protected]-- specifically indicating that they are intending to take a RISD Wintersession course--to request early arrival housing. All requests must be submitted by December 20th at 12pm; requests made after this date may not be processed in time. 

Meal Plan

All students taking an on-campus or destination Wintersession course who are enrolled in a meal plan during the regular semester will be automatically enrolled in a meal plan for the dates that they are on campus, and cannot opt-out of the Wintersession meal plan. Most destination course meals will be covered while abroad. Students who are not enrolled in a meal plan during the regular semester can sign up to opt into the Wintersession meal plan.

Events and Activities

Wintersession co-sponsors a number of activities with other offices on campus. Click to learn more about what's happening and RSVP to participate in events!

Community Engagement during Wintersession

The Swearer Center encourages Wintersession students to log into BrownEngage and familiarize themselves with the platform and Swearer's partner organizations. Partners post engagement opportunities throughout the year; BrownEngage is a great way to learn about new opportunities!

Students will continue to have access to the campus services available during the academic year. For more information, visit Campus Life's Winter Break website.

English Language Support
ELS will hold drop-in hours during Wintersession for students to ask brief questions about any aspect of grammar, expression, or English language usage. Stop by 508 SciLi or email [email protected] to ask your questions via Google Chat from 1:00pm-3:00pm on Mondays and Thursdays (January 6th, 9th, 13th, & 16th)!