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Admitted Students Guide: Housing at & Near Brown

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Tips on Providence Neighborhoods

Walking distance: Look for places that are listed as  Wayland Square, Wickenden Street, East Side, Fox Point, and some in the Hope Street area.

On a bus line: Federal Hill, The Armory District, Blackstone Boulevard, Oak Hill, Rochambeau, West Side, Downtown. www.ripta.com

Farther afield: Pawtucket, Cranston, Elmwood, Pawtuxet Village, East Providence, Johnston, and Seekonk are all within a 10-minute drive.

Join us for a student-run housing webinar on May 3, 2019 at 1:00 pm EST.

Brown’s campus is bordered on three sides by residential areas with an abundance of apartments and multi-bedroom houses that can be shared. Most Brown graduate students live off campus in the neighborhoods surrounding the University.

Brown Graduate Student Housing

Graduate students are offered a limited number of efficiency, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments located on campus. Detailed descriptions of each type of unit, floor plans, pricing, and photos of apartment interiors and exteriors are available. The typical rental unit includes utilities such as heat, hot water, gas, electricity, and water/sewer fees. Telephone service, cable television service, Internet access, and the wiring for these services are available through private providers.

Applications
The 2019-2020 Graduate Student Housing Application process will open March 1, 2019. The application will remain open until all available properties have been leased. All available properties will be included on the application.

Lease Period
Lease periods are for 12 months. Contracts begin June 1, July 1, or August 1. Please contact Betty Cotoia at the Auxiliary Housing office for further details. Prices range from $950-$1450/month, and further unit details can be found on the Auxilary Housing website.

Financial Information
Graduate students are not required to pay a security deposit. Student Banner accounts will be billed in August, January and June; payment plans can be arranged through the Bursar’s office.

Off-Campus Housing

The Off-Campus Housing Service offered by the Office of Auxiliary Housing provides resources including current listings of privately owned, furnished, and unfurnished rooms, apartments, houses for rent, sublets, sabbaticals, and shared accommodations in Providence and the surrounding area. Other resources include the Providence Journal real estate section, as well as the graduate student listserv (see the Graduate Student Council website for details on the listservs). 

River House
Located in the Jewelry District, adjacent to South Street Landing, River House has available units reserved for Brown University affiliated students, faculty and staff. Information on availability, rates, floor plans and amenities are located on the property website. River House leasing office is located at 3 Davol Square, Suite A100. Tours available upon request. For additional information, please contact Kasai Carter at (401) 859-2390 or [email protected]

Guide to Off-Campus Living

Be sure to also read the A Guide to Off-Campus Living for tips on picking a neighborhood, what to consider when selecting an apartment, and tips on establishing a tenant/landlord relationship. Topics include:

  • Being part of a neighborhood
  • Finding an apartment
  • Factors to consider when choosing accommodations
  • Establishing tenant-landlord relationships
  • Responsibilities and rights of the landlord/tenant
  • Care and use of premises
  • General provisions
  • Street and fire safety