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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.

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

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. Please also consider watching our student run Incoming Housing Webinar, which was held on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

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.

The 2021-2022 Graduate Student Housing Application process will open in March. The application will remain open until all available properties have been leased. 

Lease Period
Lease periods are for 12 months. Contracts begin June 1, July 1, or August 1. Please contact Ronni Edmonds at the Auxiliary Housing office for further details. Prices range from $950-$1350/month, and further unit details can be found on the Auxiliary Housing website.

Financial Information
Graduate students are not required to pay a security deposit. Student Banner accounts will be billed in June and November (due August 1 and January 1); payment plans can be arranged through the Bursar’s office.

Off-Campus Housing

The Auxiliary Housing office has engaged Off Campus Partners to manage a new rental listing website which replaces our prior for-pay site. You can search for privately-owned furnished and unfurnished rooms, apartments, houses, sublets, sabbaticals, and shared accommodations on the Off-Campus Housing website. 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 Julia Wurst 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