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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 Incoming Student Housing Webinar hosted by the Graduate Student Council (Friday, May 6, 2022).

Brown Graduate Student Housing
Graduate housing is available both on College Hill and in the Jewelry District. Although all grads/masters/medical students may apply, first-year graduate students will be prioritized.

Jewelry District

River House
Located adjacent to South Street Landing, River House has available units reserved for Brown University graduate and medical students. Information on availability, rates, floor plans and amenities are located on the property website.

College Hill
Graduate students are offered a limited number of Auxiliary-Housing managed apartments located on College Hill, ranging in size from efficiency apartments to four-bedroom apartments and houses. Descriptions of each type of property are available on the website. 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.


Jewelry District-River House
River House is actively compiling a waitlist. Please contact River House directly at 401-859-2390, for further information and to be added to the waitlist. Please note, the application process and lease periods may differ from other Auxiliary Housing properties.

College Hill-Auxiliary Housing
The 2023-2024 Graduate Student Housing Application will be available on April 17, 2023 here. The application will remain open until all available properties have been leased. 

Auxiliary Housing Property Information Only:

Lease Period
Lease periods are for 12 months with no exceptions. Contracts will begin June 2, July 7, or August 4, 2023. Prices range from $700-$1350/month.

Financial Information
Graduate students are required to pay a $500 security deposit (fully refunded with successful final inspection of the rental). 

Off-Campus Housing

For privately-owned rental options, visit the Off-Campus Partners website.  Please note that Brown does not inspect or endorse any rental properties listed on this 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). 

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