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Admitted Students Guide: Living at 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.

Off-Campus Housing Service
The Auxiliary Housing Office maintains listings of apartments and houses by independent landlords and management companies in the greater Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts area. The “Off-Campus Housing Service” on the Auxiliary Housing website has listings ranging in size from efficiency/one-bedroom to four- and five-bedroom apartments and houses. Roommates, sublets, and sabbatical listings are also found here. 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).

First-Year Graduate Housing Program
A number of apartments are reserved by Auxiliary Housing for first-year graduate students who are moving to the Providence area. Efficiency and one-bedroom apartments are available through this program as well as some shared two-bedroom options. Applications for the first-year housing program are available as of March 1 on the Auxiliary Housing website. Detailed descriptions of each type of unit, floor plans, pricing, and photos of apartment interiors and exteriors are available on the Auxiliary Housing website under the heading “First Year Graduate Student Program.” Properties available to first-year graduate students are located at 244 Bowen St., 71-73 Charlesfield St., 165-7 Lloyd Ave., 20 Olive St., and 86 Waterman St. in Providence.

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, but there are also affiliated housing options available.

Office of Auxiliary Housing

125-127 Waterman Street, Room 001
Brown University Box 1902
Providence, RI 02912
(401) 863-2541

Other Brown-Owned Housing
The Auxiliary Housing Office is responsible for the leasing and management of University-owned off-campus housing available to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as to faculty and staff. Brown owns approximately 150 apartments/houses that range in size from efficiency one-bedroom to four-bedroom apartments/houses. These living units surround the campus and occupy an area that extends to Lloyd Avenue on the north, Brown Street to the west, Power Street to the south, and Hope Street to the east. Between 50 and 80 apartments/houses become available each year. The “average” rental rate per month per person for a Brown-owned off-campus apartment is between $935 and $1,300. The typical rental unit in a Brown-owned off-campus building 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. All leases for off-campus housing are for 12 months from the start day. The University Auxiliary Housing Office has parking spaces available to its tenants for a monthly fee in addition to rent.