Pre-College Programs
Housing and Meals

Pre-College Programs: Housing and Meals

Information for Accepted Students


Each student room provides typical college furniture - bed, desk and chair, dresser, wireless internet and trash can. Telephone service is available in all rooms, but you must bring your own telephone and answering machine. The most reliable and easiest way to make long distance calls is with a pre-paid calling card sold at the Brown Bookstore. Many students find that cell phones are a more convenient alternative.

There are laundry facilities in the basements of all residence halls. You will need to supply your own detergent, softener, and bleach. All washers and dryers operate using Bear Bucks. To pay for laundry services, you must purchase a Bear Bucks Guest Card for $1.00 at any ValuePort machine. Money may be added to Bear Bucks cards so that you may use laundry machines, vending machines, and printers in the public computing clusters. Each washer and dryer costs $1.25 per load. It is advised to only add money in small increments, as unused funds are not refundable. ValuePort III machines are conveniently located at the Rockefeller Library, Sciences Library, Sharpe Refectory lower level, Josiah's, Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center, Bookstore Lobby, Emery Woolley Hall, and at 222 Richmond Street.

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A team of carefully selected and trained Residence Directors (RDs) and Residential Advisors (RAs) live in the residence halls. These skilled and caring professionals and undergraduates are on hand to assist you in navigating the transition from home to college life. The residential staff will help you balance the competing demands of academics and socializing and enforce policies when necessary. The staff will be your resource for everything from finding the nearest restaurant to guiding you through the academic resource and support system.

Students are randomly assigned to single, double, and triple occupancy rooms or single-sex suites in various residence halls on campus. Every residence hall is different, so the number of double rooms available may be limited in some buildings. Please notify us if you have a request for special housing accommodations by filling out the Disability, Medical, & Dietary Request Form and please provide a maximum amount of notice.

To provide a typical Brown University experience and due to the volume of residential students arriving each week, students are randomly assigned a roommate so that they can build friendships with new people. We are unable to honor roommate, suitemate, floormate, or same building requests. For more details, please read the Housing Policies section.

Overnight Leave

When leaving campus overnight, students are required to notify their Residential Advisor at least two days in advance. Students must inform their parents/guardian that they will not be at Brown. The School of Professional Studies requires parental/guardian approval before permission is granted.

Parents/guardians should fax a signed copy of the Overnight Leave Form at least two days in advance to (401) 863-1331. Parents/guardians can also scan the signed form and email it to   

Meals and Snacks

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served in one of Brown’s dining halls daily. You may invite guests to enjoy a meal with you on a cash basis. Thayer Street offers numerous shops and restaurants, as well.  If you have significant food allergies, please complete the Disability, Medical, & Dietary Request Form.

For additional information on Housing Policies, please visit the Pre-College Policies page.