Brown’s requirement that all undergraduate students live on campus through their sixth semester reflects the fact that residential college life is a critical component of the Brown educational experience. When students live on campus, they are much more likely to participate in student organizations and projects, cultural events and social gatherings, and civic engagement activities. Students who live on campus are also more likely to turn to one another for advice on academic choices, social opportunities, and personal issues. Such peer-advising networks are helpful at any school, but they are essential at Brown because of the large degree of freedom students are granted to chart their own education.
Exceptions to Brown’s residential policy are granted in 12-month increments to Resumed Undergraduate Education students, married students living with their spouse locally, and students living with their parents locally. Undergraduate students who fall into these categories must register each academic year with Residential Life.