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Providence, RI
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6,118
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$42,808
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Very Hard
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Transportation: Public transportation picks you up right on Thayer Street to go downtown, and there's the campus shuttle for traveling within the Brown area. I haven't heard any complaints about either, but I'm sure there are some. Nothing's ever perfect.

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Transportation: You don't need a car. Since my sophomore year, I've been working at a hospital downtown. I use the BrownMed/Downcity Express, which runs every half hour. Sometimes we have to walk home, but they might be extending the hours next year.

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Off-Campus Housing: Off campus is only available for seniors, but it is definitely the way to go if you can. Just make sure your landlord and neighbors aren't too insane because that does happen.

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Off-Campus Housing: I lived off campus one year, and it was awesome. I lived in Young Orchard the year before-that was a step down, but only a very small step.

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Off-Campus Housing: I lived off campus for two years. Off-campus living is totally better. The annoying thing was, I had to stay in dorms until my junior year. I would have moved off earlier if I could have.

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Off-Campus Housing: Many juniors and seniors live in off-campus housing. There seems to be enough to go around, and it's pretty nice, pretty affordable, and very convenient and close to campus. The campus is very compact, so nothing is a very far walk.

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Off-Campus Housing: Living off campus, I get more studio space and cheaper digs. No one's in my business.

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Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing can be extremely convenient; it's as close to campus as a dorm. Of course, the farther away from campus you go, the cheaper it is. But, most students that live off campus find the walking commute minimal.

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Off-Campus Housing: I've never felt at home on campus. But, living off campus, I'm not as likely to go to things on campus late at night.

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Off-Campus Housing: More freedom. You are treated like an adult, not a student.

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Parking: Don't bring a car. Parking is not the greatest, but you don't need a car because everything is walkable.

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Parking: Parking is difficult but possible! After freshman year, you can enter the parking lottery and get a reserved spot for the following year.

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Parking: It is not easy to park if you are a freshman. In fact, you are not allowed to have a car the first semester, so the people who do end up moving their cars to different places early in the morning. However, it really is not necessary to have a car. Basically everything is within walking distance, and Providence has a very good trolley system that takes you around for 50 cents. The campus is also a 15-minute walk from the train station, which has very cheap commuter trains to Boston. And the bus station is about a 10-minute walk away. Transportation is really convenient.

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Parking: Parking is tight in Providence. It is best to get a spot through Brown because you will get a $10 ticket if you park at night on the street.

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Parking: You sign up to receive a parking spot ahead of time, and then you get assigned to a lot, so there's always a spot for you there. But it's kind of tough to park anywhere else during the day.

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Parking: I have a car, but I hate driving. I walk everywhere. Usually I use University lots. It hasn't been broken into, but I've had lots of hubcaps stolen.

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Parking: Sometimes they raffle off parking spots at the end of the year, but if you don't have a spot, plan on getting ticketed all the time.

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Parking: Having a car is a beautiful thing, but be prepared to fight tickets in court. I think I pay, in tickets, what it would cost to buy a space. Most people park on the streets and pay the price.

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Parking: Fortunately, I have always been able to get on-campus parking or parking through local landlords who rent out a space for a semester. But if that doesn't work out, the Brown shuttle is great for taking you anywhere around campus. It runs pretty frequently-maybe every 10 minutes or so. There are also trolleys that can take you downtown to the mall, bars, clubs, and restaurants.

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Parking: Parking can be a pain, but you can pay for a parking spot through the school. But yeah, overall, parking is annoying.

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Athletics: Varsity sports are definitely present, and they're a good program if that's your thing. Intramurals are so much fun, and a lot of kids get into basketball, football, softball, and Frisbee.

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Athletics: Intramurals are pretty popular. Varsity sports are almost like a social scene, and like all other social scenes, it's fractious and segregated from most other things. Part of the reason is that there's less of a stigma for athletes; it's more that the sports complex is not physically in the center of campus.

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Athletics: Club sports are a lot of fun without the pressure of varsity sports. There's a huge culture that revolves around the ultimate Frisbee teams. I play club ultimate Frisbee. There's no varsity team, but the club team travels a lot.

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Athletics: What's a varsity sport? No, seriously, if you're looking for colleges where you can be a celebrity on campus because you are an athlete, then look elsewhere. My friends that are varsity athletes work very hard, and it is difficult for them to have social lives outside of their teams. Some of them end up dropping the team; others have a great experience so they stick with it and love their teammates and their sport.

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Athletics: At the beginning of each semester, professors let athletes know that if there's a conflict to let them know about it. They're willing to work with us and it's definitely supportive. It's not like there's a vendetta there or anything.

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Brown has a reputation that precedes itself. As an Ivy League school, Brown carries a distinction that many students desire, while knowing little about what they need or want in a liberal arts education. In that sense, Brown’s liberal nature and open curriculum exceed that of the average liberal arts school. Many students redefine and rediscover themselves in college, and Brown’s biggest strength is that it promotes individual development and self-discovery over the course of the undergraduate career. Internally, you have a lot of chances to make mistakes, which the University calls “discoveries,” in the course of your studies. It’s easy to change your concentration in the fifth or even sixth semester.

Few people who choose Brown regret it. While it’s not the school for everyone, almost anyone can find what they are looking for at Brown. Whether you are from New England or Siberia, there are clubs, organizations, classes, and fellow students who share your academic and personal interests. Most people choose Brown for its liberal nature and its strong academic resources, and few are disappointed.

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