Off-Campus Housing

Location
Providence, RI
Undergrads
6,118
Tuition
$42,808
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I do not have experience with off campus housing.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing group does not help to find a house

College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I do not live off-campus, nor have I tried to live off-campus, so I do not know the process or any details.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Freshmen aren't allowed to live off campus.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Some juniors and most seniors live off campus, usually in beautiful historic town houses.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 646th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Justin Kim
Hometown
Austin, TX
Major
Undecided
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Brown guarantees housing for all four years, even though most students opt to live on their own by senior year to gain more freedom, more space, or better facilities. Some years, the University lets juniors live off campus too, but officially, only seniors are guaranteed permission. Students apply to the Office of Residential Life for off-campus permission in the early spring of their junior year, most having already signed a lease in the previous months. As a senior, getting permission is easy, but finding the perfect apartment can be a greater challenge. Within a mile radius of campus there are endless housing options, but the best places are rarely advertised. Hit the pavement or ask friends if you want to find the best place. In general, students can find any kind of place they want—historic houses, new apartments, studios, or mansions.

While most students believe they save money by moving off campus, the frustrations and complications often add up quickly. Summer subletting can be hard, and don’t forget the astronomical heating bills during the long winter. Moving off campus should be a careful choice. Since the University requires students to live on campus for a few years, it’s easy to know if moving away from the University bubble is right for you.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
20%
Best Time to Look for a Place
For the best selection, look no later than February; however, if you want the best prices, wait until late in the spring when the landlords are anxious to rent their spaces.
Popular Areas
  • Brook and Cushing Streets, right off Thayer
  • Fox Point, around Governor Street
  • Wickenden Street area
Average Rents
  • Studio: $600
  • 1 BR: $800
  • 2 BR: $1,200

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 28 responses

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Excellent
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 33 responses

  • 9% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 15% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 48% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 27% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 31 responses

  • 45% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 52% Somewhat helpful.
  • 3% Extremely helpful.
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