Off-Campus Housing

Providence, RI
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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is easy to arrange as long as you and your housing group are organized and plan ahead. Most options are houses with multiple rooms. There is a large range of prices and quality of housing. The school can help first-time renters review their leases.

College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I'm an online/distance learning student.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Most students stay on-campus but in general, off campus housing is easy to find. Brown is located near Thayer St, and there are many apartments in that proximity. Public transportation is close by and in general, living off-campus is convenient. There is limited parking space near Brown so most students do not have their own vehicles.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I do not live off-campus, so I don't know from personal experience. I know a lot of juniors try to live off-campus but the school only lets like 20% do so, so you'll most likely be living on campus for the first three years at least. The school also makes you pay an "off-campus fee" when you live off-campus, which seems silly, but that's how it is. Locations vary; some houses are right in the middle of campus, others are pretty far away. it all depends on what you're looking for

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't know anything about this honestly.


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  • 646th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Justin Kim
Austin, TX
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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
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 33 responses

Very poor
  • 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 35 responses

  • 9% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 14% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 51% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 26% 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 34 responses

  • 44% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 50% Somewhat helpful.
  • 6% Extremely helpful.
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