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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't gone through the process myself, but I know from friends that it is imperative to start as early as possible. Prices can be high and it may be difficult to find a place close to campus.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It is fairly readily available and convenient.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Housing is sooooo cheap in Providence compared to NYC and Boston--which is reflected in the price to rent off campus. Most seniors and many juniors live off campus in gorgeous apartments or housing around College Hill. The rent is often less than what living on campus costs.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Most people are required to live on campus anyway, and you need special permission to live elsewhere, so most people just remain on campus.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: i don't know many people off campus. all first years are required to be in on campus housing. most housing is close enough to walk to class.


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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 57 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 58 responses

  • 26% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 57% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 10% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 7% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 57 responses

  • 11% Extremely helpful.
  • 49% Somewhat helpful.
  • 39% Not very helpful.
  • 2% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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