Rising seniors and juniors in standard singles, doubles, triples, quads, or suites are eligible to return to the same space for the following next academic year by requesting to squat. All Squatting Request Forms must be returned to the Office of Residential Life before the deadline (see the Residential Calendar).
- Only rising juniors and seniors (current semester level 4 or higher) who will be enrolled for the Fall 2012 semester are eligible to participate in the squatting process.
- The room/suite to be squatted must have been obtained through last year’s Lottery or squatting process (rooms obtained through the waitlist or through the first pick competition are excluded). Rooms obtained through Student and Employee Accessibility Services housing or by transfer students can be squatted only at the discretion of Residential Life.
- Students may squat a non-suite single, as well as an entire double, triple, quad or suite/apartment as long as at least (1 student in a single, 2 students in a double, 2 in a triple, 3 in a quad, 4 in a quint, and 4 in sextet of the current residents will reside in the space for Fall 2012. Those spaces not filled by returning residents may be filled by rising juniors or seniors also active for Fall 2012. If this is not done any remaining spaces will be filled through the summer assignment process.
- Spaces designated as sophomore-only for the next year cannot be squatted. Students who reside in a space currently designated for use by a program house or special interest housing are ineligible to squat their spaces. Wriston 4th floor suites, Morriss suites (201, 301, 401), and Grad Center apartments (A 320 and B 330) cannot be squatted.
- If the squatting request is approved, all students will be ineligible to participate in any other part of the housing selection process including Lottery, program housing and special interest housing.
- Students approved to squat will not be allowed to store any belongings in their room or suite/apartment over the summer as all spaces are used for summer housing.
- Residential Life reserves the right to deny a squatting request if the room requested will be designated for use by a program house, special interest housing, the Residential Peer Leader program or to meet SEAS needs during the next academic year.
- As of June 15, 2012 all rooms/suites that have been approved for squatting will be reviewed to confirm that a certain number of students from the approved squatting group are still active for Fall 2012 (1 student in a single, 2 students in a double, 2 in a triple, 3 in a quad, 4 in a quint, and 4 in sextet). Groups with fewer students than the required active number will be removed from the room/suite and entered into the summer assignment process.
Program Houses are a major alternative housing system at Brown and encompass Greek organizations and Theme Houses. Program Houses foster a sense of community by bringing people of common interests to a common living environment, with the implicit understanding that said common environment is essential to the purpose and functioning of the house. Language and Cultural Houses give students the opportunity to speak a foreign language and to learn about other cultures. Theme Houses are formed around an issue or activity in which the residents have a common interest. Fraternities and Sororities enrich the social atmosphere at Brown and contribute to the community. If you are interested in joining a Greek or Program House, please contact the leadership of the house in which you are interested.
The residents of the two Brown Cooperative Houses make up a non-profit organization that is independent of the University. The houses are open to all members of the Brown community. The residents of each house are responsible for all cooking, cleaning, and general maintenance of their respective houses. The two houses are Watermyn (166 Waterman Street) and Finlandia (116 Waterman Street). The members of B.A.C.H. (Brown Association of Cooperative Housing) are people who want to live in a communal situation and realize that there are shared benefits in sharing responsibility. Members of B.A.C.H. pay all room and meal fees directly to B.A.C.H. and decisions on how to spend the money are made collectively. B.A.C.H. members must also pay the non-resident fee (it appears as B.A.C.H. fee on the bill).
There are usually more applicants than spaces in the houses; admission is on a random basis while trying to keep a healthy balance of members. Off-campus permission is not necessary for members of B.A.C.H. However, members are required to submit a Non-Resident Intent Form declaring their membership in B.A.C.H. Membership will be confirmed with the Housing Coordinators for each Co-op House.
Students who are seeking additional consideration for their housing assignment due to a documented need should contact Student and Employee Accessibility Services to discuss their needs.