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Incoming Students

Your Unit

Every first-year student lives in a "unit," a community that includes 40 to 60 first-year students and several peer counselors who interact with faculty and deans to create a living and learning environment. A unit may be two adjacent hallways or the whole building, depending on size. Community Directors provide direct supervision and guidance to the peer counselors of several units. Some freshman areas may also include upperclass students living in singles or suites. Every unit has a different character, according to the interests of the people who live there, but hallway hackeysack, music, cookie baking, hanging out, and late-night discussions are fairly universal. In the beginning it is not uncommon for units to migrate en masse to dinner. Later in the year, you may still step into the hall after class, yell "I'm home! Who's going to dinner?," and expect an answer.

Your Roommates

The New Student Housing Questionnaire should be submitted online via our forms page. The deadline for sumbission is June 15th. Roommate assignments are made through a computerized process based on your responses to this questionnaire (e.g., sleep and study habits). Your residence-hall, room, and roommate assignments are made without regard to race, color, creed, sexual orientation, or nation origin. Rooms are assigned at random. No room changes will be allowed from the beginning of classes to the first of October. You will receive notification of your roommates and residence-hall assignment by early August.

Your Room

The residence halls include 49 buildings that total approximately 1.6 million square feet. The oldest was built in 1822 and the newest in 2012. The main Green is no more than a five to ten-minute walk from any first-year residence hall. All residence halls are smoke-free. Residence halls at Brown are coed, which means that men and women are housed on the same floor in most instances.

First-year housing offers a variety of settings and room sizes, with an assortment of features unique to individual buildings. When you know where you will be living, you and your roommates can coordinate what to bring.

Each student is provided a bed with a 36" by 80" (twin extra long) mattress, pillow, desk and chair, dresser, trash can, recycling bucket, bookcase, and closet. The walls are usually painted white or off-white. Most windows have pull shades; curtain rods are not provided. The University supplies general room lighting, but not desk lamps. Each room has a phone jack, computer networking (one tap per resident), and access to Brown's cable TV system. For further information on phones, cable service, and the computer network, see the relevant policy pages. Elevator service is available in only a few buildings.