Residential Life


Learn about our staff, Community Coordinators, the Residential Council, and how to contact us.

At Brown, we recognize that a large part of personal growth and development inevitably takes place outside of the classroom. This is the result of intentional programs and services as well as myriad interpersonal interactions with members of the Brown community. As such, living on campus is critically important to the overall educational experience. Students will benefit from guidance and support from their interconnected community of peer scholars as well as several peer counselors who live in the residence halls and interact with faculty and deans to create a vibrant living and learning environment. 

Residency Requirement

In order to benefit fully from Brown's exceptional learning environment, undergraduates are required to live in on-campus housing through semester 6. Exceptions to Brown’s residential policy are granted in 12-month increments to Resumed Undergraduate Education (RUE) students, married students living with their spouse locally, and students living with their parent(s) locally. Undergraduate students who fall into these categories and intend to live off-campus must complete a non-resident intent form and submit supporting documentation.

Our Mission

The Office of Residential Life fosters a safe and inclusive living environment that promotes student learning and holistic development by providing tools to help students navigate the social, emotional, and academic elements of their residential experience. This includes providing opportunities for students to hold themselves and each other accountable, ultimately preparing them to be responsible global citizens.

Our Work

Staff members in the Office of Residential Life...

  • Facilitate the daily operations and renewal/renovations of 47 residence halls housing students throughout the academic year, Summer Session and Wintersession.  

  • Manage all aspects of housing assignments, early-arrivals, break housing, extended housing, and off-campus permissions;

  • Facilitate housing accommodations in conjunction with Student Accessibility Services (SAS) 

  • Participate in a year-round 24-7 on-call emergency-response rotation;

  • Select, train, and supervise 150 paraprofessional student staff members, Community Coordinators (CCs), who create engaging and respectful residential environments that enhance the student experience; and

  • Provide educational programming to promote student learning and holistic development.