Residential Life

Find On-Campus Housing

Learn about first-year housing, the Housing Lottery, squatting, the Summer Assignment Process and Winter Recess housing.

Incoming Students

Transfer Students

Transfer students should complete the New Student Housing Questionnaire online following acceptance of admission. The questionnaire requests information on a student's sleeping and study habits, as well as other aspects of the roommate experience. Specific building and room size preferences are not requested; however, students are invited to express interest substance-free, quiet, single-gender and suite or apartment style living. 

Transfer students will be assigned to available vacant rooms through the campus during the month of July and will be notified of their assignment and room/suitemate information by early-to-mid August.

Resumed Undergraduate Students

Traditional undergraduates are required to live on-campus for a six (6) semester minimum. However, Resumed Undergraduate Education (RUE) Students are exempted from this requirement. RUE students are welcome to live in residence halls (secured through the on-campus Housing Lottery), but they are eligible to live off campus beginning their 1st semester at Brown.

RUE students are required to communicate with the Office of Residential Life on an annual basis about their housing intentions. Students who will be living off campus should complete complete a Non-Resident Intent Form annually. There is a Non-Resident/Commuter Fee associated with living off campus.

Upperclass Students

The Housing Lottery is the room selection system for upperclass Brown students designed to allow for maximum student input in the selection of on-campus housing. 

Pre-Lottery Alternatives

While many students participate in the Housing Lottery, there are certain pre-lottery alternatives during which students may solidify their housing assignments. All pre-lottery housing must be arranged/accepted by Super Deadline Day (March 5th, 2020 at 5:00pm). All active students will receive an email with instructions before this process starts.