Residential Life

Program Houses are residential experiences that foster a sense of community by bringing people of common interests to a common living environment. Program Houses are student-led and are focused on a common interest, identity, or language. Among other activities, Program Houses organize cultural events and volunteer their time in the Providence community.

Learn about Residential Program Houses

Students interested in joining one of the Brown Residential Program Houses must at the time of recruitment:

  • Have completed at least one academic semester (defined as fall or spring term).
  • Be in good standing, both academic and conduct 
  • Must be enrolled at Brown prior to the start of the recruitment process
    • Brown/RISD dual-enrolled students qualify as enrolled at Brown
  • A student can not be an active member of more than one Residential Progam House

The Recruitment Process for Brown Residential Program Houses takes place in early Spring each year. During the recruitment dates, each Program House will individually host a number of events to get to know potential new members (PNMs). At the conclusion of the recruitment period, each residential Program House will extend bids to PNMs that they would like to offer to become members of their Program House. Those that are interested in participating in the recruitment process should reach out to the specific Program House to learn more about events and a specific timeline. Each Program House can offer bids to no more than 30 PNMs during recruitment each year. Occasionally organizations will conduct a Fall Recruitment process for non-first-year students, however, this has to be requested and approved by Brown ResLife. 

  • Recruitment Info Sessions held by Program Houses: November 1 - December 7, 2022
  • Official Recruitment Events: January 24 - February 11, 2023
  • Deadline for Program Houses to email Bids to PNMs: February 12, 2023 at 9PM
  • Deadline for PNMs to Accept/Decline a Bid: February 13, 2023 at 9PM

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All Program Houses are allotted a cluster of rooms within a Brown Residence Hall. These rooms are clustered together in order to facilitate a residential community for the Program House. Only active members within the Program House may live within the Program House allotment. If rooms within the allotment are not filled by active members those rooms will be retracted and removed from the Program House allotment. 


Wriston Quad Progam Houses:

Program Houses that are located on Wriston Quad are eligible to have exclusive private space within the residence hall.

  • These spaces can include the following:
    • 1st Floor Lounge
    • Library
    • Kitchen
    • Basement Storage

In order to maintain eligibility for these spaces Program Houses must have the following number of members living within the organization's residence hall allotment (In-House Membership), failure to maintain in-house membership requirements could result in exclusive residential spaces being removed from the organization. 

In-House Membership Requirements

  • 2023-2024 Academic Year: 15 in-house members
    • 4 of which need to be returning members
  • 2024-2025 Academic Year: 20 in-house members
    • 5 of which need to be returning members
  • 2025-2026 Academic Year (and beyond): 25 in-house members
    • 10 of which need to be returning members

Residential Program Houses

Identity Focused Program Houses

Brown Union of Global Students Program House serves as a residential experience where Brown students from across the globe live together to promote connection and learning. Through programs and events, the Brown Union of Global Students Program House creates opportunities for cross-cultural exchange. 

  • Connect with Brown Union of Global Students:
    • Location: Onley House
    • Email: 
    • Social Media: 

The Brown Womxn’s Collective (BWC) was created to serve as a space for social, academic, and anything-Brown-related interaction centered around relationships among womxn on campus. We started as a group of women who wanted to prioritize diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility in our lives as Brown students and who wanted to find and make friends who value the same. As such, BWC seeks to foster a gender-inclusive space that provides womxn with the opportunity to build meaningful connections with each other through community-building activities, community service, a mentorship program, social events, and workshops. 

  • Connect with Brown Womxn's Collective:
    • Location: Marcy House
    • Email: 
    • Social Media: 

Harambee House serves as a community space centered on the issues and concerns of the Black community at Brown. Meaning "togetherness" in Swahili, Harambee seeks to create an environment where we encourage and celebrate the people and culture of the African Diaspora. Our house serves as an important residential housing option for Black students, as a meeting space for Black Student Organizations, and as a communal space to study, work, and develop bonds within the community. The house imbues students with knowledge and experiences that create a sense of cultural pride and understanding that they can take with them in their various co-curricular pursuits at Brown. Our residents and community members help create and contribute to a positive self-defining image of the Black citizen of the world.

  • Connect with Harambee House:
    • Location: 315 Thayer
    • Email: 
    • Social Media: 

House of Ninnuog serves as a residential community for undergraduate students that identify as Indigiounus or are interested in learning more about Indigiounus cultures. The program house hosts Natives at Brown events and other Indigiounus events and programs.

  • Connect with the House of Ninnuog:
    • Location: Buxton House
    • Email:  
    • Instagram: @nab.brownu

La Casita (Latinx House) serves as a resource for issues that affect the Latinx community at Brown and elsewhere through hosting political, social, educational, and community-oriented events. The house serves to strengthen and develop the Latinx community by serving as a space in which we celebrate the commonalities and differences that exist within and across Latinidad. The house is a vibrant community where the exchange of ideas is vital to our intellectual, cultural, and social growth. The house is centered on the Latinx identity which is inclusive of all ethnic, racial, national, and cultural backgrounds regardless of language.


Interest Focused Program Houses

Environmental Program Houses (West House and North House) residents are a cheerful mix of people committed to environmentalism, social activism, and the arts. At any given moment, the houses are bustling with activity and you can always find people cooking food, making tea, playing music, and discussing how to bring change to the world. The houses are small communities of 14 (West House) and 12 (North House) residents. Providing residents with a space where it is comfortable to develop new relationships with one another and to discover one's self while having a blast. 


  • Connect with West House:
    • Location: West House
    • Email: 
    • Social Media: 

St. Anthony Hall is a national, coed literary fraternity. As a literary society, St. Anthony Hall values curiosity, passion, creativity, and understanding as tools used to learn and build a community of friends, both inside and outside the house. A national organization, this community extends down the East Coast to chapters at a number of colleges and universities. Members have a large variety of academic and non-academic interests ranging from arts to hard sciences and covering almost everything in between. Despite the name, St. Anthony Hall is not associated with any religious organizations.

  • Connect with St. Anthony Hall:
    • Location: King House
    • Email: 
    • Social Media: 

Technology House offers a welcoming and supportive community that will assist you in your pursuits. Whether it's building trebuchets, playing board games, or whatever your interests may be, others in our community will likely share your enthusiasm. We pride ourselves on our rich, ongoing history of projects and events, including SciLi Tetris and Javaspook (our annual Halloween event). Members enjoy access to our in-house server and their very own Tech House email address and a workspace for house projects.

Language Focused Program Houses

Bienvenidos a La Casa Hispánica, the house with more flavor than any other place at Brown! We are a community made up of sophomores through seniors with an interest in the Spanish language and Spanish culture. Members are encouraged to speak Spanish with each other. Hispanic House residents participate in and help organize activities such as study breaks, Sabores, Tertulias, ciclos de cine (themed movie screenings), and community service projects. We encourage members of the Brown community to come to our events to meet new people and practice their Spanish with us (regardless of proficiency).

  • Connect with Casa Machado:
    • Location: Machado House
    • Email: 
    • Social Media: 

French House is a community of Brown students interested in the language and culture of the French-speaking world. House activities open to the Brown community consist of parties, "pain et fromage" gatherings, film screenings, and cultural events. In-house activities include study breaks and optional co-ops. Each member helps to make French House a community by taking an active part in house management. If you are interested in the French language and its related cultures and want to live in an intimate, friendly atmosphere, then French House is a great opportunity to enrich your college experience. A conversational level of French is helpful but not required.

  • Connect with French House:
    • Location: Machado House
    • Email: 
    • Social Media: