Snapshots of Brown: How Does Off Campus Housing Work?

IMG_1823Welcome to Snapshots of Brown, your destination for pics of Brown all year long! I’m Celina Stewart, and I’ll be bringing you little photo insights into my third year on Brown’s campus. What’s up this week? Let’s take a look… 

Finding housing is a curious task. For three years, Brown requires you to live on campus. For those that absolutely need a break, you can live off campus (either before senior year, or in most cases, for senior year). My friends and I have twice braved the Housing Lottery, somewhat lucking out both times. However, this year, we decided to go off campus in our housing next year.

Providence has a ton of off campus options, many of which are close to Brown’s campus and near eateries and shops (if you want to live close to them). So, how does housing work?

Essentially, you decide who you would like to live with, and from there, where you would like to live.

In the Housing Lottery, you select a group leader that will represent you, and then as a group select where on campus you’d like to live from the options available to your class year (you’ll probably see many posts about this in the spring, as Housing Lottery approaches).

For off campus, it’s a little trickier because its on you to contact landlords, find a home you’d like to live in, and determine who you’d like to live with. My friends and I had quite the trouble trying to make all ten people in the group happy with location, price, and roommates as we were selecting.


Now that we have groups, the next step: to find housing! 

So far we’ve looked at a couple houses, but haven’t come to any conclusions. I’ll keep you posted!

Have questions or comments? Want more details? Send an email to and I’ll get back ASAP!


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