Dorms Declassified: Housing Options

Hello! My name is Alejandra (Ali) Gatas Johnson and I am your Dorms Declassified: Brown Survival Guide blogger. Living in a dorm with a roommate was one of the things that I was most excited but also nervous about for college. This blog is to help ease the concern and provide insight on residential life at Brown.

Personally, I feel like this semester is traveling at snails pace. I feel like we have been here for 3 months not a bit more than 3 weeks. Spring Break and the end of the semester feel like ages away. However, housing decisions for next year are coming up right around the corner. Upperclassman should have already decided and applied for off campus housing. People are already looking to sublet apartments. And freshman are beginning to plan their housing lottery groups. For those of you still trying to navigate the housing high waters, this blog post is dedicated to you and your options.

Program/Greek Housing
So as you may know, Wriston Quad is home to most program and Greek housing. Recruitment/rush for these housing programs has already begun. These housing programs vary in time commitment and membership expectations. Each house has its own recruitment process. Some are Greek, some are not. For example, Social Action house has very few events for rushing and has minimal time commitment and others like my sorority (Alpha Chi Omega) has a really short recruitment process and more membership time commitment expectations. If you are interested in ANY of them, I recommend you go to one of their events. It doesn’t hurt. You may find a community you like and it can save you from having to deal with the housing lottery. Also, most of the program houses have a lot of singles and spacious doubles. I lived in Hotel Andrews last year and my double feels larger than my room in Andrews did!
Here is a list of the program housing organizations:
Greek organizations
Beta Rho Pi
Alpha Chi Omega
Alpha Delta Phi
Delta Tau
Beta Omega Chi
Kappa Alpha Theta
Sigma Chi (not recruiting)
Theta Alpha
Zeta Delta Xi
Kappa Delta
Program Housing
St. Anthony Hall
Harambee House
Buxton International House
Technology House
Environmental House
French House
Casa Machado
Social Action House
Housing Lottery
Housing Lottery is the default option for rising sophomores. The housing lottery is notoriously a headache. You enter the housing lottery with a group around 6 people. You then receive a number and you select your dorm and room when your number comes up. Rising Sophomores have the worst numbers and therefore have the last choice of dorms.
Special Interests
For those that want special interest housing, you can contact ResLife and request such housing. Special interest housing includes: Students with Disabilities, Same-Sex Housing, Over 21 Housing, Substance Free Housing, and Quiet Hall.
Off Campus Housing
First Year and Sophomores are required to live on campus. Junior year students are allowed to request off campus housing and they must be approved in order to waive on campus housing. The amount of juniors approved to live off campus is dependent on the number of seniors that have requested to live off campus. Seniors are guaranteed off campus approval if they desire it.
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