Housing

Brown’s housing plans reduce density, allow for single occupancy of rooms and create small “pods” to reduce the number of students who need to be quarantined when an infection is identified.

Undergraduate Options for Summer 2021 Location of Study

Brown undergraduates were provided with the following options for their location of study for the Summer 2021 semester, depending on their class year:

  • Maintain their Spring location of study
  • Study remotely outside of the Providence area (defined at 30 miles from campus)
  • Move off campus in the Providence area, except for first-year students and sophomores.
  • Move on campus to reside in Brown-owned or Brown-leased housing 

All undergraduate students enrolled in both the spring and summer terms were given the option to maintain their spring location of study, though housing assignments may change.

Students choosing “remote” as their location of study did so affirming that they had no intention of visiting the campus or residing within 30 miles of Providence. It’s important to understand that, as a remote student, students will not be able to access campus, campus facilities or in-person resources, and should not interact in-person with any members of the Brown community. Choosing remote as the location of study in order to live off campus within 30 miles of Providence without permission from Residential Life is a violation of the Code of Student Conduct. Only juniors and seniors are eligible to reside off campus in the Providence area.

Additional information is available on the Office of Residential Life website:

Office of Residential Life website

Overview of Student Housing During COVID-19

The three-term academic calendar established for 2020-21 provides many benefits to reduced density on campus, including in residence halls. The University has developed both a general model for housing on-campus residential students and plans specifically for isolation and quarantine needs.

Overall, the approach to housing is guided by the general principle of reducing density, allowing for single occupancy of rooms to reduce the number of students living in proximity to each other.

In addition to the benefits of reduced density for limiting the transmission of virus, the University is facilitating clusters of students into small, identifiable “pods.” This reduces the number of students who need to be quarantined if an infection is positively identified.

Housing is based on the following operating principles:

  • De-densified housing based on single-room occupancy.
  • Allocation of an adequate number of beds for isolation and quarantine.
  • Enhanced cleaning by University custodial staff of all bathrooms from once a day to twice a day.
  • Limited use of common spaces with clear signage on occupancy, social distancing requirements and enhanced cleaning.

Housing FAQs

Off-Campus Housing

Off-campus students are required to provide their local address and telephone number for the academic year via Banner Self-Service.

Brown students living in local neighborhoods represent the University, and their actions and conduct have an immediate impact on neighbors and reflect back upon Brown. All students living off campus must abide by off-campus rules and regulations. The principles of the Brown University Community and the Standards of Student Conduct apply to students in their off-campus lives.

For summer 2021, students living off campus may remain in the Providence area in their off-campus housing. However, unless students are enrolled in coursework with an in-person component, employed on campus, or otherwise engaged in an authorized activity, they are not required/eligible to be tested and will not be included in the testing program past their spring term disengagement date. Students who do not meet these criteria for inclusion in testing should not be on campus or in campus facilities except to attend appointments at Health Services or use the contactless pick up service of the Brown Libraries. 

Last updated July 2, 2021. Information on this page may be updated as the University’s planning evolves and/or public health guidance prompts a shift in Brown’s operations and protocols.