The Auxiliary Housing office rents and manages approximately 150 residential housing units ranging in size from efficiency to one-bedroom to multi-bedroom apartments and houses. These living units surround the campus and occupy an area that extends to Lloyd Avenue to the north, Brown Street to the west, Power Street to the south, and Hope Street to the east. They provide housing for approximately 200 graduate, medical, and undergraduate students.
The typical rental unit in a Brown-owned off-campus building includes utilities such as heat, hot water, gas, and electricity. Telephone service, cable television service, internet access, and the wiring for these services are available through private providers. The Auxiliary Housing office rents a limited number of parking spaces to its tenants for a monthly fee, in addition to rent, on a first-come, first-served basis.
Roughly 80 housing units are made available each year for graduate, medical, and undergraduate students. Apartments are available on a first-come, first-served basis each fall to currently enrolled students. For 2015/16 availability, please contact Gail Medbury, Director of Auxiliary Housing at 401.863.2541 or via e-mail.
2013-2014 Housing Contract Terms
Housing contract terms for currently enrolled undergraduates, graduates, and medical students are generally for a 12-month period beginning June 1 and terminating on Memorial Day. Rental charges for these living units are placed on the student's account through the Bursar's office.
Once a living unit is selected, a security deposit equal to one month's rent must be paid within 10 days in order to secure the living unit. A rental agreement is then prepared and presented to all occupant/s for signature/s.
Important Note for Undergraduates
Undergraduates wishing to reside off-campus must first obtain off-campus permission through the Office of Residential Life.
University Plans to Improve Housing for Students with Disabilities
Brown University offers a range of campus housing that accommodates the needs of students with disabilities. Over the next several years, Brown University will be revising policies and performing various campus projects to improve accessibility to these facilities for students with disabilities. These improvements run the gamut from short-term to long-term projects. Among the accessibility improvements that will be addressed are the following:
Campus Residence Hall Facilities
Improvement to accessibility features of dormitory rooms, bathrooms, and kitchens.
Campus Site Improvements
Improvements will be performed relating to the accessibility of routes of travel on campus to accessible dormitories. Brown University has campus accessibility maps that provide information about campus accessibility, including but not limited to, information about accessible paths of travel, lift locations, and accessible parking. These maps can be found here. For specific information about accessibility, please contact the Office of Student and Employee Accessibility Services at 401-863-9588 (phone), 401-863-9588 (TTY), 401-863-1999 (fax), or SEAS@brown.edu.
The University is currently evaluating program and special interest housing to determine a course of action for making inaccessible program and theme housing accessible to disabled students desiring to reside in such a program or special interest house. Among the options being considered by the University are renovating currently inaccessible program/special interest houses or relocation of inaccessible program/special interest houses to accessible facilities.
Additionally, the University is evaluating making improvements to selected auxiliary housing facilities so that there are units that are accessible to and usable by students with disabilities.
Some of these projects are on-going and some of them require substantial evaluation, planning, and execution. A recently completed project that has greatly enhanced the accessibility of campus facilities involves improvements to the Sharpe Refectory dining hall, including the installation of an elevator for the purpose of making the dining hall accessible to students with disabilities.
Brown University asks for your patience as it undertakes these important improvement projects. It is our goal to perform these improvements with minimal interference to campus activities.