STEM 9/10 students will live in Brown’s residence halls within walking distance of classrooms and dining halls. Students will be assigned to live with another STEM 9/10 student, usually no more than 6 months apart in age. Roommate requests will not be honored. Students are assigned a roommate so that they can build friendships with new people.
STEM 9/10 Residential Assistants will make sure activities are finished and students are escorted back to their residence halls before curfew. STEM 9/10 students must abide by a 10 p.m. curfew—after 10 p.m., students must be in their own rooms for the remainder of the evening. Quiet time begins at 10:30 p.m. Students must remain on their floor unit until 6 a.m. Students may not leave their residence hall after curfew.
Adhering to the curfew policy is the student’s responsibility. While residential staff will take reasonable measures to ensure that students adhere to the curfew, once a student has been verified as being within the residence halls at the designated time, we cannot guarantee that the student will not subsequently choose to violate our policies and leave the residence hall area. If we become aware of a curfew violation, the student will be referred to our student conduct process. Repeated and/or serious violations of the curfew could result in dismissal from the program.
For more details, please read the Residential Policies section on our website.
Meals and Snacks
Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served in Brown’s dining halls daily. Three meals a day are included in the cost of residential program fees. Guests may purchase meals on a cash basis. STEM 9/10 students are also provided snacks daily as a part of the program. Thayer Street offers numerous shops and restaurants as well although students are expected to eat their meals at one of the dining halls.
All students, including those participating in field trips or other meals outside of Brown Dining Halls, will be asked to indicate any food allergies and/or dietary preferences, including vegetarians and vegans, in the Medical Authorization and Health History Form as part of their onboarding process.
Dining Services Information
There are resources to help students with food-related allergies, dietary restrictions and other needs for accommodations to navigate the options in the dining halls. Prior to arrival, students should familiarize themselves with Brown’s dining website which provides information about the various dietary options available. This site also includes icons for specific food types (e.g. gluten free) that are consistent with those found in the on-campus dining locations. Brown offers a variety of options that allow many students to manage without additional accommodations. Students with any food restrictions are encouraged to utilize the Brown Dining My Meal site while on-campus. This tool is designed to help students make educated food choices in Brown’s dining halls and includes specific ingredients used in all available dishes.
If you have a food allergy, dietary restriction or a need for another accommodation please indicate this on your Medical Authorization and Health History Form. Our Dietician will reach out to you directly to discuss your dining options. Options could include using an online special meal request system, access to the Allergen Friendly Pantry and guidance navigating the online information and dining halls. In addition, temporary dining accommodations can be provided using a Chef's card that is available on request when students swipe into the main dining hall, the Sharpe Refectory (Ratty). These cards can be used to request a special meal if a student arrives on a weekend and has not yet formally arranged accommodations. These cards will enable a student to request a meal that is gluten-free or free of the following allergens: shellfish, soy, dairy, nuts, peanuts, eggs, wheat, alcohol and fish. The menu options using this card are more limited and a meal is provided once the card is received, so these meals will take some additional time.
Once students arrive, it is expected that they will spend every night on campus in their assigned residence hall room. While leaving campus at any point during the program is highly discouraged, families can contact us if they need to request an overnight leave only for the weekend in the middle of the program. Students must depart after the academic component is completed on Friday and must return prior to the evening activities on Sunday night. Please note that any request for overnight leave must be pre-approved by the STEM 9/10 Program Director and is only possible considering the conditions below:
- extraordinary, verifiable personal or family circumstances (e.g. illness, injury or other),
- religious beliefs and commitments or
- significant, rare and/or time-sensitive opportunities (occupational, educational or other).
Please email email@example.com if you need to request overnight leave. Overnight leave must be requested at least five days in advance. If overnight leave is granted, students are required to notify their Resident Assistant at least two days in advance.
Personal Health and Medical
Students with minor health concerns can be seen at Brown University’s Health Services Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment by calling 401-863-3953. Nursing advice is available 24/7 at 401-862-1330 and certified first aid staff are also available to assist on evenings or weekends. In the event of a medical emergency, students will generally be transported to Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence.
Students are responsible for safely storing and taking their own prescription medication. Students who are not accustomed to managing their own medication should work with their families to determine the best approach to do so during the program.
Contacting STEM 9/10 Students
We parents/guardians want to be in touch with their student and we encourage parents/guardians to talk to their students about when and how much to be in touch. It frequently happens that within hours of parents’/guardians’ departure, the students are so immersed in the experience that their sense of time, including when they last spoke to their parents/guardians, is very different from their parents’/guardians’ sense. Please note that students spend the majority of their time in class and participating in extracurricular activities or working on their projects during which cell phone use is prohibited. STEM 9/10 students have free time in the afternoons every day. They will be available most evenings between 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. EST unless out on a group excursion. After 10:30 p.m., students are expected to observe quiet hours and go to sleep. The most reliable and convenient way to contact students is via a personal cell phone. If a student does not have a personal cell phone, please speak with a professional staff member on check-in day to make other accommodations.
Except in emergency situations, STEM 9/10 staff cannot generally honor requests to track down a student. For the safety of our students, visitors (including parents, guardians and family members) are not permitted to enter residence halls when the program is in session without the special permission of the STEM 9/10 Resident Directors.
If there is an emergency situation in which a student needs to be contacted, parents/guardians can contact the Brown Department of Public Safety: 401-863-3322 and ask to speak to the Student Life Manager on Call. If you have any non-emergency questions or concerns, please contact our office at 401-863-7900 Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST.
There are laundry facilities in the basements of all residence halls. You will need to supply your own detergent. All washers and dryers operate by swiping your Brown Summer Student ID card.
Bear Bucks cards allow you to use vending machines and printers in the public computing clusters. You must purchase a Bear Bucks Guest Card for $1.00 at a Bear Bucks Kiosk. Money should be added to your Bear Bucks card as needed and in small increments, as the unused balance is non-refundable. Please DO NOT add funds/Bear Bucks directly to your Brown ID card.
Bear Bucks Kiosks to purchase Bear Bucks cards are available to Pre-College students at two locations on campus.
- Sharpe Refectory
- Stephen Robert ‘62 Campus Center
Mail may be sent to students during the program. Please do not send packages of bedding or clothing needed on move-in day in advance of your arrival. Our mailroom is not open for package pick-up on Sundays.
Please note that mail sent to college campuses requires additional processing time for sorting and distribution. Any standard mailing or shipping delays may result in the mail or packages not reaching the student prior to their campus departure. For those reasons, any mail/packages should be coordinated to arrive no later than one week prior to the student’s departure. Mail should be sent to:
Brown Pre-College Student
69 Brown St
Providence, RI 02912
Lost & Found
The lost and found location on campus during the summer session is the Department of Public Safety 401-863-1663. Items of value left behind in residence halls, such as jewelry, money and laptop computers will be turned in and students should call the DPS office to retrieve lost items.