Life on the Brown Campus

From residence and dining halls to educational and social activities, students are always learning at Brown - whether you commute or live on-campus.

This section is applicable for students attending programs taking place on the Brown University campus in Providence, RI. See the appropriate program page for off-campus and online programs.

Attending Pre-College Programs on the Brown University campus will give you a true sense of the American college experience. You’ll be responsible for getting yourself to and from classes while also choosing from a wide variety of out-of-classroom activities. These activities and events include everything from college success workshops to student organizations (pick up basketball, anyone?) and social programs, giving you the opportunity to further explore your interests and also try new things while interacting with peers from around the world.

Educational and Social Activities

Throughout your time on campus, you will have opportunities to attend different educational, social and recreational events. You'll also be able to participate in virtual events including interactive webinars, online trivia nights and more. As a student, you will have access to free activities that  provide you with great opportunities to build bonds with other Pre-College students.

Educational Activities

As a Pre-College student, you can prepare for the transition to college through a range of talks and engaging workshops. Sharpen your skills for what’s next in your academic career through workshops on time management, selecting a major, the college application process, personal leadership development, identity development and more.

Social and Recreational Events

Get to know more of your peers outside of class by taking part in social and recreational events. You could find yourself playing soccer on the green, relaxing at a spa night, attending a campus dance or getting your hands dirty while planting succulents. You can also enjoy program-sponsored off-campus excursions to local beaches, the nearby mall, rock-climbing spots and other fun activities in the New England area.

The Residential Experience

Residential students live in Brown residence halls, a short distance from academic buildings and campus resources. Just like college, carefully selected and trained Student Life staff will live alongside you, working proactively to create a vibrant and safe living-learning environment where everyone can thrive.

Throughout your time on campus, Student Life staff host fun activities in the residence halls that give you the chance to take a break from studying and build community with your fellow residents. You’ll also have opportunities to connect with your hallmates through weekly facilitated conversations about critical elements of a successful college transition.

What’s in a residence hall room?

  • Each resident is supplied with a bed frame, mattress (extra-long twin), a desk and desk chair, bookcase, bureau, closet or wardrobe, trash can and recycling bin. 
  • Brown Wi-Fi is available from all residence hall rooms. 
  • Residence hall rooms are not air-conditioned, so we highly recommend bringing a fan. 
  • You are encouraged to bring your own linens (pillow, sheets/blanket, towels) with you to campus, but are able to purchase them on campus, if desired.

The Commuting Experience

As a commuter student you will engage with a mentor group. Student Life staff will host special activities designed to introduce you to your peers, orient you to Brown’s campus and resources and enhance your academic and personal development. Commuter students are welcomed and encouraged to participate in the myriad of extracurricular activities that take place throughout your program - including recreational events, student organizations, workshops and virtual activities. To encourage you as a commuter student to spend more time on campus, you will have access to one meal a day in the dining hall(s). Each summer, one space on-campus is designated as a commuter lounge for you to meet and socialize with other commuter students, unwind after class and as a place for group study.