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 those programs located off-campus and online.

Taking part in Pre-College programs on the Brown University campus will give you a real taste of what American college life is like. 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 (ultimate frisbee, anyone?) and social programs, giving you the opportunity to further explore your interests while interacting with peers from around the world.

Educational and Social Activities

Throughout the summer, you will have opportunities to attend different educational, social and recreational events. You'll also be able to participate in our virtual events including interactive webinars, online trivia nights, and more. All activities are free and available to all students and provide great opportunities to continue to build bonds with the 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 hands-on workshops. Sharpen your skills for what’s next in your academic career through workshops on: time management, listening and note-taking, selecting majors, 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, getting dirty while planting succulents or attending a campus dance. You can also enjoy program-sponsored off-campus excursions to local beaches, the 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, you’ll find residence halls staffed with carefully selected and trained Student Life staff who work proactively to create a vibrant and safe living-learning environment where everyone can thrive.

Throughout the summer, 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 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, mini-fridge, microwave, 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 or renting a fan. 
  • You’ll have the opportunity to rent linens and fans, if desired.

The Commuting Experience

Commuter students will be placed in a mentor group through which Student Life staff will host special activities designed to introduce commuter students to their peers, orient them to Brown’s campus and resources, and enhance their academic and personal development. Commuter students are welcomed and encouraged to participate in the myriad extracurricular activities that take place throughout their program - including recreational events, student organizations, workshops and virtual activities. Each summer, one space on-campus is designated as a commuter lounge for students to meet and socialize with other commuter students, unwind after class, and as a place for group study.