Brook Street Residence Hall

Brook Street Residence Hall

A new project to expand on-campus housing will strengthen the undergraduate educational experience, reduce student demand on city housing and revive underutilized space on College Hill.

A robust residential community with on-campus living options is central to the Brown undergraduate educational experience and essential to building a strong sense of belonging for all students.

Brown is constructing a new two-building residence hall for undergraduate students near the southern end of its College Hill campus. With buildings of approximately 64,000 and 61,000 square feet, respectively, the new residences on the west and east sides of Brook Street between Charlesfield and Power streets in Providence will house approximately 353 students.

The new centrally located residence hall project will expand Brown’s capacity to provide a residential educational experience for third- and fourth-year undergraduates. The new residences will strengthen the living and learning experience, with areas designed to meet student needs, including suites with single rooms and flexible community spaces.

At the same time, by adding significantly to Brown’s on-campus housing inventory, the project will alleviate the impact that student demand for off-campus rental units has on Providence neighborhoods — addressing a concern expressed by community members with increasing frequency in recent years. Local stakeholders have provided input since the project’s launch in February 2020, and Brown has made a series of revisions to ensure a result that complements the character of the local neighborhood.

With approximately 353 beds included in this project and approximately 162 beds recently added in Sternlicht Commons, a residence hall attached to the new Health and Wellness Center further north on Brook Street, Brown is providing new housing for more than 500 undergraduates and reducing the number of undergraduates living off campus by approximately 30%.

Initial construction activity will begin in Fall 2021 with a target timeline for completion and building occupancy in time for Brown’s Fall 2023 semester.

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The two buildings of the Brook Street undergraduate residence hall project are “sisters” whose design responds to the context set by the local neighborhood and Brown’s adjacent Vartan Gregorian Quad.
Ensuring ample opportunities for community feedback has been a part of the planning for the Brook Street residence hall from the project’s early stages.
Major milestones and status updates for the Brook Street residence hall project are detailed here.