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Brown University

Providence, RI

Walk in the footsteps of history and greatness

  • Ivy League
  • Historic
  • Research
  • Private
  • Walkable
  • Bike-Friendly
  • Urban

Founded in 1764, Brown University is a Colonial College -- a group of just nine universities established before the American Revolution. Brown University is an Ivy League research university and one of the first to grant doctoral degrees. Brown is very selective with an acceptance rate of just about eight percent. This private research university's faculty and alumni include eight Nobel Prize laureates, 54 Unites State Congress members, and 19 Pulitzer Prize winners. Notable graduates include John D. Rockefeller, John F. Kennedy Jr., actresses Emma Watson and Julie Bowen, and heiress Allegra Versace.

Several historic buildings are located on Brown's campus, including Robinson Hall, which was built in 1875; the John Carter Brown Library, built in 1898; and Manning Hall, built in 1834. Since 1776, commencement has been held at the First Baptist Church in American, which was founded in 1638. The current church, built in 1776, was designed with college commencement in mind. The church is a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Brown University is located in Providence, Rhode Island's historic College Hill neighborhood, directly across the Providence River from downtown. This urban area is very walkable and bicycle-friendly (although the hills can get steep). College Hill is a National Historic Landmark District, dating back to the original settlement of 1636. Gorgeous Colonial architecture is everywhere in College Hill. Be sure to visit the Governor Stephen Hopkins House, built in 1707 and now a house museum. Other neighborhoods near Brown University include Fox Point, Blackstone, Smith Hill, and Downtown Providence.

Rent Trends

As of October 2018, the average apartment rent in Providence, RI is $1,466 for a studio, $1,658 for one bedroom, $2,174 for two bedrooms, and $2,170 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in Providence has increased by 4.3% in the past year.

Beds Avg Sq Ft Avg Rent
Studio 709 $1,466
1 BR 744 $1,658
2 BR 1,073 $2,174
3 BR 1,293 $2,170


82 Walk Score® Very Walkable
51 Transit Score® Good Transit
73 Bike Score® Very Bikeable


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Apartments for Rent Near Brown University - Providence, RI (University)

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