JWU offers a variety of living options, including halls with private or common bathrooms, suites and apartment-style units.

Depending on the hall, occupancy in each suite or apartment-style unit ranges from one to six residents.

Each building offers something uniquely different to meet the needs of every resident.

Occupancy options vary by hall, with choices ranging from one to six residents.

All residence halls are smoke free.

The Downcity Campus, located in the heart of Providence, houses students enrolled in the Arts & Sciences, Business, Hospitality, and Technology programs.

The Harborside Campus primarily houses students enrolled in the College of Culinary Arts.

Residence Halls

Prospective Students: Select Your Housing

First-year students enrolling in JWU for the Fall will be required to live in university housing for their first two years of enrollment. Exceptions to this requirement will be made for students who fit one or more of the following criteria:

  • are married
  • are a parent
  • are at least 21 years of age
  • lives at home with a relative, parent, or guardian and commutes within a 50-mile radius of campus
  • are a transfer student
  • are not eligible to live on campus

Students who have been convicted of certain felonies (or have had certain felony-type charges sustained in a juvenile proceeding), such as crimes of violence, serious drug offenses and sex offenses, are not eligible to live in university housing.

Students must maintain full-time day student status in order to remain in university housing.

In order to be eligible to apply for housing, first-year day school undergraduates students first must submit a reservation fee of $300. Once the fee has been processed, you can access the online housing application.

The online application contains important questions about preferences related to meal plan, personal living habits and preferences, roommate options, and special interest housing communities. Once you complete the online application within the given time period, you’ll be eligible to enter the lottery process in order to select a room during spring term.

View housing rates.

Guide to Understanding the Wildcat Room Selection Process
Please see the Room Selection Process Guide (PDF) for information on navigating the Wildcat Housing Application.

Off-Campus Living

Want to live off campus next term, but not sure where to begin?

Residential Life has put together resources to help you in your search, from rental basics and budget planning to understanding your rights and responsibilities as a renter, and essential services for setting up your new place.

Living in the Community
When you live off campus, you’re actually part of two communities: JWU, and the neighborhood in which you live. How to be a good citizen of both.

Update Your Contact Info
In case we need to reach you in the event of a campus or weather-related emergency, please make sure to update your contact info via jwuLink.

Contact Off-Campus Student Services if you have questions about off-campus housing.

Rental Basics
Common Rental Abbreviations
Apartment Checklist
Apartment Condition Checklis
Roommate Worksheet

Contact Us

Residential Life Office
Friedman Center
321 Harborside Boulevard
Providence, RI 02905
Phone: 401-598-1141
Fax: 401-598-5152