The City of Providence

Providence offers a college-town feel with a city’s thriving concert, arts and theater scene. Think big city on a welcoming scale. Rhode Island may be the smallest state in the nation, but it is filled with a wealth of history, entertainment and attractions.

Providence College Hill Downtown East Side

Life in our college town means you’ll be one of 30,000 students enrolled at JWU, Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design and Providence College (the highest per capita concentration of colleges in the US).

Whether you’re staying overnight in Providence, visiting for the day or spending your next four years here, our city has something for everyone. No matter what you’re into — music, art, theater, sports, shopping or outstanding food — Providence can satisfy your thirst.

And it's a great launching point if you want to explore more of the Northeast. We’re just 45 minutes from Boston, and three hours from New York City.

Dining & Entertainment
Are you a foodie? Providence offers an amazing array of international cuisines, from the small and inexpensive to those with international acclaim. And many owned or operated by JWU grads.

Love Italian? Head to Historic Federal Hill, stroll under the “pigna” (an Italian symbol of abundance and quality) and enjoy more than 20 top-notch restaurants, bakeries, cafes and gourmet stores, all within a one-mile stretch.

Thayer Street, at the center of Brown University, has pizza joints, cafés and street vendors (along with boutique shops, art galleries). It’s a great place to get away from the bustle of Downcity, just minutes from campus. And Wickenden Streets, on the East Side, is home to funky shops, restaurants, bars and cafes.

Is shopping your bag? You’ll find a collection of unique shops, bookstores, cafes and gourmet stores near campus, right in Downcity and on the East Side. Providence Place Mall, at the city's center, has restaurants, an IMAX theatre, Showcase Movie Theatre and plenty of stores so you can shop till you drop!

Theater & Culture
The city is filled with art and entertainment, from live music venues to big screen multiplexes, small art house cinemas and an IMAX. Love shows? Head to Providence Performing Arts Center for the latest touring Broadway productions plays and musicals, concerts and ballets.

You can walk to four of the Downcity Arts District’s performing arts centers from campus. The award-winning Trinity Repertory Company, New England’s oldest theater company, is just blocks away.

Less than an hour from campus, baseball fans can catch the World Series Champion Boston Red Sox play at Fenway Park. Football fans can watch the Super Bowl Champions New England Patriots in Foxboro, MA.

In Providence, students can even work at Providence Bruins hockey games and Pawtucket Red Sox baseball games.

Beach & Outdoors
Love the sun and sand? Welcome to the Ocean State. Rhode Island has 100 beaches and more than 400 miles of coastline. We’re just 45 minutes from Cape Cod and Newport, known as the sailing capital of the world and home to close to 20% of the nation's registered landmarks.

Like to skate? Providence’s Bank of America City Center is open year-round.

Summer average temp: 72°F. Winter average temp: 30°F. Annual precipitation: 44 inches.

Free bus transportation for JWU students anywhere in the state is available through RIPTA.

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