Get to Know Providence, R.I.

Home to 30,000 college students, Providence, R.I. offers the amenities of a major city with the charm, warmth and walkability of a small college town. It also boasts more restaurants per capita than nearly any other city. (Many of them are owned or managed by JWU grads!)

Recognized by CNN as The USA’s Most Artsy City, Providence is full of cheery murals and beautiful sculptures from talented artists. The Avenue Concept’s exciting self-guided art tour is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in Providence’s art community.

Providence’s stunning scenery earned the city a ranking as one of the Most Gorgeous College Towns in America, and you can soak in the unbelievable views and public art from the Venetian-inspired bridges as you walk along the 2.4 mile River Walk. Or explore from a different angle, on a scenic gondola ride right in heart of the city.  

Plan Your Trip to Rhode Island 

map of Providence, New York and Boston

Close to Industry Partners

JWU’s Providence Campus is situated in the heart of downtown, just a quick trip to other major areas like New York City, Boston and Hartford. Our close proximity and strong connections within Providence and other nearby major cities has led students to some incredible internship opportunities. Each year, thousands of companies post internship opportunities on the JWU recruitment platform. 

From the Ritz-Carlton to Marriott International, from Compass Group to Emeril’s Restaurant, there’s an opportunity for hands-on career experience in almost any industry!

Providence, R.I. Highlights


  • Providence is located about one hour from Boston, Newport and Cape Cod and three hours from New York.
  • Providence is just 27 miles to Narragansett Beach.
  • Eight colleges and universities are located in Providence.
  • JWU’s Downcity Campus is walking distance to most major attractions in Providence.

Places to Visit 

  • Federal Hill: Known for authentic Italian restaurants, especially on Atwells Ave. DePasquale Square features a beautiful fountain and summer concerts. 
  • West End: Vintage shops, bicycle rentals, comedy shows, delicious breakfast spots and an outdoor tiki bar make this one of the most interesting spots in Providence.
  • Thayer Street: Popular among college students and young adults, Thayer Street is filled with shopping, restaurants and the historic Avon Cinema. 

Self-Guided Tours 

  • Downtown Historic Tour: Journey back in time on a historic walking tour. Visit Sullivan Dorr House, Old Stone Bank, Brick School House and more. 
  • Self-Guided Driving Tour: Tour at any time! Listen to audio stories as you drive past the Wedding Cake House, Federal Hill, Barnaby Castle and other unique landmarks and attractions. 


  • T.F. Green Airport is located just 10 minutes from Providence. 
  • The Amtrak Station is located in downtown Providence and offers quick train transportation to Boston, Washington, D.C., New Haven, Stamford, New York City and Philadelphia.
  • The Rhode Island Public Transport Authority (RIPTA) provides affordable bus and trolley services throughout Providence.

Where to Dine 

  • Harry’s Bar & Burger: Innovative burgers, bowls and alcohol-infused shakes. 
  • Xaco Taco: A modern take on traditional Mexican street food. Mix and match tacos to try a variety.
  • Gracies: Experience fine dining with entrées made from fresh, seasonal ingredients. Five-course chefs tasting menu, snacks and off-site catering available. 
  • Hemenway’s: What would a trip to Rhode Island be without fresh, locally sourced seafood? Sample the raw bar or start off with an appetizer like the Seafood Ceviche. 

Guided Tours

  • Family-Friendly Bus Tour: Learn about the history of Rhode Island as you tour Providence neighborhoods in a climate-controlled bus. 
  • Providence River Boat Tour: Offering Twilight River Cruises, Haunted Boat Rides, Vineyard Voyages, Private Architecture Tours and more! 
  • Downcity Food Tour: Spend three hours indulging at award-winning restaurants and bakeries hosted by expert local guides. 
Gaebe commons during spring. students are walk around campus on a bright sunny day with the flowers blooming.

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There’s so much to do (and see) at JWU! Explore Providence and get an up-close look at what makes JWU great. Explore where you’ll live, learn and enjoy all campus has to offer. We can’t wait to show you JWU!

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