Living in Providence

Located between Boston and New York City, Providence offers all the amenities of a big city on a smaller scale. Known for its eclectic arts scene, diverse population, and liberal atmosphere, Providence has many fun and inexpensive experiences to offer those willing to go out and explore the city.


Brown's Education Department works with various schools -- public, charter, independent -- throughout Providence and surrounding areas (e.g., Pawtucket, Woonsocket, Lincoln, Cranston, etc.). More information on Providence schools can be found here, and information on Rhode Island education can be found at the Rhode Island Department of Education's website.


Providence offers all the benefits of a big city with the comforts of a small town. Home to the Rhode Island School of Design and Johnson & Wales University, Providence is known for its artistic presence and fine dining. Providence is a diverse and culturally rich city that offers a variety of museums, festivals, attractions and activities. The following are some of the highlights of the city.

Arts & Culture

Gallery Night Providence
The Culinary Arts Museum at Johnson & Wales University
The Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art
Providence Performing Arts Center


Pawtucket Red Sox
Providence Bruins


Roger Williams Park Zoo
Museum of Natural History and Planetarium
Water Fire


Providence is easily accessible by car, plane or public transportation.

Airport: T.F. Green Airport (Warwick, RI)
Local Bus Service: Rhode Island Public Transit
Long Distance Bus Service: GreyhoundPeter Pan
Train: Amtrak
Commuter Rail (to Boston, MA)


During the summer session and academic year, accommodations are available on campus or in private housing near the University. For information about both on- and off-campus housing, please visit:

The Graduate Student Bulletin Board listserv (GSBB) is another place to find out about affordable off-campus apartments. Follow the directions here to subscribe to the GSBB list.

For More Information

For more information about living in Providence, visit the City of Providence website.