Students can apply to reserve a spot in a Brown parking lot through the Brown Transportation Office, or they can rent spaces from local landlords. A limited number of daytime and overnight parking spots are available through Brown’s parking facilities. See Brown’s parking information and parking rates for more information.
Parking on and near campus is tight; after 9 a.m., it can be difficult to find a spot that is closer than a five-minute walk away. Most of the convenient blocks are metered, with parking meters monitored by the Providence Police Department.
A Providence city ordinance prohibits parking on the street between the hours of 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. Many rental apartments and houses include parking spaces, but not always. If parking is not available with a rental, it is often possible to rent space nearby; typical rents for a parking space are between $50 and $150 per month. Overnight parking permits may also be purchased from Brown. However, overnight parking is only available to graduate students who either live off campus or in Brown owned housing. Members of the Brown community are encouraged to find alternate means of commuting to and from campus. The Office of Transportation offers a number of alternatives.
Office of Transportation Services
The Office of Transportation provides safeRIDE services, including evening shuttle and on-call ride programs for the safety of all students, weekday campus transport for students with disabilities, and a weekday downtown express shuttle.
- Brown Shuttle: Continuous evening van service on a fixed route around the Brown campus
- RISD Rides: Continuous evening van service on a fixed route around the nearby RISD campus
- OnCall: Evening transport service for Brown students who live off campus
- SEAS OnCall: Daytime weekday dispatched transportation for students with disabilities who need assistance moving around campus
- BrownMed/Downcity Express: Scheduled weekday shuttle service between Brown, affiliated hospitals, and the Jewelry District
- South Main Express: Provides express service from the Power Street garage in the morning and to either the garage or the 70 Ship Street parking lot.
Other Ways to Travel
- RIPTA: Students, faculty, and staf are able to ride any RIPTA bus or trolley anytime, anywhere in the state at no charge. Brown’s investment in the UPASS program is the latest effort in one of many transportation initiatives benefiting its employees, students, and the broader community.
- Zipcar: Students can join this car-sharing service to get access to hourly or daily car rentals (on campus and in select cities across the United States)
Tips on Providence neighborhoods
- Walking distance: College Hill is located on the East Side of Providence. Wayland Square, Wickenden Street, Fox Point, and the Hope Street area within easy walking distance.
- On a bus line: Federal Hill, The Armory District, Blackstone Boulevard, Oak Hill, Rochambeau, West Side, Downtown.
- Farther afield: Pawtucket, Cranston, Elmwood, Pawtuxet Village, East Providence, Johnston, and Seekonk are all within a 10-minute drive.