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Exploring Providence - College Hill and Beyond

Three and-a-half centuries of history

Brown is located in Providence, Rhode Island, the state's capital and largest city. Known at the "Creative Capital", Providence has long been a haven for creativity and innovation. Three and-a-half centuries of history are alive and well on the streets surrounding Brown, as is evident in the immaculately preserved Colonial, Federal, Greek revival, and Victorian houses of "College Hill".

Thayer Street runs through the center of campus. You’ll find the Brown University Bookstore and a host of restaurants, coffee shops, stores, banks, and street vendors.

Additional attractions you'll find in Providence and Rhode Island include:

For more information on "Downcity" Providence visit:

Providence Place Mall
This 13-acre downtown mega mall with 150 specialty shops, restaurants, cinemas, and an IMAX theater is an architectural marvel, spanning a river and train tracks.

Waterplace Park
On selected nights during the summer, Waterplace Park is home to WaterFire, an award-winning evening of art, music, and sculpture that takes place on the three rivers of downtown Providence. Hundreds of bonfires dance atop the rivers, and music from different areas of the world fills the air as strollers pass between the Italianate bridges.

Federal Hill
Entering Providence’s Federal Hill neighborhood is like walking into Little Italy, with exquisite Italian cafés, bakeries, and restaurants.

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
Halfway down College Hill from Brown, RISD is a vibrant community of artists and designers that attracts more than 2,000 students from around the world. The RISD faculty and alumni communities and the RISD Museum of Art give Providence a world-class arts scene.

Providence Performing Arts Center
A restored theater and arts facility hosting first-class Broadway touring shows, plays, contemporary acts, concerts, and much more.

Trinity Rep
One of the most respected regional theaters in the country, Trinity Rep is the largest professional residential company in Rhode Island.

Newport, Rhode Island
Newport bills itself as "America's First Resort" and boasts a rich maritime history. The famous Cliff Walk takes you by the mansions of the gilded age, including the Breakers, the home of the Vanderbilt family.