Pre-College Programs
Outside the Classroom

Exploring Providence - College Hill and Beyond

We are delighted that you will join us for Pre-College Programs. We look forward to welcoming you to Providence, our home city, and to our beautiful state, Rhode Island. As is often said, ‘good things come in small packages’ and this fits our city and state perfectly. Providence is historic and hip, with wonderful restaurants, summer celebrations, magnificent mansions, and 39 miles of coastline just a short drive away.

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.

There are many things to capture your interest on a visit to Brown. Before you make your plans, be sure to check out what’s happening in Providence, Newport and around Rhode Island.

Learn more about "Downcity" Providence

Local Hotels

There are Brown discounts available at participating local hotels. Please visit the Brown Travel Portal to get the Brown discount on hotel reservations.

WaterFire — A Special Providence Attraction

On selected nights during the summer, Waterplace Park is home to WaterFire. Every summer, WaterFire captures the imagination and inspires millions of visitors with a display of eighty sparkling bonfires that magically transform Providence’s downtown riverfront, with the braziers alight 20 minutes after sundown and fires burning until after midnight. Flickering firelight reflects on the water and silhouettes torchlit vessels, while aromatic wood smoke and enchanting music captures the senses of all who enjoy these evenings. For dates and more information, visit

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 Repertory Company

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

Federal Hill

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

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.

Providence Restaurant Weeks

Enjoy local cuisine, locally-sourced food and this special opportunity to dine in Providence. Nearly 100 restaurants across Rhode Island will offer three-course, prix fixe lunches and dinners. Participating restaurants and their menus will be posted in advance on

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.