Parking & Transportation

Parking on Main Campus
In addition to the streets around the Brown campus, you may park your car in any of the University lots anytime beginning 5 PM Friday through the weekend.  The Power Street lot (both lower and upper levels) at the corner of Power and Thayer streets is the largest lot on campus. The top level is entered on Power Street and the bottom level is entered on the corner of Williams and Brook streets.  A map of all Brown parking lots is available online. 

Hope High School (324 Hope St.) will be available on Sunday, May 28 from 7 AM to 4 PM.  Parking is provided at the sole risk of the owner of the vehicle and Brown will not be responsible or liable for any loss or damage to the vehicle (including, but not limited to, accessories, or contents) parked in the lots as a result of theft, fire, collision, vandalism, acts of nature or any other cause.

Thayer District Public Parking Lot (corner of Brook and Cushing Streets; entrance on Cushing Street) is also available for daily and overnight parking (for a fee). Operating Hours are: Friday, May 26:  8:00 am – 1:00 am; Saturday, May 27: 7:00 am – 1:00 am; Sunday, May 28: 7:00 am – 10:00 pm.

Please note, due to very high traffic volume and street closures, parking is challenging during Commencement weekend and we ask that you plan accordingly when arriving for events and activities.

Please remember to lock your car, whether it is on the street or in a lot. Do observe city parking laws; any cars parked in a temporary emergency no parking tow zone, in marked handicapped spaces without a placard, in violation of a fire hydrant, blocking driveways, or obstructing Brown Police or Providence Police sawhorses will be ticketed or towed at owner’s expense. There is no parking on any Providence city street from 1 a.m. - 5 a.m.

For information about requesting a handicapped parking pass or a drop off vehicle pass, please visit our Accessibility Accommodations page. 

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Parking at Warren Alpert Medical School (222 Richmond St.)
Metered spaces are available on several streets near the Medical School building, including Richmond Street, Elm Street, and Chestnut Street. Please adhere to posted signs regarding allowable hours and parking limitations, and note that meters only accept quarters. Parking is available at the garage adjacent to the Medical School building on Friday, May 27, for a fee. After 5 PM on Friday, May 27, and throughout the weekend, lot 30 (on the corner of Elm and Richmond streets) and lot 81 (corner of Ship and Richmond streets) will be open and available to all Commencement-Reunion Weekend visitors.

All vehicles must be removed from Lot 81 by 7:00 pm each evening, as the lot is closed and secured at that time.

Additional Information
Visit the Parking Office website for further information or call the Parking Office at  401-863-3157.

Drop Off Passes

On Commencement day, the majority of streets near the College Green are closed due to the procession and line up.  Drop off  passes allow individuals to drop guests off near the College Green on Commencement Day.  Drivers then park their vehicle on campus or in the local area.  This pass does not provide any reserved parking for the holder.  Drop Off Passes are only recommended for individuals who will be transporting guests with mobility concerns who are able to navigate the campus themselves.

To utlize this service, please download ourPDF icon2017 Drop Off Pass and place it on the dashboard of the vehicle wishing to drop guests off so that police officers can direct the car into the drop off queue.  

If you are unable to print a pass, please contact the Transportation Office at 401-863-3157 prior to May 1, 2017 and one will be mailed to you.  Passes will also be available at the Welcome Desk in the Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center on Commencement & Reunion Weekend (May 26-28, 2017).