Personal Information

Brown University issues checks through Citizens Bank, a branch of which is at 120 Waterman Street (corner of Waterman and Brook Streets).  You may want to open a basic checking account in order to deposit your stipend checks and have withdrawal privileges through an automatic teller machine (ATM).  You can also use your ATM card as a debit/charge card. Foreign Fellows will need a passport and Brown ID to open a local bank accountSovereign Bank (212 Thayer St.) is another local bank and is located at 212 Thayer Street (corner of Thayer and Waterman).  There is a Bank of America ATM in the Brown Office Building (enter on Angell Street). Bank of America has branches located in downtown Providence and in Wayland Square.

The Library does not authorize "direct deposit." Your stipend check, distributed on the 1st and 15th every month, is issued from the JCB.  (We are unable to automatically deduct your rent for Fiering House from your stipend.) You may pick up your check from anyone in the Administration Office.

Please be aware of bank fees and charges; inquire about monthly maintenance fees (Citizens Bank imposes a monthly maintenance fee on accounts after a specified duration); and ask if a minimum balance is necessary.  The bank will charge your account if you order a supply of “personal checks.”  The bank staff will answer any of your questions and a bilingual clerk might be available on request.

NOTE:  When making a deposit to your account, the funds may not be available immediately (processing could take up to 5 business days). 
Please close your local bank account when you leave Providence (verify there are no pending transactions on your account!).  If you keep your account open, give the bank your forwarding address.

Daytime on-street parking is often free, but time limits are rigorously enforced.  Parking permits can be purchased from the Transportation Office (Alumnae Hall, 194 Meeting Street) for $10 each.  Please Note:  The City of Providence prohibits on-street parking after midnight.

Rhode Island has a transit system covering the entire state known as RIPTA. It will take you to Newport, the beaches, or Federal Hill. Schedules and fares are listed on the RIPTA website. Every bus ride is the same fare ($1.75). (Unfortunately, your Brown ID does NOT give you a free pass on the bus.) RIPTA also offers special monthly and weekly rates. Again, please see their website for details.

The Brown University Health Service Clinic is available only to Brown students.  However, Health Services has an Emergency Medical Services response team that can help with on-site injuries and emergencies.  Dial 3-4111 from any campus phone (including Fiering House).  This will put you in touch with Campus Security who will call the EMS team and an ambulance (if needed).  Local hospital emergency rooms are:
                Miriam Hospital, 164 Summit Ave., Providence, 793-2500
                Rhode Island Hospital, 593 Eddy St., Providence, 444-4000.
                Women and Infants Hospital, 101 Dudley St., Providence, 274-1100
Walk-in clinics in Providence and nearby East Providence include:

East Side Urgent Care, 1195 North Main St., Providence, 401-861-3782. Hours:  8:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday through Friday; Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm ($70-100 / exam – lab fees extra).

East Providence Medical Center, 525 Taunton Ave., East Providence, 401-438-3170. Hours:  8:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday through Friday; Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm ($80/office visit – lab fees extra).

Dentplus Dental Center, 66 Kennedy Plaza (across from bus terminal), Providence, 401-454-3000. Hours: 8:30 am to 7 pm, Monday – Thursday, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm on Friday, and 8:30 am to 2 pm on Saturday ($60/office visit - lab fees extra).

You may use the following Health Line to find physicians in the area.
Physician Referral Health Line (sponsored by Women & Infants), 1-800-921-9299

The JCB has a scholars’ residence with eleven rooms available to Fellows. This three-story Victorian house, built in 1869 and beautifully renovated in 2007, includes large meeting areas on the ground floor and serves as an intellectual and social center for the Library’s scholars in residence from month to month. Val Andrews makes the arrangements in regards to residency in the house. See the website for information.