Life in Rhode Island
Providence is a well-kept secret as a place to live! Don’t just take our word for it! MSN named Providence to its list of top ten places in America to live and Money Magazine named Providence as the best city in the East for young professionals because of our superb quality of life.
Providence has undergone a rebirth since the early 1990s. The city re-established the rivers running through downtown and developed a waterfront park that is now the site of the popular WaterFire celebrations, evenings of music, entertainment, and firey cauldrons along the canal.
Providence's diverse population means that the dining opportunities are extensive - and affordable! Federal Hill, the historically Italian neighborhood, is home to numerous restaurants- from grilled pizza to multi-course meals. Portuguese food means excellent seafood choices. Asian and and middle eastern food choices abound!
The city is home to nationally recognized performing arts, including the Trinity Repertory Theater, a range of music venues, and the Providence Performing Arts Center, which hosts national touring companies of most major productions. Sports fans can enjoy the New England Patriot games (we are closer to Foxboro than Boston is!), Providence Bruins and local minor league PaxSox baseball games.
Providence is a city of neighborhoods- residents can chose to live in the city in newly converted lofts downtown, apartments in historic homes on the Eastside, or historic building in the Armory District. Outside of the city, residents live in affordable apartments and homes - some near the water and in comfortable smaller communities. To get out of the city, follow the bike trail from Providence to Bristol along Narragansett Bay 13 miles south.
Rhode Island has a vast variety of natural beauty in picturesque towns such as Westerly and Watch Hill. In the summer, a short ferry ride to Block Island is a favorite for families and beach lovers. Just 45 minutes away by car or ferry is Newport, known for its famed Cliff Walk, jazz, and folk music festivals, Gilded-Age mansions and fabulous beaches. Sailing, fishing, kayaking, and windsurfing are popular recreational activities. Day trips to Boston are easy with a commuter train or quick drive north. New York City is an easy 3 hour drive south. Want to travel further? TF Green Airport lets you avoid the lines and hassle of bigger city airports, but flies anywhere you want to go!
Residents and fellows are faculty at Brown. As Brown faculty, you can access Brown’s libraries, athletic complex, and take advantage of the talks and performances on campus. Another Providence university, Johnson and Wales is one of the country’s top culinary schools, making it no surprise that the city boasts many superb restaurants. Local Rhode Island School of Design which brings world-class culture, art, and diversity to the city.