Life in Providence

Brown’s scenic campus is located in the heart of Rhode Island’s vibrant capital city

Providence is the state capital and second largest city in New England. Diverse and historic, bicycle friendly and easy to explore by foot, Providence is an active center of art, culture, education and politics.

College Hill

Brown is located in Providence’s East Side on the picturesque College Hill, surrounded by dozens of historic homes and landmarks. Close to campus are vibrant Thayer Street, Wickenden Street and Wayland Square, where students and residents find ample shopping, dining and entertainment.

Downtown Providence

Downtown Providence, with its many restaurants, concert venues, coffee shops and hotels, a scenic riverfront and a convenient train station, is just a short walk from campus. Providence is nationally known for its restaurant scene, particularly in the Federal Hill neighborhood, which is a quick bus ride away.

Higher Ed Community

Providence is home to six institutions of higher learning, including Brown’s next-door neighbor Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). (Brown students can take courses at RISD as part of their studies.)

Local Culture

Providence arts venues include the Providence Performing Arts Center, the Tony-award winning Trinity Repertory Company, Columbus Theatre, the RISD Museum, the riverside installation WaterFire, nonprofit arts collaborative AS220, the Steelyard industrial arts center and Veterans Memorial Auditorium, home to five resident visual and performing arts companies.

Brown and Providence

Brown and Providence rely on each other to make the city a great place to live and learn. Brown is an integral part of the city, and students are actively engaged in many areas of local life, from community service and political activism to cross-college collaboration, city art projects and more.