Global Brown Center

Providence and Rhode Island

Go Beyond College Hill. Providence was one of the first cities in the United States to become industrialized, resulting in a sizeable immigrant community. This means that Providence is home to food markets, restaurants, and other vendors that feature international products.

You've traveled a distance to get to Brown but don't forget to venture out. As the smallest state in the United States, nothing in the state is very far from Brown (though because we in Rhode Island get used to how near everything is, we can say that places as close as a 15 minute drive away are too far).

International House of Rhode Island

Located at 8 Stimson Street (around the corner from Brown's athletic facilities), the International House gives aid, services, and friendship to all temporary international residents in Rhode Island, including students.

Community Engagement

Through programming, advising, and fellowships, the Swearer Center for Public Service (25 George Street) engages the university in collaborations with local partners to strengthen communities and prepare students to lead lives of effective action.

Visit the Swearer Center

Helpful Websites

For helpful information about transportation, arts and entertainment, dining, shopping, accommodations, and much more, check out these websites about Providence and Rhode Island.

Providence's official website, includes an option to translate the site into many different languages -- see the right side of the site.
Visit Page
Providence, known as The Creative Capital, combines the accessibility and friendliness of a small town with the culture and sophistication of a big city; a thriving arts community, vibrant and diverse neighborhoods, outstanding hotels, a renowned restaurant scene, and so many things to do.
Visit Page also has a site about Providence. This has a great number of links to places of interest in Providence in alphabetical order by category. The lists of shopping centers and taxi companies, for example, are fairly exhaustive.
Visit Page

Shopping & Dining in Providence

The main shopping destination near Brown is the Providence Place Mall. Beyond the mall there are a few other major stores that are located in the area, including Wal-Mart (at 51 Silver Springs Avenue) and Staples at 555 North Main Street.  There are many more options, including in Cranston (RI), Warwick (RI), Seekonk (MA), and Wrentham (MA), if you have access to a car or have more time for a longer bus ride.

Local Neighborhoods

There are also several neighborhoods that are within walking distance or a short bus ride of Brown. These neighborhoods offer restaurants and shopping, including many locally owned establishments.


General Groceries

Farmer's Market

During the fall and beginning again in the spring, Brown hosts a local farmer's market on campus on Wednesdays.