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Rhode Island Living

Brown University is located in the historic "College Hill" section of Providence, RI. It blends a wonderful historic heritage with the cultural and entertainment opportunities of a major city. Substantial communities of African-Americans, Asians, Portuguese, and Hispanics add interesting diversity.

Although the state is only 20 miles wide and 45 miles long, Rhode Island rightly deserves to be called The Ocean State with over 200 miles of beautiful coastline and spectacular beaches and parks.

Providence, a great destination in its own right, also offers easy access to lovely hiking areas, is an hour by car from Boston or Cape Cod and 3 1/2 hours from New York City or the mountains of New Hampshire. A great starting point to explore New England!

Off-Campus Housing

Most graduate students share off-campus housing in the extensive residential area surrounding the University (click here for a PDF of an "East Side" street map). Incoming graduate students are encouraged to contact current students regarding possible house-mate openings. Any e-mail inquiry regarding possible openings can be forwarded to the Geological Science graduate students via the Manager, Academic Programs & Outreach,Patricia Davey.

Off-campus options for graduate student housing should also be explored with the Auxiliary Housing Office at Brown University; their website includes information about the First-Year Graduate Housing Program, Brown-owned rental properties and the Off-Campus Housing Service (a listing service for local rental properties and neighborhoods around College Hill).

Additional information about locating off-campus housing for graduate students is available on the Graduate School website.


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Public Transportation

RIPTA: Providence has an excellent public transportation system. Rides free with a Brown ID card. 800-244-0444.

Amtrak. Union Station is a $5-$10 ten minute cab ride to/from the University. 800-872-7245.

Greyhound and Peter Pan bus lines. Terminals located at Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence. A $5-$10 ten minute cab ride to/from the University. Greyhound: 800 231-2222/Peter Pan: 888-751-8800.

T.F. Green International Airport is approximately 15 miles to/from the University. A variety of ground transportation (including Greyhound and Bonanza bus lines) is available from the airport to downtown Kennedy Plaza in Providence.

Boston's Logan International Airport is about one hour to/from Providence, and a variety of public transportation (including Greyhound and Bonanza bus lines) is available from Boston to downtown Kennedy Plaza in Providence.

Directions to the Geological Sciences Main Office.

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