Conveniently situated on I-95 between Boston and New York, Providence is easy to reach. For those traveling to and from campus by air, the nearest airports are Rhode Island's Green Airport and Boston Logan International. Once here, you'll find a walkable city that's a breeze to navigate and offers a range of transportation options, several of which are free to RISD students.
Directions to RISD
From Interstate 95 North or South to Providence, take Exit 22A to Memorial Boulevard. At the fourth light, turn left onto Washington Place (which becomes Waterman Street).
From Interstate 195 westbound, take the South Main Street exit. Go straight through the traffic light at the end of the off-ramp, and after two blocks you are on the RISD campus.
Visitor parking is available at metered spots on the street as well as at the North Main/Steeple Streets MetroPark lot (reduced Museum rate available). On weekends only, visitors may park for free in RISD faculty/staff lots.
RIPTA operates public transit services throughout Rhode Island. The Providence hub, Kennedy Plaza, is located directly across the Providence River from campus. By presenting their RISD ID when they board, students are able to ride RIPTA busses free of charge. Bought individually, regular RIPTA passes are $4 and all-day passes are $6, and discounted weekly and monthly fares can be purchased as well.
Uber and Lyft both operate in Providence (though UberPOOL is not yet offered). Zipcar also has locations throughout the city (particularly convenient for Home Depot and grocery store trips). Parking on or near campus can be a challenge when school is in session so consider carpooling or using alternative means of travel, if possible.
Providence is a bike-friendly city (though the hills on the east side of town can be punishing). Bike lanes are present throughout the city and protected bike paths connect Providence to nearby towns in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. You'll find plenty of places to lock your bike on campus and if your interest in riding a bike goes beyond commuting, RISD has a popular cycling team you can join.
Providence also recently welcomed JUMP (an electric bike sharing company) to its streets and both Bird and Lime scooters can be found all over town (all very handy for tackling those aforementioned hills).
RISD Rides/Brown University Shuttle
RISD Rides is a free late-night shuttle service provided for RISD students, staff and faculty. It provides a flexible, on-demand, door-to-door service from any location within the designated service area to any college building. RISD students are also able to use the Brown University Shuttle with their student ID.