Providence, RI
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Junior

Transportation: The school shuttle runs till 3:30am.

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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: You can ride the bus free for RISD students or catch the shuttle bus which is also free.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: With your RISD ID your able to risd the public bus for free all over Providence. RISD all has transportation for students after hours. You can cal up RISD rides when its late and you need to transport work from studio to your dorm. The only thing is it as very specific hours and pick up locations.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportation is pretty good, you just use the bus if you need to go anywhere because everything is basically within walking distance.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Public busses in Providence are great, they come and go on schedule. RISD also has a SafeRide service, but it hasn't been as good recently.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 516th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 526th
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 1136th
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Helen Koh
Chicago, IL
Graphic Design/Painting
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Oftentimes, students will take the RIPTA Trolley up the hill or from one end of Benefit Street to the other, which provides a convenient and quick way to get where they’re going. Past that, things get a little hazy. The buses are slightly confusing, and schedules are not well posted. In order to get to the fabric store, a student must take around five transfers. There had been some discussion about giving RISD students a deal where if they show their IDs, they can ride for free, but the fact of the matter is there are not a lot of kids willing to get on a bus bound for an unknown destination—free or not.

Providence is so small that the parts most people want to get to are easily within walking or biking distance. Most people only take the buses if they want to go to Newport or somewhere else outside the city. For Boston or New York, the train is the most efficient. The hardest places for students to reach are usually Home Depot or Jo-Ann Fabrics to get supplies for projects. Also, in relation to the school, the nearest real grocery store is walkable, but not pleasantly walkable, especially when carrying tons of food. Except for these few places that students have access to with the RISD shopping shuttles, there’s not a lot that’s worth going to outside the walkable Providence radius.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
RIPTA-RISD students ride free with ID
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • Airport Limousine Shuttle
  • Taxi

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

RISD Rides

RISD Rides will take a student from one place on campus to another or from their off-campus house to campus, and from campus to their off-campus house.

(401) 863-2322

Daily 7 p.m.-3 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Rhode Island Public Transportation Association (RIPTA)

(401) 781-9400

265 Melrose St.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Providence T.F. Green

T.F. Green is a 10- to 15-minute drive from school.

2000 Post Rd., Warwick

(401) 737-8222 (888) 268-7222

Logan International Airport Boston

Logan is about an hour from school

(617) 561-1800 (customer service) (800) 23-LOGAN (hotline)

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


1 Kennedy Plaza

(401) 454-0790

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak/MBTA Station

100 Gaspee St.

(800) USA-RAIL

Student Polls

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 14 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 36% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 57% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 7% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 0% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 13 responses

  • 0% Nonexistent.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 15% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 38% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 46% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 12 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 13 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 14 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 0% Fairly difficult.
  • 50% Fairly easy.
  • 50% Very easy.

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 13 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars


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