The local atmosphere is a huge part of the overall URI experience. College students have taken over the community, much to the chagrin of locals, and made it their own. Since most students live off campus in the surrounding towns, the atmosphere is similar to what you would find on campus. Narragansett is your average town, but URI makes it stand out. Students rule the town and neighborhoods—they have turned this summer town into a year-round paradise. There are a lot of restaurants and bars throughout town, along with entertainment and shopping—shopping plazas and independentlyowned stores are all around. There is a movie theatre close by, as well as a bowling alley. Even grocery stores are taken over by URI students in Narragansett. The local atmosphere, however, lacks a mall and major commercial companies.
Since Narragansett is a beach town, there are several boating and fishing opportunities available. This offers students something a little different than what you would find in a city atmosphere. The local atmosphere is all about URI, and that’s a good thing.