Local Atmosphere

Kingston, RI
Tuition (in-state)
$28,016 ($12,450)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Great stmosphere, especially when its nice out.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: some things are not easy to get to if you don't have a car.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I love the local atmosphere of URI. There are cute towns to go to and get ice cream or hang out in a cafe. Campus is kind of in the middle of no where but I love the farms around here. It makes the area prettier. I don't really see a lot of locals because I'm either on campus or in Narragansett which is more of a college town. Shopping isn't too great around here but the mall in providence is amazing. As for activities, hiking is definitely one of them. There are a ton of places to hike and enjoy the beauty of nature. Even going to the Black Point Lighthouse is a great spot to watch the sunset every night. By the way, Rhode Island sunsets are out of this world.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There way off campus, and there isn't much variety.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: A bit far from places with things to do, but a bus or short car ride can usually get you where you want to go


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Anthony aRusso
Johnston, RI
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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.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. "Dumb and Dumber," shot in Providence, helped introduce the big blue bug to the rest of the world. The 58-foot-long bug is the world's largest bug, which sits on the roof of New England Pest Control in Providence.
  2. "Outside Providence," starring Shawn Hatosy, Alec Baldwin and Amy Smart was filmed on the URI campus in 1999.
  3. Rhode Island is the birthplace of Newport Storm beer, a brewery started by four friends based on their common love for beer.
  4. It was always legal for people to drink here. Rhode Island never ratified the 18th Amendment prohibition.
  5. Many movies have been shot in Rhode Island, including major films like "True Lies" and "Amistad."
Notable Natives
  • Rocco Baldelli - MLB player
  • Will Blackmon - NFL player
  • George Michael Cohan - composer and actor
  • Farrelly Brothers - directors
  • Richard Hatch - first Survivor winner
  • Seth MacFarlane - creator of TV show Family Guy
  • Debra Messing - actress
  • Vinny Paz - boxer
  • Mena Suvari - actress
Local Slang
  • Bubbler: Water fountain
  • Cabinet: Milkshake
  • Chowdah: Clam chowder
  • Coffee Milk: Milk with coffee-flavored syrup
  • Cumby's: Cumberland Farms, a small convenient store
  • Del's: Frozen lemonade
  • Down City: Downtown Providence
  • Johnny Cake: Pancake
  • Packie/Package Store: Liquor store
  • Soggie: Hot dog
  • Stuffie: Stuffed Quohoag Shell
  • Wicked: Verb used in cases of extremity, example: That test was wicked hard.
Points of Interest
  • Billington Cove Marina
  • Block Island
  • C-Devil II Sportfishing
  • Early Bird Fishing Charters
  • Fisherman's Memorial State Park
  • Frances Fleet Whale Watching
  • Jamestown, R.I.
  • Narragansett State Beach
  • Newport, R.I.
  • Point Judith Light House
  • Quonset Air Museum
  • Salt Pond Water Sports
  • Scarborough State Beach
  • Smith's Castle
  • South County Museum
Shopping Centers
  • Belmont Market
  • Kingston Emporium
  • Mariner Square
  • Providence Place Mall
  • Salt Pond Shopping Center
  • South County Commons
  • Wakefield Mall
  • Warwick Mall
Movie Theaters
Entertainment Cinemas
30 Village Square Dr.
South Kingstown
(401) 793-8008
Movie Theaters
Jane Pickens Theatre
Washington Square
(401) 846-5252
Movie Theaters
Showcase Cinemas Warwick
1200 Quaker Ln.
(401) 885-1621
Major Sports Teams
  • Boston Bruins: hockey
  • Boston Celtics: basketball
  • Boston Red Sox: baseball
  • New England Patriots: football
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
Providence: RI: 40 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 80 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 81 responses

  • 16% Painfully remote.
  • 9% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 44% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 31% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 0% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 80 responses

  • 44% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 26% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 30% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 80 responses

  • 26% No way.
  • 50% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 24% Totally.



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