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

Transportation: We have the city bus that is a form of transportation to many places here in Rhode Island. We also have on campus busing that takes us around campus which are very convenient during the winter time because of snow and rain.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: There is the ripta that can take you around all of RI for 2 dollars including providence. There are shuttles around campus.

College Freshman

Transportation: i have never used any of the transportation here

2 College Freshman

Transportation: We have shuttles running around campus all day and they come to every stop every few minutes. However, I have never used them because I would rather walk and not gain the freshman fifteen. The Ripta is definitely very helpful. No matter what stop you go to, the ride is two dollars. I have taken the ripta to providence to go to the mall and it worked out perfectly and it was cheap!! It goes all around Rhode Island including the party town, Narragansett. The only problem with it is that it stops running around 10:30. So you can't take it back to campus after going out to providence for the night or going into Narragansett. Then that leaves you with taking a cab.

Cabs are expensive. Its about $20 each way to go to Narragansett and its about $80 each way to go to providence so you should get a good sized group together if you're going to use that option. You also HAVE to book a cab early in the night if you want to get a ride. They book really really fast and I've gotten stuck in narragansett before. If worse comes to worse though, you can call a cop to pick you up and drive you back, but thats a last resort.

I brought my car to campus second semester and it was so worth it. If you don't want people driving your car then don't bring it because its a lot cheaper than using a cab if you get a friend to DD using your car for you and your friends. Then just have your friends throw in a couple bucks for gas money.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: There needs to be more shuttles on campus that contain more space


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 125th
    Best Car Campuses
  • 249th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 1342nd
    Most Easily Accessible Town

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Anthony aRusso
Johnston, RI
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Although transportation is important at URI, public services are not that popular. Most students have a car on campus or know someone with one. URI is in a rural setting, so taking a bus to get around town is not a common thing. URI is surrounded by suburban communities, so taking taxis, buses, or trains are not a necessity and are not always available. Public transportation for everyday use is foreign to most students. Borrowing a friend’s car or begging for rides is much more common than paying bus fare.

People who live far away do have options. T.F. Green airport is close by, and the train station is practically across the street from campus. There are ways to get out of town—you just have to know where to look.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
Having a car is essential to most students. Since URI is in a rural area, most students need to travel a couple of miles to encounter other forms of civilization. Most students usually get rides from friends if they don't have their own car.
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs around $65.
  • Airport Taxi and Limousine Service (401) 737-2868
  • Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) (401) 781-9400

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

URI Shuttle Bus

211 RIPTA Bus Services

Weekdays from 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

Shuttle Van

(401) 874-9000

6 p.m-12 a.m.

Campus Escorts

Point-to-Point Car

(401) 874-SAFE (7233)

5 p.m.-1 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

RIPTA Bus Line: Rhode Island Public Transit Authority

(401) 781-9400

265 Melrose Street - Providence

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

T.F. Green Airport

2000 Post Road, Warwick

(401) 736-9400

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


About 30 miles away from URI.

Providence, RI at Kennedy Plaza

(401) 454-0790

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


The Amtrak Train Station is located in West Kingston, RI, less than two miles away from URI.

West Kingston, RI

(800) 872-7245 or (401) 783-2913

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 69 responses

  • 4% Nonexistent.
  • 3% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 14% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 43% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 35% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 68 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 3% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 47% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 22% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 28% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 68 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 26% Fairly difficult.
  • 53% Fairly easy.
  • 21% Very easy.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 67 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 67 responses

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

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 67 responses

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