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Smithfield, R.I., is a very small town, but the perfect location for Bryant University. A 15- to 20-minute drive to Providence, Smithfield is far away enough from the big city that it feels like a safe haven for students. There are many shopping centers located just miles from campus which cater to most students' everyday needs. These include everything from Target and Stop & Shop (a large grocery chain), Walmart and Kohl's, to liquor stores, movie theaters, nail and tanning salons, many shopping malls, and a variety of popular restaurants. There are also a few bars and clubs in the area to keep students entertained at night. Although there isn't a lot to do directly off campus, there are always events and activities going on around school, including shows, movie nights, giant Bingo games, and plenty of parties. Not only is there always something going on around campus, but Bryant is also conveniently located close to three major cities—Providence, Boston, and NYC—all of which are a bus ride away.
Students looking for more excitement frequently make the 15 minute trip to Providence, which has a lot to offer college students. For example, the Providence Place Mall, which houses more than 170 stores and a variety of restaurants, can keep you busy for hours. Providence's Thayer and Wickenden streets are filled with trendy boutiques, shops, and restaurants, which are very popular with college students. Also, WaterFire, the Providence Performing Arts Center, and the Dunkin' Donuts Center offer a variety of entertainment choices. Boston (45 minutes away) and New York City (three hours by bus or train) are easily accessible for a weekend away. There are also beaches and ski areas that are close enough for day trips.