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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: The RIPTA is free for all students with a PC ID, the school provides a free shuttle to more popular destinations like Walmart and the grocery store.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Free transportation through the RIPTA takes you anywhere in Rhode Island and its a ten dollar ride to Boston on a train. The train station is about 10 minutes from campus and there is an airport in Providence as well.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: PC offers many ways to help students get around. Public bus stop on campus and it is free with your PC ID. They offer shuttles to the airport and train station before breaks, too.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Bus schedule isnt great but could be worse

4 College Freshman

Transportation: I live close to home, so I always have a ride home from my family. However, getting around the city is relatively easy, because the RIPTA bus system is free with our student IDs and has a system that is manageable to navigate.


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As per a contract with RIPTA, PC students may ride the buses for free with their student ID throughout the state of Rhode Island. There is a bus stop right outside of the campus gates on Huxley Avenue, making RIPTA a convenient mode of transportation. The trolley services are a subsection of RIPTA and are also free. Taking a cab is always convenient with the overwhelming number of companies to choose from. Cabs are a great option if you want to get somewhere without having to worry about schedules. The College also runs shuttles for the neighborhood loop—convenient for bar-hoppers—and provides an East Side shuttle that takes students to Thayer and Wickenden Streets by Brown on Friday and Saturday nights. The Whiskey Shuttle stops at the corner of Huxley Avenue and Eaton Street every Friday and Saturday night to bring students to Whiskey Pub. The train station is just minutes away, as is the bus depot in Kennedy Plaza. Practically every mode of transportation is available, and students unanimously agree on its convenience.

While the RIPTA contract has optimized the shuttle services needed by PC students, the buses sometimes run behind schedule, which can be a hassle. But who can complain when the service is free? During big holidays, such as Thanksgiving and Easter, PC provides transportation to the airport for a nominal fee. Generally, it is fairly easy to get around the neighborhood and city of Providence, thanks to convenient and cheap transportation options.


Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bribe a friend with alcohol or gas money
  • Cabs
  • PC East Side Shuttle makes stops on Thayer St., Wickenden St., North and South Main St., and Federal Hill. Friday & Saturday nights departs at the top of each hour between 6 and 11 p.m.
  • RIPTA - Free with your student ID. Line 55 takes students straight to the Amtrak station and then continues on to Downtown. Business card size RIPTA schedules are available at the PC Info Desk in Slavin and can be found in the wallet of smart PC students.
  • Your own two feet
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs $25.
  • Airport Express (401) 521-4200
  • During long breaks, including winter and spring break, PC has a shuttle service that leaves starting at 1 p.m. every hour until 6 p.m. Students must make reservations at a cost of $5.
  • RIPTA's Airport Shuttle can be boarded at Kennedy Plaza. (401) 781-9400

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

PC shuttle service

(401) 865-2391

Monday-Thursday, Sunday 6 p.m.-1 a.m.

Friday-Saturday 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m.

PC Escorts

(401) 865-2391

6:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. in library, Harkins, and Slavin

Public TransitWhat's This?

Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority (RIPTA)

Pick up bus schedules from the Security Office

(401) 781-9400

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

T.F. Green Airport

T.F. Green Airport is 9 miles and approximately 16 minutes driving time from Providence College.

(888) 268-7222

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Providence Greyhound Trailways Bus Terminal

The Greyhound bus terminal is located downtown in Providence's Kennedy Plaza, approximately 3 miles from campus.

Kennedy Plaza, Providence

(800) 231-2222

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Providence Train Station

The Amtrak train station is in downtown Providence, approximately 2.5 miles from campus. For schedule information,call (800) 872-7245.

100 Gaspee St., Providence

(401) 727-7379

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 42 responses

  • 29% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 48% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 5% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 7% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 12% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 42 responses

  • 0% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 10% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 79% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 10% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 2% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 24 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 23 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 23 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 41 responses

  • 39% Very easy.
  • 56% Fairly easy.
  • 5% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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