Brown University, Providence

4.6
#7 of 52 in Things to do in Providence
The University Hall at Brown University is the first and oldest building on campus located in Providence, Rhode Island.HistoryBuilt in 1770, it was originally known as the College Edifice. The building was constructed on a piece of land that had belonged to the original Brown family ancestor and co-founder of Providence, Chad Brown (c. 1600-1650).On February 17, 1770 the building committee in charge of the construction of the building placed a notice in the Providence Gazette asking for donations of timber and other materials. Prominent Newport merchant Aaron Lopez donated timber to the effort. On March 27, 1770, Solomon Drowne of Brown's class of 1773 wrote in his diary: “This day they began to dig the Cellar for the College.” Nicholas Brown, Sr. and Company led the construction of the building and his family donated the land. Morgan Edwards, described the location as “Commanding a prospect of... an extensive country, variegated with hills and dales, woods, and plains,” and was further inspired to write, “Surely, this spot was made for a seat for the Muses.”Under the presidency of the Reverend James Manning, the building was used to house French and other revolutionary troops led by General George Washington and the Comte de Rochambeau during the wait to commence the celebrated march of 1781 that led to the Siege of Yorktown and the Battle of the Chesapeake.
A visit to Brown University represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Providence tourist route planner to plot your vacation.
Source
Create an itinerary including Brown University
map
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
357 reviews
Google
4.5
TripAdvisor
  • August 14, 2017
    Charming return visit since daughter graduated more than 30 years ago. Memories of prior visits as we walked thrugh several buildings and through the quads.  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    Brown University was on my list of places to visit and we were glad we did. We had an enjoyable day walking through and around the campus. I took many photographs of the buildings and artwork scattere...  more »
  • July 30, 2017
    Really enjoyed a walk though campus looking at the architectural style and the grounds. Very nice- if you have a few hours to just stroll it is well worth the relaxing walk.  more »
Google
  • May 30, 2017
    We were here on a college tour. Jasmine (? Her last name escapes me) was our tour guide and she did a thorough and fabulous job at explaining the history, motto, and course studies of Brown University. She was very knowledgeable about the student body and overall campus life. Our students though young, had excellent questions and inquiries about campus curriculum, life. The students have a lot of autonomy in the courses or rather the concentrations they take. Their voices are really powerful in the education and experience they receive. Brown is a large campus with a great blend of historical and modern buildings. The most important history that Jasmine shared with our group was that Brown was built by African Americans that were still held as slaves. Before the founders even established Brown University, the land was all owned by indigenous Native tribes. Who had their land taken over by these ruthless English enslavers. The tuition is very high on Google you'll see numbers like 48k for 2015. Now students enrolling in the school are paying slightly under 70k if you're staying on campus. There are also additional fees associated with the tuition. However, if a family makes less than 60k and their child qualifies with phenomenal grades then the child gets a full scholarship.
  • May 29, 2017
    I don't go to this university but I wish I did. The area is beautiful and the campus itself is stunning. I get a very peaceful but fun neighborhood feel
  • July 3, 2017
    HAHAHAHA SAFE SPACES?????? WITH PLAY DOE????? HAHAHA AND THERAPY DOGS ?????? HAHAHA CHANGE THE NAME FROM BROWN UNIVERSITY TO "SNOWFLAKE UNIVERSITY" SERIOUSLY?????? THERAPY DOGS???????
  • May 10, 2017
    soo marvellous university in the universe . and the lectures are just like "undertaker" which makes uh rest in peace>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
  • January 12, 2017
    Been through Brown University many times. It has a beautiful quad and the surrounding area is great. A walk away is RI School of Design and Johnson and Wales University. Brown U. is walking distance to downtown Providence. The school is surrounded by lovely residential property as well as restaurants, and shopping. The Convention Center and Providence Performing Arts Center is also a walk away. If you're lazy, take an Uber or Lyft. Many of Brown buildings are architecturally beautiful and of course, the school itself, is Ivy League. Go for a tour (especially in Spring/summer) to see for yourself.

Plan your trip to Providence

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Providence

Most of the guest beds in Providence lie in and around downtown; this is the most convenient area to stay in during your visit. Right downtown you'll find a handful of large hotels from national chains. Rooms here can be pricey, but many offer sweeping views of Providence Harbor. Federal Hill features a few locally owned inns, bed and breakfasts, and small hotels in historical buildings. You'll find additional homey establishments around the State House just north of downtown and the College Hill area across the Providence River to the east. Avoid the South Providence area and East Providence across the Seekonk River.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Providence by other users

5 days in Rhode Island BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Rhode Island BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 32 days in Providence BY A USER FROM ITALY September, culture, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 29 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 26 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 36 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM December, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 29 days in Rhode Island & Odessa BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: October, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 29 days in Rhode Island BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: October, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 29 days in Rhode Island BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: October, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Providence BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 34 days in New England, Sleepy Hollow & New York City BY A USER FROM SPAIN October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Providence BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans