Summer is over, and while we mourn the suntans and BBQs of days gone by, over at GoProvidence we have taken the guesswork out of surviving the school year. Whether you’re a first year or a fifth year senior, here is everything you need to succeed (or scrape by successfully).

Cheap Eats


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You’ll tire of cafeteria food soon enough or maybe you’re just out looking for a quick bite that won’t break the bank. Here are a few of our favorites:

If you’re near downtown, UMelt, Murphy’s Deli and Ocean State Sandwich (seriously, try the potato salad) are some favorites and will help you shake your homesickness.

If you find yourself on the hill, Caserta Pizza and Angelo’s Civita Farnese will remind you of Nonna and you’ll have enough cash left over to swing by Scialo Bros. Bakery to pick up a butter ball or seven.

Want a burger? Harry’s Bar & Burger will help you satisfy your craving. They have two convenient locations and if you’re over 21, grab a Bloody Mary or one of their many craft beers.

Pizza by the slice? Fellini’s Pizzeria won’t let you down. They have a number of specialty slices daily - the Spinachoke is a favorite and their pepperoni is always reliable.

Don’t need walls? Check out to find your favorite food truck or try something new. My favorite is Mama Kim’s, not that you asked for my opinion. But, if you did, grab two or three beef bulgolgi sliders and be prepared to have your taste buds taken on the adventure of a lifetime.

Oh! Don’t forget about Providence Restaurant Weeks (January 15-28, 2017) – a two-week event with mouthwatering menus at nearly 100 restaurants. Enjoy three-course lunches at $14.95 and three-course dinners at $29.95 or $34.95, as well as two-for-one specials.

Accessorize Your Life


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Don’t let a boring dorm room ruin your social standing – check out Craftland downtown and Rhody Craft on Hope Street for all the funkiest decorations.  College is the perfect time to reinvent yourself, find the new you and save some cash at Wrentham Village. And downtown mall, Providence Place, has everything you need to make the new you even better.



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Need a caffeine fix? Dave’s Coffee, Vanuatu Coffee Roasters and New Harvest are here for you. If you need a cup of joe and a snack don’t miss Small Point Café – the #5 is #1 in my book.


"...the art of keeping up with yesterday"
– DJ Donny Marqs, aka Don Marquis

Don’t forget to have fun. One of the nation’s oldest zoos, Roger Williams Park Zoo, is sure to help you forget about midterms and boring professors. Take a walk through the galleries at RISD Museum, or explore Providence from a new perspective on La Gondola, Providence River Boat Tours or Providence Kayaks

Cheat Sheet

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Head on down to the Visitor Center to pick up maps and coupons for all of your (new) favorite restaurants. Located at 1 Sabin Street in the Rhode Island Convention Center, we’re there to help. 

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