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 freshman or a fifth-year senior, here's 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 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.

Looking for a whole pie? Check out Pizza Marvin for a classic cheese or go all-in on one of their many inventive options. Don't forget the curly fries!

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

Oh! Don’t forget about Providence Restaurant Weeks, a two-week event every January and July with mouthwatering menus from nearly 100 restaurants, featuring deals and specials for breakfast, lunch or dinner (or even all three).

Accessorize Your Life

Don’t let a boring dorm room ruin your social standing — check out Craftland downtown and Frog & Toad on Hope Street for all the funkiest decorations. College is the perfect time to reinvent yourself, so find the new you on Thayer Street on the city's East Side. Back downtown, Providence Place has everything you need to make the new you even better.



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Need a caffeine fix? Dave’s Coffee, Bolt Coffee Co. and Sydney 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 the RISD Museum or explore Providence from a new perspective with La Gondola, Providence River Boat Tours or the Providence Kayak Company.

Cheat Sheet

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