Graduate School

Parking & Transportation

Brown Parking Lots

Graduate students can apply to reserve a spot in a Brown parking lot through the Brown Transportation Office. Visit Park@Brown to make sure your vehicle information has been added or updated (or to request to be added to the 222 Richmond St. parking lot waitlist). If you would like to request parking on College Hill please email A limited number of parking spots are available.

For parking near your residence, you may be able to rent spaces from local landlords. Students with accessibility needs can apply for parking by contacting the SAS Office prior to coming to campus.

Parking in Providence

Parking on and near campus is tight; after 9 a.m., it can be difficult to find a spot that is closer than a five-minute walk away. Most of the convenient blocks are metered, with parking meters monitored by the Providence Police Department. 

A Providence city ordinance prohibits parking on the street between the hours of 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. Many rental apartments and houses include parking spaces, but not always. If parking is not available with a rental, it is often possible to rent space nearby; typical rents for a parking space are between $50 and $150 per month. Overnight parking permits may also be purchased from Brown. However, overnight parking is only available to graduate students who either live off campus or in Brown owned housing. Members of the Brown community are encouraged to find alternate means of commuting to and from campus. The Office of Transportation offers a number of alternatives. 

Office of Transportation Services

The Office of Transportation provides safeRIDE services, including evening shuttle and on-call ride programs for the safety of all students, weekday campus transport for students with disabilities, and a weekday downtown express shuttle.

Continuous evening van service on a fixed route around the nearby RISD campus.
Evening transport service for Brown students to and from campus.
Daytime weekday dispatched transportation for students with disabilities who need assistance moving around campus.
Scheduled weekday shuttle service between Brown, affiliated hospitals, and the Jewelry District.

Additional Ways to Travel

Students, faculty, and staff are able to ride any RIPTA bus or trolley anytime, anywhere in the state at no charge. Brown’s investment in the UPASS program is the latest effort in one of many transportation initiatives benefiting its employees, students, and the broader community.
Students can join this car-sharing service to get access to hourly or daily car rentals (on campus and in select cities across the United States)