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Travel information

  • Maps and driving directions:
  • If you are flying, the most convenient airport to fly into is Green International Airport (airport code PVD) just outside of Providence, RI. Please send your itinerary to Barbara Kaskosz ( no later than May 25.
  • There is a very nice bus service between the airport and URI. It is a bargain at $1.50 in each direction, and its complete schedule can be seen by selecting Outbound Bus #66 at Once we know your itinerary, we will arrange for someone to meet you at the bus stop at URI campus. (Although the dorm is not far from the bus stop, we want to help you with your luggage.)
  • If you are on the East Coast, you might prefer to take the train to Kingston Station. We will arrange free ground transportation to and from this train station. If you need this service, please send your itinerary to Barbara Kaskosz ( no later than May 25.

Arrival on campus

Important campus locations

You can clearly see all relevant locations on the map: Campus and parking map.

You will be staying at West Side Suites marked on the map as New Residence Hall C off ButterField Road (behing Browning Hall). Our classes are going to be held at Independence Hall at Upper College Road, room 306. You will have your breakfast and dinner at Hope Dining Hall marked as New Dining Hall at Butterfield Road. Our lunches will be served at the Alumni Center across the street from Independence.

You will receive a Parking Pass that will allow you to park at Keaney Gym Resident Lot and, during the day, at any visitor lot. Consult the map for their locations.

Arrival by car

To West Side Suites from Rte. 138:
From Rte. 138 enter URI at Lower College Road. Stay on Lower College Road until it ends at the circle at the Memorial Union. At the circle take a left onto Baird Hill Road. Follow it down hill to Butterfield Road. Take a right onto Butterfield Rd. Stay on Butterfield Rd. until you see Browning Hall on your left. As you pass Browning Hall, there is a large speed bump (watch out). Just past that, at the first stop sign, take a left. (Before Potter Health Bldg.). You will see West Side Suites on your left. Pull into the circular drive and park briefly to unload your luggage and check into the dorm. After you check in, you can move your car to the residential lot at Keaney Gym and walk back to the dorm. A student guide will escort you to the Keaney lot and back to the dorm. The walk from the lot is short; the drive is a bit longer.

To Independence from Rte. 138:
From Rte. 138,enter URI at Upper College Road. Follow Upper College Road to Briar Lane and take a right. (The Kingston Post Office will be on your left at that corner.) Follow Briar Lane past the URI Police Station (on your left) and take a left into the parking lot (the gate will be open). Park in the lot and walk back to Upper College Road. Cross Upper College Road and Independence Hall will be on your right. You can enter the side door and take the stairs to the computer lab room 306. Or, you can walk through Independence Hall to the main entrance Atrium lobby and take the elevator. Monday morning arrivals can check into the dorm in the afternoon, after the workshop. Or, you can check in early that morning at the Summer Housing office, first floor, Browning Hall (tel.(401) 874-2064. hrs: 7 a.m.-midnight, every day.) West Side Suites is next to Browning Hall.

Arrival by RIPTA bus to the Campus

The RIPTA bus from the airport stops at URI's Memorial Union. Please call Nancy Abeshaus on her cell (we will email you her cell number) when you board the bus at the airport so she can arrange your pick up and drive to the dorm for check in at West Side Suites. West Side Suites are not far from the Memorial Union but you may need help with your luggage.

Check in times at the dorm:

  • Sunday, June 10, from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • If you need to check in outside of those hours: check in at the Summer Housing office, first floor, Browning Hall (tel.(401) 874-2064. hrs: 7 a.m.-midnight, every day.) West Side Suites is next to Browning Hall.

At check in, participants will receive info packets containing dorm and meal cards, campus maps, parking permits and lot assignment.


  • Participants will be staying in campus housing:
    • Single rooms, shared bath in one of three brand new (just built) dorm West Side Suites on Butterfield Road.  Rooms are furnished, fully air-conditioned. (Dresser, desk, bed, overhead lighting.) Linens, towel, soap, shampoo are provided. Participants may want to bring hangers, alarm clocks, reading lights, hair dryer, iron, etc.
    • These new dorms have beautiful, comfortable lounges for residents to congregate. Every room has a secure lock. The dorms are locked at night, participants will be provided magnetic cards to open the main door. Dorms have laundry facilities (washer and dryer). There is also in-room Internet access. All floors are accesible by elevator.
  • Sunday evening stay at the dorm is included in the package.
  • Breakfasts and dinners on campus will be served in a brand new (just built), air-conditioned Hope Dining Hall near the dorm. Lunches will be served at the Alumni Center located across the street from the computer lab where our sessions will be held.
  • Workshop participants will have a full campus meal plan for the week (Monday - Friday) . Those arriving Sunday will be on their own for Sunday meals.
  • The workshop will take place in the computer lab (with laptops and AC access) in Independence Hall at Upper College Road. (A newly remodeled building, fully air-conditioned, wireless Internet access.)

Extracurricular Activities: Sun & Fun for Everyone!

All work and no play? Not with the Ocean State’s beautiful beaches, award-winning seafood restaurants, and the yachting capital of the world, Newport, just minutes away from the URI campus. Our workshop schedule is quite full but you will find time to enjoy the beautiful location.

A Bus Trip to the Beach

Relax, refresh, and unwind on warm, sandy Narragansett Beach. Noted for its pristine beauty and smoothly curling waves, this mile-long beach has two modern pavilions with changing rooms, rest rooms, and snack bars. Take a long stroll or jog along the beach after a day's work. Or shop at nautical boutiques within walking distance from the beach. Have an appetite for sumptuous seafood? Several award-winning seaside restaurants are also just a short walk. Dine on succulent seafood fresh off the fishing boats from our nearby Port of Galilee. Indulge in everything from authentic New England clam cakes and chowder to an extravagant lobster dinner.

On Monday after dinner we will take you on a bus tour of the area and a vist to Narragansett Beach.

America’s First Resort: Newport, RI

Opulent oceanfront mansions (Vanderbilt and Astor); cultural attractions (The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum, The Yachting Museum); yachts (the yachting capital of the world, home of the Tall Ships); legendary historic sites and houses of worship—including the oldest synagogue in America, Touro Synagogue — art galleries and unique shops; and award-winning seafood restaurants. These are just some of the attractions found in one spectacular city by the sea, Newport — just a quick 20 minute drive from URI. On Thursday, we will adjourn earlier to give you time to visit Newport and enjoy its many attractions.

Take a tour or just take a break and sit and sip a cup of lobster bisque on the patio of the historic Black Pearl restaurant overlooking Newport harbor. Newport’s Gilded Age mansions, The Breakers, The Elms, Marble House, Rosecliff and Chateau-sur-Mer, are all now open for the season. A special 2007 exhibition, The Look! Doris Duke’s Day & Evening Wear, a remarkable personal couture collection from the 1930s to the 1980s, is now on display in the galleries at Rough Point, American socialite Doris Duke’s oceanfront Newport home.

Also a must-see is breathtaking Cliff Walk, a public access walk that runs 3.5 miles along Newport’s naturally beautiful shore line, two thirds of which is in easy walking condition with abrupt drops of over 70 feet just a couple of feet from the path.

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