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Address: Providence, RI

Off-beat neighborhood located between Brown University and the Rhode Island...

Off-beat neighborhood located between Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design.

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Historic Area of Providence

If you are visiting the Providence area for the first time and you would like to glipse at some historic properties, then College Hill is a good area to visit. Keep in mind this... read more

Reviewed 19 October 2016
Providence, Rhode Island
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Providence, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016

If you are visiting the Providence area for the first time and you would like to glipse at some historic properties, then College Hill is a good area to visit. Keep in mind this is where Brown College is so it is an expensive part of town with regards to real estate. There are not many fine dining options on... More 

Thank Hunter1107
Portland, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2016

when you require your 11 an 14 year old daughters to climb it if they want an ice cream cone. Nobody would now do this, but it gave them the character to run their own businesses.

Thank Jim J
Weston, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2016

The Benefit street area including college hill is a lovely spot to see old beautifully restored houses, stone sidewalks and visit a few nice old buildings. I will review RISD separately but it is there too. It is a pleasant and informative hour or so if you like architecture, history or just like a nice place to walk

Thank Joe1234665
Barrington, Rhode Island
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138 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2016

Providence's College Hill falls between the Providence river and perhaps Thayer or Hope Street, encompassing RISD (the Rhode Island School of Design) at the bottom and Brown University at the top. It features gobs of architecturally interesting old and new buildings, lots of students, lots of longtime permanent residents, restaurants, stores, libraries, and cultural events such as art exhibits, lectures,... More 

Thank RhodeScholar123
Colorado Springs
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786 reviews
391 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 226 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2016

Separated from downtown Providence by a branch of the Providence River, College Hill is not just where college kids live. It's also a really nice, upscale community with lots of tree-lined streets and lovely older homes. Home to several prestigious campuses (Brown, RISD), it's a great walking community although in the core area, it's primarily college-affiliated businesses and eateries (think... More 

Thank MaryKop
Northampton, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2016

Students live here, but so do working class people, as well as townies who never left. Safe, and pretty. Especially on the Brown Stadium side of Hope Street. Between Hope and Blackstone Boulevard is an assortment of housing. Also mansions the closer you get to Blackstone. Hope and Thayer is where the shopping and dining is done. A bus runs... More 

Thank PFandtheFlyers
Providence, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 April 2016

Love walking up on the East Side of Providence. Plenty of little shops and restaurants on Thayer St. You can also walk through the campus of Brown University and RI School of design. Lot's of energy but also relaxing viewing the old streets and colonial houses!

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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169 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 526 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2016

The trees have yet to leaf providing especially good views of the historic homes along College Hill. It is a virtual encyclopedia of American home architectural styles. I imagine the threes provide fantastic shade for quiet strolls during the summer months!

Thank Lynn1950
Syracuse, New York
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4 reviews
Reviewed 13 March 2016

We were in Providence to visit RISD, and were very impressed with the school, area and city. Beautiful facility and loved the connection to Brown, and the historic areas of the city.

Thank Kathie D
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2015

Tree shaded streets with fine older homes morphing into double deckers in ethnic neighborhood it one direction, or downtown in the other. Providence is a decently walkable city.

1 Thank Sivolamae

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