Pop! You have stepped off Huxley Avenue, popping the “PC Bubble.” The small, private, Catholic campus is precariously encircled by poverty-stricken North Providence. While the area directly surrounding campus is one that anyone with presence of mind avoids, PC is minutes away from downtown Providence. The heart of this cleaner, smaller version of Boston is home to numerous hot spots for college students. The Providence Place Mall is five floors of carpeted consumer bliss, and it houses such eateries as the Cheesecake Factory, Joe’s American Bar and Grille, Napa Valley, Uno’s, and Fire and Ice. An eclectic mix of shops and restaurants can be found on Thayer Street, near Brown University. With numerous entertainment venues from the Providence Performing Arts Center to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Providence has something for everyone.
Providence College has all the benefits of a small, close-knit school in an urban setting. For students who don't enjoy the drinking scene, there are countless options to keep you busy around town. Walking places is not the best idea in the vicinity of the school, which can be unsafe, but biking, cabs, the PC Shuttle, and free RIPTA buses are always an option. Overall, Providence is a city irradiating a vivacity and youthfulness that can only be attributed to the several nearby colleges and universities.