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Travel & Accommodations

Conference attendees coming from all over the globe have several options when planning their trip to Providence. If you wish to insure your trip, consider using travel insurance from InsureMyTrip.



Thanks to recent construction, Providence is more accessible than ever from major interstates, particularly I-95 and I-195. If driving, use Google Maps or a similar service to find directions to the final address. Alternatively, search for directions to ZIP code 02906 (Providence) or 02912 (College Hill).


20 minutes by foot or 5 minutes by car, Providence Station is within striking distance of College Hill. Providence Station features service from both Amtrak (Acela Express, Northeast Regional) and the MBTA (the Providence/Stoughton line of the Commuter Rail).


Kennedy Plaza, the central node of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA), is the ultimate destination for all bus service in Providence. Popular bus lines Greyhound and Peter Pan also provide service to and from the Plaza, which is just down the road from the heart of RISD.


The biggest airport serving the Providence area is T. F. Green, located just south of Providence in Warwick, Rhode Island. Attendees arriving at T. F. Green have several options for travel to the conference, including RIPTA lines and taxi. For a list of taxi options, please see Brown’s accommodations website.

Bike Train

To kick off Bike Walk Week and to celebrate the conference’s third year, A Better World by Design has partnered with the Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition to initiate a Bike Train that will stimulate sustainable systems of transportation through the facilitation of environmentally-friendly green travel options. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the conference a train will begin at approximately 7:15 AM 12 miles north of Providence and will arrive at 8:20 AM at the conference. The route will also offer an alternate starting point for attendees who wish to participate in a shorter ride. Participants will receive a conference t-shirt as well as a chance to win the hand-painted limited edition conference bicycle brought to you by REI Bike. Please follow the link for the complete route. To register for the Bike Train, please contact Gabriela_Baiter (AT) brown (DOT) edu.


Hampton Inn

A Better World by Design is pleased to announce a special lodging arrangement for attendees in conjunction with the Hampton Inn. Located just a few blocks from Brown and RISD, the Hampton Inn & Suites is offering rooms at a discounted rate of $109/night to conference attendees. Space is limited and the offer expires on September 24th, so reserve a room today.

Saunders Inn

The Saunders Inn is Brown University’s own hotel. Located at the south end of campus, this hotel is a part of the Vartan Gregorian Quad (also known as New Dorm). No building at Brown is more than a 15 minute walk from the Inn, and most buildings hosting events for A Better World by Design at Brown are less than 10 minutes away.

Providence Hotels

Providence has many other hotels, from the historic Biltmore to familiar chains like Westin and Marriott. For a comprehensive listing of Providence hotels, take a look at Trip Advisor’s Providence hotel directory.