Providence, RI

College Hill Neighborhood & Brown University

A historic neighborhood and University route, all in one run! The route is a tour of the College Hill Historic District, which includes the campus of Brown University. With architectural styles from the 18th century forward, College Hill includes residences and institutional structures located along tree-lined streets with sidewalks. College Hill also has numerous churches built in the Baroque, Romanesque, Gothic, Greek Revival, and Renaissance architectural styles.

Starting at the Roger Williams National Memorial near the RISD Museum, take N. Main St. south to Benefit St., then LEFT on George St., heading east through the heart of the Brown University campus. For the loop back, take Waterman St., and then Arlington Ave., passing the Erickson Athletic Complex. Then take Olney St. west to the start.

Add-Onms: More of the hilly, historic streets of the College Hill Neighborhood. It’s roughly bounded by South and North Main Street to the west, Power Street to the south, Governor Street and Arlington Avenue to the east and Olney Street to the north. College Hill is also home to Thayer Street, a shopping strip frequented by students in the Providence area. Also, paths along the canal/Providence River.


  • 3.9 mile (6.3 km) loop
  • 191 feet
  • Roger Williams National Memorial