International Student Handbook
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Travel to and From Bryant University
1150 Douglas Pike
Smithfield, RI- 02917
Road Trips. How Far Is…?
Need a break from school? Want to go visit friends in larger cities across the U.S?
Here is a quick list of cities and the approximate time and distance to get there from the Bryant campus.
Cities Distance in Miles Time
Providence, RI 12 15 minutes
Newport, RI 41 48 minutes
Boston, MA 42 1 hour
Cape Cod, MA 83 1hr 20 minutes
New York City, NY 183.20 3hrs, 30 minutes
Chicago, IL 970 15 hours
Los Angeles, CA 2,971.80 43 hours
Bryant Transit Authority (BTA):
The Bryant Transit Authority (BTA) transports students the following places: The Lincoln Mall, Providence Place
Mall, Smithfield Crossing, Apple Valley Mall, Providence Train Station, Bonanza Bus Station, and T.F. Green
Airport. For more information, contact Bryant Center Operations at 401-232-6117.
Bus services: Train Services: Grey Hound Bus Lines Providence Train Station
Kennedy plaza, Downtown Providence 100 Gaspee Street
http://greyhound.com/home.asp Providence, RI 02903
Peter Pan Bus Station: Bonanza Division Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority
1 Bonanza Way, Providence, RI or Kennedy Plaza, Stopping at South Attleboro and
Downtown Providence Downtown Providence
Airports: Personal Vehicle: Providence T.F. Green (PVD) Boston Logan International Airport
2119 Post Road 1 Harborside Drive
Warwick, RI 02886 East Boston, MA 02128
**Regardless of age or year in school, all students at Bryant are allowed to have a car on campus and
there are no parking fees. License information can be retrieved at:
What to Bring What to Wear:
? Comfortable clothes and shoes you can go to class in
? One or two dressy outfits and shoes for more formal affairs
? Work-out clothes and sneakers
? Sweatshirts, sweatpants, and pajamas for lounging around
? Bathing suit
? Light jacket
? Heavy coat, mittens, hat and scarf.
Stuff for Your Room:
? Comforter/bedspread (for twin long) ? Power strip (USB approved) ? Pillow and pillow cases ? TV/VCR/DVD-Player (there is a common area ? Bed linens (for twin long) TV if you do not want to bring one) ? Clothes hangers ? Stereo ? Coffee mug ? Hair dryer ? Drinking cups, dishes and silverware for snacks ? Alarm clock ? Plastic containers with tight lids for storing ? Micro fridge (They are also available for rent)
snacks, detergent, etc. ? Crates or stacking containers ? Headphones (so your music doesn’t bother your
roommate or neighbors)
Keep it Clean:
? Bathrobe ? Laundry basket/bag ? Shower shoes ? Laundry detergent ? Towels, washcloths ? Dryer sheets ? Soap ? Dishwashing detergent ? Shampoo ? Roll of quarters ? Shaving cream and razors ? Band-Aids ? Small bucket for carrying shower things ? Cold medicine ? Facial tissues ? Aspirin? Toilet paper
Stuff for School:
? Binders, folders ? Calculator ? Writing utensils ? Day-planner
Good Things to Have:
? Access to money ? Camera ? Umbrella ? Batteries ? Key ring ? International pre-paid calling card ? Flashlight ? Snacks for your room
Not To Bring:
For a list of the things you should not bring, go to: web.bryant.edu/~reslife/not%20to%20bring.doc
The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE)
The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) provides programs and services that empower Bryant
students to achieve their goal of academic success. They have:
? Learning, and writing specialists;
? Learning disability services;
? Peer tutoring;
? Learning labs; and
For more information: http://web.bryant.edu/~ace
Douglas and Judith Krupp Library
The Douglas and Judith Krupp Library is located within the George E. Bello Center for Information and
Technology. It offers basic services such as printing, and photocopying. The library also has a reference
department, study rooms, and audio visual/classrooms and labs. It is also a member of the Higher
Education Library Information Network (HELIN).
For more information: http://web.bryant.edu/~library/
For all the food lovers out there who miss that home cooked meal at home or just prefer to eat out.
Parentes Pub & Restaurant (0.22 miles) Chili’s Grille & Bar (3.77 miles)
1114 Douglas Pike 210 Smithfield Xing Smithfield, RI Smithfield, RI 401-231-7600 401-232-2280
Crickets Restaurant (1.02 miles) Panera Bread (4.89)
280 Washington Highway, Route 116 180 Smithfield Crossing Smithfield, RI 02917 Smithfield RI 02917 401-232-0300 401-233-7633
House of Pizza (1.07 miles) J’s Deli (1.20 miles) 970 Douglas Pike # 2 285 Washington Hwy Smithfield, RI Smithfield, RI 02917 401-233-8133 401-231-0823
Asia Grille (3.78 miles)
Lincoln Mall Plaza
622 Washington Hwy.
Lincoln, RI 02865
Haruki Japanese (10.14 miles) PECIALTY FOODS: S
1210 Oaklawn Avenue
Cranston, RI 02910 Thai
Galaxie II (6.28 miles) Middle Eastern 1449 Mineral Spring Avenue North Providence, RI 02904-3134 East Side Pockets (9.62 miles)
401-354-4570 278 Thayer St
Providence, RI 02906-1548 Thai Garden (5.54 miles) 280 Main Street Quickets Woonsocket, RI 285 Washington Hwy 401-765-7010 Smithfield, RI 02917
Pakarang Exquisite Thai (9.84 miles) Indian 303 S Main Street Providence, RI 02903 Bombay Club (9.15 miles) 401-453-3660 145 Dean Street
Providence, RI 02903
401-273-6363 Café Madrid (4.83 miles) 104 Capwell Avenue Taste of India (10.2 miles) Woonsocket, RI 02895 230 Wickenden St 401-766-2969 Providence, RI 02903-4330
401-421-4355 El Salvador ( 8.18 miles) 204 Broad Street Kabob-N-Curry (9.65 miles) Pawtucket, RI 02860 261 Thayer St 401-722-3272 Providence, RI 02906-1324
Caribbean Tokyo Restaurant (10.3 miles) 231 Wickenden Street Tina’s Jamaican Caribbean Restaurant (10.8 miles)
Providence, RI 02903 223 Atwells Avenue 401-331-5330 Providence, RI 02903
There are many other specialty restaurants in Providence, RI. For more information, go to:
Wrentham Village Premium Outlets (12.30 miles) OUTLETS & MALLS
One Premium Outlets Boulevard Providence Place Mall (10 miles) Wrentham, MA 02093
One Providence Place
Providence, RI 02903 Warwick Mall (16.68 miles) www.ProvidencePlace.com 400 Bald Hill Road,
Warwick, RI 02886
Lincoln Mall (2.83 miles) http://www.warwickmall.com/ 622 Washington Highway,
Lincoln RI 02865 Swansea Mall (26.06 miles)
262 Swansea Mall Drive, Suite 775
Emerald Square Mall (9.7 miles) Swansea, MA 02777
999 S Washington Street http://www.visitswanseamall.com/html/Mallinfo.asp
North Attleboro, MA 02760-3638
Rhode Island Mall (26.06 miles)
Routes 2 and 113,
Warwick, RI 02886
FOR SCHOOL NECESSITIES
Bed Bath and Beyond (9.95 miles) Staples (4.94 miles) Providence Place Mall 230 Smithfield Crossing
Linens N Things (5.21 miles away) Target (2.83 miles) 590 Smithfield Crossing Lincoln Mall
622 Washington Hwy,
Lincoln, RI 02865
Fun and Leisure: Showcase Cinemas North Attleboro (13.75 miles
M640 S. Washington St, North Attleboro MA OVIE THEATERS
CinemaWorld (2.83 miles away)
Lincoln Mall, Lincoln RI Feinstein Imax Theater (10 miles away)
Providence Place Mall, Downtown Providence RI
Dave n Busters Town Hall Bowling Lanes Providence Place Mall, Downtown Providence RI 1463 Atwood Avenue
Johnston, RI 02919
EP Lanes (bowling and pool) http://www.townhalllanes.com 80 Newport Ave, East Providence RI 02916 (401) 831-6940
Westgate Pub Grille and Billiard Mulligan’s Island, Golf and Entertainment 59 Westgate Drive
1000 New London Ave Brockton, MA 02301
Cranston, RI 02920 http://www.westgatelanes.com http://www.mulligansisland.com (508) 580-2911
Staying in Touch
Bryant Land Line All students at Bryant University receive a personal phone extension and a room phone free of charge. Although
anyone can reach you at your extension, you can only dial out local phone calls, without a calling card. The
directory service makes dialing your friends, professors, and other school services easy and convenient.
Cell Phone Services Cingular Wireless
445 Putnam Pike Providence Place Mall
Greenville, RI 02828 OR 866-246-4852
(401) 232-5100 http://www.cingular.com/home/
371 Putnam Pike
Smithfield, RI 02917
371 Putnam Pike
Smithfield, RI 02917
371 Putnam Pike Ste A-305
Smithfield, RI 02917
To set up a cell phone service in the U.S. you need a Social Security Number (SSN), however there are some
service providers who will register you for the service with a security deposit, which varies from server to server.
Please contact the centers for more information.
About calling home from the U.S, the best way students feel is doing so by an international pre-calling card,
which can be bought from the library or websites online. Bryant University also has offers to make international
calls (post paid) from your room phone itself by using Paetec Communications. The documents and your personal
card and number for this service will be given to all students once they arrive on campus.
Student Laptop Program
Packages can be mailed through the Bryant Post Office from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All incoming U.S. mail is sorted and distributed as soon as it arrives in the Campus Post Office. Students are assigned a box number. Please have all mail addressed as follows:
Student Box Number
1150 Douglas Pike
Smithfield, RI 02917-1291
For information: http://web.bryant.edu/~postinfo/index.html
Weather and Clothing
Rhode Island weather is one of expectations. It has four seasons, but all milder than the rest of New England. The
summers get hot enough for swimming, winters will freeze the ponds but seldom go below the teens Fahrenheit
(Fahrenheit: celcius = 1.8:1). In the winter there will usually be half a dozen snowfalls of 6-8”.
For current forecast, go to: http://smithfield.ri.local-weather.ws/
Fall temperatures typically range from 40’s to upper 60’s. It is pretty warm in September, but the temperature
drops quickly one October comes along.
Clothing during the fall season usually consists of pants, skirts, long sleeve or short sleeve shirts, light sweaters,
and a light jacket from time to time. At the beginning of the fall semester, however, students are often found
wearing shorts and tank tops throughout September.
Winter temperatures typically range from lower 20’s to lower 40’s. Snow can be either light or heavy, and roads
can get pretty dangerous.
Clothing during the winter season usually consists of pants, sweaters, sweatshirts, heavy coats, gloves, scarves,
and hats. Everyone tries to stay bundled up from December through February.
Spring temperatures typically range from lower 50’s to upper 70’s. Spring is the season in which we have the most rainfall.
Clothing during the spring season is very similar to that of fall. Remember to pack raingear unless you want to get
wet. From March through May students like to wear bright colors and dress fun and sporty. Definitively keep a
pair of sunglasses handy.
***Despite the above averages, RI weather is always unpredictable.