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Frequently Asked Questions

I didn’t register in time and now online registration is closed. Can I still attend the weekend?

Yes! Many of our events are complimentary and do not require a ticket. We ask that walk-ins try to stop at check-in to officially register for the weekend. Check-in information is listed below.

You can purchase tickets onsite for:

  • the comedy show with Paul Mecurio ’82
  • the Friar 5K
  • the jazz brunch (limited tickets available at the door). 

The Biergarten at Oktoberfest is sold out. As an alternative, McPhail’s will open at 1 p.m.  The a cappella concert is also at capacity.

Late Night Madness tickets can be purchased online through Saturday, Oct. 5, up until the event or by calling 401.865.GOPC (4672).

Do I need to check-in when I get to campus?

Yes. All guests must check-in at registration. This is where you will pick up event tickets, name tags, etc. Registration will be located in room 112 of the Slavin Center. Hours will be:

  • Friday, Oct. 4, 4 – 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 5, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where can I park?

Guests are encouraged to enter campus through the Huxley Avenue gate (accessible via Admiral Street only). The GPS address for this entrance is 212 Huxley Ave. Please note that parking locations are viewable on the interactive map. Phelan Gates, also known as the River Avenue entrance, is another area with limited parking. It can be accessed using a GPS address of 549 River Avenue.

Parking will also be available in the following locations:

  • Garage at Anderson Stadium
  • Peterson Garage
  • Behind St. Dominic Chapel
  • Lot adjacent to the Ryan Center for Business Studies

We also have off-campus parking lots available and shuttles will routinely make stops between the lots and campus.

  • Robert F. Kennedy Elementary School, 195 Nelson St. Providence, R.I. 02908
    • Friday after 4 p.m.
    • Saturday and Sunday all-day
  • St. Pius V Catholic Church, 49 Elmhurst Ave. Providence, R.I. 02908 (lot located behind the church and school)
    • Friday after 4 p.m.
    • Saturday all-day
  • LaSalle Academy, 612 Academy Ave. Providence, R.I. 02908
    • Sunday all-day

There are a number of legal on-street parking spaces available in the area surrounding Providence College, including Annie, Cumberland, Devonshire Streets as well as Tyndall, Radcliffe, and Pinehurst up through River/Eaton Streets.

How can I travel to and from my hotel/campus without my car?

The college will provide routine shuttle service between campus and the Providence hotels.

Shuttle Information

The shuttle will begin the following continuous route. Please allow 20 minutes between each stop. The entire route takes approximately 30 minutes.

  • Omni Hotel (formerly the Westin) at the valet entrance curbside.
    • Guests of the Hilton, Hotel Providence, Courtyard by Marriott, and The Graduate Providence (formerly the Providence Biltmore hotel) will be picked up at the Omni
  • Hampton Inn and Suites
  • Renaissance Providence Hotel
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton Providence Downtown
  • Marriott Providence
  • Providence College Concannon Circle

Please note: Campus shuttles circulate around campus parking lots and hotel shuttles will circulate from the College to the hotels.

Shuttle Hours

Friday, Oct. 4

  • Campus shuttle: 2 – 11:30 p.m.
  • Hotel shuttle: 1 p.m. – midnight

Saturday, Oct. 5

  • Campus shuttle: 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Hotel shuttle: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 6

  • Campus shuttle: 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m..
  • Hotel shuttle: 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

What should I wear?

Most events are business casual unless otherwise indicated. Of course, we encourage you to wear your favorite Friar gear! Please be prepared for New England fall weather.

Can I cancel my registration?

There are no refunds after Thursday, Sept. 26, for the Explore Providence Bus tour, the jazz brunch, and the Oktoberfest Biergarten.

What dining centers will be open?

Dunkin’ Donuts

Friday, Oct. 4
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 5
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 6
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Alumni Cafeteria

Friday, Oct. 4
10:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 5
10 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 6
Closed

Eaton Street Cafe

Friday, Oct. 4
8 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Saturday, Oct. 5
4 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Sunday, Oct. 6
10 a.m. – midnight

Starbucks

Friday, Oct. 4
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 5
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 6
1 – 5 p.m.

McPhail’s

Friday, Oct. 4
2 p.m. – 1 a.m. (Bar opens at 5 p.m.)

Saturday, Oct. 5
1 p.m. – 1 a.m. (Bar opens at 1 p.m.)

Sunday, Oct. 6
Closed

I’ve got a long drive back to Friartown. How can I make it go by fast?

Download our Homecoming podcast playlist to get a flavor of the weekend’s events.

Helpful Phone Numbers

  • Office of Safety and Security (Lost and Found Inquiries)
    • 401.865.2391
  • On-Campus Emergencies
    • 401.865.2222
  • Off-Campus Emergencies
    • 911
  • Office of College Events