Campus Facilities

Since its opening in 1914, Johnson & Wales University’s original campus in Providence, Rhode Island, has grown from a small business school to a large, international university featuring business, culinary arts, hospitality, physician assistant, engineering, design, and arts & sciences programs.

For more information about JWU’s Providence Campus, contact

8 Abbott Park Place, Providence, RI 02903

The City

Providence offers big-city sophistication on a welcoming scale, and is often voted 1 of the country’s best places to live. A historic yet fast-paced city, Providence is located within the highest per capita concentration of colleges and universities in the United States, so it’s alive with things to do.

The major business, financial and retail districts of the city are all within walking distance of the Downcity Campus, which is convenient for students looking for part-time jobs. Also within walking distance are the Providence Performing Arts Center, Providence Public Library, Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Rhode Island Convention Center, Trinity Repertory Company, Providence Place Mall, outdoor skating at The Providence Rink at The Alex + Ani City Center, the Rhode Island State House, Rhode Island School of Design, Brown University, and places of worship of many major religious denominations. Restaurants for every taste and budget, many owned or operated by JWU alumni, can be found throughout the city as well.

Providence’s unique geographic location — only an hour’s drive from both Boston and Cape Cod, and 3-hours’ drive from New York City — makes it an inviting place to live. Interstate bus and train stations are within easy reach of the Downcity Campus, and the state airport in Warwick is only about 10 miles to the south.

The Campus

The Downcity Campus is anchored by Gaebe Commons, a popular hub of student activity, and surrounded by a variety of shops, restaurants, cafés, music venues and a picturesque riverfront. This campus is home to students in the College of Hospitality Management, College of Business, College of Engineering & Design, John Hazen White College of Arts & Sciences and College of Health & Wellness.

The nearby Harborside Campus sits on 105 scenic acres along Narragansett Bay, and houses the College of Culinary Arts, Wildcat Center (home of the NCAA Division III Wildcats), and Culinary Arts Museum at JWU. Residential facilities are located throughout Providence and Cranston. JWU provides free shuttle bus service between the campuses and residence halls.

Academic Facilities and Administrative Offices — Downcity Campus

91 FRIENDSHIP STREET houses University Design & Editorial Services, University Marketing, Digital Communications, Institutional Research, and University Admissions.

115 CEDAR STREET houses the administrative offices of the College of Online Education, including the dean's office, as well as Accounts Payable, Accounting, Procurement, and Internal Audit & Risk Management.

THE ACADEMIC CENTER at 138 Mathewson St. houses the Accounting classrooms, Accounting faculty offices, and Occupational Therapy offices.

The CENTER FOR PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT STUDIES at 35 Claverick St. houses classrooms, laboratories, and faculty and directors offices for the Physician Assistant Studies program.

The CITIZENS BANK CENTER FOR STUDENT INVOLVEMENT at 2 Richmond St. houses Student Involvement & Leadership (including the Campus Herald and Johnsonian yearbook offices), Greek Councils, New Student Orientation & Support Programs, Parent Relations and Spiritual Life.

The DEL SESTO BUILDING at 274 Weybosset St. houses Information Technology Operations.

The JOHN HAZEN WHITE COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES at 30 Chestnut St. (corner of Pine and Chestnut Streets) houses the departments of English, English as a Second Language (ESL), Humanities, Mathematics, and Social Sciences, as well as the language laboratory and Arts & Sciences classrooms. It also houses the Center for Academic Support for the Downcity Campus, Experiential Education & Career Services for the Downcity Campus, and the dean’s office and faculty offices.

JOHNSON HALL, located at 59 Chestnut St., includes the Department of Health Sciences faculty offices, several classrooms, City Burger (a snack bar and grill for students, faculty and staff) and Starbucks®.

JWU GLOBAL, located at 274 Pine St., houses the International Student Services Office and Study Abroad.

The JOHN J. BOWEN CENTER FOR SCIENCE AND INNOVATION at 75 Chestnut St. houses the College of Engineering & Design and features classrooms, the media/graphics department, computer and engineering, faculty offices, the dean’s office, the Technology & Design Center, and the College of Engineering & Design Presentation Room. It also houses College of Arts & Sciences classrooms, life science laboratories, faculty offices, and Red Mango, a frozen yogurt and smoothie bar.

The JWU PARKING GARAGE at the corner of Pine and Richmond streets offers convenient, affordable parking for all students. Students need their university ID to enter and rates are posted at the entrance. On the first floor is the Gender Equity Center, Health Education, and Off-Campus Student Services’s The Den, a multifunction lounge space for commuting Wildcats. The Den has an area of soft seating with numerous mobile device charging stations. There is also a kitchen and dining area, with tables and chairs for dining, a microwave, a refrigerator and vending machines. Wi-Fi is available throughout the space. There is also a Pharos printing system to afford students the opportunity to print, a multipurpose audiovisual system and numerous hi-definition TV monitors.

ONE WEYBOSSET HILL at 33 Broad Street houses the central administration office of the university. It is also the home of the University Bookstore (operated by Follett Higher Education Group), located on the first floor.

The RICHMOND BUILDING at 270 Weybosset St. houses Information Technology and the Faculty Center for Academic Excellence, as well as the Providence Police Department District 1 Substation.

CAMPUS SAFETY & SECURITY administrative and operations headquarters are located at 264 Weybosset St.

The STUDENT SERVICES CENTER at 274 Pine St. houses Student Academic & Financial Services, student ID cards, inactive records and JWU Global.

The TACO CENTER FOR BUSINESS AND ARTS & SCIENCES at 10 Abbott Park Place houses classrooms and faculty offices for the economics department, the science department and the Larry Friedman International Center for Entrepreneurship. In the Center for Entrepreneurship resides the Veterans HQ, a lounge for alumni veterans. The Criminal Justice Lab is on the fifth floor.

WALES HALL at 8 Abbott Park Place houses the Downcity fitness center, shower and locker rooms and the commuter lounge on the lower level, and the Pepsi Forum auditorium and Student Payroll on the first floor. The second floor houses Counseling Services and Community Relations. The third floor houses Health Services for the Downcity Campus. The fourth and fifth floors are home to JWU’s Human Resources & Payroll.

The XAVIER COMPLEX at 259 Pine St. (at Broad and Claverick streets) houses classrooms, faculty offices, a variety of computer and word processing labs, and Schneider Auditorium. This complex also houses the College of Hospitality Management and College of Business. The Statler Dining Room, a hospitality kitchen lab, Bistro 61 and a hospitality beverage lab are on the first floor.

XAVIER HALL in the Xavier Complex includes an interdenominational chapel, the BRIDGE Center and a residence hall with laundry facilities.

THE YENA CENTER at 111 Dorrance St. houses the main library and library administrative offices, undergraduate Admissions (except culinary), D'Amico Auditorium, Catering and Special Events, and the university’s offices for Equity & Compliance Services and Office of General Counsel, as well as Wildcat Café.

Academic Facilities and Administrative Offices — Harborside Campus

63 BAKER STREET houses Resource Development and Alumni Relations.

The CUISINART CENTER FOR CULINARY EXCELLENCE at 333 Shipyard St. is where the College of Culinary Arts is based. This also includes College of Culinary Arts faculty offices, deans’ and administrative offices, the Coors Brewing Laboratory and the International Baking & Pastry Institute.

The center includes hot and cold kitchens, bakeshops and pastry shops, dining rooms, meatcutting and meat processing rooms, receiving and storeroom, an oenology and beverage service laboratory, and culinary purchasing offices.

The GRACE WELCOME CENTER at 120 Harborside Blvd. is the location for Culinary and Graduate Admissions. The facility includes a 70-seat presentation room, Galleria of Culinary Artifacts, conference room and welcome area, as well as staff office space.

HARBOR VIEW at 1150 Narragansett Blvd. in Cranston houses a large student dining hall, kitchen and commissary, and a residence hall with laundry facilities. The Auxiliary Services department offices are located on the first floor.

THE HARBORSIDE ACADEMIC CENTER (HAC) at 265 Harborside Blvd. houses department faculty offices for the College of Culinary Arts, as well as the department chairs of culinary arts and food service management.

Academic facilities include classrooms, the chocolate and sugar lab, and the baking technology lab. CAFE, the Culinary Arts Foodservice Exposition, is an addition to the Harborside Academic Center and features state-of-the-art kitchens and laboratories, bakeshops, a food science and product development lab, and the Cintas Dining Room used by culinary arts students. HAC also contains a Starbucks®, Red Sauce Pizza & Pasta, the University Office of Culinary Education, microbiology lab, a multimedia center, the HAC Amphitheater, Culinary Special Services and the Harborside Computer Center, containing 156 computers, 5 computer labs and an administrative staff area.

THE FRIEDMAN CENTER at 321 Harborside Blvd. houses Experiential Education & Career Services, International Student Services, Residential Life and Student Academic & Financial Services.

Also located in this building are the Alan Shawn Feinstein Center for Academic Support, Culinary Arts Museum at JWU, Harborside Campus Library, Printing & Mailing Services, Harborside Substation of Campus Safety & Security, Liberty Market, warehouse, administrative offices of Facilities Management, classrooms, office of the vice president of student affairs, Community Standards and Conduct, and department faculty offices for the John Hazen White College of Arts & Sciences and College of Management.

The WILDCAT CENTER at 305 Shipyard St. houses Health Services for the Harborside Campus, Athletics, 2 gymnasiums, student life programming space, game room, fitness center, the university's Harborside Bookstore (operated by Follett Higher Education Group) and Student Involvement & Leadership.

Computer Laboratories

Johnson & Wales University has computer labs available for students to use email, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office, jwuLink and more. Additional labs are available to students enrolled in classes that teach specialty software or technology.

Students must have an active JWU email account to access lab computers. Documents can be saved to student-acquired USB drives or they can be attached to and sent through email. Students cannot save files onto computers in the labs.

Computer labs are at the following locations:

Downcity Campus

Xavier Computer Labs
Xavier Academic Complex — 2nd floor
259 Pine St., Providence, Rhode Island

Harborside Campus

Harborside Computer Labs
Harborside Academic Center
265 Harborside Blvd., Providence, Rhode Island

Residence Halls

All halls are coeducational and smoke free. All are cable and internet ready. During the first 2 weeks of the fall term, each room is provided with a MicroFridge®, which students may opt to rent for the rest of the year, with the exception of Renaissance Hall, The Cove and Harborside Village, which feature full-size refrigerators. Students are allowed only one MicroFridge per room.

Downcity Campus

The Cove

1 Park Row West, Providence, Rhode Island

The Cove is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors and located Downcity near the train station and a short walk from campus. This hall has 2-, 3- and 4-person apartments that feature gourmet kitchens, stainless-steel appliances, granite counter-tops and hardwood floors. Bedrooms are carpeted and a washer/dryer is provided in each apartment unit (no card or coin required). Residents of The Cove are required to agree to abide by a community policy agreement as a condition to residing in The Cove. There is no meal plan included at this hall. Students can purchase Wildcat Meals from Student Academic & Financial Services.

Imperial Hall

15 Hospital St., Providence, Rhode Island

Imperial Hall is a residence facility containing single-, double-, triple- and some quad-occupancy rooms. Single- and double-occupancy rooms on the second and third floors have private baths, at a slightly higher cost than the first floor. The first floor of Imperial offers community bathrooms as well as an on-site kitchen, plus community space on the lower level. It is reserved primarily for upperclassmen. Student parking is not available at this hall.

McNulty Hall

101 Pine St., Providence, Rhode Island

McNulty Hall is located adjacent to The Yena Center (library) at the Pine Street perimeter of Gaebe Commons. McNulty houses first-year engineering & design, business, hospitality, arts & sciences and culinary arts students, and features double-, triple- and quad- occupancy rooms, all of which are air conditioned and have private baths. McNulty also features laundry rooms and a variety of common areas for study and recreational use. Student parking is not available at this hall, although private parking is available from vendors in nearby lots.

Renaissance Hall

101 Cedar St., Providence, Rhode Island

Renaissance Hall is located at the corner of Dean and Cedar streets, near the historic Federal Hill section of Providence. Renaissance houses first-year, international and upper-class students. Located on a regular university bus route, it is close enough to classes that many students choose to walk together to class. This facility provides suite-style living with primarily 4 residents in each unit. Equipped with kitchens and private baths, this facility also maintains a recreation room and study rooms, as well as a laundry room. Limited university student parking is available through a lottery process for upperclassmen. There is no meal plan included at this hall. Students can purchase Wildcat Meals from Student Academic & Financial Services.

Snowden Hall

32 Page St., Providence, Rhode Island

Snowden Hall, available at a slightly higher cost, contains double-, triple- and quad-occupancy rooms with private baths and air conditioning. Residents of this hall are a mix of first-year and upper-class students. It also houses a dining center featuring grilled-to-order items and signature sandwiches. Student parking is not available at this hall.

Xavier Hall

60 Broad St., Providence, Rhode Island

Xavier Hall, adjacent to the Xavier Academic Complex, has a limited number of single-occupancy rooms for upper-class students, and double-, triple- and quad-occupancy rooms available for first-year students. Student parking is not available at this hall.

Harborside Campus

East Hall (401-598-1189)
West Hall (401-598-1155)
South Hall (401-598-4720)

2 Washington Ave., Providence, Rhode Island

East, West and South Halls are neighboring residence halls located on the Harborside Campus near academic and student service facilities. Primarily for culinary and baking & pastry arts students, rooms in East Hall and South Hall house 4 residents. West Hall offers triple rooms. Each hall has community bathrooms, a laundry room, study room and recreation room. University student parking is available to all with a valid sticker.

Harbor View

1150 Narragansett Blvd., Cranston, Rhode Island

Harbor View is located on the Cranston-Providence line and overlooks Narragansett Bay. It is within walking distance of the Harborside Campus. Harbor View contains triples and some quads with private baths, as well as a dining center, recreation room with a large-screen TV, and study room. It is reserved for upper-class and some first-year students. There is limited parking available.

Harborside Village

100 Harborside Blvd., Providence, Rhode Island

Open to juniors and seniors, Harborside Village is comprised of 12 individual buildings with 12 4-person apartment units in each. Apartments are fully furnished and feature 4 single, private bedrooms; 2 private bathrooms; an eat-in kitchen; a common room; and a washer/dryer unit (no card or coin required). An on-site community building houses village resident mailboxes, a function room, a game room and the community management office. Parking is available through a lottery process. Residents of Harborside Village are required to agree to abide by a community policy agreement as a condition to residing in Harborside Village. There is no meal plan included at this hall. Students can purchase Wildcat Meals from Student Academic & Financial Services.

Centennial House

135 Norwood Ave., Cranston, Rhode Island

Centennial House, located a short distance from the Harborside Campus and open to sophomores and juniors, is a nontraditional housing option, different from that of a residence hall. Opened in 2013, Centennial House houses approximately 35 residents in a cooperative-style living environment focused on self-governance and community service.

Campus Dining

JWU is in a unique position to provide students with quality food service. Culinary arts and hospitality students, as part of their laboratory training, provide much of the food service at the university, under the supervision of professional chef-instructors.

The following dining centers are available for students on a meal plan and their guests: Harbor View Dining Center, Market Place, Red Sauce Pizza & Pasta, Red Mango, Snowden Dining Center/Clock Tower Lounge, and City Burger, as well as 3 Starbucks® which are located on the Downcity and Harborside campuses.

Information on meal plans can be found in the Student Handbook.

University-owned or -operated Practicum Educational Facilities

JWU is in a unique position to offer students experience-based learning in a variety of industry-related businesses. The following practicum educational facilities are owned or operated by JWU and provide students with experiential learning in their field of study.

The CENTER FOR EQUINE STUDIES, a 31-acre JWU-owned facility in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, provides a location for equine students to study horse care and management. The facility includes a 32-stall stable, indoor arena with interior observation area, and outdoor dressage and jumping rings, all with premium wax footings. Also on the property lies a 4-acre practice jumping field with wooded trails. The facility is reserved for the university’s exclusive use, with limited space for students to board their own horses.

In COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING & DESIGN LABS including the Technology & Design Center, students perform graphics, web, programming, networking, database and other technology-based services for a number of clients.

In UNIVERSITY FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING, accounting students have the opportunity to gain experience in a variety of accounting and financial functions including student payroll, accounts payable, accounting clerk functions in inventory and sales reporting, general ledger, financial reporting and budgeting, and accounting cycle functions.

The food service industry spans a range of operational facilities and outlets. Johnson & Wales University provides a variety of food service outlets that serve as practicum educational facilities for students participating in internships. The spectrum of food service operations varies from high-quantity volume production to specialized coffee and retail outlets. The following are some of the practicum educational facilities available for internships:

HARBOR VIEW at the Harborside Campus is a quantity-food facility. It serves a wide variety of fresh foods daily.

The JOHNSON & WALES COMMISSARY is located in Harbor View at the Harborside Campus. This high-volume professional baking and state-of-the art cook-chill facility produces desserts and pastries served universitywide.

RED SAUCE PIZZA & PASTA, located in the Harborside Academic Center (HAC) at the Harborside Campus, is the latest lunch, dinner and late-night dining option. The menu features made-to-order pastas, grilled pizzas, calzones, sandwiches and farm fresh salads.

SNOWDEN DINING CENTER is located on Weybosset Street, and specializes in a variety of grilled and made-to-order items and signature sandwiches.

University Library Network

The Johnson & Wales University Library Network is comprised of the libraries of the Providence, Rhode Island; North Miami, Florida; Denver, Colorado; and Charlotte, North Carolina, campuses. An important aspect of the network is the access it provides to resources, services and facilities shared by the Higher Education Library Information Network (HELIN), a consortium of academic, law and health sciences libraries in southern New England. The Johnson & Wales University Library Network is also a key partner with the university’s academic programs in the enhancement of student research skills through the delivery of classroom instruction, online information literacy tutorials, and web-based guides customized to the research outcomes of specific courses and curricula, plus personalized reference services delivered to students in person, over the phone, and through email, online chat or SMS. In addition, the library hosts the Scholar’s Archive@JWU, an open-access digital commons dedicated to preserving and promoting examples of scholarly or artistic works produced at or belonging to the university.

The main Johnson & Wales University library facility in Providence occupies the first 2 floors of The Yena Center at 111 Dorrance St. It houses the largest of the university Library Network’s book, periodical and audiovisual resource collections, as well as the administrative offices of the university dean of libraries. Other resources include access to numerous online databases, computer workstations, group study rooms, private study carrels, soft seating, an electronic classroom and wireless internet connectivity throughout the facility. 

Library collections and services at the Harborside Campus are located in The Friedman Center at 321 Harborside Blvd. and primarily support the curricula for the College of Culinary Arts, with ancillary resources available for graduate programs. Like its Downcity affiliate, this facility provides access to online databases, computer workstations, group study rooms and wireless internet connectivity, as well as numerous books, periodicals and audiovisual resources. In addition, this library holds an important collection numbering in the thousands of restaurant menus from around the world. 

Culinary Arts Museum at Johnson & Wales University

Located in The Friedman Center at 315 Harborside Blvd. on the Harborside Campus, the Culinary Arts Museum at JWU is an educational resource for Johnson & Wales University, the community-at-large, food scholars and the food service industry. The Culinary Arts Museum at JWU seeks to both preserve and interpret the broad culinary and hospitality heritage addressed by the university. It is a showcase for the work of students, faculty, alumni and distinguished visiting chefs. Through exhibitions and special events, the museum strives to interpret the evolution of food preparation and presentation, development of culinary equipment and technology, diverse menus offered, and places where people dine.

Since its founding in 1989, the Culinary Arts Museum has acquired several substantial donations and individual gifts which are in need of varying degrees of additional documentation and conservation. Starting May 20, 2013, Johnson & Wales University conducted a comprehensive inventory of the holdings, a collection estimated to be more than 250,000 items.