Newport joins with Portsmouth and Middletown to comprise Aquidneck Island, which is located just across the Mt. Hope Bridge from the RWU campus. You can find beautiful beaches on the Island, especially in Middletown and Newport. There are many tourist attractions on Aquidneck Island, from tasting wines at local vineyards, visiting the historic Newport mansions, to strolling along the breathtaking Cliff Walk.

Over the years students who own pets have been able to secure housing more easily just over the bridge in Portsmouth. Students who enroll in one of the URI joint degree programs often choose to live in Newport for their second and third years to split the commute between the two campuses. (Commute from Aquidneck Island: 5 minutes-35 minutes)

City Highlights

    • International tennis and yachting hub
    • Spectacular Gilded Age Mansions
    • Renowned jazz, folk and classical music festivals