The Providence Campus is spread across more than 170 acres and 2,439,000 square feet of 52 buildings, including residence halls, classrooms, labs, dining halls, libraries, offices, open spaces, and internship, recreation and physical plant facilities.

Fall 2022: Providence Campus Master Plan

Big things are in the works for JWU’s Providence Campus, outlined in the five-year master plan, which was approved by the Providence City Council on Nov. 15. Highlights include plans to build a solar carport on the Harborside campus, which will provide covered parking spaces while generating electricty for the univeristy, along with renovations to Johnson Hall's third and fourth floors and additional trees and greenspaces at both Harborside and Downcity. Possible new facilities include a proposed ice arena and expanded basketball facilities, as well as other academic and residence halls. 

JWU faculty and staff can access the full plan proposal on the univeristy H drive, in the "2022 Master Facilities Plan" folder under Facilities Management External Shared Departmental Information. 


JWU Providence Downcity 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, the College of Engineering & Design, the John Hazen White College of Arts & Sciences and the Center for Physician Assistant Studies.

Academic Facilities and Administrative Offices — Downcity Campus

115 Cedar Street houses the administrative offices of the College of Professional Studies (CPS), including the dean’s office. The Finance department is also based here.

The Academic Center at 138 Mathewson St. houses Occupational Therapy classrooms and faculty offices, Exercise and Sports Science labs and classroomsn, Dietetics & Nutrition faculty offices, and the offices of the Dean and Associate Dean of the College of Health & Wellness.

JWU Center for Physician Assistant Studies

The Center for Physician Assistant Studies at 35 Claverick St. houses classrooms, laboratories, and faculty and directors offices for the Physician Assistant Studies program, which is part of the College of Health & Wellness.

The Citizens Bank Center for Student Involvement (CBCSI) at 2 Richmond St. houses the Downcity Student Engagement office. There is club meeting space, club offices, Student Engagement staff for Fraternity & Sorority Life, Parent & Family Relations, and more.

The Del Sesto Building at 274 Weybosset St. houses Information Technology operations.

The John Hazen White College of Arts & Sciences, located at 30 Chestnut St. (corner of Pine and Chestnut Streets), houses the departments of English, Humanities, Mathematics, and Social Sciences, as well as the language laboratory and Arts & Sciences classrooms. It also houses Accessibility Services and the Academic Success Center for the Downcity Campus, Experiential Education & Career Services for the Downcity Campus, and the dean’s office and faculty offices. The Downcity Bookstore is now located in the lower level.

Johnson Hall (59 Chestnut St.) includes the Department of Health Sciences faculty offices, several classrooms, and Starbucks.

JWU Global, located at 274 Pine St., houses the International Student Services office, English as a Second Language (ESL), and Study Abroad.

JWU Providence John J. Bower Center for Sciences and Innovation

The John J. Bowen Center for Science and Innovation, located at 75 Chestnut St., houses the College of Engineering & Design and features classrooms, life science labs, faculty offices, the dean’s office, the Alan Shawn Feinstein Technology & Design Center, the Technology Learning Center and the Bowen Presentation Room. Willie’s offers food on the first floor.

The Johnson & Wales University 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. The Admissions Welcome Center is located on the first floor. Also on the first floor is The Den, a multifunction lounge space for commuting Wildcats featuring soft seating and mobile device charging stations. There is also a kitchen and dining area, with tables and chairs for dining, a microwave, and a refrigerator. 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.

Remington Building (91 Friendship St.) houses Design & Editorial Services; Digital Communications; General Counsel, Equity and Compliance; Institutional Research; University Admissions; and University Marketing.

The Richmond Building (270 Weybosset St.) houses Information Technology, the Faculty Center for Academic Excellence, and Student Communications, as well as the Providence Police Department District 1 Substation.

Campus Safety & Security administrative and operations headquarters are located at 264 Weybosset St.

JWU Providence Student Services Center

The Student Services Center (274 Pine St.) houses Student Academic & Financial Services, student ID cards, inactive records and JWU Global.

JWU providence Taco Center

The TACO Center for Arts & Sciences, located at 10 Abbott Park Place, houses classrooms and faculty offices for the economics department and the science department. The Media Lab is on the first floor, and Criminal Justice Lab is on the fifth floor.

Wales Hall, located 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, Student Payroll, and Health Education 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.

JWU Providence Xavier Academic Complex

The Xavier Complex at 259 Pine St. (corner of 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.

Also on the first floor of the Xavier Complex is Bistro 61, a hospitality kitchen lab, as well as the Bigelow Tea Classroom.

JWU providence Xavier Hall

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

The Yena Center houses the main library and library administrative offices, the Academic Success Center, Experiential Education & Career Services, undergraduate Admissions (except culinary), D’Amico Auditorium, JWU Local and the university’s offices for administration, Advancement & University Relations, and Alumni Relations.


JWU Providence Harborside Campus


The nearby Harborside Campus sits on 105 scenic acres along Narragansett Bay, and houses the College of Culinary Arts in the Cuisinart Center for Culinary Excellence and the Wildcat Center (home of the NCAA Division III Wildcats). 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 — Harborside Campus

The Alumni House at 1146 Narragansett Blvd. in Cranston is used for distinguished visiting professor lodging.

Two culinary students walking down the steps from the Cuisinart Center for Culinary Excellence building

The Cuisinart Center for Culinary Excellence at 333 Shipyard St. is where the College of Culinary Arts is based. This also includes College of Food Innovation & Technology (CFIT) 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.

Grace Welcome Center building

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, located at 1150 Narragansett Blvd. in Cranston, houses Campus Dining’s commissary/bakeshop, 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 Food Innovation & Technology, 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, Harborside Café, 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.

Main entrance of the Friedman Center

The Friedman Center at 321 Harborside Blvd. houses Accessibility Services, the Alan Shawn Feinstein Success Center, Catering & Special Events, classrooms, Community Standards & Conduct, Culinary Arts Museum, Dean of Students, Facilities Management, faculty offices, the Food Innovation Design Lab (FIDL), Graduate Studies, the Harborside Library, Information Technology, John Hazen White College of Arts & Sciences, Liberty Market, warehouse and Willie’s.

Main atrium in the Wildcat Center

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.