Garrahy HallArrival

For participants registered for Level I Kingian Nonviolence Training or the 3-Day Kingian Nonviolence Introduction – if you will be staying on campus and using the university residence halls, we recommend arriving on campus on Sunday, the day before the Summer Institute begins.

Report to the office in Browning Residence Hall for overnight guest registration. Staff are available for check-in, room assignments and key pick up between the hours of 7AM and midnight.

Registration and Check-in for Level I Kingian Nonviolence Training and Kingian 3-Day Introduction Training is from 8:00AM – 8:45AM on Monday at the Multicultural Center. Training begins at 9:00AM in the Hardge Forum.

Level II Advanced Training begins at 9AM on the second Monday of Summer Institute. On-site registration and check-in is from at 8:00AM to 8:45AM.

The Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies office is located on the second floor of the Multicultural Center, Room 202, 74 Lower College Rd. Kingston, RI 02881.


The Center will attempt to assist participants with ground transportation from URI campus to the nearby AMTRAK train station in Kingston, RI or to TF Green International Airport in Providence, RI. Please make your departure plans known to the Center staff and request any needed assistance.

The dorm must be vacated by noon on the Saturday following the end of Institute,  unless International participants have made reservations for an extended 21-day stay, or if alternative plans have been made in advance with the Center.

What Is Included in the Accommodations?

The Garrahy Residence Hall is comprised of 4 and 5-bedroom single-occupant suites. The rooms are basic with a desk, bed, pillow, bed linens, blanket, towel and washcloth. Limited kitchen pots, pans and cooking utensils are provided, but many like to bring their own. Room assignments and electronic swipe access cards will be given upon arrival at the registration office at Browning Residence Hall, located at 4 Butterfield Road.

For those who are staying for both weeks of the institute, there will be a linen exchange on the middle Saturday between  noon and 2:00. You may obtain fresh linens in the Garrahy Lobby.

Housing payment is expected with the final tuition payment upon arrival.

Please contact us about any medical conditions that require special accommodations.

Off Campus Housing Fees and Reservations

Alternative accommodations are available in local hotels and nearby bed and breakfasts (approx. prices range from $100-$150 per night). Contact the Center Office for recommendations. These options will require personal transporation to and from the campus and parking arrangements. You must make your own arrangements for off campus housing.

How to Get Here

The International Nonviolence Summer Institute is held on the main campus of The University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI, 30 miles south of Providence, 75 miles south of Boston, and 160 miles northeast from New York City. The university is about a 30-minute drive from the TF Green Airport (PVD), Providence.

For Visitors arriving by plane at JFK Airport (Directions from JFK Airport – Pennsylvania (Penn) Station) – Get on the Air Train at JFK airport and take the Air Train to Jamaica (and ONLY the Air Train to Jamaica, NOT Howard beach). Then, take the Long Island Railroad from Jamaica to Penn Station.  The fee for the Long Island Railroad to Penn Station is estimated to range from $7-$10 USD. From there you can purchase an Amtrak ticket to Kingston Station, Rhode Island (Northeast Regional Northbound).  Contact the Center in advance for someone to meet you at the Kingston Station to bring you to URI. This is our best recommendation for getting from JFK Airport, NY  to Kingstown, RI.

For visitors arriving by train – The Amtrak Kingston (KIN) station is a short 5-10 minute drive from the University. Please let us know in advance and we can arrange for someone to pick you up and bring you to URI. Taxis and public RIPTA buses are available.

For visitors arriving by plane at the T.F. Greene Airport in Providence – This small airport is approximately 30 minutes away from the URI campus. Please contact us in advance and we can arrange for someone to pick you up.

For visitors arriving by plane at Boston Logan Airport – Please take a Silverline Shuttle Bus to South Station. From there you can purchase an Amtrak ticket to Kingston Station, Rhode Island (Northeast Regional Southbound). This is approximately a 1 hour 15 minute ride. Contact the Center in advance for someone to meet you at the Kingston Station to bring you to URI. This is our best recommendation for getting from Boston to Kingstown, RI.

Directions to the URI Kingston Campus
Map from the TF Green Airport (PVD) to URI
Map from the AMTRAK Train Station (KIN) to URI

All training sessions for the International Nonviolence Summer Institute will be held at the Multicultural Center building, also the home of the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies. Located on the University of Rhode Island (URI) main campus in Kingston, RI, the physical address is:

Center For Nonviolence & Peace Studies
Multicultural Center, Room 202
74 Lower College Road

Kingston, RI 02881


Multicultural Center

All on-campus housing will be in Garrahy Residence Hall Apartments located at 170 Flagg Road, Kingston RI 02881. Participants who will be staying in the university residence hall must first check in at Browning Hall for their room assignment and to pick up a room key. The Browning Hall campus address is 4 Butterfield Road, Kingston RI, 02881. Phone: 401.874.2064.

Garrahy Residence Hall Apartments

170 Flagg Road

Kingston, RI 02881


Weather & Clothing

The average temperature in Kingston, RI in early June ranges from 51° to 74° Fahrenheit. Early summer is pleasantly warm with cool evenings. It is likely that you may encounter some thunderstorms. The beach is about 6 miles from campus.

The training sessions are informal and active, so wear comfortable clothes. On hot days, shorts and light weight shirts and sandals are often preferred. Bring layers, though, because some find the air conditioning chilly. Formal clothes are not required. However, at the closing Certification Ceremony, participants often like to wear their country’s traditional attire.

Visitor Parking Policy

Summer Institute participants who are driving to campus and will need to park a car during the day or overnight must ask for a parking pass when they sign in at Browning Residence Hall.

All visitors parking a vehicle on the Kingston Campus are required to display a current parking pass, which will be given to you at check-in at Browning Hall. You will park at a designated parking lot across the street from the Garrahy Residence Hall, on Flagg Road.

Overnight Visitors

Overnight visitors do not need a parking pass from 3:30pm – 7:30am.

The parking area for overnight visitors is in the General Resident Parking Lot located on Flagg Road between 4:00pm and 7:30am.

If the visitor is staying for the weekend, they may park there from Friday afternoon through Monday morning at 7:30am without a permit.

If the overnight visitor is staying through a weekday, they must place a Visitor Parking Pass on the car and park in a Visitor Lot during the days Monday – Friday.

Vehicles on campus that are not displaying valid parking permits during the day are subject to warnings and could possibly be towed.

For more information contact:
Thupten Tendhar