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Housing, Hospitality and Travel for Providence

UPDATED 4/16/14
Housing is available For General Assembly (GA).

Hotels

Though most of our hotel reservation block is full, room reservations occasionally become available through our reservation system. We encourage you to periodically check our GA hotel reservation site for rooms that have opened up via cancellation or roommate consolidation. 

You may also search your favorite travel site (such as AAAHotels.com or Booking.com) for other hotel options in the vicinity.

University Style Housing

Make General Assembly Dorm Reservations - There are currently many low cost dormitory-style housing options still available at the Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University campuses. Google Map

  1. Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Dorms, 15 West Building
    15 Westminster St. Providence, RI 02903
    (7 minute walk to convention center)
    Shared Apartment-Private Bedroom: Twin bed in a private bedroom of 2, 3, or 4 bedroom apartment with shared bathroom, full kitchen and common space. 3 and 4 bedroom units include furnished lounge and dining area.
    4 night Package (Wed-Sun) $280 per person
    5 night package (Wed-Mon) $350 per person
  2. Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Dorms, Colonial Apartments 
    173 Benefit St., Providence RI 02903
    (13 minute walk to convention center)
    Shared Apartment-Private Bedroom: Single bed in private bedroom of 2 & 3 bedroom apartments with shared bathroom, kitchen and common space.
    4 night Package (Wed-Sun) $240 per person
    5 night package (Wed-Mon) $300 per person
  3. Brown University Dorms Vartan Gregorian Quad, Bldg. B
    101 Thayer St., Providence RI 02903
    (20 minute walk. Return walk is up hill. Near to public bus route to downtown)
    Shared Apartment-Private Bedroom: Twin bed in private bedroom of 3 bedroom apartments with shared common space. Apartments DO NOT include bathrooms or a kitchen. There are shared gender specific bathrooms and common kitchens on each floor.
    4 night Package (Wed-Sun) $230 per person
    5 night package (Wed-Mon) $287.50 per person

    Parking available at Brown University only: Wed-Sun package rate $75, Wed-Mon package rate $90. 

Home Hospitality in Providence

We still have thirty available home stays in Providence and surrounding areas. Unitarian Universalist hosts will open their homes to provide lower-cost, bed-and-breakfast style accommodations during the week of GA. Most homes are located within a 30 minute drive of the Rhode Island Convention Center. Many are within walking distance or accessible by public transportation. Many can accommodate parties of 4 or more, and are welcoming to families with children.

Reservations are first come, first serve. Details about each home stay are listed within the reservation system. Use social networking share options for easy sharing with people in your travel party. If you see a home stay you like but you don’t have enough people to use all the space available, we'll work with you to accommodate your needs. All major credit cards are accepted through a secure PayPal system.

Although offerings are not professional bed-and-breakfast facilities, travelers will be welcomed into homes to enjoy a friendly environment and meet fellow Unitarian Universalists. Proceeds collected will benefit the host’s congregation.

Roommates

The UUA-GA email list is a non-official electronic bulletin board for members of the GA community (for UUs to share GA-related information, questions and discussion, as well as look for roommates, rides etc.).

Reserving Accessible Housing

Those in need of accessible hotel accommodations make reservations using the same housing reservations system as all other GA attendees. Read Instructions for Reserving an ADA Room.

General Assembly (GA) Housing Reservation System

By using the General Assembly Housing Reservation System, attendees earn meeting space for the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) at the hotels and the convention center. Additionally, the UUA is able to negotiate on behalf of our block of attendees for sustainability and accessibilities requirements. We are also able to assist attendees booking rooms within our block with housing issues they may encounter during General Assembly.

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) strives to live out our values in all aspects of our work, and this is especially true of General Assembly, the largest annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists. Because the UUA supports fair wages and labor practices for hospitality industry workers, we have terminated two hotel contracts that were originally part of the GA housing block. The terminations were without financial penalty to the UUA, due to labor-specific language in our contracts. Together these two hotels, the Renaissance and the Providence Hilton, represent a significant loss to the room nights inventory we had planned for GA. 

More about the current labor issues in Providence hotels.

We continue to follow up all leads provided by the city of Providence to identify alternative hotels/housing. Please know that we want everyone to come to General Assembly and will do everything we can to provide you with information on alternative hotels/housing.

Traveling to Providence for General Assembly 2014

For more information contact gahousing @ uua.org.

This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations. Please consider making a donation today.

Last updated on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

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