Off-Campus Move Out Trash Pick Up Guidelines

In Uncategorized on May 9, 2012 by JWU Commutes

The City of Providence has confirmed the following dates as the targeted year end, off-campus trash pick-up dates:


May 22, June 5th – (Elmhurst /  PC Area ) May 21st, June 4th  (east side/ fox point)
May24th, June7th- (Washington Park)  
May25th, June 8th (Federal Hill)  


Mattress Depot/ E-  Waste Locations:

May 23rd– PC’s Eaton & Pembroke Gate (Elmhurst) 9am-2:30pm

May 24th– 700 Allens Avenue, (Washington Park)  3-7pm

The City of Providence has strict guidelines for trash disposal. Failure to comply with the guidelines may result in fines ranging from $50 -$250.

Generally an appointment is needed for disposal of bulky items, however the City recognizes the need to organize and make the transition as smooth as possible for everyone. Please place bulky items out at the curb on (insert date) for pick-up. If you do not place bulky items at the curb on these dates, you must call Waste Management at 1-800-972-4545 at 24 hours in advance of the pick-up day.

Any item that does not fit in the Big Green Can (BGC) is considered a bulky item. You must schedule a pickup or place it at the curb for pick-up on the scheduled date.

Mattresses/ Boxsprings are not considered bulky items, they require separate handling.

How do you dispose of a mattress or box spring in Providence?

PICK-UP -You may call Waste Management at 1-800-972-4545 to schedule a pick-up; you must call before 3pm at least 24 hours prior to your regular collection day. Waste Management call center hours are Monday –Friday from 8am-5pm. The cost of curbside pick-up for mattresses and box springs is $20/ piece, payments by check and credit cards are accepted.

Drop-Off– Avoid paying the $20 fee. Drop your mattress & box spring off directly at the Mattress / E-waste Drop Off site, located at Eaton & Pembroke Avenue. The Mattress/ E-waste Drop Off site will be available from 9am-2:30pm on Thursday, May 24th.

What is E-waste?

E-waste  is considered TV’s, computers, printers, DVD/VCR players, toaster, microwaves, etc. (any item that requires electricity to function)

Electronic equipment must be recycled, it can not be placed in a Big Green Can for disposal.

PICK-UP– You may call Waste Management at 1-800-972-4545 to schedule an e-waste pick-up.

Drop-Off– E-waste drop off site will be available on May 24th from 9:00am-2:30pm in the Elmhurst neighborhood Eaton Street @ Pembroke.  Providence College Campus-Smith Center

E-waste drop off will be available on May 24th from 3-7pm Washington Park Neighborhood.  Department of Public Works, 700 Allens Avenue.

The following items are considered hazardous waste and can not be placed in a BGC for disposal: Anti-freeze bottles, motor oil bottles, pesticide spray bottles, oil filters, paint thinner cans, propane gas tanks, thermometers, oil-based paint cans.

Recycling containers must accompany your BGC to the curb, for every one BGC you must have two recycling containers, one for bottles, cans and glass and the other for paper and cardboard, failure to place recycling containers at the curb may result in a fine ranging from $50-$250.


Always consider donating reusable items .    

If you have any questions contact the Office of Community Relations at or 401 598-1709



The Off-Campus Living Series

In Uncategorized on April 16, 2012 by JWU Commutes

Got wait-listed for housing on-campus?

Looking to move out of mom & dad’s?

Can’t stand your current roommate and/or landlord?

If the following statements above describe you, then you should check out ResLife’s Off-Campus Living Series of programs.

Monday, April 16, 7-9pm: Roommate Mixer (JWU students only)at the Harborside Recreation Center For students seeking roommates to meet and mingle.

Wednesday, April 18, 7-9pm: Roommate Mixer (JWU students only) at Pepsi Forum For students seeking roommates to meet and mingle.

Monday, April 23, 7-9pm: Renter’s Workshop at the Yena Center Presentation Room.  A panel of university experts will discuss what students should know before renting an apartment, and students who live off campus will share what they’ve learned.

Tuesday, April 24, 7-9pm: City Living on a Budget at Exchange City (Friedman Center) Student Financial Services will host an interactive night for students to learn about the expenses that come with living off campus and how to budget accordingly.

Friday, April 27, 11am-3pm: Off-Campus Housing Fair (Harborside Recreation Center)  Local real estate agents and landlords will be in attendance as well as retail vendors.


Last Minute JWU Gift Ideas

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2011 by JWU Commutes

Leaving for break tomorrow and still scrambling to get a gift for your roommate? Or, are you a person who has everything you need and you’re struggling to think of something to ask for from your friends and family? Here are some practical gifts that might make your commuting experience more enjoyable.

1. ProvPass

Are you always searching underneath couch cushions and car seats forquarters to feed the meter every day? Search no more. While you’re waiting in line at the Municipal Court to pay your most recent parking ticket, grab a ProvPass. ProvPass is a prepaid parking meter card that allows you to swipe it at any street meter in Providence, even the old meters are compatible. Just swipe it when you first get to your parking spot, then swipe before you leave. Makes for the perfect last minute gift. You can purchase it at any city office including City Hall and at all AAA locations in Rhode Island.

2. Meal Plan

Starving in between classes but just hate the thought of spending money on lunch every day? Ask for a meal plan and eat on campus in between classes. You can’t beat the convenience. And if you buy them in bulk you can receive a discount.

10 Meals: $61.75 = $6.18 per meal
25 Meals: $146.25 = $5.85 per meal
50 Meals: $276.25 = $5.53 per meal

3. Commuter Parking PassIt’s still not too late to park at Harborside. Commuterparking permits are only $25 per term. That equals one parking ticket downtown.


Fall Weekends

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2011 by JWU Commutes

Besides Summer, Fall is the second best time of the year here in Rhode Island. And the beauty of being a student at Johnson & Wales is that every weekend is a long weekend. Here are some great fall activities to check out on your long weekends including this weekend:

On Campus

 UIB: Thick as Thieves Concert

October 14 – 7:30PM Pepsi Forum

The University Involvement Board plans a wide array of events on campus. Tonight is their first concert of the year. The headliner is a band is Thick as Thieves from the LA area. Opening for them is a local rapper Jeu Greene. Doors open at 7:30PM. Free admission fee.

Off Campus

Apple/Pumpkin Picking
Nothing says fall like walking through orchards sipping hot apple cider and picking your own fruit! Click on the link to see a guide to the best farms to pick your own apples in the area.

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
Experience the glow of thousands of pumpkins, set in a magical display of artistry during this night-time Spectacular and feast your eyes on hundreds of artfully carved jack-o-lanterns depicting people, places and scenes from popular culture to old-time favorites and everything in between. rwpzoo.orgRoger Williams Park Zoo

October 6, 2011 – October 31, 2011
Open nightly from 6 pm – 11 pm
Admission: $12 adults, $10 seniors (62+), $9 children (3 – 12); kid

The First Annual Rhode Island Seafood Festival will take place on October 15th, from 11am – 6pm at India Point Park in Providence, RI on account of rain.  Guests can taste the finest seafood Rhode Island and southern New England have to offer, enjoy a variety of beer and wine from local distributors,  and dance to free live music from local bands performing on the pier stage.  Admission remains free for all attendees.

Providence Ghost Tours

Be  lead by lantern light through the darkened streets of the historic East Side, sharing with you stories that will be sure to send a chill down your spine!


New Commuter Lounge

In Uncategorized on October 6, 2011 by JWU Commutes

I’m sure most of you have been wondering, “What ever happened to the lounge in the basement of Xavier??” Over the summer, the Commuter Lounge was relocated over to the lower level of Wales Hall next to the downtown fitness center.

The new lounge has all new furniture and is located next to the commuter lockers that were already there. You are free to claim a locker if you want one, just bring your own lock!

Unfortunately, the vending machines that once stood downstairs in Xavier are no longer anywhere. You do have access to the vending machines across the courtyard in Xavier Residence Hall. Both soda and snack machines are located there.

There is additional seating located towards the back of the building too. The Commuter Lounge is a work in progress and I am always taking suggestions of other things you may need in the lounge.

P.S. There is a Commuter Student Network meeting tonight (10/6/2011) at 6PM on the 3rd floor of CBCSI (building located next door to PPAC with painted windows). If you’re able to make it, I would love for you to come!



Joy Liu
Commuter Relations Assistant


Emergency Notification System

In Uncategorized on October 3, 2011 by JWU Commutes

As of May 2011, the Johnson & Wales Campus Safety and Security Office was awarded the IACLEA Accreditation  to become the first institution of higher education with non-sworn in officers in the Northeast to receive this prestigious recognition. Safety and Security was called to action this past weekend when notifications were sent out through the JWU Providence emergency notification system.  Students, families, faculty, and staff in the system received a phone call and text message at 4am on Sunday morning regarding a shooting near the Downcity Campus. A second alert was sent the following hour  letting everyone know that JWU students were not involved.

As a member of the off-campus population, how do you feel about receiving these alerts during an emergency?


JWU Involvement Network

In Uncategorized, Ways to connect on September 13, 2011 by JWU Commutes

This year JWU launched 2 different types of software to streamline communication and interactivity in both the academia and the realm of Student Activities: Ulearn and the Involvement Network.

The Involvement Network is a new tool that the university adopted to help students manage their involvement in clubs and organizations on campus.

For Club Officers:
It’s great for club officers to manage their club rosters, request appropriations, reserve event space, advertise events, conduct surveys, record community service hours, host elections,  post pictures, and I’m sure I missed a few. Basically anything that is involved with managing an organization, the Involvement Network provides for you.

For Students and Club Members:
The Involvement Network is great for regular students and club members because it keeps track of all of your meetings and events all in one place. You can also go on and browse all of the different events happening on campus and browse and learn more about all of our many clubs and organizations we have on campus to join. Depending on how detailed you get with you profile, the Involvement Network can even recommend clubs and orgs for you to join based on your interests.  If you’re club is not active on the Involvement Network yet, contact your President and encourage them to get connect.

For our commuters specifically, check out the Commuter Student Network page on the Involvement Network and click to join! Our first meeting is coming up next Tuesday, September 20, 2011. Details on the Involvement Network.