Banks and Phones

We cannot endorse any specific banks and phone companies, but here are some located within walking distance of RISD.

Banks

Citizen’s Bank

30 Kennedy Plaza, Suite 101, Providence, RI 02903

Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-4pm

Phone number: (401) 456-7010

 

Process:

  1. Schedule an appointment. Appointments are not required but are encouraged.  

  2. Visit location to open account. Accounts must be opened in person. 

  3. Required documents: Passport

Santander

One Financial Plaza, Providence, RI 02903

Hours: Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 9am-6pm

Phone number: (401) 752-1900

 

Process:

  1. Recommended to call to schedule an appointment.

  2. Visit branch office to open account. 

  3. Required documents/information:

    • Passport

    • Student ID

    • International address and local mailing address

    • Telephone number

    • Email address

Bank of America

215 Atwells Ave, Providence, RI 02903

Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

Saturday 9am-2pm

Phone number: (401) 228-0172

Please contact branch for more information.

 

TD Bank

180 Westminster Street, Suite 7

Providence, RI 02903

Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30am-6pm

          Friday 8:30am-7pm

          Saturday 9:30am-1pm

Phone number: (401) 455-2900

Please contact branch for more information.

 

Chase

234 Thayer St, Providence, RI 02906

Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

Saturday 10am-2pm

Phone number: (401) 824-0706

Please contact branch for more information.

Phones

T-Mobile

1 Providence Place, Providence, RI 02903 (3rd floor North Garage)

Phone number: (401) 383-3112

Process:

  1. Call or visit store to arrange phone plan.

  2. No documents required for prepaid services, and ID required for postpaid service accounts

 

AT&T

1 Providence Place, Providence, RI, 02903

Phone Number: 401-270-4903

Process

  1. Visit AT&T store or schedule an appointment here

  2. Required document: Passport

 

Verizon 

1 Providence Place, Providence RI, 02903

Phone number: (401) 270-4330

Process

  1. Book an appointment online before going to the store

To decide what bank and phone company might be best for you, some general questions you can ask are:

 

Banks:

What are your international wire transfer fees?

What are your ATM fees?

Do you have a lot of ATMs available?

Are the checking and savings accounts free?

Do you have student accounts that offer discounts?

 

Phones:

Can I use my phone from home with a SIM card?

Do I need to pay to start a plan?

What are the best options for me in regards to price and minutes?

Do I have to sign a contract?  If so, how much does it cost if I break the contract?

CampusSIMs

Along with your acceptance materials, you will be receiving a CampusSIMs SIM card. Learn more here: https://campussims.com/.

International Stores

Below is a directory of international markets, groceries & bakeries around the greater Providence area, shared with us by our friends at URI: