Hello all of you soon to be RISD freshmen-and all of you who are still contemplating being a soon to be RISD freshmen. Your new life is less then 5 months away and I’m sure one of the many things you’ve been excitedly wondering about is living on campus at RISD. Dorm life is one of the most important aspects of being a freshman. This is because you are finally completely and unequivocally immersed in a community that is devoted to art. At the end of a long wonderful day of rigorously excercising your creative brains, you get to make your way up the steep, tree lined College Hill to the freshman dorms where 400 of your new family members reside. There you will eat together, play together, hang out together, do your homework together, and the next morning you will start the whole process all over again. You will work harder then you have ever worked before and you will meet your best friends in the process-it will be the most fun and exciting time of your life!
Now let’s talk about what your actual dorm room may be like. The picture above shows a fairly typical freshman dorm room. All of the rooms are spacious with a good amount of natural light. You will get your own bed, large dresser, drafting table and fire safe trashcan. The rooms have enough space for you to bring a mini fridge, TV and a computer, but before you haul all of that stuff into the family van, you might want to chat with your future roommate first about what they are bringing. Another thing that you should know about is that throughout the freshman dorms there are large workrooms with workbenches, high ceilings and empty white walls. These spaces are there for you to work in at any time of day or night. Also, the Met (the main dining hall) is located within the freshman quad area so it’s convenient to eat on the run if you need to. If you don’t feel like venturing over to the Met and you want to whip up a feast to share with your friends, there are a handful of kitchen spaces equipped with fridges, microwaves and stoves in the dorms for you to use. And, if everyone in your hall feels like watching a movie and eating delicious snacks, there are a handful of lounges with comfy couches and TV’s. There are more then enough bathrooms and showers to go around and there are washers and dryers in several places if you are so inclined to do some laundry. The freshman dorms will be your home away from home!
Well, I hope this information satisfies your curiosity for now. Once you send in your matriculation fee, we will send you another packet, which includes more information about living at RISD. If you have any questions about the dorms in the mean time, you can contact Residence Life at 401-454-6650.
Lee Ann Scotto, Admissions Officer, 401-454-6324