Living on Campus

The residential team promotes a sense of shared community across campus. With their support you’ll discover that the people of RISD—from students to faculty to staff—share a passion for their work and surroundings and a curiosity about others.

RISD’s response to COVID-19 may change on-campus living for the 2022–23 academic year. Please see our related pages on the RISD COVID Plan website for the most current information available.

First-year housing

All first-year students stay in one of four buildings known as the "first-year area" (FYA). In addition to the residence halls, the FYA is where you'll find The Met (RISD's main dining facility), the Fitness Center, Public Safety and Residence Life offices. EMT-certified Public Safety officers, a ResLife staff member and an on-call CAPS counselor are available 24/7. Each of the first-year residences includes laundry facilities, access to a kitchen, shared bathrooms, work rooms and social lounges. As your move to RISD approaches you'll want to refer to Residence Life's new student move-in information, detailing all the specifics for your particular move-in day.

Packing and shipping

Our packing guide, as well as details you’ll receive via email about RISD’s laptop program, will help you plan for your move. If you need to ship items ahead, you'll want to take a look at our information about shipping to campus.

Room type selection

The application process will become available in May to all incoming new students. It will provide you the opportunity to share information about your living habits and search for a roommate who shares similar habits and likes.

You’ll be contacted by email when the Student Life portal opens and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to reach out.


RISD Dining + Catering is proud to provide seasonally-inspired menus that showcase produce sourced from New England, clean ingredients, classical culinary technique and authentic global flavors. All first-year rooms include a board plan that is comprised of the following:

  • Unlimited Met swipes at The Met, RISD’s all-access Dining venue
  • Five Café Credits per week, to use in the Portfolio Café, Watermark Café or Jolly Roger Café
  • $450 dining points per year ($225 dining points per semester)
  • Check out our Dining Points Balance Calculator to help budget throughout the semester!
  • Three guest meals per semester


risdbucks is an optional prepaid debit account that enables you to purchase products and services both on and off campus (wherever you see the risdbucks logo) using your RISD ID card. Laundry facilities on campus only accept risdbucks. Students and parents or family members can easily add funds by visiting Students log in using RISD email username and password. Family members log in using the student's last name, ID number and date of birth.