Campus Housing

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Providence, RI
Undergrads
1,971
Tuition
$41,332
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: It depends on which dorm you choose to live though. There is a relatively new and clean dorm called 15 Westminster.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The housing at 15 west is the best and I love being able to be their and make new friends.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus is a really convenient in terms of social needs as well as getting to class easily. The dorms are really just a 2-3 minute walk away from any class room buildings. There a few exceptions to this like the Charles Landing dorms which are a 10-15 minute walk off the main campus which a lot of students will bus or shuttle to at night (the plus side to these dorms is that they offer a lot of space which is why they're popular among upper classmen and graduate students). Also, if you choose to be an architecture major, you'll have a little more of a walk to your department building but that just means about a 6 minute walk. All in all, the campus is pretty condensed. All of the freshman with an exception of about 50 students live in the freshman quad so you get to know everyone pretty well in your first year. Majority of sophomores live in 15 West so you stay pretty well connected with everyone. After that, people choose to either stay on campus or move off campus.

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: The freshman dorms are perfect for socializing. The quality isn't that great itself, but what you get out of, covers it all. The upperclassman dorms are just like apartments and they are one of the best apartment qualities you could find in providence for the same price. Many live in the dorms and don't feel like they are living in one.

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Since I transferred I don't know much about the freshman housing- but the upperclassmen housing is pretty nice, there are a lot of huge old colonial houses that have RISD re-appropriated as dorms.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 239th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 262nd
    Shortest Walk to Class
  • 504th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 537th
    Cleanest Dorms

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Helen Koh
Hometown
Chicago, IL
Major
Graphic Design/Painting
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It’s true, you can’t avoid dorm life if you come to RISD as a freshman. However, there are some definite pluses to living in the Quad. You are right by food and studios, and there are always people around and awake to hang out with. Some of the dorms are suites, so you’re not sharing a bathroom with an entire floor, and all the rooms are big enough to be comfortable. If you’re not so lucky as to get a suite, the communal bathroom is only for a year. Once you’re out of the freshman dorms, life gets better. Almost all of the dorms on campus are full of character and have a nice atmosphere and space to them. They are fairly small, so you get to know your house and remain plugged into what’s going on around campus without being smothered by it. If you stick it out a year or so in outer housing, then you will build up enough points to get yourself into Colonial Apartments, which is basically just as good as living off campus, only slightly less homey. Colonial is the goal of every student living on campus because you get your own bedroom, and there is a bathroom and kitchen for every apartment.

Students who want to live in doubles or triples have an advantage because if one roommate gets a better lottery number, the best number of the group rules. For example, if one student has lived on campus for two years, and another has only lived on campus for one, when the two-year student is called, she brings the one-year student in, they pick out their room together based on the floor plans, and both sign contracts in order to secure their space. If you are not present at the lottery, you will not be given a space, and there is no way to reserve a space.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
1,503
Average Housing Costs
$6,820
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
70%
Number of Dormitories
13
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
3
Best Dorms
  • 15 Westminster
  • Colonial Apartments
Worst Dorms
The Quad (freshman dorm)
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Closet
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Internet connection
  • Kitchen in each building
  • Laundry facilities in each building
  • Local phone service
  • Lounge with cable TV
  • Night stand
  • Recycle/trash room in each building
  • Window coverings
  • Wireless internet
Available for Rent
Microwaves and minifridges are available for rent.
Did You Know?
  • All housing is smoke free.
  • Dexter House was a funeral home in which H.P. Lovecraft's aunt had her wake.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Barstow House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 19
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Studio space, TV lounge, kitchen, laundry.
Carpenter House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 22
Bathrooms: Shared
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Studio space, TV lounge, kitchen, laundry.
Congdon House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 31
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Studio space, TV lounge, kitchen, laundry, vending machine, porch.
Dexter House
Floors: 2 + basement
Number of Occupants: 20 (+RA)
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: TV lounge, laundry, half kitchen, studio space, porch, vending machine, connects to freshman studio "What Cheer Garage."
Dunnell House (16 Angell St.)
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 16 (+RA)
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Studio space, TV lounge, kitchen, laundry, house ghost.
East Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 80
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Single and double suites
Special Features: Studio space, TV lounge, kitchen, laundry.
Farnum Hall
Floors: 3 + basement
Number of Occupants: 50
Bathrooms: Shared by suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Single suites
Special Features: Studio space, TV lounge, kitchen, laundry.
Homer Hall
Floors: 6
Number of Occupants: 142
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Studio space, TV lounge, kitchen, Ping-Pong and pool tables, vending machines, computer station, laundry.
Nickerson Hall
Floors: 6
Number of Occupants: 142
Bathrooms: Bathrooms Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Studio space, TV lounge, kitchen, piano, laundry.
Nightingale House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 19 (+ RA)
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Studio space, TV lounge, kitchen, laundry.
Pardon Miller House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 15 (+RA)
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Studio space, TV lounge, kitchen, laundry.
South Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 80
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Single and double Suites
Special Features: Studio space, TV lounge, kitchen, air-conditioning, laundry.
Thompson House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 16 (+RA)
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: TV lounge, laundry, kitchen, studio space.

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

15 Westminster
Floors: 11
Number of Units: 500
Bathrooms: Shared by suite or apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Single and double suites; 3- and 4-bedroom apartments; mini-, single-, double- and 1-bedroom lofts
Special Features: First 2 floors contains RISD library and café, and upper floors are like three separate living spaces: floors 3-5 are alcove suites, 6-9 are apartments, and 10-11 are lofts.
Colonial Apartments
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 121
Bathrooms: Shared by apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Efficiencies, studios, large studios, 2- and 3-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Apartment-style with personal kitchen, living area, and bath, communal laundry.
Dwight House
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 21
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Studios, large studios
Special Features: Apartment-style with personal kitchen and bath, communal laundry.

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