Housing Selection FAQ

The following FAQs are for Housing Selection 2021-2022. Please select your student status for the most accurate FAQ.

Current Student FAQ

Table of Contents:

  1. General FAQ
  2. Rising Sophomore FAQ
  3. Housing Placement Request List FAQ
  4. Guaranteed Single FAQ
  5. Group Room Selection FAQ
  6. Meals FAQ

General FAQ
Where do I complete the housing application and select my housing?

The Student Life Portal (formerly known as the Housing Portal) is where you will sign the housing application, select housing, select roommates, and complete any other forms needed.

I signed the Housing + Dining License, but didn’t get a timeslot?

Timeslots will be emailed out to everyone who has successfully completed the Housing + Dining License by June 1 on June 3.

I missed selection. What do I do?

Your timeslot will be removed and you will not be able to participate in selection. Sign the housing placement list to be placed over the summer

Can I renew my current room for next year?

No. Because we de-densified campus this year, students are not in rooms that reflect their class year areas. As a result, room renewal is not possible. 

How do I update my profile questions or gender identity so that I can find a more accurate roommate match?

Log into the Student Life Portal. 1) Click on the hamburger in the top left corner; 2) click on your name. Here you can update all personal information pages. 

What if I can’t find a room that I want during selection?

Don’t select a room that you are not comfortable with because room changes will not be available until after room selection. Signing up for the housing placement list will guarantee you a space on campus. We will place people on a first come, first serve basis as spaces become available. We will place people based on their preferences and availability. Please note that your preference may not be available.

Is there a waitlist for housing?

No. Instead, students should complete a Housing Placement Request. Click here for more information on the Housing Placement Request list.

Will there be any room changes over the summer?

Residence Life will only be processing emergency and gender-related room changes over the summer. All other room changes will wait until after moving in. 

I’m in a group but have decided to join the housing placement list. What do I do?

If you are the group leader, change the group leader to another member of the group and leave the group. You can then sign up for the housing placement list. As always, we encourage you to talk with those in the group so they are aware.

Why are Charles Landing and The Edge no longer options for upperclassmen?

Effective July 1, 2021, Charles Landing is managed by Taymil Partners LLC.  For those students interested in living at Charles Landing, please contact Taymil Partners by phone at (401) 214-8108 or visit https://www.charleslandingapartmenthomes.com/. First year and sophomore students may not live at Charles Landing unless granted a residency requirement waiver.

The Edge was only leased for one year as a need for de-densification for the 2020-2021 academic year. Students may sign a private lease with The Edge. Please note that living at The Edge is not considered living on campus and as such first years and sophomores may not sign a private lease with them.

Do any of the Residence Halls allow pets?

Pets are not permitted other than fish (not lizards, turtles, etc.) in aquariums of 10 gallons or less. This includes visiting pets like a friend or family pet, stray cats, etc.

Students needing an Emotional Support Animal (ESA) or a service animal are required to complete a medical accommodation request prior to bringing an animal onto campus. Click here to learn more.

Click here for RISD’s Emotional Support Animal Policy

Click here for RISD’s Service Animal Policy

With Charles Landing no longer affiliated with RISD, are there other parking options for students on campus?

Unfortunately, RISD is not able to provide parking options at this time for students. However, the City of Providence has plenty of parking options for students. Please click here to learn more. Students are also welcome to park on RISD’s campus overnight and on weekend – click here to learn more.

Can I select a single room during a timeslot, or do I have to request the Guaranteed Single Option?

If single rooms are available, you will be able to select one during your timeslot. However, there is no guarantee that a single option may be available at the time of your timeslot. If having a single is your top priority, we encourage you to request a Guaranteed Single Option.

Do seniors have priority housing timeslots?

Yes – seniors will receive priority housing timeslots for the Upperclassmen Housing Area.

Can Juniors, Seniors, and 5th Year Seniors live in Sophomore housing options?

Yes. Rising Sophomores have priority to select from those rooms, but if rooms are available during your timeslot, you may select it. Rising juniors and seniors may also form a group with a sophomore and have the sophomore place them.

I have a financial need for a specific price range, what is the best way of securing a room within that financial range?

We are always going to work with students who have financial need for specific room prices. There are a few ways to go about this:

  1. Request a timeslot and select a room that is available within your price range. This method does not guarantee that type of room will be available.
  2. Go on the Housing Placement Request form and list the types of rooms that are in your price range. We will do everything possible to get you into that type of room. If you are placed in a room above what you requested, you will only be charged for what you requested.
Will Jones Storage be available for the summer and how will that work when we select our fall room after we move out for the summer?

Yes, Jones storage will be available again. Students will sign up through Jones and Residence Life will work over the summer to ensure your belongings are delivered to the accurate fall assignment. More information will be available about Jones Storage in May.


Rising Sophomores FAQ
I am a rising sophomore and want to live off-campus. Can I?

RISD has a 2 year residency requirement which requires all First Year and Sophomore students to live on campus unless living at their permanent home within commuting distance to RISD, or unless granted a residency waiver. Sophomores may apply for a residency waiver before April 30th. Decisions will be made prior to room selection in June. Typically very few sophomores are allowed to reside off-campus.

I’m a rising sophomore who has been approved a residency waiver. Can a friend of mine, who is also a rising sophomore, live off campus with me?

If you are approved for a residency requirement waiver, that waiver only applies to you. If you want a friend, who is also a rising sophomore, to live off campus with you they must also be approved for a residency waiver requirement. Please note that they must be either 21+ older, married, or have a permanent address in Rhode Island (a friend’s permanent address off campus would not qualify).

If I am a Sophomore, but want to live with a junior or senior. Can I?

Although we strongly suggest that Sophomores live in the Sophomore area, they may join a group with upper-class students if they wish to do so.  They must join a group with one or more upperclass students in it to select a space outside of the Sophomore area. They will also not select a space until the upperclass student’s timeslot. The group leader should be the upperclass student with the best timeslot. 

What if I am a Sophomore who prefers to live in an upperclass apartment but do not have a group to join?

Sophomores who would like a chance to live in an upperclass area may elect to go on the Housing Placement Request list and indicate their preference. Please note that there is no guarantee that you will be able to live in an apartment, and you will have lower priority for apartments than upperclass students on the list.

What housing options will Sophomores have to choose from?

Sophomore students will be able to choose from housing options within 15 West (alcove suites), Hill Houses, and South Hall. 

I’m a rising Sophomore who is part of a group with Upperclassmen. What should I do if there are no options for our group during our group selection time during Upperclassmen housing selection?

You should be able to still select a room in the Sophomore Area. If you are unable to, please submit the Housing Placement Request form an we will place you for you.


Housing Placement Request List FAQ
What is the Housing Placement Request List?

The Housing Placement Request list is a way to select a room for the fall without picking a specific room during your timeslot.  Students who opt to sign up for the list 1) skip the timeslot and room placement timeline, and 2) let us know the types of rooms they prefer.  Residence Life will then place them over the summer into the best room possible. We will also not charge you more than the room type(s) you requested – so if you want a Hill House double and all we have is a Studio Loft, you pay for the double. 

Additionally, there is no penalty fee for Juniors and Seniors who opt for the Housing Placement List and then decide to move off-campus before taking a room.

How do I sign up for the Housing placement request list?

You may sign up for it on the Student Life Portal. Click here for a guide on how to request placement on the list.

Can I sign up for the Housing Placement List after I have selected a room?

No. Once you select a room on campus you are locked into that room until at least 2 weeks into the fall semester when the room change process opens up.  At that point you can request a room change, but our ability to move you will depend on room availability. We strongly suggest you don’t select a room unless it’s the room you want to live in!

We strongly encourage Sophomores to select a room in the Sophomore area.

What are the benefits of being on the housing placement list?
  • If you elect to be on the housing placement list, you do not need to join a group or receive a timeslot. Your application for housing will be complete and you don’t need to do anything other than sign the contract.
  • If you have completed your 2 year residency requirement, you sign up for the housing placement list, and then decide not to live on campus, you will not be charged a cancellation fee.
  • Sometimes highly desirable rooms become available through the housing placement list.
If I am on the housing placement list, am I guaranteed a specific room type or building?

No. Residence Life cannot guarantee a specific building or room type. We will do our best to get you a room of your liking, but availability will determine actual placement options.

If I am placed in housing I do not want, can I cancel it and move off campus?

Rising juniors, seniors, are 5th year seniors, and graduate students may cancel their assignment with no cancellation fee and move off campus within 7 days of being offered an on campus assignment.

Rising sophomores are required to live on campus, as such they are unable to move off campus. Rising sophomores may submit a room change after the second week of the fall semester.

I want to live on campus, but don’t like the room I was placed in. Can I change it?

Once you are assigned to a room that placement is final. 

If you have completed your residency requirement and we are unable to offer you a room type that matches your preference, you will have the opportunity to decline that room and choose to live off-campus instead without penalty within 7 days of being offered an on campus assignment.

If you are required to live on campus, you may submit a room change request after the second week of the fall semester.

How long do I have to decline a housing offer without penalty? (This option is only available to rising juniors, seniors, 5th year seniors, and graduate students.)

Rising juniors, seniors, 5th year seniors, and graduate students will have 7 days to decline an offer without a cancellation fee.

I chose to select housing during a timeslot, but am not finding anything I want. Can I request to be placed on the Housing Placement Request list after a timeslot?

Absolutely! Please note, however, that you are not guaranteed housing in a preferred room type. We will try our hardest to match you with a room type you like, but it is based on housing availability.


Guaranteed Single FAQ
What does ‘Guaranteed Single’ mean?

This option is NOT available to incoming first year students. Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors had until April 30 to request a guaranteed single room. Students were given the option to opt-out of room selection to be placed into a guaranteed single by Residence Life. Students who chose this option agreed to be charged for and assigned to live in whatever single room type available to them.

Students who requested a guaranteed single were not able to participate in self selection nor request a room change until the room change process opens two weeks into the Fall Semester.  Single rooms may be located in or out of apartments and in most cases will share communal kitchen and bathroom facilities with other students. We were unable to guarantee singles with private bathroom facilities through this process.

How do I sign up for a guaranteed single?

All requests were due April 30.

What qualifies as a single?

A single is a private living space. A single does not necessarily mean you have a private bathroom. Singles include 1) single rooms in Hill Houses or the FYA with shared communal restrooms, 2) studios, 3) single rooms in Alcove Suites, and 4) single rooms in apartments with a shared restroom among apartment residents.

Can I request a timeslot and select a room, AND be on the guaranteed single list?

No. Students wanting the guaranteed single option forfeit the ability to go through the housing selection process. Additionally, the ability to go on the guaranteed single list closes prior to the general housing selection process.

Can I be guaranteed a single in a specific building?

No. A guaranteed single only guarantees you a single space. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee placement in a specific building.

Can I select a single room during a timeslot, or do I have to request the Guaranteed Single Option?

If single rooms are available, you will be able to select one during your timeslot. However, there is no guarantee that a single option may be available at the time of your timeslot.

I’m a new student to RISD. Can I request a guaranteed single?

No. This option is only available to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors. If you are a first year student requiring a single for a medical reason, please submit a medical accommodation request.


Group Room Selection FAQ

Group room selection refers to students wishing to create a group of friends to then select a living space together. For example, three students creating a group to select a three-bedroom apartment together.

Remember that shared rooms must be selected by a ‘group’ of students who wish to room together. Discuss room preferences with your friends in advance of room selection.

How do I create a group?
  1. Decide among your friends who you want to form a group with.
  2. After receiving time-slots, choose who in your group will be the Group Leader. The person who has the earliest time-slot should be the group leader.
  3. The Group Leader is responsible for: 1) creating the group in the portal, and 2) assigning group members to other beds and/or rooms to fill the unit.
  4. The Group Leader should make sure that everyone in the group has filled out a timeslot request. You can do this by searching for those students in the ‘Roommate Group’ page of the Student Life Portal. If someone is not appearing, ask them if they requested a time-slot. If the student has not done this, they will need to do this ASAP.
  5. The Group Leader must select their bed in a room or suite during their appointed day and time-slot in the ‘Group Room Selection’ Page on the Portal.
  6. After the Group Leader has selected their own bed, the portal will ask the group leader to assign the group members to the other rooms/bed spaces in the suite or apartment.  The Group Leader must fill every space in the unit. If there is a vacancy in the living unit you are trying to select, you will not be able choose that unit. For example, a group of 3 students would not be able to select an empty 4 bedroom apartment.
  7. Select ‘Reserve Bed’ and all rooms in the unit will then be assigned to the members of the group.
Can my group select a room or apartment with more available bed spaces than people in my group?

No. You must have enough members in your group to fill all beds in the unit that you select in the portal during room selection. For example, if there are 3 people in a group, they will be unable to select a completely empty 4 bedroom apartment. However, if that 4 bedroom apartment already has 1 individual in it, they may fill the remaining bed spaces.

It is helpful to have alternate group plans in the event that the room type you wish to select is not available.

What should we do in advance if we plan on selecting housing as a group?

We highly encourage groups to confirm they have complete their group in the Student Life Portal. Groups should have a discussion before their timeslot of what their back up plans will be if they cannot select what they want. For example, if there are no more remaining triples or three-bedroom apartments left for a 3 person group, how will you proceed in selecting your rooms?

If I am part of a group, can I leave the group and select housing on my own?

Yes. You may leave the group and select housing at the timeslot you were assigned. As always, we encourage you to communicate this with your group members so they can plan accordingly.


Meals FAQ
Do meals come with my housing placement?

Yes, each housing placement on campus comes with a meal allotment.

All on-campus rooms include a dining allotment and campus mailbox.  Students living in Essential or Suite Experience rooms have a complete dining plan and students living in Apartments have a partial plan .  

Students in apartments who prefer not to cook as often can add meals or even unlimited MET access to their room. All students living on campus regardless of class year will have a dining allotment based on the room they are in.

Does the cost I see for a room include the meal allotment?

Yes, there is no additional charge for a meal allotment.

Can I lower or completely remove my meal allotment?

No. The meal allotments included with on-campus rooms are fixed and “use it or lose it”.  Students should plan to use their dining benefit if they are living on campus.