Incoming Graduate Student Housing

Incoming, new graduate students received an email the week of June 8, 2021 with information about applying for on campus housing. If you did not receive an email, please contact

Living On-Campus*

Graduate students are not required to live on campus at RISD, and there are limited on-campus housing options available. Students who wish to live on-campus will need to submit a Housing Placement Request form which will be available in early June. This request does not guarantee placement. If space is available over the summer, Residence Life will offer that space to students on the Housing Placement List in the order their request was received. If you no longer wish to live on-campus you can decline the placement and it will be offered to the next student. If you accept the placement, you are financially committed to living on campus for the entire academic year. Please note that all on-campus rooms come with a dining allotment which is included in the room price and may not be separated. Graduate students who primarily prefer to cook for themselves should consider living off-campus.


Incoming graduate students will receive an email sent to their RISD email address announcing that the housing placement request form is available, along with instructions on how to complete it via the Student Life Portal.

Summer Residency

Graduate students have the potential opportunity to live on campus in the summer leading up to their first fall semester should they desire. However, students must be placed in a room for the fall before being allowed to live on campus in the summer. Their summer room may not necessarily be their fall room.

Living Off-Campus

The majority of RISD Graduate students live off-campus, often in apartments close by campus, including Charles Landing (see below). Note that Graduate students who live off-campus must complete the “Off-Campus Registration” form annually via the Student Life Portal by logging in and clicking on “Off-Campus Applications.”

Meal Plans

Graduate students who reside off-campus during the academic year are eligible to purchase a meal plan to aid in dining while on campus for classes. More information regarding options and pricing can be found in the Student Life Portal.

Off-Campus Housing in Providence

While RISD does not have active listings for students searching for housing in the Providence and surrounding area, we do supply information and searching tips on our website on the Apartment Hunt page.

Charles Landing Apartments (Off Campus)

RISD Residence Life leased the Charles Landing apartments for students for 10+ years. Effective July 1, 2021, Charles Landing is managed by Taymil Partners LLC.

Conveniently located close to the RISD campus on North Main Street and Charles Street, Charles Landing Apartments continue to make for a great off-campus option for graduate students.

Those interested in living at Charles Landing should contact Taymil Partners LLC at (401) 214-8108 or visit

Questions or Concerns?

Contact the Residence Life Office at or by calling 401-454-6650.