Incoming Graduate Student Housing

Living On-Campus

Graduate students are not required to live on campus at RISD, and there are limited on-campus housing options available.

The Housing Portal will open on May 3, 2023 for new Graduate Students interested in living on campus. Students will be placed into room assignments sometime in June 2023.

Please note that housing is not guaranteed and is based on availability. If placed in housing on campus, you are financially committed to living on campus for the entire academic year. 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

Living Off-Campus

The majority of RISD Graduate students live off-campus, often in apartments close by campus. Note that Graduate students who live off-campus must complete the “Off-Campus Registration” form annually via the Housing Portal by logging in and clicking on “Forms” and following prompts for the off-campus forms.

Off-Campus 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 Housing 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.

Questions or Concerns?

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