First Year Housing

To build a strong foundation at RISD, all first year students live in a series of buildings known as the First Year Area (FYA) community. In addition to the Residence Halls, the FYA also consists of Public Safety, the Fitness Center, the Residence Life office, and RISD’s main all-you-can-eat dining facility, The Met.

All first year buildings are collectively referred to the First Year Area. East, Homer, Nickerson, and North Halls are collectively referred to as The Quad.

Buildings Include:
  • East Hall
  • Homer Hall
  • Nickerson Hall
  • North Hall
Amenities Include:
  • Laundry facilities (machines take risdbucks)
  • Shared kitchen
  • Microfridges (refrigerator and microwave combination unit) in each room
  • Shared bathrooms
  • Work rooms
  • Social lounges and common rooms with couches, chairs, end tables, and TVs
  • Meditation and reflection room in Homer Lounge
  • Pride Lounge in Homer
Room Types in the Quad:
  • Single Room
  • Shared Room (Double or Triple)

Dining consists of unlimited access in the Met. Dining points which can be utilized in any RISD Dining Services facility and Café Credits which can be applied at a majority of the Cafes on campus.  Guest Meals for when friends and family visit.

Work Rooms
Residence Hall Video Tours

First Year Housing Floor Plans


The first year at RISD is an exciting time for students as they transition to being in college, make new friendships, and explore what it means to be an art and design student. Throughout the first year, Residence Life, in collaboration with Student Affairs, provides a variety of experiences and programs in the residence halls exclusively for first years. These experiences compliment the work being done in the classroom, and help students make connections, get involved in campus, and know their resources.

Residence Life strives to make the first year living experience a fun one, full of new traditions, memories, and growth. First year students will receive more information on programming during the summer prior to their arrival on campus.

Professional Staff

The following Community Coordinators supervise the first year area buildings. Community Coordinators are your go-to person for any questions or issues you may have living in these buildings.

Community CoordinatorBuildings
Coming Soon!
Email: TBD
Office Phone: TBD
Office Location: Homer Hall, 3rd Floor
Please direct all First Year Housing Inquiries for North & Nickerson halls to Zach Raso
Nickerson + North Halls
Brendan Cody
Office Phone: 401-4546756
Office Location: Homer Hall, 3rd Floor
East, Homer, + South Halls
First Year Gallery