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, North, and South Halls are collectively referred to as The Quad.

Buildings Include:
  • East Hall
  • Hill Houses
    • Carpenter House
    • Pardon Miller House
    • For 2020-2021 Only: Dexter, Congdon, Dunnell, Larned, and Barstow Houses
  • Homer Hall (Offline 2020-2021)
  • Nickerson Hall
  • North Hall
  • South Hall
Amenities Include:
  • Laundry facilities (at least one washer and dryer per building)
  • Access to a kitchen
  • Microfridges with microwaves in each room
  • Shared bathrooms
  • Work lounges
  • Common rooms with couches, chairs, end tables, and a flat screen TV
  • Meditation and reflection room in Homer Lounge
  • Pride Lounge in Homer
Room Types in the Quad:
Room Types in the First-Year Hill Houses:
Work Rooms

First Year Housing Floor Plans