First Year Housing

Important 2020-21 Room Selection Process Update:

RISD is committed to planning a safe and successful fall semester even with the ongoing uncertainties we face with COVID-19. We are currently considering different housing scenarios to provide students with a residential experience that balances artistic and personal development with community, individual safety and adherence to public health guidelines. Given that we are in the midst of new plans with safety at the forefront, we have decided to delay room selection for new students until our plans are complete later this summer.

More information regarding the room selection process will be provided to all incoming students soon. Thank you for your patience.

Wishing everyone good health and safety.

The Residence Life Office

To build a strong foundation at RISD, all First Year students stay in one of the following seven buildings known as the First Year Area (FYA), which are made up of five buildings in the Quad, and two first-year Hill Houses. In addition to the Residence Halls, the FYA also consists of Health Services, Public Safety, the Fitness Center, the Residence Life office, and RISD’s main dining facility, The Met.

Buildings Include:
  • East Hall
  • Hill Houses
    • Carpenter House
    • Pardon Miller House
  • 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
  • Shared bathrooms
  • Work lounges
  • “Living room” 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:

First Year Housing Floor Plans

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