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Frequently Asked Questions​

Living on Campus

You've got questions and we've got answers, here are some answers to common questions folks have asked:

Is there a requirement to live on campus?
How many students live on campus?
What is the process to live on campus?
How much is the deposit?
How do I pay my deposit?
Is there a deadline to pay the deposit?
How do I electronically sign my Housing Contract?
Where can I find a copy of the Housing Contract?
I am under 18 and need my legal guardian to sign a copy of the contract, how do I get a copy of the signature page?
Is there designated first year housing?
How are room assignments made?
When will first year students receive room assignments?
When can I move in?
How big are the residence hall rooms?
What furniture does my room come with?
What should I bring to campus?
What items are prohibited in residence halls?
Are phones supplied?
Can I have my car on campus?
Can I have guests in my room?
What happens if I get locked out of my room or lose my key?
Can I have my own personal refrigerator?
Where are the laundry facilities and how much does it cost?
Am I required to have a meal plan?
How much does on campus housing cost?
How do I cancel my Housing Contract?
I am withdrawing from Rhode Island College, what paperwork do I need to complete?
Am I able to stay during break times?
How to I switch rooms?

Is there a requirement to live on campus?

To live on campus you must be enrolled as a full-time matriculated student at Rhode Island College.

How many students live on campus?

Rhode Island College houses up to 1,198 students.

What is the process to live on campus?

Students must be an accepted student to Rhode Island College. The student must pay a $250 deposit then sign an electronic version of the Housing contract. If the student is under 18 at the time of signing the contract a legal guardian will be required to sign a copy of the contract.

How much is the deposit?

The Housing deposit is $250 per academic year. The deposit is non-refundable. Students are able to cancel their contract by August 1st without any additional financial responsibility.

How do I pay my deposit?

Deposits can be paid online on the student's MyRIC Online Services account by credit card. Deposits paid in cash and checks are accepted at the Bursar's Office. For more information about how to pay the deposit, please view the Bursar's Office page about Payment Information located at http://www.ric.edu/bursar/Pages/Payment-Information.aspx#ways

Is there a deadline to pay the deposit?

Current residents of Rhode Island College Housing are able to pay their housing deposits to secure a room for the next academic year starting January 5th until the Friday, March 16th. Residents who pay the deposit by the deadline will be eligible to participate in the first round of room selection.

Residents who pay the housing deposit after March 16th and current students who do not live on-campus can pay their deposit before April 16th to participate in the second round of room selection on April 30th. The Office of Residential Life and Housing will continue to place current students, incoming transfer and graduate students over the summer until the halls open in August.

Incoming freshmen students can pay their deposit starting February 1st until June 15th. Incoming freshmen students who pay their deposit by June 15th will be guaranteed housing housing for placement during the first round. Incoming freshmen can pay a deposit after June 15th; however, they will not be eligible for the first round of placements.

How do I electronically sign my Housing Contract?

Similar to the terms and conditions for software and mobile apps by clicking “Agree” to the terms and conditions of the agreement will electronically sign your Housing Contract. Please follow the “How to sign your Housing Contract and Questionnaire” tutorial for step by step instructions.

Where can I find a copy of the Housing Contract?

A copy of the Housing contract can be downloaded at http://www.ric.edu/residential-life/Pages/Policies.aspx.​

I am under 18 and need my legal guardian to sign a copy of the contract, how do I get a copy of the signature page?

A copy of the Housing contract can be downloaded at http://www.ric.edu/residential-life/Pages/Policies.aspx. Please download the contract and print the signature page. 

Only the signature page needs to be returned for students under 18 at the time they filled out the contract and Roommate Questionnaire. Please have the student’s legal guardian filled out the signature page and send back in one of the following ways:
Scan and Email: email housing@ric.edu in the subject line- SIGNED Contract for [Student Full Name], attach the electronic version of the signature page
Return in person: a copy can be dropped off at the Office of Residential Life and Housing located in Penfield Hall between 9am-4pm Monday-Friday.
Fax: 401-456-8501 (cover letter not required)
Mail: Office of Residential Life and Housing
c/o signed contract
600 Mt. Pleasant Ave.
Providence, RI 02908

Is there designated first year housing?

First year students can be assigned to Penfield Hall Double rooms, Sweet Hall and Willard Hall. Sweet and Willard Hall are all first year buildings, while half of Penfield Hall are reserved for upperclassmen.

How are room assignments made?

For first year students, rooms are assigned based on the criteria received through the survey students fill out over the summer prior to their first semester on-campus. First year students are able to fill out their survey starting May 1st.

Upper-class students who are returning to on-campus living must pay a room deposit. Room deposits can be made from early January until Friday, March 16th. Students who pay a deposit will receive a selection time in early April which will allow them to choose a room.

When will first year students receive room assignments?

First year students will receive their room assignment in mid-July.

When can I move in*?​

*Subject to Change*

Incoming first-year residents can move onto campus on Friday, August 24, 2018.
Incoming first-year students move-in based on their LAST Name
M-Z: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
A-L: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Returning and upperclassmen residents move-in is on Sunday, August 26, 2018.
Returning and upperclassmen residents move-in based on their LAST Name
M-Z: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
A-L: ​1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

How big are the residence hall rooms?

The size of each residence hall room can be found here by selecting the hall you are referring to here.

What furniture does my room come with?

The list of furniture that comes with each room can be found here by selecting the residence hall you wish to reference.

What should I bring to campus?

A list of items that students should bring with them on campus can be found here.

What items are prohibited in residence halls?

A list of items that are prohibited in the residence halls can also be found here.

Are phones supplied?

Each Residence Hall suite except Sweet Hall is equipped with a phone that can make local calls.

Can I have my car on campus?

All students who live on campus are allowed to bring vehicles. Students are asked to register their vehicles at Campus Police located in Browne Hall.

Can I have guests in my room?

Students may have overnight guests in their room. Guests must be signed in at the front desk by 7pm of every evening. Guests must also be escorted at all times by their resident host. For more information on our guest policy please click here.

What happens if I get locked out of my room or lose my key?

In the event that a resident becomes locked out of their room, they can go contact one of the designated services below to be issued a key to access their room. In the event a student loses their keys they will be responsible for the appropriate charges.
Weekdays 8:30 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.: Go to the Office of Residential Life & Housing in Penfield Hall.
Weekdays 7:00 P.M. to 7:00 A.M.: Contact the RA on Duty in your building.
Weekdays 7:00 A.M. to 8:30 A.M.: Contact the Campus Police Office.​
24-hour on the Weekend, Holidays, and Emergency Closings: Contact the RA on Duty in your building.

Can I have my own personal refrigerator?

Students can have personal refrigerators but they cannot exceed 4.6 cubic feet.

Where are the laundry facilities and how much does it cost?

Each building is equipped with a laundry facility. The cost to wash is $1.50 and dry is $1.75 each. There is a discounted price for using campus points which can be loaded onto your student ID. Below is a list of laundry facility locations per building.​
Browne Hall: 1st Floor next to the lower lounge
Penfield Hall: Ground Floor
Sweet Hall: The end cap of every floor
Thorp Hall: 1st Floor next to the main lounge
Weber Hall: Ground floor
Willard Hall: Attached to the Recreation Room

Am I required to have a meal plan?

Residents are required to select one of the available meal plans. For more information about meal plans and their costs, please visit the Donovan Dining Center website​.

How much does on-campus housing cost?


Housing Rates for 2018-2019*
Hall Type Housing Cost Dining Cost​
based on meal plans (D-A)
Total Cost
Browne Single $6,779 $3,590-$5,050 $10,369-$11,829
Penfield Double Room Suite $7,225 $3,590-$5,050 $10,815-$12,275
Penfield Single Room Suite $7,456 $3,590-$5,050 $11,046-$12,506
Penfield Double Room Apartment $7,690 $3,590-$5,050 $11,280-$12,740
Penfield Single Room Apartment $7,928
$3,590-$5,050 $11,518-$12,978
Sweet Double $7,124 $3,590-$5,050 $10,714-$12,174
Thorp Single $6,779 $3,590-$5,050 $10,369-$11,829
Weber Single $6,779 $3,590-$5,050 $10,369-$11,829
Willard Double $6,779 $3,590-$5,050 ​$10,369-$11,829
Willard Single $6,970 $3,590-$5,050 $10,560-$12,020​

*These rates are proposed and subject to final approval

How do I cancel my Housing Contract?

The Housing Contract is for the entire academic year. Students can cancel their Housing Contract prior to August 1st and will forfeit their $250 deposit.
Students can apply for an appeal after the August 1st deadline; however, the student may be held responsible for the entire year contract if the appeal is not granted.

I am withdrawing from Rhode Island College, what paperwork do I need to complete?

Residents are required fill proper paperwork with the Office of Student Life to officially withdrawal from the college. Residents then must come to the Office of Residential Life and Housing and fill out the required withdrawal paperwork from Housing. The Housing contract is an entire academic year contract; residents may not be released from their finical responsibility. An appeals process is available for students who cancel their contract. Appeals are not guaranteed to be approved.

Am I able to stay during break times?

The Residence Halls are closed during school breaks and residents should plan accordantly to vacate during these times. The Office of Residential Life and Housing may offer extended break housing at an additional cost. However, housing during break periods is not guaranteed.

2018-2019 Academic Year
Open for Fall Semester (Freshmen)
Open for Fall Semester (non-Freshmen)
August 24, 2018​​
August 26, 2018
8am
9am
Close for Winter Break December 19, 2018 12pm
Open for Spring Semester January 20, 2019 10am
Close for Spring Break March 8, 2019 6pm
Open from Spring Break March 17, 2019 10am
Close for Summer May 15, 2019 12pm


​How do I switch rooms?

Residents are able to submit room change requests on the MyRIC Student Housing portal. The first 2 weeks of the semester, residents are not able to move as there is a room freeze in place. Residents can submit requests during this time; however, they will not be acted on. Once your request is submitted, you may not hear back from us until we have the ability to grant the request. Please understand that room change approval is based on availability and in the order in which your request was received. We cannot guarantee room requests will be granted; however, we will try to accommodate as many as possible based on availability. Please do not resubmit the Room Change unless your preferences have changed or you no longer want the initial request. All requests for a change must be submitted using the Room Changes Request form online. Submitting multiple Room Change Requests will not change your place in line​​​​​​.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Page last updated: June 28, 2018