Living on Campus

Penfield Hall

Move-In Days for Fall are August 23–24

We can't wait to see you and help you move in:

  • Friday, August 23 from 8 am–4 pm
  • Saturday, August 24 from 8 am–4 pm

There's still time to get the full college experience. Make your housing deposit today on MyRIC by going to Campus Finances > Make a Payment.

Living on campus is a great opportunity. More than just a convenience, it's an important part of social and academic growth.

Better Academically

Research has shown that students who live on campus do better academically due to easy access to campus academic support resources.

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Better Socially

In addition, living in close proximity to other students who are taking the same classes helps to develop social networks where it is easy to collaborate and organize study groups.

A Support System

Understanding that college often provides the first experience for students to live away from home, our staff is trained to help make that transition as easy as possible for you.

A Place to Belong

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RIC is welcoming! From its green pathways dotted with sculptures and meeting spots to its ready-to-help faculty and staff, you'll quickly come to see RIC as home. With easy access to downtown Providence, Rhode Island's Creative Capital, the campus itself is nestled in the residential Providence neighborhood of Mount Pleasant. Safe and inviting, RIC is just the right size to easily navigate and find your place.

If you happen to be a local, and choose to commute to RIC, the campus is easily accessible via highway from multiple directions. We offer many amenities for commuter students and work hard to ensure they are vital contributors to our community.

Housing and Food Costs

Take a Closer Look

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Housing and Residence Halls

We support a warm and positive community based on individual responsibility, where there is an appreciation of individual differences and a respect for individual rights.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I have a car on campus? How do I switch rooms? Where is the laundry room? Browse the most frequently asked questions of incoming and current residential students. 

More On-Campus Living Perks

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Did You Know We Have a Shuttle and Parking Passes are Free?

The RIC shuttle is a great way to get around the college and access nearby neighborhood amenities. Also, we provide FREE parking passes to our campus community.

Applying to Live On Campus

Incoming First-Year Students

Welcome to our community! Once you have paid your $200 enrollment deposit through Admissions, you can be eligible for housing on campus for the upcoming semester.

  • Pay $200 enrollment deposit with admissions
  • Pay $200 non-refundable housing deposit on MyRIC 
  • Deposit can take up to 5 business days to confirm
  • Electronically sign housing contract on MyRIC
  • Complete roommates questionnaire in MyRIC 

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Incoming Transfer Students

The office will make every effort to accommodate students transferring into the College and interested in living on campus.  

  • Return Housing Interest Card to the Admissions Office
  • Pay $200 enrollment deposit with admissions
  • Pay $200 non-refundable housing deposit on MyRIC
  • Deposit can take up to 5 business days to confirm
  • Electronically sign housing contract in MyRIC
  • Complete roommate questionnaire in My RIC

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Incoming Graduate Students

On-campus housing is open to all interested graduate students who wish to stay on campus. You can sign up for graduate student housing by directly contact the Office of Residential Life and Housing at or 401-456-8240.  

  • Pay $200 non-refundable housing deposit in MyRIC
  • Deposit can take up to 5 business days to confirm

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Contact Us

Office of Residential Life & Housing

Our office provides facilities that are designed to be safe, clean, comfortable, and conducive to student learning. We offer a variety of housing options from traditional residence halls to suite style living environments.