Frequently Asked Housing and Residence Hall Questions

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We know that you may be eager to get more details and fully understand the ins and outs of being a RIC resident. So, the Office of Residential Life has compiled a list of common housing and residence hall questions and answers. If your concern isn't addressed here, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.

Housing FAQs

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

Rhode Island College houses up to 1,198 students. 

After being admitted to RIC you just need to follow this simple process:

  • enroll at RIC by paying your enrollment deposit with Admissions
  • pay your $200 housing deposit on the MyRIC portal
  • sign an electronic housing contract. (If you are under 18 at the time of signing the contract a legal guardian will be required to sign a copy of the contract.)

The housing deposit is $200 per academic year and can be paid on the MyRIC portal. The deposit is non-refundable. Students are able to cancel their contract by July 15 without any additional financial responsibility.

Incoming first-year students can pay their deposit until June 15. Those who pay their deposit by June 15th will be guaranteed housing placement. Incoming first-year students can pay a deposit after June 15th; however, they will be placed on a first come first serve basis.

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 until June 24th.

First-year students will receive their room assignments after the July 4th weekend.

First-year students will be housed in Sweet Hall and Weber Hall. Upper-class students will be housed in Thorp Hall, Browne Hall, and Penfield Hall.

All students who live on campus are allowed to bring vehicles. Students are asked to register their vehicles at Campus Police, located in the Alumni & Visitor Center.

Students may have overnight guests in their room. Guests must be signed in at the front desk by 7 pm of every evening. Guests must also be escorted at all times by their resident host. 

Each building is equipped with a laundry facility. The cost is $1.50 to wash and $1.75 to dry each load. 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

Residents are required to select one of the available meal plans.

More Information on Dining

The Residence Halls are closed during school breaks and residents should plan accordingly to vacate during these times. During an extended break housing may be offered at an additional cost, but it is not guaranteed.

Residential Student Mail

All students who are living in the Residence Halls will have access to FREE mail services, located in the Office of Residential Life & Housing. Mail & Packages can be picked up from the office, following a confirmation email that will be sent to your school issued account.

Mail can be picked up Monday through Friday with hours posted at the start of each semester, and our staff will be happy to assist with any questions you may have.

Mail can be directed to:
Your Name
Rhode Island College
Building Name & Room Number (Ex: Sweet Hall 313)
600 Mt. Pleasant Avenue
Providence, RI 02908


What if I am not a residential student?

At this time, mail services on campus will be for residential students only.

What if my package says it has been delivered but I have not received a confirmation email?

All mail delivered to campus will have a turnaround time before it reaches the Residential Life & Housing office. If you have tracked mail that says it has been delivered, please wait until receiving a confirmation email from Residential Life before picking up your mail/package.

What if I change buildings or rooms on campus?

If you change buildings or rooms on campus, include your updated residence in your delivery instructions. (For example, all that needs to be changed is Sweet Hall 313, to Penfield Hall 407)

What if I am expecting mail for a Student Organization?

Student Organization mail will be delivered to Student Community Government in Student Union Room 401. Please contact SCG with any inquiries about Student Organization Mail.

Rhode Island College entrance

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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.