Living on Campus Frequently Asked Questions


For additional questions not answered here, policies set forth by the Office of Residential Life and Housing can be found in the Student Handbook

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. 

Students must be an accepted student to Rhode Island College. The student must pay a $200 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.

The Housing deposit is $200 per academic year. The deposit is non-refundable. Students are able to cancel their contract by August 1st without any additional financial responsibility.

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 March 19th. Residents who pay the deposit by the deadline will be eligible to participate in the first round of room selection. 
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 placement. Incoming freshmen can pay a deposit after June 15th; however, they will be placed on a first come first serve basis.

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 January 5th until March 19th. Students who pay a deposit will receive a selection time in early April which will allow them to choose a room.

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​​​​​​.​​​​

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

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.

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.


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. 

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 8:30 A.M.: Contact the RA on Duty in your building.  
24-hour on the Weekend, Holidays, and Emergency Closings: Contact the RA on Duty in your building. 

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

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​

The Residence Halls are closed during school breaks and residents should plan accordingly to vacate during these times. An extended break housing can be offered at an additional cost, housing during breaks periods cannot be guaranteed.