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?
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.
Rhode Island College houses up to 1,198 students.
Students must be an accepted student to Rhode Island College. The student must pay a $220 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 $220 per academic year. The deposit is based on a non-refundable $100 for room reservation, $100 for damages, and non-refundable $20 programming fee. Students are able to cancel their contract by July 15th to receive a refund of $100 from their initial $220 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/payment.php#ways
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 first Friday in March. Residents whom pay the deposit by the deadline will be guaranteed housing for the next academic year.
Incoming first year students can pay their deposit starting January 5th until May 15th. Incoming first year students whom pay their deposit by May 15th will be guaranteed housing for the upcoming academic year. Incoming freshmen can pay a deposit after May 15th; however, placement is not guaranteed.
A copy of the Housing contract can be downloaded at http://www.ric.edu/residential-life/policies.php
A copy of the Housing contract can be downloaded at http://www.ric.edu/residential-life/policies.php. Please download the contract and print the signature page. The signature page of the contract filled out by the legal guardian for residents whom are under 18 can be sent back in the following ways:
Scan and Email: email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Mail: Office of Residential Life and Housing
c/o signed contract
600 Mt. Pleasant Ave.
Providence, RI 02908
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. First year students should be prepared to be assigned to a double room with a roommate as this the majority of the available room style. There are 228 double rooms, 8 triple rooms and 20 singles for first year students.
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 from May 1st until June 15th.
First year students can request 1 additional roommate for a double room or 2 additional roommates for a triple room. All roommates must mutually select each other for the match to be made. Roommate matches are not guaranteed. The Office of Residential Life and Housing does not accept suite requests. If a first year resident enters more than one name, we will assume they want to live in a triple room. If you are requesting a specific roommate, please discuss beforehand how to rank your hall preference. When matched roommates have different hall orders we will default to their first match hall which generally is their third choice.
PLEASE REMEMBER: All entries are only requests. The Office of Residential Life and Housing does not guarantee a request will be granted.
Upper-class students who are returning to on-campus living must pay a room deposit. Room deposits can be made from early January until the Friday before spring break in March by clicking here. Students who pay a deposit will receive a selection time in early April which will allow them to choose a room once the selection process has started, traditionally this occurs in the last week of April.
First year students will receive their room assignment in mid-July.
Incoming first year residents can move onto campus on Saturday, August 27, 2016.
Incoming first year students move-in based on their LAST Name
M-Z: 9am to 12pm
A-L: 1pm to 4pm
Returning and upperclassmen residents move-in is on Sunday, August 28, 2016.
Returning and upperclassmen residents move-in based on their LAST Name
M-Z: 9am to 12pm
A-L: 1pm to 4pm
The size of each residence hall room can be found here by selecting the hall you are referring to here.
The list of furniture that comes with each room can be found here by selecting the residence hall you wish to reference.
A list of items that students should bring with them on campus can be found here.
A list of items that are prohibited in the residence halls can also be found here.
Each Residence Hall suite except Sweet Hall is equipped with a phone that can make local calls.
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. For more information on our guest policy please click here.
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.
Weekends 7:00 P.M. to 10:00 A.M.: Contact the RA on Duty in your building.
Weekends 10 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.: Contact the Campus Police Office
Students can have personal refrigerators but they cannot exceed 4.6 cubic feet.
Each building is equipped with a laundry facility. The cost to wash and dry is approximately $1.50 each. 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: First 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. The cost is $2,175 per semester.
|Hall||Type||Housing Cost||Dining Cost||Total Cost|
|Penfield||Double Room Suite||$6,586||$4,614||$11,200|
|Penfield||Single Room Suite||$6,797||$4,614||$11,411|
|Penfield||Double Room Apartment||$7,010||$4,614||$11,624|
|Penfield||Single Room Apartment||$7,227||$4,614||$11,841|
The Housing Contract is for the entire academic year. Students can cancel their Housing Contract prior to July 15th and receive up to $100 back from their deposit with no additional penalty.
Students can apply for an appeal after the July 15th deadline; however, the student may be held responsible for the entire year contract if the appeal is not granted.
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.
The Residence Halls are closed during school breaks and residents are unable to stay during these times. Please plan accordantly.
|Open for Fall Semester||August 27, 2016||9am|
|Close for Winter Break||December 19, 2016||6pm|
|Open for Spring Semester||January 15, 2017||9am|
|Close for Spring Break||March 3, 2017||6pm|
|Open from Spring Break||March 12, 2017||3pm|
|Close for Summer||May 8, 2017||6pm|
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