Commuting to Campus

Students Working in Donovan Dining Center
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Resources Across Campus

The campus shuttle makes 11 stops around our campus to help students get around. View the shuttle's route.

Schedule during Fall and Spring Semesters

When classes are in session the shuttle runs as follows:

  • Monday - Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • Friday, 7:30 am to 12:30 p.m.

After 4:30 p.m., the shuttle loop is extended to include Stop and Shop / CVS / Family Dollar (and Wendy’s) on Manton Ave.

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Shuttle Stops

  1. Keefe Transportation Center
  2. Parking Lot A
  3. Guardo Hall
  4. Sherlock Center / Building 7
  5. Recreation Center
  6. Whipple Hall
  7. Fogarty Life Science
  8. Parking Lot H / I 
  9. Penfield Hall
  10. Browne Resident Hall / Security & Safety / Health Services
  11. Student Union / Donovan Dining Center
  • Adams Library (multiple locations throughout building)
  • ALEX AND ANI Hall (first floor and second floor lounges/study areas)
  • Craig-Lee (lobby area and several lounges/study areas)
  • Donovan Dining Center (dining areas)
  • Gaige Hall (lobby area and several lounges/study areas)
  • Fogarty Life Science (lobby lounge/study area on Nursing addition)
  • Guardo Hall (first floor lounge/study)
  • Recreation Center (first floor lounge area)
  • Residence Halls (all halls have a common lounge/recreation area)
  • Roberts Hall (main lobby study area, lounge/study area in Music, Theater and Dance area, near Forman theater)  
  • Student Union (Café area, lounge furniture throughout each floor)
  • Whipple Hall (lobby lounge)

Access to computer labs is arranged by User Support Services and Information Security. Token access systems can be found outside of each lab. For information about access tokens, please contact Information Security at 401-456-8201.

Student in Donovan Dining Center

Donovan Dining Center

Donovan Dining Center is open at the following times:

  • Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. 
  • Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

The Beestro

The Beestro is open at the following times:

Monday - Thursday, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday, closed
Sunday, 5 - 9 p.m.

The James P. Adams Library on campus is a quiet place to do research or focus on your academics. The library covers four floors, including a silent study level 2. Public computers are available throughout the library. View the library hours

Printing Services

  • Level 3 has access to free black and white printing for students on the public desktop
  • Regular printing and photocopying is available for $0.05 per page
  • Scanning documents is free to students by swiping your RIC ID card

Your Student ID is your access to everything on campus – food, beverages, library, recreation center access, photocopies, laundry, printing, textbooks, room access, and more. Learn more about your Student ID.


Get Your Parking Permit

Rhode Island College provides free parking passes to our campus community. 

Commuting Tips

Quick Tips

  • Leave early to avoid traffic or delays
  • Don't stop yourself from getting involved or joining organizations
  • Make friends with residents - it is always nice to know that if you are stuck on campus you have someone to turn to!
  • Keep extra supplies in your car
  • Use campus resources

Prepare for the Commute

  • Consider getting an oil change, tune-up and tire rotation before the start of the academic year or before winter months
  • Consider a roadside assistance option in case of flat tires and battery issues

Inclement Weather

  • Check your tire pressure before driving in snow or rain. Be sure to keep a shovel, ice scraper and extra winter clothes in your car at all times 
  • Make sure to leave enough time for commuting with hazardous weather conditions 
  • Check the status of your class to ensure you are not driving to campus before cancellations 

Public Transportation

Your RIC student ID card serves as an unlimited RIPTA bus pass. All registered students will have unlimited access to all RIPTA routes which includes the riders with disabilities bus.  

  • Check bus schedules before leaving your home for delays or cancellations 
  • Check the status of your class to ensure you are not coming to campus if there is a cancellation

Carpooling to Campus

Most of our RIC community members are driving to the college and back home again everyday. Carpooling is a great way to: 

  • Save fuel
  • Reduce pollution
  • Make friends
  • Save money