Commuting to Campus

Students Working in Donovan Dining Center

We strive to ensure a strong community with all of our students on campus, especially commuter students. With over 85% of the student population commuting to campus, Rhode Island College encourages you to stay on campus in between classes through activities, organizations or employment so you stay active and engaged. 

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Resources Around Campus

The campus shuttle makes 11 stops around campus to help students navigate. The shuttle hours are Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Friday 7:30 am to 12:30 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters when classes are in session. After 4:30 p.m., the shuttle loop is extended to include Stop and Shop / CVS / Family Dollar (and Wendy’s) on Manton Ave.

Shuttle Route Campus Map Download the Shuttle App
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)
Students in Computer Labs

Access to computer labs is arranged by User Support Services and the Office of Security and Security. The token access systems installed outside each of these labs are now fully operational. Faculty/Staff RIC with valid reservations must be issued entry tokens before they can enter computer labs. It is therefore important that any changes to reservations - even those worked out between faculty members - be reported to User Support Services and the Office of Security and Safety so that access rights will be granted. Problems with access tokens should be immediately reported to the Office of Security and Safety for resolution.

For the answers to some frequently asked questions regarding computer lab reservations, click here.

For information about access tokens, please contact the Office of Security and Safety at 456-8201.

Student in Donovan Dining Center

Donovan Dining Center 

Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

The Beestro

Opening: Sunday, October 24!
Monday - Thursday, 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday CLOSED
Sunday, 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

The James P. Adams Library on campus is a quiet place to do research or focus on your academics. With four levels available, including a silent study level on Level 2. 

Library Hours

Public computers are available throughout the library. 

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

Aerial view of campus

Parking Procedures

Sign up for your parking permit, get information about visitor or overnight parking and learn the lots you should park in throughout the campus. 

Student Organizations

Student Organizations

Getting involved on campus is not just limited to residential students. We encourage our commuter students to be involved both in and out of the classroom. Check out all of our student organization on campus!

Students in Learning for Life Labs

Academic Support & Resources

Rhode Island College has resources to help all undergraduate degree candidates stay on track for graduation. Learn more about academic advising, Starfish, tutoring centers and more!

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

In cases of 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 the bus schedule 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 

RIPTA Schedule

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WAVE can help you track your personal bus fares, check schedules and be your ticket!

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