- Housing Portal Available to First Year and Graduate Students
on April 8, 2013
- Housing Portal Available to Transfer Students May 1,
- Housing Application (through Housing Portal) Due on
June 1, 2013
- Housing Assignments will be emailed to First Year and
Transfer students by August 1, 2013
- Housing Assignments will be emailed to New Graduate
Students on a rolling basis through the summer.
How Housing Works
The Office of Residence Life assigns
housing through an online housing system (referred to as the Housing
All incoming new students who want
housing will need to fill out the Housing Application through the Housing
Portal. Please note that First Year and Transfer students are required to
live in on campus housing.
Students are assigned to rooms based
on lifestyle preferences and/or room type preferences. There is an
opportunity through the Housing Portal for students to indicate lifestyle
preferences and for students to search for roommates based on those lifestyle
For First Year Students, you can
select a roommate but you cannot select a specific building.
For Transfer and Graduate Students,
you can select a roommate and/or a room type within various buildings.
Once all incoming new student have
filled out their Housing Applications, the Office of Residence Life sets the
computer system to automatically create housing assignments based on the
various lifestyle preferences, roommate requests, and/or room type preferences.
For First Year Students, specific requests
for single rooms will be considered. However, a request for a single room
will not guarantee that a student is assigned to that room type. Please note that there are a limited number
of single rooms and that they are assigned randomly to those students who
request single rooms.
For Transfer and Graduate Students.
We will try to honor your requests for a specific room type. However, please know that if the room type
you have request is not available, the computer will find the next closest match
to your room type preference.
What To Do
Once RISD Admissions has received
your Enrollment Fee, they will send your RISD e-mail account and password details. Your email username and password credentials are
your log in for the Housing Portal. As soon as your user name and password have been activated by the Office of Internet Technology (this process can take up to two weeks), log into the Housing Portal to fill out the application and
search for roommates.
Requirement for First Year, Transfers, and Sophomore Students
All first and second year students
are required to reside on campus and are guaranteed housing. Students can request a waiver for this
requirement provided they meet one of the following qualifications:
They are married
They are 21 years of age or older as of September 1, 2013
They are living at home with a
To request a waiver of this
requirement, students will need to submit their online request (see Additional Info and Forms on this page) by May 31st, 2013. Requests are NOT approved until you receive written confirmation from
the Office of Residence Life. All approvals will be sent
on a rolling basis.
Students with special or medical
needs that impact their housing assignment must fill out the Medical
Accommodation For Service Form, and the Medical Accommodation - Housing Addendum Form, that are required to be on file with the Office of Student Disability Services. All materials must be received in the Office of Student Disability
Services no later than Friday, May 31st, 2013 (see Additional Info and Forms on this page). All Medical Accommodations Housing Assignments are pre-assigned and
based on the medical needs of the students’ condition. Housing Assignments will be sent to students in
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