RISD students inspire each other to push their own limits in the studio. But finding a healthy balance between work and play—between focused studio time and a more broad exploration of the enormous opportunities this community affords—is essential to getting the most out of a RISD education. The idea is to be open to a full immersion in creative exchange, whether it’s at a gallery opening, watching The Nads at play on the ice or relaxing with friends.

Feel the comforts of home

Dining

Students appreciate the organic, locally sourced ingredients and delicious meals served at a range of welcoming dining spots on campus.

Housing

A step up from typical dorm living, RISD housing offers a range of options to meet the individual needs of art and design students.

Since the best creative work happens in an open, inclusive environment—and often emerges late at night—RISD offers ready access to studios and other work spaces. Campus housing, dining and transportation options support this flexibility while ensuring safety. For instance, once the RISD Rides shuttles stop running at midnight, you can still call for a free door-to-door ride until 3:30 am.

Find support from a caring community

Wellness

At RISD students balance the intensity of studio learning with dance, sports, yoga and other ways of keeping physically and mentally fit. You’ll also find ready support from our professional health and counseling services providers.

Safety

RISD Public Safety officers work 24/7 to ensure a safe campus and help the community keep informed and aware.

Student Stories

Learning to Take Risks

First-year students present impressive work at their first end-of-semester critiques and get valuable feedback from faculty mentors.

Building a Cohesive Body of Work

Senior Zenzele Ojore 18 PH returns from a summer internship in Uganda with surprising new insights about her own identity as a black American artist.

Wonderland of Warp, Weft + Work

Senior Sydney Foreman 18 TX reflects on a nine-week internship in Brooklyn working to assist and learn from accomplished textiles artist Liz Collins 91 TX/MFA 99.