Visiting Campus

RISD Beach view of Carr Haus

Every day RISD welcomes visitors from both near and far. Prospective students and parents come to campus to learn more about our programs and check out our studios and facilities. Other visitors come to see exhibitions on view in our galleries and at the RISD Museum and to enjoy a range of lectures, films and performances at the RISD Auditorium and the Chace Center’s Metcalf Auditorium. Whatever brings you to campus, we invite you to connect with the inspiring spirit of our creative community.

Navigating campus

If you are planning to visit a particular building on campus, you can find directions via Google Maps or by downloading and printing this campus map. The map also provides a guide for locating specific RISD offices. Prospective undergraduatetransfer and graduate students are invited to register for guided campus info programs led by the Admissions team.

Driving to RISD

From the north or south

From either I-95 South or I-95 North, take Exit 22A (Downtown, Memorial Boulevard). Proceed straight through the first four sets of traffic lights and enter the left-hand turn lane as you approach the fifth set of lights. Take a left over the bridge and proceed on College Street to the next intersection. Turn left onto North Main Street. The Chace Center and entrance to the RISD Museum is on this block—to the right, with the RISD Auditorium to the left.

From the east

Follow I-195 West to Exit 2 (South Main Street). Travel down South Main Street through the first light at College Street, where South becomes North Main Street. The Chace Center and entrance to the RISD Museum is on this block—to the right, with the RISD Auditorium to the left.

From the northwest

Follow Route 146 to I-95 South. Once on I-95 South, follow the North and South directions above.

On-street and nearby lot parking is available near campus and downtown.

Traveling to Rhode Island


Located about 10 miles south of Providence, Green Airport is Rhode Island's only airport, with direct flights to and from many cities around the country, along with a few international destinations.

Transportation options between the airport and RISD include the Metro Boston Transit Authority commuter rail and Rhode Island Public Transit Authority buses, which provide service to downtown Providence. You can also request a ride with Uber or Lyft, or rent a car at the airport and drive to campus yourself.

Logan International Airport in Boston, MA is approximately 50 miles north of Providence. Peter Pan bus company provides Logan travelers with bus transportation to downtown Providence.


The Providence Peter Pan bus terminal is located just north of RISD, with Peter Pan Bus Lines providing free shuttle service to Kennedy Plaza, Providence's downtown bus terminal. Greyhound and Megabus also offer bus service to downtown Providence.


Amtrak and the Metro Boston Transit Authority provide train transportation via Providence Station in downtown Providence, just a short walk from the heart of campus.

Getting around Providence

Rental cars are available at Avis, Budget and Enterprise locations a short walk from Providence's Kennedy Plaza bus terminal and at T.F. Green and Logan airports. Access to on-demand transportation is also available through UberLyft or at dozens of zipcar locations on or near campus.

Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) provides public transportation within Rhode Island, including buses, trolleys and the Providence/Newport water ferry service.

Spending the night

If your visit involves more than a day trip, please check the RISD accommodations portal for reduced rates at selected hotels in downtown Providence.