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.
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 Airport Taxi RI, 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.
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.
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 Uber, Lyft 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.