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
Students appreciate the organic, locally sourced ingredients and delicious meals served at a range of welcoming dining spots on campus.
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, RISD Rides offers door-to-door shuttle service from 5 pm–3:15 am, seven days a week.
Find support from a caring community
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.
A look at life at RISD
Four graduating seniors discuss how the pandemic influenced their RISD experience and fueled their very personal degree projects.
Hundreds of RISD students share their portfolios online with eager design firm reps from across the country.
Students in the recently launched RISD Space Design club are working on getting three separate projects into outer space.