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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, RISD Rides offers door-to-door shuttle service from 5 pm–3:30 am, seven days a week.

Find support from a caring community

Health and 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

Ready to Reshape Fashion

A new publication captures the brilliant work and inclusive ethos of RISD’s Apparel Design class of 2020.

RISD Senior Show 2020

An online exhibition presents diverse and contemplative work by more than 300 of RISD’s newest graduates.

Maharam Fellows Find Workarounds

Nine students and recent graduates are working virtually to bring the benefits of art and design to nonprofits around the world.