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

Students Stretch the Art of Books

The 2018 iteration of RISD’s Student Artist’s Book Competition teems with brilliant work.

Questions of Identity

Brown/RISD dual degree student Nadia Wolff BRDD 21 TX considers how religion relates to race, sexuality and global colonization.

Learning on a Lakota Reservation

Working on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota, Social Innovation Fellow Elizabeth Schweizer 19 TX built intergenerational connections through the arts.