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
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
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.
RISD Public Safety officers work 24/7 to ensure a safe campus and help the community keep informed and aware.
Recent graduate and 2018 Windgate Fellow Justin Seow 18 FD recalls discovering RISD, furniture design and the creative challenges that continue to excite him.
Graphic Design senior Kendra Xu 18 GD reflects on a Wintersession travel course that invited students to soak in the country’s vibrant culture and renowned craftwork.
Recent Apparel Design graduate William Lathrop 18 AP creates high-end couture for men.