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, RISD Rides offers door-to-door shuttle service from 5 pm–3:30 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.
RISD Public Safety officers work 24/7 to ensure a safe campus and help the community keep informed and aware.
A look at life at RISD
Open Studios 2020
Departments across campus virtually open their doors to help first-year students choose a major course of study.
Promoting Wellness at RISD
New Executive Director of Integrated Health and Wellness Bob Samuels is building a culture that values physical and mental well-being.
RISD Senior Show 2020
An online exhibition presents diverse and contemplative work by more than 300 of RISD’s newest graduates.