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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, 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

A Call to Change the Narrative

Commencement keynote speaker Bryan Stevenson urged the Class of 2019 to combat injustice with hope and creativity.

Windgate Backs New Textiles Grad

Textiles major Elizabeth Schweizer 19 TX will advance her work with Lakota youth thanks to a 2019 Windgate Fellowship from the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design.

Going Camp at The Met

Doll Head Jacket by rising Apparel Design senior Zoe Grinfeld 20 AP wins first prize in a student competition inspired by The Met's current exhibition Camp: Notes on Fashion.