First Year Housing

To build a strong foundation at RISD, all First Year students stay in 1 of the following 6 buildings known as “The First Year Area (FYA),” which are made up of 5 buildings in “The Quad,” and 3 first-year-specific “Hill Houses.” In addition to the Residence Halls, the FYA also consists of Health Services, Public Safety, Fitness Center, Residence Life office and RISD’s main dining facility, “The Met.”

Buildings include:

Carpenter House, Pardon Miller House, East Hall, Homer Hall, South Hall, North Hall (NEW for 2019-2020 academic year), and Nickerson Hall (Offline for 2019-2020 academic year).

Amenities Include:

  • Laundry facilities (at least one washer and dryer per building)
  • Access to a kitchen
  • Shared bathrooms
  • Work lounges
  • “Living room” with couches, chairs, end tables and a flat screen TV
  • Meditation and Reflection room in Homer Lounge
  • Pride Lounge in Homer

Room Types in The Quad Include (Click on each to learn more):

Room Types in the First-Year Hill Houses Include (Click on each to learn more):


First Year Housing Floor Plans


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