First Year Housing

Important 2020-21 Room Selection Process Update:

RISD is committed to planning a safe and successful fall semester even with the ongoing uncertainties we face with COVID-19. We are currently considering different housing scenarios to provide students with a residential experience that balances artistic and personal development with community, individual safety and adherence to public health guidelines. Given that we are in the midst of new plans with safety at the forefront, we have decided to delay room selection for new students until our plans are complete later this summer.

More information regarding the room selection process will be provided to all incoming students soon. Thank you for your patience.

Wishing everyone good health and safety.

The Residence Life Office

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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