What Should I Bring?

Going away to college is very exciting; it can also be overwhelming. Many questions arise during the summer months after school ends and RISD begins. Below you will find some information to help you decide what to bring with you. Remember, if you have a question; please do not hesitate to contact the Residence Life office at housing@risd.edu. We’ll be more than happy to help you!

What we provide

All of the residence halls have:

  • Card access building and room entry locks
  • Fire detection and sprinkler systems
  • Wireless internet
  • Several electrical outlets
  • Card operated laundry facilities
  • Window shades or blinds

Each student space has:

  • Extra-long (80″) twin bed and mattress
  • Closet or Wardrobe
  • Bureau
  • Work desk and chair
  • Ceiling light
  • Wastebasket

What you should bring

  • Sheets — extra long (80″) twin size
  • Mattress pad
  • Blankets or Comforter
  • Towels
  • Pillow and pillowcases
  • Telephone (if you want a landline)
  • Desk/work lamp (no halogen bulbs)
  • Alarm clock
  • Art & general school supplies

Other things you may wish to consider

  • Area rug (room floors are tiled)
  • Laundry bag
  • Flip-flops/shower sandals
  • Shower caddy
  • Fan (most residence halls are NOT air-conditioned)
  • Posters and other items to decorate
  • Plants
  • Power strips
  • Other things to make you feel “at home”

What you should NOT bring

  • Waterbed
  • Loft unit
  • Large refrigerators (greater than 3 cubic feet) or more than one per room
  • Pets (except fish in tanks 10 gallons or less)
  • Candles or incense
  • Halogen or “lava” lamps
  • Cooking appliances such as a toaster, toaster oven, microwave oven, popcorn poppers, or anything with a heating coil. A coffee maker is OK. Microwaves in a Microfridge unit are permissible (available for rent at www.collegerefrigerators.com)
  • Curtains or large tapestry/wall hanging
  • Paper lanterns
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Acetylene/Propane torches, oil lamps, or any open flame device
  • Space Heaters

For additional information about what you should or should not bring to campus, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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