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Residential Option


RISD offers two housing styles and options for use during the summer. Each option requires participation in a RISD dining plan. There are two categories of Summer Programs accommodation to choose from to meet each individual’s needs:

1) Shared Lofts, where two to three people share a common living/sleeping room with an adjacent bathroom, are the most economical choice.

2) Private Lofts cater to more independent living and offer a self-contained, private apartment with sleeping/living area, private bathroom and private kitchen.

Loft residents may choose from two dining options but, because we do not equip loft kitchens with cooking/dining supplies, we require a minimum of a five-meal block plan per week (see “Dining” below).

All accommodations provide:

  • bed and mattress (extra-long 80-inch twin in shared and single rooms; full size in private apartments)
  • desk and chair
  • bureau
  • closet or wardrobe

Residents must provide:

  • linens
  • blankets
  • mattress covers
  • towels
  • pillows
  • lamp
  • fan
  • other electronic or computer equipment

The lofts offer laundry facilities, or you may contract for a professional linen and laundry service at additional cost; information on the latter is distributed via email by the Residence Life Office in May and at Check-In. Please note: We do not permit smoking in any building on the RISD campus. Also, pets are not permitted in any RISD residential facility. All lofts are air-conditioned.

All lofts offer wired network access and most include wireless access via guest privileges. Additionally, summer students may utilize RISD’s computer labs, library and publicly accessible stations for their computing needs.

Housing requests are granted based on availability. Shared lofts are single sex. All buildings and floors are mixed gender. Special requests to accommodate medical or psychological needs require additional information. The medical accommodation form and all other information regarding housing and residence life at RISD will be sent via email by the Residence Life Office in May. In June, you will receive an email from the Residence Life Office with your housing assignment.


The Metcalf Dining Center, known as “The Met,” is centrally located in the Residence Life Quad. The Met features a sandwich station, salad bar, a vegetarian/vegan bar, as well as daily soups and miso station, and traditional entrees. The Portfolio Café, located in the lobby of 15 West, features a continental breakfast.

The RISD Dining Services staff is sensitive to the dietary needs and preferences of a student body representing cultures and religious traditions from around the world. If you have further questions about meal plans, contact Dining Services at (401) 454-6642. For questions about special dietary needs call (401) 454-6362.

Meal Plans
Students living in shared or private lofts must purchase a minimum of one 5-meal block per week ($50 per week) but may purchase as many blocks as they wish, or the full meal plan ($210 per week), to meet their needs.

Students living off campus are not required to have a meal plan, but may choose from either plan if desired by contacting Dining Services at (401) 454-6642. They may also purchase individual meals using cash, credit (MC/Visa) or risdbucks.

Housing + Dining Fees

If you plan to live on campus and are not a current RISD student, please review your choice of room below.

2018 WEEKLY RATES: (subject to change)

Housing and dining options will be available to choose at the time of online registration. You will be prompted to select the requested housing style, meal plan, and indicate the number of weeks you will be here. As part of the registration, a $500 deposit is required for all summer programs students regardless of housing and dining.

Dining Hall Hours

The Met:
Monday-Friday: 7-9am, 11:30am-2pm, 4:30-7:30pm
Saturday + Sunday: 8am-2pm, 4:30-7:30pm

Portfolio Café:
Monday-Friday: 7-9am

(for Students in Shared or Single Rooms)
Parking for summer students may only be arranged through the Residence Life Office, which leases space at the Charles Landing Apartments, a ten-minute walk from the center of the RISD campus. Summer rates are $10 per day, $40 per week or $200 for a six-week summer program. To reserve a space, or ask questions regarding parking, contact RISD’s Residence Life Office (as indicated below).

For More Information
If you have questions regarding summer housing that are not covered on this website, please call RISD’s Residence Life Office at 401 454-6650, Monday-Friday between 8:30am-4:30pm EST, or send an email to

risdbucks Guest Cards
risdbucks is an optional prepaid declining balance account developed to be a convenient way for students to make purchases of products and services both on and off campus (wherever you see the risdbucks logo when making purchases). In addition to participating on- and off-campus retailers, risdbucks is the only method of payment accepted for on-campus printing (including specialty printing) and laundry. Summer students who are not current RISD degree students may purchase risdbucks guest cards in increments of $10, $20 or $50 at the RISD Store, Portfolio Café and The Met.

Use of the risdbucks guest card constitutes acceptance of the following terms: guest card is not redeemable for cash; is non-refundable; and may only be used at participating dining and retail locations and participating printers and laundry areas. Treat your card like cash; RISD is not responsible for expenses resulting from loss, theft or misuse of the card. Value can be added at the RISD Store, Portfolio Café or The Met with cash or check. For a list of participating retailers, visit the risdbucks webpage and view the “Where to use risdbucks” tab.