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Frequently Asked Questions

Living on Campus

You've got questions and we've got answers, here are some answers to common questions folks have asked:

Is there a requirement to live on campus?
How many students live on campus?
What is the process to live on campus?
How much is the deposit?
How do I pay my deposit?
Is there a deadline to pay the deposit?
Where can I find a copy of the Housing Contract?
I am under 18 and need my legal guardian to sign a copy of the contract, how do I get a copy of the signature page?
Is there designated first year housing?
How are room assignments made?
When will first year students receive room assignments?
When can I move in?
How big are the residence hall rooms?
What furniture does my room come with?
What should I bring to campus?
What items are prohibited in residence halls?
Are phones supplied?
Can I have my car on campus?
Can I have guests in my room?
What happens if I get locked out of my room or lose my key?
Can I have my own personal refrigerator?
Where are the laundry facilities and how much does it cost?
Am I required to have a meal plan?
How much does on campus housing cost?
How do I cancel my Housing Contract?
I am withdrawing from Rhode Island College, what paperwork do I need to complete?
Am I able to stay during break times?
How to I switch rooms?

  

Is there a requirement to live on campus?

To live on campus you must be enrolled as a full-time matriculated student at Rhode Island College.

How many students live on campus?

Rhode Island College houses up to 1,198 students.

What is the process to live on campus?

Students must be an accepted student to Rhode Island College. The student must pay a $220 deposit then sign an electronic version of the Housing contract.  If the student is under 18 at the time of signing the contract a legal guardian will be required to sign a copy of the contract.

How much is the deposit?

The Housing deposit is $220 per academic year. The deposit is based on a non-refundable $100 for room reservation, $100 for damages, and non-refundable $20 programming fee.  Students are able to cancel their contract by July 15th to receive a refund of $100 from their initial $220 deposit.

How do I pay my deposit?

Deposits can be paid online on the student's MyRIC Online Services account by credit card. Deposits paid in cash and checks are accepted at the Bursar's Office. For more information about how to pay the deposit, please view the Bursar's Office page about Payment Information located at http://www.ric.edu/bursar/payment.php#ways

Is there a deadline to pay the deposit?

Current residents of Rhode Island College Housing are able to pay their housing deposits to secure a room for the next academic year starting January 5th until the first Friday in March. Residents whom pay the deposit by the deadline will be guaranteed housing for the next academic year.

Incoming first year students can pay their deposit starting January 5th until May 15th. Incoming first year students whom pay their deposit by May 15th will be guaranteed housing for the upcoming academic year. Incoming freshmen can pay a deposit after May 15th; however, placement is not guaranteed. 

Where can I find a copy of the Housing Contract?

A copy of the Housing contract can be downloaded at http://www.ric.edu/residential-life/policies.php

I am under 18 and need my legal guardian to sign a copy of the contract, how do I get a copy of the signature page?

A copy of the Housing contract can be downloaded at http://www.ric.edu/residential-life/policies.php. Please download the contract and print the signature page.  The signature page of the contract filled out by the legal guardian for residents whom are under 18 can be sent back in the following ways:
Scan and Email: email housing@ric.edu in the subject line- SIGNED Contract for [Student Full Name], attach the electronic version of the signature page
Return in person:  a copy can be dropped off at the Office of Residential Life and Housing located in Penfield Hall between 9am-4pm Monday-Friday.
Fax: 401-456-8501
Mail: Office of Residential Life and Housing 
         c/o signed contract
         600 Mt. Pleasant Ave.
         Providence, RI 02908

Is there designated first year housing?

First year students can be assigned to Penfield Hall Double rooms, Sweet Hall and Willard Hall.  Sweet and Willard Hall are all first year buildings, while half of Penfield Hall are reserved for upperclassmen.

How are room assignments made?

For first year students, rooms are assigned based on the criteria received through the survey students fill out over the summer prior to their first semester on-campus. First year students are able to fill out their survey from May 1st until July 1st.

Upper-class students who are returning to on-campus living must pay a room deposit. Room deposits can be made from early January until the Friday before spring break in March by clicking here. Students who pay a deposit will receive a selection time in early April which will allow them to choose a room once the selection process has started, traditionally this occurs in the last week of April.

When will first year students receive room assignments?

First year students will receive their room assignment in mid-July.

When can I move in?

Incoming first year residents can move onto campus on Saturday, August 29, 2015.
Incoming first year students move-in based on their LAST Name
A-L: 9am to 12pm
M-Z: 1pm to 4pm

Returning and upperclassmen residents move-in is on Sunday, August 30, 2015.
Returning and upperclassmen residents move-in based on their LAST Name
A-L: 9am to 12pm
M-Z: 1pm to 4pm 

How big are the residence hall rooms?

The size of each residence hall room can be found here by selecting the hall you are referring to here.

What furniture does my room come with?

The list of furniture that comes with each room can be found here by selecting the residence hall you wish to reference.

What should I bring to campus?

A list of items that students should bring with them on campus can be found here.

What items are prohibited in residence halls?

A list of items that are prohibited in the residence halls can also be found here.

Are phones supplied?

Each Residence Hall suite except Sweet Hall is equipped with a phone that can make local calls.

Can I have my car on campus?

All students who live on campus are allowed to bring vehicles. Students are asked to register their vehicles at Campus Police located in Browne Hall.

Can I have guests in my room?

Students may have overnight guests in their room. Guests must be signed in at the front desk by 7pm of every evening. Guests must also be escorted at all times by their resident host. For more information on our guest policy please click here.

What happens if I get locked out of my room or lose my key?

In the event that a resident becomes locked out of their room, they can go contact one of the designated services below to be issued a key to access their room. In the event a student loses their keys they will be responsible for the appropriate charges.
Weekdays 8:30 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.: Go to the Office of Residential Life & Housing in Penfield Hall.
Weekdays 7:00 P.M. to 7:00 A.M.: Contact the RA on Duty in your building.
Weekdays 7:00 A.M. to 8:30 A.M.: Contact the Campus Police Office.
Weekends 7:00 P.M. to 10:00 A.M.: Contact the RA on Duty in your building. 
Weekends 10 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.: Contact the Campus Police Office

Can I have my own personal refrigerator?

Students can have personal refrigerators but they cannot exceed 4.6 cubic feet.

Where are the laundry facilities and how much does it cost?

Each building is equipped with a laundry facility. The cost to wash and dry is approximately $1.50 each. Below is a list of laundry facility locations per building.
Browne Hall: 1st Floor next to the lower lounge
Penfield Hall: Ground Floor
Sweet Hall: The end cap of every floor
Thorp Hall: First Floor, next to the main lounge
Weber Hall: Ground floor
Willard Hall: Attached to the Recreation Room

Am I required to have a meal plan?

Residents are required to select one of the available meal plans. The cost is $2,175 per semester.

How much does on campus housing cost?

 
Housing Rates for 2015-2016
Hall Type Housing Cost Dining Cost Total Cost
Browne Single $5,914 $4,480 $10,394
Penfield Double Room Suite $6,302 $4,480 $10,782
Penfield Single Room Suite $6,504 $4,480 $10,984
Penfield Double Room Apartment $6,708 $4,480 $11,188
Penfield Single Room Apartment $6,916 $4,480 $11,396
Sweet Double $6,214 $4,480 $10,694
Thorp Single $5,914 $4,480 $10,394
Weber Single $5,914 $4,480 $10,394
Willard Double $5,914 $4,480 $10,394
Willard Single $6,080 $4,480

$10,560

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 How do I cancel my Housing Contract?

The Housing Contract is for the entire academic year. Students can cancel their Housing Contract prior to July 15th and receive up to $100 back from their deposit with no additional penalty.
Students can apply for an appeal after the July 15th deadline; however, the student may be held responsible for the entire year contract if the appeal is not granted.

I am withdrawing from Rhode Island College, what paperwork do I need to complete?

Residents are required fill proper paperwork with the Office of Student Life to officially withdrawal from the college. Residents then must come to the Office of Residential Life and Housing and fill out the required withdrawal paperwork from Housing. The Housing contract is an entire academic year contract; residents may not be released from their finical responsibility.  An appeals process is available for students who cancel their contract.  Appeals are not guaranteed to be approved.

Am I able to stay during break times?

The Residence Halls are closed during school breaks and residents are unable to stay during these times. Please plan accordantly.

2015-2016 Academic Year
Open for Fall Semester August 29, 2015 9am
Close for Winter Break December 18, 2015 6pm
Open for Spring Semester January 17, 2016 9am
Close for Spring Break March 4, 2016 6pm
Open from Spring Break March 13, 2016 3pm
Close for Summer May 9, 2016 6pm

How do I switch rooms?

Residents are able to submit room change requests on the MyRIC Student Housing portal. The first 2 weeks of the semester, residents are not able to move as there is a room freeze in place. Residents can submit requests during this time; however, they will not be acted on. Once your request is submitted, you may not hear back from us until we have the ability to grant the request. Please understand that room change approval is based on availability and in the order in which your request was received. We cannot guarantee room requests will be granted; however, we will try to accommodate as many as possible based on availability. Please do not resubmit the Room Change unless your preferences have changed or you no longer want the initial request. All requests for a change must be submitted using the Room Changes Request form online. Submitting multiple Room Change Requests will not change your place in line


 

 

Page last updated: Aug. 4, 2015