Fall 2021 FAQ
You can see full information about move-in locations, time slots, and early arrival on our Fall Opening page.
Incoming students (first years, transfers, and visiting students) will receive their housing assignments in mid-August. Our current target is the week of August 16th. Incoming students who are approved to arrive early due to participation in qualifying university-sponsored events (pre-orientation programs, athletics, et cetera), may receive their assignments slightly earlier to accommodate their early move-in.
Returning students already received their housing assignments--or will receive them soon--but will receive further confirmation in mid-August when they receive the sign-up link for move-in time slots.
As noted by University President Christina H. Paxson in her message to the community on April 6, student residences will return to standard room occupancy in the Fall 2021 semester, meaning that while there are some single occupancy rooms on campus, students will again have roommates in doubles, triples, and quads.
As noted by Executive Vice President Russell C. Carey in his May 27 update, kitchens, study spaces, and lounges will be opened for student use in the residence halls.
As we are returning to standard occupancy, there will be a temporary freeze on room changes until we are a few weeks into the Fall 2021 semester. After the freeze, the room change and vacancy fill processes will open, though we anticipate there will be only limited opportunities for room changes.
We have a list of room furnishings available here.
Additionally, every on-campus room which does not feature an en suite kitchen will be provided with a microfridge unit.
No, sophomores and first year students are not granted off-campus permission; there will be no exceptions and no appeal to this policy.
The Residential Life budget primarily supports the residential facilities and program, and also provides operating budget support for direct resources and services to students, provided through the division of Campus Life, that are available to all students. Students who live within the residence halls pay for these services as part of their on-campus housing fee. Students who live outside of the residence halls pay a non-resident fee to help support those resources and services. The non-resident fee can be found on the Bursar's Office Tuition and Fee Schedule.
Services and resources falling within the Division of Campus Life--except those which are explicitly covered by a separate fee (e.g. Health Services and CAPS via the Health Services Fee)--are provided for by the non-resident fee and a portion of the on-campus housing fee. The "Division of Campus Life" hyperlink includes all of the offices within the division, the majority of whose services are covered by this fee.
Since the transition to remote learning, staff within these offices have worked diligently to make their services available remotely to students to the greatest extent possible. For this reason, commuters and off-campus students will be charged the non-resident fee.
The on-campus student residency requirements are in place for the 2021-2022 academic year and onward, meaning all first year students, sophomores, and juniors are required to live on campus. A small number of rising juniors have received off-campus permission through the extenuating circumstances process which has now concluded. At this time the University is not allowing additional rising juniors to receive off-campus permission. As the six-semester residency requirement is a University policy mandated directly by the Corporation, our office is not empowered to grant additional permissions and there will be no exceptions and no appeal to this policy.
In accordance with recommendations from the CDC and the Rhode Island Department of Health, vaccinated students and students with a medical or religious exemption to the COVID-19 vaccine requirement that has been approved by University Health Services are not being assigned together sharing a sleeping space as roommates. Any student with an approved medical or religious exemption has received information about the requirements for masking and social distancing when they are in shared spaces with others.
Students are moving in over a range of dates. Any student with a medical or religious exemption to the COVID-19 vaccine requirement that has been approved by University Health Services and any student arriving before they have reached a full vaccination status is required to complete a seven day modified quarantine with restricted activity and may not participate in-person activities until after receiving negative results from their Day 1 and Day 5 COVID tests.
As noted by University President Christina H. Paxson in her message to the community on April 6, student residences are returning to standard room occupancy in the Fall 2021 semester, meaning that students will again have roommates in doubles, triples, and quads.
Students assigned to multi-occupancy rooms do not have to wear a mask while in their bedroom with their roommate(s) or suitemate(s). All students should follow the current Campus Activity Status guidance regarding mask wearing and other public health requirements when they are in the common spaces in their residence halls and other campus buildings.
Room change requests cannot be processed during the first few weeks of the semester.. At the start of the semester, Residential Peer Leaders (RPLs) will work with you, your roommates, and hallmates to become acquainted with each other and establish healthy norms for living together in community. In the rare instances that a room change is necessary, a process will be available to students after the shopping period ends and all students have arrived and have had time to get to know each other. We are unable to accept room change requests before that process opens; there will be only limited opportunities for room changes once it does.
Students with a disability or medical condition may request housing accommodations by contacting Student Accessibility Services (SAS) at [email protected] Please be aware that there may be limited availability for accommodations at this point in the housing cycle. Students who are approved for accommodations by SAS may need to wait until the appropriate space becomes available. If you have questions about housing accommodations, please contact [email protected] or visit the SAS website for more information.