Upperclass Housing

Picture of the river near 15 West

Upperclass housing options provide a greater level of independence for juniors, seniors, fifth-year students and graduate students who choose to live on campus. Comprised primarily of apartments, studios and lofts, these spaces give you access to kitchens as well as a greater level of autonomy over your living space.

15 West apartments, studios and lofts

Located in downtown Providence, 15 West houses sophomores and upperclass students—more than 500 in all. It offers various living style options and amenities, and is home to the Fleet Library and Portfolio Cafe. Sophomores live in the Alcove Suites on floors 3–5 while floors 6–16 are apartment style spaces for juniors, seniors, fifth-year students and some graduate students.

Colonial Apartments

Located on Benefit Street, the Colonial Apartments complex is comprised of three buildings that offer studios as well as two-and three-bedroom apartments. These buildings share a courtyard, two laundry facilities, a lounge, a bike storage room and a work room. You’ll also find Residence Life’s satellite office on the ground floor of Building C.

Dwight House Apartments

Overlooking downtown Providence from Benefit Street, Dwight House is one of our most popular residence halls. This historic building features studio apartments for upperclass students that include full bathrooms, kitchenettes and full-sized beds.

Each studio apartment in Dwight House includes the following amenities:

  • extra-long twin bed
  • dresser
  • desk with chair
  • “closet” space
  • full kitchen (electric cooktop, medium-size fridge, cabinet storage space)
  • full bathroom (toilet, sink, shower/tub)


With the exception of 15 West mini lofts, upperclass apartments come with the following dining allotment:

  • 30 meal swipes at The Met
  • 700 dining points
  • 100 cafe credits
  • three (3) guest meals

Since the mini lofts in 15 West do not come with the same kitchen amenities as other upperclass apartments, they include the same dining allotment as sophomore-area housing:

  • unlimited access to The Met
  • 225 dining points
  • five (5) weekly cafe credits
  • three (3) guest meals

If you reside on campus and want a little more flexibility in your plan, you may request a change to the full-flex meal allotment, which includes:

  • 100 Met swipes per semester
  • 500 dining points per semester
  • 150 café credits per semester
  • three (3) guest meals per semester
    Students residing in Sophomore housing OR 15  Mini Lofts will have no additional charge to make this change.

If you would like to change your allotment to the above, complete the full-flex request form. You can submit your request through the end of the second week of a given semester (fall or spring). If you have questions you may email Dining + Catering at dining@risd.edu or 401 454-6360.