Living at RWU

There’s a famous quote that states that "home is where the heart is.” In the Department of Residence Life and Housing, we believe and fully embrace that message! We want Roger Williams University to be your home away from home. After all, it’s here in our residence halls where you’ll laugh, make memories, stay up late watching episodes of your favorite shows on Netflix, make some inside jokes, make some of the best friends you’ll ever have, and maybe even find your soul mate!

We have 8 different safe, secure, and comfortable residence halls to choose from. Traditional residence halls are reserved for our underclassmen, while upperclassmen can choose from suites and apartment-style residences. All of our halls provide wireless internet access and laundry facilities. Many also feature common lounges with ping pong and pool tables, quiet study rooms, air conditioning, and reserved spaces for students with special needs or interests.

Our six on-campus halls offer spaces with spectacular views of Mount Hope Bay, the Mount Hope Bridge, and even our academic quad. Roger Williams also offers two supervised off-campus housing options in the Almeida Apartments and Baypoint Inn and Conference Center just 2 miles from campus. Our newest residence hall opened in fall 2009, and features a lounge area with amenities including pool tables, a coffee house and a convenience store, and is LEED certifiable. We are constantly upgrading our facilities, and recently renovated our Bayside Apartment Complex and created South Campus Lounge located in Cedar Hall.

The Roger Williams University Department of Residence Life and Housing Office supervises a staff of trained Coordinators of Residence Education (CORE) and Resident Assistants (RA). Our RAs are students charged with the responsibility of ensuring the health and safety of our resident students. They help establish a safe and welcoming community, provide fun and educational programming, are knowledgeable resources for students, and enforce university policies and regulations. RAs are selected through a rigorous process, and receive continuous training throughout the summer and academic year. They serve as unit leaders, program facilitators, student advocates, campus resources, and policy enforcers. Many of our COREs hold Masters Degrees and are full-time, professional staff members who also live in assigned residence halls. They oversee the day-to-day operations of their specific residence hall, including supervision of the Resident Assistants and student conduct officers.

Information for New Students:

As an incoming student, you will receive a username and password for our internal web portal, myRWU, after you submit your tuition deposit. You'll be able to fill out a roommate personality preference questionnaire to help us match you with your firstcollege roommate. Once you receive your housing assignment, you can also use the myRWU portal to make changes to your meal plan up to the second week after classes begin. If you’re worried about this – don’t be! We automatically enroll you in the Carte Blanche Gold dining plan. For other options, feel free to visit the “Dining Plans” section of the “Dining Experience” webpage!

Questions? Call us at (401) 254-3161, or e-mail us at

Rates and Fees

Undergraduate Housing

Graduate Housing

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