Beautiful RWU campus with pond and fountainLocated in the beautiful seaside community of Bristol, Roger Williams University (RWU) is one of the premier event venues on Rhode Island’s East Bay. Established in 1956, this quintessentially New England college campus boasts sprawling green lawns which sweep down to the sandy shores of Mt. Hope Bay. Each year the university welcomes a wide variety of conferences, summer camps, and special events that choose RWU for its bucolic location, outstanding dining options, and affordable residential facilities. Contact our team today to schedule your event.


Our brick-and-mortar facilities can accommodate groups ranging from 10 participants to 200. We also offer several “green spaces” on campus suitable for large-capacity tents. Our staff will be happy to work with our trusted suppliers to ensure that such temporary structures include the amenities that will make your event a success.

Conference room with a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows with bay viewsWhile we accept a limited number of event requests on campus during the school year, summers at RWU offer over 250 bookable spaces. These include:

  • Classrooms
  • Conference rooms
  • Auditoriums
  • Athletic venues
  • Laboratory
  • Reception spaces

A person stands in front of a wall displaying floor-to-ceiling screensAt RWU, we stay on top of the latest developments in AV and communication technology. Our talented IT staff provides our clients with the resources they need to successfully engage with their target audience. 

    The quality of a meal can make or break an event. We are delighted to partner with Bon Appetit Management Company as a food-service provider. Bon Appetit-served schools routinely appear on the Princeton Review’s Best Campus Food rankings and our students agree, the food at RWU is outstanding! Focusing on sustainability and preparing farm-to-table options, our dining team caters to any event. A small selection of our most extensive dining options is listed below. Please contact us for pricing or to discuss arranging a customized menu for your event.

    • lobster and local oystersBoxed meals
    • Luncheon and dinner buffets
    • Plated meals
    • BBQ menus
    • Gourmet Pizzas
    • Hors d’oeuvres
    • Afternoon snacks
    • Seasonal specials
    • Artesian reception menus

    Finding appropriate housing for your event attendees during the summer can be a daunting experience—not to mention expensive! If you are looking for a truly coastal conference/summer program experience, look no further. Positioned strategically on the shores of Mt. Hope Bay, 42% of our student residences have an ocean view. Our clients can choose from a variety of housing styles to suit any budget.

    The Roger Williams housing staff strive to ensure that the residential experience on campus is memorable for every client. Full linen packages and change services are available upon request.

    On campus housing is available from late May through August. If accommodations are needed during the school year, our trained staff can recommend appropriate off-site lodging to meet your needs

    As the smallest state in the Union, Rhode Island has it all! From picturesque coastline to rural vistas, to vibrant city-life, Rhode Island is known as a state where leisure and innovation meet. Our students come to Rhode Island from around the world to live and learn in a seaside town steeped in history and tradition. Minutes away from campus, the town of Bristol boasts miles of bike paths, a vibrant shopping and dining district, cultural and historical galleries, museums, and more. While Bristol has long been known as a ship-building mecca, it is also renowned as the location of the country’s oldest 4th of July parade (established 1875).

    Located in beautiful Southern New England, Roger Williams University is a short drive to some of the most popular summer destinations on the Eastern Seaboard.

    • 30 minutes from Providence
    • 30 minutes from Newport
    • 60 minutes from Boston

    Visitors from out-of-state can travel to Roger Williams University from Rhode Island TF Green International Airport or Boston Logan International Airport. The Rhode Island Public Transport Authority (RIPTA) shuttles run regularly from Providence to Bristol and other popular localities. 

    Students conduct experiments on a boat out on the bayExperience life on RWU's beautiful Bristol campus with our dynamic, hands-on summer programs. Earn college credit, build connections, and develop skills to support strong college applications while exploring your passions. 

    Event Inquiries

    For our latest pricing guides and for information about scheduling your event on campus, please contact our team at:

    Contact Conferences

    Campus Recreation Center Suite 215
    One Old Ferry Road
    Bristol, RI 02809-2921
    Phone: (401) 254-3067
    Fax: (401) 254-3377