Campus Resources

RISD CE students have access to a variety of resources, including academic advising, admission to the RISD Museum, privileges at the Library and Nature Lab, access to RISD Rides, discounts at the RISD Store and RISD Store 3D, and software discounts.

RISD CE staff are available to assist you with registration, as well as advice on placement in courses or programs related to your interests. To request academic advising, please call 401 454-6200 during business hours or contact us at For information on certificate programs, be sure to review the Frequently Asked Questions on the Certificate Programs page.

RISD Store
Design Center, 30 North Main Street
401 454-6464
The RISD Store carries a variety of art supplies, silk screening and printmaking supplies, etching supplies, decorative papers, drawing papers, photography supplies, mounting boards and bookbinding supplies. RISD CE students may make tax-exempt purchases with a ten percent discount on art supplies (present your registration statement and a photo ID). Special orders, MasterCard and VISA are accepted. Call for hours.

RISD Store 3D
Bank Building, 27 North Main Street
401 454-6354
The RISD Store 3D stocks a wide variety of sculpture and jewelry supplies as well as general hardware store items. Plywood, hardwood, Plexiglas, glass and metal rod can be cut to size for next-day pickup. RISD|CE students may make tax-exempt purchases with a ten percent discount on art supplies (present your registration statement and a photo ID). Special orders, MasterCard and VISA are accepted. Call for hours.

RISD Dining
RISD offers a variety of places to eat on campus, all available to RISD CE students on a cash basis.

The Met Dining Hall
55 Angell Street
The Met menu offers traditional, vegetarian and vegan options, and features innovative entrees, an artisan pizza oven, and a salad and deli bar.

Portfolio Cafe
15 West
Located on the ground floor of 15 West and a short walk from the CIT, the Portfolio Cafe menu features entrees and lighter fare for take-out or dining on-site.

Jolly Roger Cafe
257 South Main Street
A short walk from both the CE office and the BEB, the Jolly Roger Cafe offers sandwiches, salads, soups, coffee and its signature homemade peanut butter.

Watermark Cafe
2nd Floor of the RISD Store
Design Center, 30 North Main Street
RISD’s Watermark Cafe offers healthy choices made-to-order with organic products and locally grown produce.

RISD CE faculty and students may park in any dedicated RISD parking lots after 6 pm weeknights and all day on weekends, year-round. During the workday (M-F), RISD parking lots are reserved for RISD employees only. We also ask that you please avoid parking in any spots marked “Reserved 24/7 for RISD vehicles.” Cars parked in designated handicapped spaces require the State H-P emblem placard; all others will be towed. RISD is not responsible for damage or theft to vehicles parked in RISD lots.

Discounted parking may be available in downtown Metro Park lots for RISD CE students. Simply bring your course registration statement with you each time you attend class, and present it to the parking attendant to see if the discounted rate applies. If applicable, the daytime rate is typically $15, and after 5 pm, $7. You must have your course registration statement with you in order to be eligible to receive the discount.

On-street metered parking is also available.

RISD Public Safety
30 Waterman Street
Emergency: 401 454-6666
Non-Emergency: 401 454-6376
website: (includes annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report)

RISD Public Safety is staffed 24 hours a day and is the office to call for all emergencies. From RISD phones dial ext. 6666 or (from the outdoor blue emergency phones) simply pick up the receiver to be connected to Public Safety. In an emergency on campus, a call to 401 454-6666 initiates a faster response than a call to 911. In an emergency off campus only, dial 911. Public Safety’s non-emergency extension is 6376 (from standard phones, 401 454-6376).

Personal Safety Recommendations
RISD makes every effort to maintain a safe, secure campus. However, there are things that you should do to increase your personal safety. Some suggestions:

  • Park in well-lit lots.
  • Walk in groups of two or more.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Contact Public Safety at 401 454-6376 for an escort, especially when walking alone.
  • Never work alone in studios.
  • Familiarize yourself with the location of the blue emergency phones, inside and outside of buildings.
  • Report any suspicious activity to Public Safety.
  • Some art and design techniques require the use of toxic materials; identify such materials and use caution when handling them. If you are pregnant or have a respiratory problem, please discuss alternative solutions with your instructor.

RISD Rides
As a RISD CE student, you have access to RISD Rides—a free, late night shuttle service for students, staff and faculty. Access to the services is available through My RISD, the school’s mobile app. Once you’ve downloaded the app, you can request a ride from any location within the designated service area to any college building, 7 days per week (during the academic year) from 5 pm to 3:15 am.

RISD CE students have access to some of RISD’s premier resources, including the RISD Museum, the Fleet Library, and the Edna W. Lawrence Nature Lab.

The RISD Museum
224 Benefit Street
401 454-6500
A major cultural institution in Rhode Island, the RISD Museum houses more than 86,000 works of fine and decorative art ranging from ancient times to the present. It is the only comprehensive art museum in southeastern New England and, as such, is a vital cultural resource both for RISD and the broader community. With seven curatorial departments, the museum offers a rich and varied program of exhibitions, lectures, tours, workshops and publications. It is dedicated to the interpretation of art and design from diverse cultures, and to educating and inspiring artists and designers, families, scholarly researchers and students of all ages. RISD CE students in courses meeting 18 hours or more may visit the RISD Museum free of charge (upon presentation of registration statement and a photo ID).

Fleet Library at RISD
15 West (The Mandle Building)
15 Westminster Street
401 709-5900
Founded in 1878, the RISD library is one of the oldest independent art college libraries in the country. Its circulating collection of more than 150,000 volumes offers unusual depth and richness in the areas of art, architecture, design and photography. The collection provides strong historical and contemporary perspectives, and specialized materials in landscape architecture, ceramics, textiles and jewelry support upper-level research. RISD’s specialized library is also noted for its artists’ books collection, its rare books, some 400 periodical subscriptions and collections of outstanding visual resources. RISD CE students may use the Library facilities, but do not have borrowing privileges. If you would like borrowing privileges, you may become a member for a discounted rate of $25 a year.

Edna W. Lawrence Nature Lab
Waterman Building
13 Waterman Street
401 454-6451
RISD’s Nature Lab is a unique resource for examining, exploring and understanding the patterns, structures and interactions of design in nature. A 1920 graduate of RISD and a long-time faculty member, Edna Lawrence founded the Nature Lab in 1937. Since then its collections – along with specialized microscopes and other equipment for studying them – have continued to grow to include more than 80,000 specimens and other items of natural history. The Nature Lab also houses live animals and plants, a natural history reference library and clipping file, and archives of slides, tapes, videos and x-ray photographs. Several RISD CE classes incorporate scheduled visits to the Nature Lab. Students may use objects in the Nature Lab as reference for their projects.

Computer Lab Hours
RISD CE maintains four computer labs and one digital photo studio on campus. Scheduled access to CE labs is available between the first and last day of each term; labs are not accessible between terms. For computer lab hours, locations and specifications, visit

PC to Mac / Mac to PC
Cross-platform computing is a reality in today’s flexible work environment. That is why RISD CE’s technology-based classes use computers that run both the Macintosh and Windows operating systems. Your course may use one or the other. While some students have concerns about making the transition from one computing platform to another, the differences are truly minimal. Nevertheless, to provide the best experience possible, RISD CE offers its students a free, short (30-40 minutes) and painless tutoring session in PC to Mac or Mac to PC computing.

Tutorials can be scheduled Monday through Friday from 9am-5:30pm. Contact Dean Abanilla, Technology Specialist, at 401 454-6727 or to make an appointment.

Software Discounts
In general, RISD CE students in courses meeting 36 hours or more qualify for educational discounts on software and hardware purchases. Eligibility requirements may vary, depending on the manufacturer or vendor. Usually, the manufacturer or vendor will require you to email or fax a copy of your registration statement.