URI: A User’s Guide

Welcome to URI! We’re glad you’re here. Being a new student is always exciting and sometimes overwhelming, so here’s a brief guide to help you get off to a great start.

1. Make yourself at home

URI’s a place where you’ll meet lifelong friends, make memories, and learn lessons both in and outside of the classroom. If you are moving into one of the 24 residence halls on campus, you’ll be greeted by students and staff ready to help.

Fall 2018 move-in dates for first-year residents are September 1 and 2 and September 3 for returning students. Check out our move-in guide for detailed schedules and tips on what to bring.

2. Find your people

There are 18,000 students descending on URI this fall. That includes 3,250 first-year students, 500 transfer students, and 2,000 graduate students. Don’t miss the First Night 2018 Block Party on September 2—for food, fun, and the chance to meet fellow students representing the 150 clubs and organizations on campus. Check out the groups participating in First Night 2018.

3. Play

Campus Recreation offers you a world of fitness activities, intramural sports, and club sports at some of the region’s top athletic facilities, including the Anna Fascitelli Fitness & Wellness Center, the Bradford R. Boss Ice Arena, the Keaney Gymnasium, the Mackal Field House, the Robert P. Arrigan Sailing Pavilion, and the Tootell Aquatic Center.

So run, lift, sail, skate, swim, and spin. Take classes in yoga, Pilates, and just about anything else you can think of. And don’t forget, there’s always the beach.

4. Eat, really well

What’s on the menu? Anything you want. URI is famous for its award-winning food. And you’ve got options: Hope Commons is a regular winner in national competitions (we recommend the retro-style burger bar). And Butterfield Hall is a favorite for made-to-order burritos and soft-serve ice cream. Check out Butterfield’s new fusion grain bowls!

Use your Ram Account for Starbucks coffee, Ram Escape fruit smoothies, and groceries at the Corner Store as well as a number of restaurants and retail locations in the Kingston Emporium.

5. Catch a ride

Running late? Too tired to walk up the hill? The Rhody Shuttle is a free transportation service with more than 20 stops around campus. All shuttles are ADA accessible and available to visitors, students, faculty, and staff. The shuttles operate Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., with service every 8-to-15 minutes.

6. Take in a show

Or a concert, lecture, art exhibit, film, musical performance, or comedy event. Check the URI Events calendar for a complete list of activities throughout the school year.

Coming soon: Our Fall 2018 Honors Colloquium’s series, Reimagining Gender, begins on September 25, and Alumni and Family Weekend runs October 12-14.7

7. Cheer on the Rams

Show your Rhody Pride at games throughout the year! Find schedules, ticket information, team rosters, stats, and more! Go Rhody!

8. Don’t be late

Classes begin on Wednesday, Sept. 5. Good luck, and have a great year!



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