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 residence halls on campus, you’ll be greeted by students and staff ready to help.

Your exact move-in date will depend on your hall and room assignment. Check out move-in information for detailed schedules and tips on what to bring.

2. Find your people

There are 17,000 students descending on URI this fall. That includes 3,200 first-year students, 500 transfer students, and 2,000 graduate students. Don’t miss the First Night 2019 Block Party on Sunday, Sept. 1—for food, fun, and the chance to meet fellow students representing more than 150 clubs and organizations on campus.

3. Play

Campus Recreation offers you a world of fitness and wellness activities, intramural sports, and club sports at some of the region’s top athletic facilities, including the Anna Fasciatelli Fitness and 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. There’s Mainfare in Hope Commons (we recommend the retro-style burger bar) and Butterfield, a favorite for made-to-order burritos, fusion grain bowls, and soft-serve ice cream. Oh, but there’s more. Check out all the dining venues available on campus. Be sure to take a look at their hours of operation during Move-In Weekend.

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, comendy event, theater or musical performance. Check the URI Events calendar for a complete list of activities throughout the school year.

Coming soon: Our Fall 2019 Honors Colloquium weekly lecture series, Religion in America, begins on Sept. 17 and runs through Dec. 10, and Alumni and Family Weekend happens Oct. 25-27.

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. 4. Good luck, and have a great year!

More Move-In Resources