URI: A User's Guide

1. Make yourself at home

If you are moving into one of the residence halls on campus, you’ll be greeted by students and staff ready to help. Check out move-in information for detailed schedules and tips on what to bring. Come to RhodyFest for the free food; stay for the new friends. And don’t forget to register for O-Week events starting Thursday, Aug. 31, with the Ruckus tailgate.

Also, here are some tips on how to be a good roomie. And remember, your RAs will be your greatest resource.

2. Find your people

URI is home to 17,000+ undergraduate and graduate students, who come to URI from more than 65 nations and 48 U.S. states. This year, the University welcomes approximately 3,750 first-year and transfer students, who will find a vibrant community with students of diverse backgrounds and interests.

During O-Week, Sept. 1-8, you’ll find a ton of activities and events to keep you busy before classes begin. And be sure to explore the URInvolved website to learn more about the unique opportunities URI has to offer—and all the ways to stay connected on campus.

We have more than 150 clubs and organizations. Take a look at the Student Involvement Office’s Match Program to assess your interests and find the right clubs for you.

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 Fascitelli Fitness and Wellness CenterKeaney GymnasiumMackal Field House, Robert P. Arrigan Sailing Pavilion, and Bradford R. Boss Ice Arena.

So run, lift, sail, skate, swim, and spin. Take classes in yoga and Pilates. And don’t forget, there’s always the beach.

4. Eat, really well

What’s on the menu? Just about anything you want. URI is famous for its award-winning food, and you’ll have plenty of choices at Mainfare, Butterfield, and the Ram’s Den. But that’s not all—check out all the dining options on campus and be sure to take a look at their hours of operation during Move-in Weekend.

5. Catch a ride

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 p.m., with service every 8-to-15 minutes.

6. Take in a show

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

7. Cheer on the Rams

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

8. Be well

URI Health Services is here to support you, providing a wide range of services that address your physical and mental health and wellness.

Fall Trees behind Green Hall

You made it! Now it’s time to make yourself at home.

Photo credit: Nora Lewis