Commuting to Campus

RIC strives to foster a strong campus community for everyone, and our commuter students are an important part of our community.

Recognizing Your Needs

Students Working in Donovan Dining Center

Our local, commuter students are important to us, so their needs are important to us. If you are interested in commuting to campus, we want you to know that we work hard to provide you with the resources and amenities you'll need.

RIC Alerts

You'll Be Kept Informed

We'll get you signed up with RICAlert to receive instantaneous notifications of delays, cancellations and closures.

Resources Across Campus

The campus shuttle makes 11 stops around our campus to help students get around. View the shuttle's route.

Schedule during Fall and Spring Semesters

When classes are in session the shuttle runs as follows:

  • Monday–Thursday: 7:30 am–10:30 pm
  • Friday: 7:30 am–12:30 pm

After 4:30 pm, the shuttle loop is extended to include Stop and Shop, CVS, Family Dollar, and Wendy’s on Manton Ave.

Download the Shuttle App

Shuttle Stops

  1. Keefe Transportation Center
  2. Parking Lot A
  3. Guardo Hall
  4. Sherlock Center / Building 7
  5. Recreation Center
  6. Whipple Hall
  7. Fogarty Life Science
  8. Parking Lot H / I 
  9. Penfield Hall
  10. Browne Resident Hall / Security & Safety / Health Services
  11. Student Union / Donovan Dining Center
  • Adams Library (multiple locations throughout building)
  • ALEX AND ANI Hall (first floor and second floor lounges/study areas)
  • Craig-Lee (lobby area and several lounges/study areas)
  • Donovan Dining Center (dining areas)
  • Gaige Hall (lobby area and several lounges/study areas)
  • Fogarty Life Science (lobby lounge/study area on Nursing addition)
  • Guardo Hall (first floor lounge/study)
  • Recreation Center (first floor lounge area)
  • Residence Halls (all halls have a common lounge/recreation area)
  • Roberts Hall (main lobby study area, lounge/study area in Music, Theater and Dance area, near Forman theater)  
  • Student Union (Café area, lounge furniture throughout each floor)
  • Whipple Hall (lobby lounge)

We have multiple computer labs on campus that are easily accessible to both residential and commuter students, using token access systems that can be found outside of each lab.

Donovan Dining Center

Donovan is open at the following times:

  • Monday–Friday: 7 a.m–8 pm
  • Saturday: 10 am–8 pm 
  • Sunday: 10 am–6 pm

The Beestro

The Beestro is open at the following times:

  • Monday–Thursday: 11 am–9 pm
  • Friday: 11 am–4 pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: 5–9 pm

The James P. Adams Library on campus is a quiet place to do research or focus on your academics. The library covers four floors, including a silent study level 2. Public computers are available throughout the library. View the library hours

Printing Services

  • access on level 3 to free (first 250 pages) black and white printing for students on the public desktop
  • regular printing and photocopying available for $0.05 per page
  • free scanning for students by swiping your RIC ID card

Your Student ID is your access to everything on campus – food, beverages, library, recreation center access, photocopies, laundry, printing, textbooks, room access, and more. 


Free Parking Passes

Did you know that RIC provides free parking passes to our campus community? So, as a commuter, you'll be able to park your car on campus at no cost.

Commuting Tips

Driving In

Free Parking

RIC provides free parking passes to our campus community. So, as a commuter, you'll be able to park your car on campus at no cost.

Keeping You Safe

  • Consider getting an oil change, tune-up and tire rotation before the start of the academic year or before winter months.
  • Consider a roadside assistance option in case of flat tires and battery issues.

Inclement Weather

  • Check your tire pressure before driving in snow or rain. Be sure to keep a shovel, ice scraper and extra winter clothes in your car at all times 
  • Make sure to leave enough time for commuting with hazardous weather conditions. 
  • Check the status of your class to ensure you are not driving to campus before cancellations .

Public Transportation

Your RIC student ID card serves as an unlimited RIPTA bus pass. All registered students will have unlimited access to all RIPTA routes which includes the riders with disabilities bus.  

  • check bus schedules for delays or cancellations 
  • check class status to ensure no cancellations

Carpooling to Campus

Most of our RIC community members are driving to the college and back home again everyday. Carpooling is a great way to: 

  • save fuel
  • reduce pollution
  • make friends
  • save money