Residential life provides a unique opportunity for personal growth and development, new friendships, and great experiences.

On-campus housing provides many benefits during your time at Rio. We provide you with a safe and secure location that not only promotes community and engagement but fosters individuality and independence. Statistics also show that living on campus will better your academic success. This is an opportunity for personal growth while forging lifetime friendships.

Resident Assistants (RA) live within the dorms and are available 24 hours a day. Like Student Success Coaches, RA's are here to help you achieve your goals during your time at Rio. Should conflicts arise, they are also trained in resolution.

Our Total Living Plan price includes convenient campus dining and a standard double occupancy room. Utilities like cable, electric, and internet are also included. There is also the security of no financial impact should your roommate leave mid-year.

Housing Profiles

Boyd Hall

Boyd Hall

Virtual Tour

75 traditional double rooms

First-year male students

Davis Hall

Davis Hall

Virtual Tour

64 traditional double and traditional single rooms

First-year female students

Holzer Hall

Holzer Hall

Virtual Tour

42 traditional double and quad rooms

Upper-class co-ed

Wellness Hall Dormitory
Upper Classman


Virtual Tour

67 traditional double, traditional single, double suite, and triple suite rooms

Upper-class co-ed

ADA and gender-inclusive 

Additional Information

  • Appliances (with no hot plate or open coil)
  • Hair dryer
  • Curling iron
  • Iron
  • Television
  • Computer
  • Small Microwave*
  • Small Refrigerator*
  • *Microwave/Refrigerator will be provided in all: Single and Super Single rooms


  • Linens
  • Sheets (XL twin)
  • Pillow(s)
  • Blanket(s)
  • Bedspread
  • Towels
  • Wash cloths
  • Mattress pad
  • Laundry supplies (high efficiency)
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Dishes for snacks
  • Small sewing kit
  • Outlet strip
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Lounge Chair
  • Area rugs
  • Umbrella
  • Waste basket
  • Trash bags
  • Plants
  • Desk Lamp
  • Personal Items
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Cologne, perfume
  • Make-up
  • Shaving lotion
  • Shaving cream
  • Medicine
  • Band-aids
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Tissues
  • Cotton balls
  • Cotton swabs
  • Razors
  • Hand lotion
  • Shower bucket
  • Shower shoes
  • School Supplies
  • Paperclips
  • Rubber bands
  • Tacks, pins
  • Scotch tape
  • Glue
  • Stapler-staples
  • Notebook, folders
  • Tablets, paper
  • Pens, pencils
  • Memo board
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Calendar
  • Posters
  • Backpack
  • Pets
  • Candles
  • Incense
  • Extension cords (unless with a surge protector)
  • Halogen lamps
  • Appliances with a hot plate or coil (like a toaster, toaster oven, griddle, etc.)
  • Weapons (including firearms and knives)

All students under the age of 23 living outside of 50 miles are required to live on campus for the first four semesters. All requests for exceptions and questions concerning residency requirements should be directed to the Director of Residence Life.

Residency requirements shall mirror those set by the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College regarding tuition structures. The following persons shall be classified as exempt from on-campus residency requirements:

  1. A dependent student, at least one of whose parents or legal guardians has been a resident within 50 miles of Rio Grande for all other legal purposes for twelve consecutive months or more immediately preceding the enrollment of such student in the University.
  2. A person who has been a resident within 50 miles of Rio Grande for the purpose of this rule for at least twelve consecutive months immediately preceding their enrollment and who is not receiving and has not directly or indirectly received in the preceding twelve months, financial support from persons or entities who are not residents within 50 miles of Rio Grande.
  3. A person who is married.
  4. A person with custody of a child.
  5. A person who is not enrolled in any in-person courses.
  6. A person who transfers in at least 64 credit hours from a previous institution.

A student wishing to file an exception to the residency requirements may do so by downloading the Commuter Exemption Form. Completed forms, along with any relevant documentation, should be sent to the Director of Residence Life. 


Let us help you navigate the Resident Life process. Email us with questions or concerns.