RVRC is grounded on the increasingly recognised concept that a strong living-learning programme is a cornerstone in enhancing holistic student development during University years. The RVRC Programme was conceptualized to address the need of building a solid foundation for students in their academic pursuits as well as to cultivate in them qualities appreciated by today’s workplace. This is done through its academic, co-academic and student life elements that are carefully integrated for students’ holistic development.
RVRC constantly strives to create a smaller, supportive and inclusive community where students of different backgrounds and academic interests can interact and learn from each other. RVRC also actively promotes the social, intellectual and personal growth of its undergraduate residents while simultaneously building upon the university's collective sense of community. The environment and culture are conducive for students to experiment with different learning platforms and modes, expand their skill sets, explore academic and career alternatives and develop into self directed individuals with a passion for lifelong learning.
RVRC is the only residential college that is situated outside University Town. Its residents benefit from its strategic location at the heart of the university, well connected and within walking proximity to several faculties. This location allows students quick and easy access to their classes as well as key student life amenities such the new Sports and Recreation Centre, Yusof Ishak House (Students Activities hub), the University Health and Wellness Centre and the NUS Track and Sports Fields.
The college consists of 5 walk up blocks, an 8-storey tower block and a new Annexe building. The low-rise interconnected buildings house student rooms and are nestled against the backdrop of the Kent Ridge Forest, visually distinct with their brick-clad exteriors and courtyards with protected raintrees. The site has a rich heritage, as it was the former location for Kent Ridge Hall until November 2002. The tower block provides additional student accommodation. All blocks including the tower block provide student accommodation that is equipped with lounges and pantries while the Annexe building houses the College’s administrative and faculty offices, teaching facilities, student activity spaces, multi-purpose halls and the dining hall.
RVRC was formally established in April 2014 as the first Residential College at the main Kent Ridge campus and accepted its pioneer batch of Year One students in August 2014 with a one-year academic program offered to students from five different faculties. The college was housed in the former Ridge View Residences. As the college program gradually evolved and the student community grew, construction began in November 2015 for a new building to complement the needs of the college. The new Annexe building became operational in March 2017.