The formation and maintenance of subcellular structures and organelles with a well-defined size is a key requirement for cell function, yet our understanding of the underlying size control mechanisms is limited. While budding yeast cell polarization and subsequent assembly of a septin ring at the site of bud formation has been successfully used as a model for biological self-assembly processes, the mechanisms that set the size of the septin ring at the bud neck are unknown. Here, we use live-cell imaging and genetic manipulation of cell volume to show that the septin ring diameter increases with cell volume. This cell-volume-dependence largely accounts for modulations of ring size due to changes in ploidy and genetic manipulation of cell polarization. Our findings suggest that the ring diameter is set through the dynamic interplay of septin recruitment and Cdc42 polarization, establishing it as a model for size homeostasis of self-assembling organelles. Budding yeast cell polarization is known to self-assemble, but it is still not clear what controls the size of the resulting septin ring. Here the authors show that the septin ring diameter is set by cell volume, ensuring that larger cells have larger rings.