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Housing and Dining

University Housing and Dining

A well-nourished Drexel Dragon is a successful one — which is exactly what University Housing and Drexel Campus Dining strives for. With opportunities such as connecting with peers while living in campus housing to socializing with mentors and friends in one of many on-campus eateries, our students receive a supportive experience.

Housing and Residence Life

Living on campus is an exciting aspect of the college experience. Each Drexel residence hall has its own distinctive features and amenities, but all offer common recreation and study lounges, kitchens, and laundry facilities. Individual rooms are equipped to provide cable television and Internet access. Students living in the residence halls are supported by live-in Residence Life staff who organize regular events, activities, and study sessions. For more information regarding Drexel's residence halls, visit the University Housing website.

Jarod and Bella's Residence Hall Tour

Join Jarod and Bella, two of our student ambassadors, for a detailed walkthrough of Drexel’s residential experience.

Drexel's 2-Year Residency Program was developed to provide first-year (freshman) and second-year (sophomore) students with a range of learning and lifestyle housing options to customize their Drexel living experience. First-year students who are not approved to commute are required to reside on campus in a Drexel residence hall. Second-year students must choose to live in a Drexel residence hall (Caneris or Stiles Hall), University-Affiliated Housing (operated by American Campus Communities — The Summit, University Crossings, or Chestnut Square), or in a Drexel fraternity or sorority house (invitation from the organization required). Learn more about Drexel's 2-Year Residency program.

To support Drexel's ongoing commitment to develop environments that are welcoming and inclusive, Drexel offers Gender-Inclusive Housing (GIH). This option enhances the residential experience by allowing students to live with other students with whom they feel comfortable. GIH is optional and students must expressly state their desire for this type of housing assignment.

Drexel also offers College Learning Communities, which can enhance your academic experience at Drexel by connecting you with other students in your academic college or special interest group. These learning communities make it easier to meet people and form study groups or work on projects. Each community is assigned to a specific area in a residence hall with a central common area, and organizes its own social and academic activities. Past learning communities have included:

  • College of Arts and Sciences Emerging Scholars
  • College of Computing & Informatics
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Nursing and Health Professions
  • Dragon Navigator
  • LeBow College of Business
  • Liberty Scholars
  • Pennoni Honors College
  • School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health Systems
  • Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

To learn more, visit Residence Life's Residential Communities page.


Drexel Campus Dining offers a variety of options to match any appetite. From the Handschumacher Dining Center — a traditional all-you-care-to-eat dining hall — to the ever-changing offerings of Urban Eatery, Drexel Campus Dining has the choices and variety to keep you coming back for more. And if you're on the go, looking for a snack, or just need a coffee to kick start your day — stop by the Northside Dining Terrace, The Café at the Perelman Center for Jewish Life, Starbucks at Gerri C. LeBow Hall, or ThirtyOne41.

Our dining team works closely with students who have dietary restrictions. Our dietitian and chefs are here to help personalize and create a menu that fits your lifestyle. For more information, check out Campus Dining's On-campus Resources

No matter what you're hungry for, Drexel makes it easy to use your Dining Plan — just use your DragonCard for a meal swipe or Dining Dollars. First-year (freshman) students living on campus are required to purchase one of two First Year/Freshman Dining Plans. All Drexel Campus Dining locations also accept cash, DragonDollars, and major credit cards.

More information about Dining Plans and menus can be found on the Drexel Campus Dining site. To see a list of restaurants and other stores and services in the neighborhood, view the Dining and Retail Directory.