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First-Year Housing Overview

Towers Hall Room

Housing and Residence Life is excited to welcome First-Year students into the Drexel residence halls. Living on campus is a big part of the college experience - an environment where students live, learn and engage, having experiences that will share and serve them for the rest of their lives. Continue reading to learn more about Drexel's residential communities and the housing options available to First-Year students.

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.

Our Residential Communities

Students living in Drexel's residence halls are supported by live-in Residence Life professional team members who offer support through mentorship and counseling. Residence Life establishes innovative and creative ways to foster a sense of community and to assist students with achieving their goals through sponsored trips and events, and academic and social programming to engage residents outside of the classroom. Learn more about the support offered by Residence Life.

An Introduction: The 2-Year Residency Program

Drexel's 2-Year Residency Program was developed to provide First-Year and Second-Year students a wide range of learning and lifestyle housing options to customize their Drexel living experience.

First-Year Students live in one of the following residence halls:

Local Residents

First-Year students may be permitted to reside with a family member or legal guardian if your permanent address is within a 10-mile radius (click here for a PDF of the zip codes) of the University City campus.

Extenuating Circumstances

Prior to the start of the academic year, Incoming First-Year students may request a change in residency status by contacting the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 215.895.2400 or

The Housing Application

The following information describes sections of the First-Year housing application including roommate selection and housing preferences.

Living Style

Complete a short Living Style questionnaire which will be available to potential roommates.

Housing Preferences

Housing and Residence Life will utilize the preferences indicated here to assign a student if the student chooses not to participate in Room Self-Selection, or does not participate in Room Self-Selection and/or a Living Learning Community (LLC).

Living Learning Community Application

This will be an opportunity for students to express interest in a Living Learning Community (LLC).

Contact Information

Housing and Residence Life requires all students to have a Emergency Contact on file. Use this page to provide that information. On this page, information from your DrexelOne account is also provided, but cannot be updated if incorrect. To update a permanent address or your official Emergency Contact, log into DrexelOne.

Gender-Inclusive Housing

Gender-Inclusive Housing enhances the residential experience by allowing students to live in the same room and share internal/external bathrooms regardless of assigned sex, gender identity and/or gender expression. This is an optional housing opportunity and must be specifically requested.

Special Services or Accommodations

If the student may need specialized accommodations for the academic year, they should contact Disability Resources. It is the student's responsibility to contact Disability Resources.


Please read carefully as this page will highlight important portions of the housing agreement.

Online Agreement

Electronically sign the Individual Housing Agreement. If a student is under the age of 18 at the time the housing agreement is completed, they will be able to enter the name and email address of a parent or legal guardian. The parent or legal guardian will then be able to sign the agreement on behalf of the student. Once this is completed, the student will be able to complete the housing application.

Preferred Roommate Selection/Gender-Inclusive Roommate Selection

Select preferred roommates by searching for a specific person or searching based on the Living Style Questionnaire. This page will also list anyone who has requested the student as a roommate.

Housing and Residence Life will utilize the Living Style Questionnaire to assign students who choose not to participate in, or are not eligible for, Online Room Self-Selection. Please note that students are indicating preferences only. All preferences are subject to availability at time of selection or assignment.

Students have several options when searching for roommates:

  • Search for a specific student using their Last Name and their Drexel User ID.
  • Browse for roommates by selecting answers to the Living Style Questionnaire.
  • Browse roommates who match the Living Style Questionnaire.