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First Year/Freshmen Housing Overview

Towers Hall Room

University Housing is excited to welcome First Year/Freshmen 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/Freshmen students.

Our Residential Communities

Students living in Drexel's residence halls are supported by live-in Residential Living professional team members who offer support through mentorship and counseling. Residential Living 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 Residential Living.

An Introduction: The 2-Year Residency Program

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

First Year/Freshmen live in one of the following residence halls:

Local Residents

First Year/Freshmen 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/Freshmen students may request a change in residency status by contacting the Enrollment Management Office at 215.895.2400 or

The Housing Application

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

Living Style

Complete a short survey which will be available to potential roommates.

Term Selection

The academic terms for which the student will live on campus.

Housing Preferences

University Housing will utilize the preferences indicated here to assign a student if the student chooses not to participate in Online Room Self-Selection, is a member of a College Learning Community (CLC) or is not eligible to do so. Please note that preferences are not guarantees and are subject to availability at the time of selection/assignment.

College Learning Community Application

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

Honors Accommodations Request

This will be an opportunity for students in the Honors program to express interest in the Honors Program Living Learning Community (CLC).

Contact Information

University Housing requires all students to have a local 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. 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 with other students with whom they feel comfortable. This is an optional housing opportunity and must be specifically requested.

Special Services or Accommodations

If the student plans to contact the Office of Disability Resources with regard to specialized accommodations for the academic year. It is the student's responsibility to contact the Office of Disability Resources – contact will not be made by the Office of Disability Services based on the information presented on this screen.


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 Roommate Survey. This page will also list anyone who has requested the student as a roommate. On this page, the student can create a profile which will be searchable by other students.

University Housing 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 Web Screen Name (which is defined by the student on the housing application).
  • Browse for roommates by selecting answers to the Living Style Questionnaire.
  • Browse roommates who match the Living Style Questionnaire.