Life at Drexel
Welcome to Drexel, your new home in Philadelphia!
Whether you spend most of your time on our University City Campus, in our online classrooms, or Center City Campus, you will find campus life to be a thriving and engaging environment in the fantastic city of Philadelphia. Learn more about what makes our town so special.
No matter if you choose living on campus or commuting, our University provides an array of resources and opportunities to make your time here as fun and successful as possible.
While living on campus, you will exist in a diverse community, engage with peers in meaningful ways, gain a greater sense of who you are and what you love to do, and form a better connection to our vast campus. If living on campus as a resident is the way you decide to go, then we have an abundance of exciting opportunities available to you from the offices of Housing and Residence Life and Student Conduct, as they work together to provide a safe and welcoming environment for students to live and learn.
As a first-year student, you have the option of eight Residence Halls as well as the opportunity to be a part of a College Learning Community (CLC), Substance-free Housing, or Gender-Inclusive Housing. No matter what you choose, all first-year residential communities at Drexel enjoy academic and social activities throughout the year, such as weekly events coordinated by Residential Assistants (RAs), and hall-wide events designed to bring residents together (i.e. open mic events, athletic competitions, etc.). And with our Faculty-at-Residence (FAR) program, you'll have the chance to interact with faculty members in fun and unique ways, outside of the classroom right in your Residence Hall. You will never find yourself without things to do as a resident student at Drexel.
For detailed steps on how to prepare to live on campus, visit How to Apply for University Housing. And keep an eye on your Drexel email account form updates from University Housing.
Choosing to live off-campus may be the direction you take, but you shouldn't feel any less connected during your time at Drexel. After all, when you come to Drexel as a commuter, you join a large community that makes up approximately 10 percent of our freshman class. While you may not live on campus, Drexel will become your home away from home for dining, recreation, social activities, and, of course, studying with friends!
To further develop a sense of community for our commuters here at Drexel, the Campus Engagement Team, in conjunction with the Commuter Student Association (CSA), fosters a sense of belonging among commuters as it advocates for the needs of the commuter population.
Will you pack your own lunches, eat at one of the many famous Philly food trucks, or purchase a Drexel Dining Plan? You will find that the food options on our campus are endless.
Luckily, we make it pretty simple with our Campus Dining Plans, where Drexel's Dining Services offers several plan options that make grabbing lunch easy and convenient at more than eight campus locations. Drexel Campus Dining Plans are required for first-year students living in a Drexel residence hall and are also available for commuter students.
To learn how to register for a dining plan and see all they have to offer, visit our Dining Plans.
Located in one of America's largest cities, Drexel is easily accessible by a number of public transportation options, such as SEPTA regional rail, buses, trolleys, and subways in and around Philadelphia.
Parking is also available to students throughout the year through Drexel Parking Services. There are a number of convenient parking locations across campus, including a parking garage, available for both daily and permitted parking. New students are encouraged to look into the availability of parking permits at the Parking Office before bringing their car on campus.
You can always choose to bring your bike onto campus or utilize our Drexel Bike Share. On top of Philly's bike share program, Indego, Drexel provides a much cheaper option: free bike-sharing! Drexel Bike Share is open to all students and employees with a valid Drexel University ID and in good standing with the University. This free access to a bike for a period of two days or one weekend at a time is available for all who complete an annual Drexel Bike Share Membership Agreement. It's as easy as that.
For more information on ways to get around campus, such as car sharing services and our shuttle buses, see our Transportation Resources.