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 office of Housing and Residence Life 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 Living Learning Community (LLC) 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.). 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 the First-Year Housing Overview. And keep an eye on your Drexel email account form updates from Housing and Residence Life.
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 first-year 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 Community Student Association (CSA), fosters a sense of belonging among commuters as it advocates for the needs of the commuter population.
We make it easy to enjoy the dining on campus. Drexel's campus dining offers several plan options that make grabbing breakfast, lunch, or dinner easy and convenient at more than six campus locations. Drexel's Business Services and Aramark work together to provide our customers with quality, value, convenience, and flexibility, as well as healthy options, through the Campus Dining program.
Drexel offers over 20 dining options on campus. If you are looking for all-you-care-to-eat-style dining, visit the Handschumacher Dining Center, also known as "the Hans." We offer station-style dining at the Urban Eatery, with seven different stations showcasing a variety of healthy and both vegetarian- and vegan-friendly options. Kosher dining is available at The Café in the Perelman Center for Jewish Life. And if you are looking for some familiar name-brands, then visit the Northside Dining Terrace, right in the heart of the first-year residence halls.
Our dining plans are designed with you in mind. If you are looking to enjoy a meal with friends or just grab a snack on the go, there is a plan to fit every appetite. Visit Dining On Campus at Drexel to explore all of the Dining Plan options.
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.