Contrary to popular belief, medical and graduate students do not live in the library. At the end of the day, many of our students return to apartments and houses in East Falls or Center City Philadelphia. As part of the Drexel experience, we hope to make our students' transition to life in Philadelphia as smooth as possible.
In addition to the information on our site, we encourage students to visit Drexel's Off-Campus Housing Service website where you can search for housing by location, budget and number of bedrooms and bathrooms. You can also browse message boards, look for roommates and utilize several other housing resources.
East Falls Housing
The College of Medicine's main campus, Queen Lane, is located in the East Falls section of Philadelphia. This suburban-like neighborhood is approximately 15 minutes from Center City and is a great place to live.
There are a handful of apartment complexes located just off campus as well as several single and multi-family houses to rent. Beautiful Fairmount Park, the largest urban park system in the nation, is just blocks away, with miles of biking, hiking and jogging trails. Public transportation, including Drexel University's free shuttle, links East Falls to the rest of the city.
Center City Housing
Our Center City campus is the main campus for the Graduate School's Pre-Medical & Pre-Health programs. It's also where many third- and fourth-year medical students participate in clinical rotations.
With numerous classes, labs and rotations held on our Center City campus, students may wish to move downtown if that's where they'll be spending the majority of their time.
Drexel offers graduate student housing at Stiles Hall, located one block north of the academic buildings in Center City. In Stiles, you can pick a one-, two- or three-bedroom apartment where you will have your own bedroom but will share a bathroom, kitchen and living room with one or two other people (in the two- and three-bedroom options). To apply for graduate housing, please visit the graduate student housing application section of the website. You may also contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
From high-rises to walk-ups, there are also several affordable off-campus living options in Center City and the surrounding neighborhoods. While living downtown, you can see the Liberty Bell, walk through Independence Hall, delight in the world-famous Philadelphia Orchestra or Pennsylvania Ballet, spend hours in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, or enjoy an afternoon at one of many science and cultural museums or the nation's oldest zoo. For those looking for nightlife, there are hundreds of restaurants as well as theaters, concert halls and clubs.
West Reading Housing
The College of Medicine's West Reading Campus is located in Wyomissing, Pa., approximately five minutes from Reading Hospital and downtown West Reading. The campus is near Penn Avenue, which is home to a variety of shops, restaurants and boutiques. The Berks County area is home to the historic Pagoda landmark, hiking trails, the Reading Museum, family restaurants, brew pubs, bistros and restaurants offering traditional Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine.
There are apartment complexes within walking distance of campus as well as many townhomes to rent. Students at the West Reading Campus can choose to live in Wyomissing, West Reading, downtown Reading or the surrounding towns in the Berks County area, such as Shilligton and Sinking Spring.
The area is also home to many other students, with Penn State Berks, Albright College and Alvernia University near campus. Many of our third- and fourth-year medical students participating in clinical rotations at Reading Hospital live in the area as well.
The Queen Lane, West Reading and Center City campuses offer several dining options for students. At these locations, you can use your DragonCard to access Dragon Dollars.
- Café at Queen Lane
- Café at West Reading
- Jazzman's Café in the lobby of New College Building
- Jazzman's Café on the second floor of New College Building
To see a full list of convenient dining locations that accept Dragon Dollars, visit the Drexel dining and retail corridors page.