First-Year Housing

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 and take advantage of opportunities that will shape 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, as part of Drexel's two-year residency requirement.

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 must live in a Drexel Residence Hall and can choose from the following options:

Opened in 1972 as Calhoun Hall and completely renovated in 2019, Bentley Hall is a traditional corridor-style residence hall.
Opened in 2000 and originally named East Hall, the building was renamed in honor of Anthony T. Caneris, past Senior Vice President for Student Life and Administrative Services.
Millennium Hall opened in 2009 and its name was chosen after a vote by the residential student population.
North Hall Exterior
Opened in 1999 and designed by internationally renowned architect Michael Graves, North Hall features a striking spiral staircase in the center of the building which connects the east and west wings.
Race Street dorms exterior
Race Street Residences opened in 2007.
Towers Hall Exterior
Opened in 1986, Towers Hall is a traditional corridor-style residence hall.
Van Rensselaer Hall opened in 1931.

Learn more about second-year housing options.

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 (view a PDF of the zip codes) of the University City campus.

Haven Recovery Residence

First-year students in recovery also have the option to explore living in the Philadelphia Collegiate Recovery Haven. This is a unique residential community for Drexel students in recovery from substance use issues. Learn more about the Philadelphia Collegiate Recovery Haven

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 enroll@drexel.edu.