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Our Residential Communities

At Drexel, we have many fantastic opportunities for residential living. The offices of Housing and Residence Life, Student Conduct and University Housing work together to provide a safe and welcoming environment for students to live and engage with their peers in meaningful ways. Below are some of our various residential living experiences available to students.

Faculty-At-Residence Program

FAR Faculty At Residence

Each first-year residence hall participates in the Faculty-At-Residence (FAR) program. The FAR program started in 2014 to give students the opportunity to interact with faculty members outside of the classroom, as well as encourage faculty to share their academic and personal interests with on-campus residents. The program seeks to facilitate and encourage learning experiences outside of the classroom while allowing students to see faculty members as "real" people.

Participating faculty members do not live in the halls, but instead spend time with students in their living space, creating an environment that is conducive to formal, academic, and casual conversations and events. Faculty members in the FAR program are also able to gain a more in-depth understanding of what the college experience is like for on-campus residents, which in turn provides a new perspective on how to approach learning within the classroom environment.

The goals of the FAR program are:

  • Provide spontaneous and planned opportunities for social interaction in the residence halls
  • Initiate education activities that foster faculty/student relations
  • Collaborate with residence hall staff and academic programs to maximize faculty/student interaction
  • Maintain good visibility within the residence hall to encourage informal contact with students
  • Have the availability to advise, support, and/or refer students to appropriate resources

College Learning Communities

College Learning Communities (CLCs) integrate academics into the residential experience of participating students by extending their learning beyond the realms of the classroom. CLC residents continue to cite their ability to develop both socially and academically as a key benefit of their learning community experience. Within these residence halls, faculty members participate in regular dinners in addition to hosting lectures and small discussion groups. These activities and events allow Drexel's residential students to engage with faculty and staff outside of the classroom, seamlessly connecting all aspects of their Drexel collegiate experience. Academic engagement also remains at the forefront of each residential community, as Housing and Residence Life integrates academics and faculty involvement into all residential populations.

Learn more about College Learning Communities and then look for additional information in your housing portal when you sign up for University Housing.

First-Year Experience

First-year residence halls are buildings where new students find their place at Drexel. Through intentional events such as building-wide dinners and floor trips into the city, first-year students begin to feel connected to the campus and city of Philadelphia.

Learn more about our First-Year Housing Options

Upper Class Experience

Upper class residential communities assist students as they transition into co-op and a more demanding academic schedule, providing students with the skills necessary to not only find success at Drexel but also in the years beyond college.

Learn more about upper class housing and the application process for Transfers; Sophomores; and Pre-Juniors, Juniors, and Seniors.

Graduate Student Experience

Graduate student communities provide a home where students can find supportive environments that lead to academic success, while concurrently helping these students find a connection to the larger campus community.

Learn more about Graduate Housing.

For more details on University Housing options, visit Residence Halls at Drexel University.