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Where Do Dragons Live Their First Year?

  • Brittney Snider
Posted on May 11, 2020
Application Tips

You have confirmed your admission and will be moving to the "academic home" of Philadelphia in University City! As a first-year student, you have many Drexel Residential Halls to choose from. All are unique so that you may customize your living space to your interests.

If you are interested in residing with students who share your same academic or program interests, you may consider residing in a Living Learning Community. Living Learning Communities offer a common space for group study, team projects, informal meetings, and more. There are 11 Living Learning Communities to select from.

We are committed to developing welcoming spaces and offer Gender-Inclusive Housing. Gender-Inclusive Housing allows students to live in the same room and share internal/external bathrooms regardless of assigned sex and/or gender expression. This is optional and students must expressly state their desire for a Gender-Inclusive Housing assignment in the application.

No matter which Dragon Cave, ahem, residential hall you choose — you will find that living on campus provides a way for you to connect, learn, grow, and enjoy college life.

Once you have submitted your housing deposit, you may complete your housing application. You will be able to locate the housing application in DrexelOne. Once in the portal, please select the Campus+Community tab, and then the Housing and Dining link. Once you locate and select the correct housing application for your academic entry term, select "Apply."

First, you will select your living style preference(s). Next, you will select your housing preferences. These preferences will only be used if you choose not to participate in the Self-Selection process. (This means University Housing would administratively assign you to a residential hall.) Please be sure to review the residential halls for first-year students mentioned above beforehand. At least five housing preferences are required to complete this step. Simply select "Add Preference" to add each selection.

The next step will be to review Living Learning Community options. Each Living Learning Community has a proposed residential hall location. If selected for a Living Learning Community, you will be assigned to the associated residential hall. If you are not interested in a Living Learning Community, you will select "None" from the list options. If you choose to apply for a Living Learning Community, an additional application form with essay questions will need to be completed within the housing application. A status page will be available for Living Learning Community applicants. If you are interested in Gender-Inclusive Housing, you will select the appropriate prompts on the application page.

Next, please confirm that your contact information is correct and add emergency contact details. (If any information is incorrect, it will first need to be updated in DrexelOne.) If you are interested in any Housing Accommodations, select the appropriate check box and you will be contacted by Disability Resources. Please note specified deadlines for the Housing Application and the Living Learning Communities. And please review the cancellation and fee policies.

Once you have completed the above steps, it will be time to sign your housing agreement. If you are 18 years of age or older at the time of submission, you will be able to sign the agreement yourself. If you are under 18 years of age at the time of submission, you will be taken to a proxy page to enter the information of your parent/guardian to sign the agreement on your behalf. After you have reviewed your application and are ready to submit, you will enter in your 8-digit Drexel student ID number to electronically sign your Housing Agreement.

The Application Status page will provide you with updates and next steps in the housing process. Housing Application instructions can also be viewed on our Housing and Residence Life page. Our Housing and Residence Life Office can be reached at 215-895-6155 or housing@drexel.edu.

Housing and Residence Life creates a home away from home for Drexel's residential students. In fact, the offices of Housing and Residence Life, Student Conduct, and University Housing work together to provide a safe and welcoming environment for students like you to live and engage with their peers in meaningful ways. You can even consider becoming a Resident Assistant (RA) and perhaps find it be one of the most meaningful parts of your college experience.

No matter which Dragon Cave, ahem, residential hall you choose — you will find that living on campus provides a way for you to connect, learn, grow, and enjoy college life. Because community can't wait!


Brittney is a self-proclaimed "frugalista fashionista" hailing from the first "Small Wonder." She lives for tax-free shopping, misses having her gas pumped for her in college, and bleeds green on any given Sunday.

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