Information for New Students

Students will be placed by their First-Year Seminar in a first-year residence hall. The information completed on the application will also be used in the pairing of roommates such as: day or night, clean or messy, study habits and smoker/non-smoker.

When do the halls open?


For the 2015-2016 academic year...

New Student Move-In: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 8:00 am

Returning Student Move-In: Friday, August 28, 2015 at 8:00 am

Winter Break All Halls Close: Saturday, December 19, 2015 at noon

All First Year Experience (FYE) residence halls are closed during January Term (J-Term)

All Halls Open for Spring Semester: Saturday, January 23, 2016 at noon

Spring Break Closing (FYE and Jewett): Saturday, March 12, 2016 at noon

Spring Break Opening (FYE and Jewett): Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 8:00 am

Spring Semester Closing (FYE): Friday, May 13th, 2016 at noon

Spring Semester Closing (Upper Class Halls): Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Interim Hall Opens: Friday, May 13, 2016 at 5:00 pm



Welcome Weekend

Welcome Weekend starts on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 6:00 pm for residence hall students.

Room Assignments

Nearly all of the students on campus live in double rooms, as well as a few triple rooms. There are more than 40 three-person rooms on campus. First-year students are assigned to available spaces in the order in which the contract and $250 housing deposit were received. Most first-year students receive another first-year student as a roommate, but this is not guaranteed. Assignments will be available online beginning late July 2015.

To access your room assignment, follow these steps:
1. Log into BlueView
2. Click "Banner Self Service" (under MyDUSIS)
3. Click "Student Services and Financial Aid"
4. Click "Housing Roommate" (last option)
5. Select term

Recommended Items to Bring

  • Alarm Clock
  • Band aids
  • Bathroom Bucket
  • Bedding
  • Blue Painters Tape
  • Camera
  • Clothes Hangers
  • Cup/Glass/Mug
  • Dictionary
  • DVD Player
  • Fan
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flashlight/Batteries
  • Fork/Knife/Spoon
  • Glass/Plate/Bowl
  • Iron
  • Ironing Board
  • Laundry Bag
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Microwave
  • Multi-Plug Power Strip w/ Surge Protector
  • Pillows
  • Posters
  • Poster Putty
  • Radio/Stereo
  • Refrigerator
  • Rug
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Kit
  • Shower Shoes
  • Stapler
  • Storage Container
  • Study Lamp
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Thermometer
  • Towels
  • Wastebasket

Items to Leave at Home

  • Amplifiers
  • Candles/Incense*
  • Coffee Maker*
  • Drum Set
  • Electric Blanket*
  • Electric Guitars
  • Extension Cords*
  • George Forman Type Grills*
  • Halogen Lamps*
  • Hot Plates*
  • Hoverboards
  • Hoverboard charging station/charger
  • Humidifers w/o Medical Documentation
  • Lava Lamps
  • Masking/Duct Tape
  • Multi-Plug Adaptors*
  • Neon Signs*
  • Pets (except fish)
  • Rope Lights*
  • Space Heaters*
  • String Lights*
  • Street Signs
  • Toaster*
  • Toaster Oven*
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Wireless Router

*This is in accordance to the Uniform Fire Code and City of Des Moines Housing Code. Drake University carries no insurance covering personal property that may be destroyed by fire. The University suggests that students obtain insurance coverage for all personal property if they do not have such coverage already.


All halls on campus (First Year and Upper-class) have extra-long beds. Residents supply their own sheets, blankets, bedspreads, and pillows. Linen packages may be purchased through the Residence Hall Association. Information on this service will be mailed to your home address.


The Drake University campus is a smoke-free environment as per an Iowa State Law enacted July of 2008. Hookah pipes are not allowed in the residence halls even to be stored. Should a resident be found responsible for smoking in their residence hall room, that resident will be assessed a cleaning fee of $250 at the time of the incident.


Residence hall rooms contain wooden beds that can be bunked/lofted or used as twin beds. Only university beds are permitted in the residence halls. Beds cannot be bunked in First Year Experience residence halls.


There is no storage available on campus. Any residents needing storage will need to seek a location off campus. Information for facilities can be obtained at the hall front desk through the yellow pages.

Candles & Incense

Burning of candles, incense and similar materials is a fire hazard and is prohibited in residence hall rooms and on exterior window sills. The aroma of incense and scented candles may affect another student's health.


All pets, except fish, are prohibited, as they can create safety and sanitation hazards in the residence halls. Animals "just visiting" are also not permitted in the residence halls. Fish are the only acceptable pets permitted and may be kept in tanks no larger than 10 gallons. Fish should be removed from the residence halls during winter and spring breaks.


As there is only one telephone line in each room, it is recommended that you discuss the acquisition of a telephone with your roommate. Each room will have shared voicemail.

Room Changes

The Hall Coordinator or Assistant Director must approve all room changes and the room change forms must be completed before a student may move into a new room. Should an unauthorized room change occur, the student will be assessed an improper room change fee of $100.00.

Drake West Village

The complexes are located adjacent to Drake's campus on 30thstreet and are for Juniors, Seniors, Pharm. D, Law and graduate students.

There is a two year live on requirement: Full-time students must live in a Drake University residence hall for the first two-years out of high school. The Drake West Village property is not owned nor operated by Drake University. Drake West Village is not a residence hall