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?

Important Dates for the 2016-2017 Academic Year

New Student Move-In: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 8:00 am

Returning Student Move-In: Friday, August 26, 2016 at 8:00 am

Winter Break All Halls Close: Saturday, December 17, 2016 at noon

J-Term Housing: Only students who are enrolled in on-campus or partial on-campus J-Term courses, who have academic year residence hall assignments in a J-Term hall may return beginning Monday, January 2, 2017 at 3:00 pm. There are additional room and board charges for J-Term.

J-Term housing will end Saturday, January 21, 2017 at noon

All Halls Open for Spring Semester: Saturday, January 21, 2017 at noon

Spring Break Closing (FYE and Jewett): Saturday, March 11, 2017 at noon

Spring Break Opening (FYE and Jewett): Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 8:00 am

Spring Semester Closing (FYE): Friday, May 12, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Spring Semester Closing (Upper Class Halls): Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 5:00pm.

Interim Hall Opens: Friday, May 12, 2017 at 5:00 pm

 *Important Dates for the 2017-2018 Academic Year are located on, Important Dates Tab

Welcome Weekend

Welcome Weekend starts on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 7:00 pm for Residence Hall students for the Fall 2016 Term.

Orientation for new domestic students starts on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 12:30pm for Residence Hall students for the Spring 2017 Term.

Orientation for new international students starts on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at noon for Residence Hall students for the Spring 2017 Term.

Room Assignments

Nearly all of the first year students on campus live in double rooms, as well as a few triple rooms. New upper class students live predominately in double and four person rooms, as well as a few triple rooms. There are more than 40 three-person rooms on campus. New/First-year students, who have completed and submitted a housing and dining contract online, 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 July 29, 2016 for students requesting housing for the Fall Term who complete and submit their online contract and deposit before June 30, 2016. 

Assignments will be available online beginning January 13, 2017 for students requesting housing for the Spring Term who complete and submit their online contract and deposit before December 1, 2016.

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.


Drake University does not offer landline phone lines in the residence hall rooms. It is encouraged that students obtain some form of mobile/cell phone option as a mode of communication.

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

Two Year Requirement

Full-time students must live in a Drake residence hall for the first two years out of high school.  Exceptions include individuals who are married or live within a 45-mile radius of Drake University with their parent(s)/legal guardian and have requested, and received, written approval from the Office of Residence Life to live off campus as a commuter student.

You may access the housing/commuter application via the online housing portal at