New-Student Information

Ready for a magical move-in experience?

OK, maybe “magical” is a bit much, but mastering just a few details will help you avoid some of the hassle of moving into your residence hall and get right to the freedom, fun, and friendships that come with living at Drake.

Where will you live?

The details

Nearly everyone in student housing lives with a roommate in a double room. There are also more than 40 three-person rooms on campus.

First-year students: you'll be assigned a residence hall in the order that your contract and $250 housing deposit are received.

You will most likely be matched with another first-year student as a roommate, but this is not guaranteed. Have a friend you want to room with? We can help make that happen once you’re enrolled.

Once you have sent in your deposit and contract, you can see your housing assignment online starting Friday, July 29. Check out your new space and start decoration planning!

A group of Drake University students and parents walking in and out of the front doors of a residence hall during move in day

What Should You Bring To College?

Some residence hall essentials include:

  • Bedding (X-long sheets)
  • Blue painters tape
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Clothes hangers
  • Cup/Glass/Mug
  • Desk supplies & school supplies
  • Fan
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight/Batteries
  • Fork/Knife/Spoon
  • Gaming system
  • Plate/Bowl
  • Iron/Ironing board
  • Kerig-type coffee maker (w/o warming plate)
  • Laundry bag/basket
  • Laundry detergent (machines only take liquid)
  • Microwave
  • Mini-tool kit
  • Multi-plug power strip w/surge protector
  • Pillows
  • Posters/Pictures
  • Refrigerator (mini)
  • Rug (6x8)
  • Scissors
  • Sewing kit
  • Shower Caddy & shower shoes
  • Stapler
  • Storage container(s)
  • Study lamp
  • Television
  • Thermometer
  • Towels
  • Wastebasket

What Should You NOT Bring?

Leave these items off your residence hall checklist, please:

  • All pets (except fish)
  • Amplifiers
  • Air & Electric fryers*
  • Candles/incense*
  • Coffee maker*
  • Drum set
  • Electric blanket*
  • Electric guitar
  • Extension cords*
  • Espresso Machines*
  • George Foreman-type grills*
  • Halogen lamps
  • Hot plates*
  • Hover boards and hover board chargers
  • Humidifiers (w/o medical documentation)
  • Masking/duct tape
  • Multi-plug adapters w/o surge protection*
  • Rice cookers* or crock pots*
  • Space heaters*
  • String/LED/Rope lights of any kind
  • Space heaters*
  • Street signs
  • Toaster/Toaster oven*
  • Water guns/water pistols
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Wireless router

What are The Rules?

Can I have a pet in the residence halls? Can I bring my musical instrument? Can my out-of-town guests stay overnight?  

To ensure all students experience an environment conducive to learning and personal development, we have rules that must be followed. Read the Residence Hall Code of Conduct for more information.

Residence Hall Code of Conduct

Residence Life Calendar

Most of the time, the university residence halls are open 24/7. But there are some times when student housing is closed, especially during holidays and in the summer. Check the residence hall calendar for closing dates to avoid being accidentally homeless away from home.

Residence hall calendar

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