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New Student Information

You’re almost ready to move into the residence halls, meet new friends, and start a new chapter of your life. But there are a few details you need to know first.

Room Assignments

Nearly all of the students on campus live in double rooms. In addition, there are more than 40 three-person rooms on campus. If you’re a first-year student, you’ll be assigned an available residence hall space in the order that your housing contract and $250 housing deposit are received. You will most likely receive another first-year student as a roommate, but this is not guaranteed.

Housing Assignments will be available online starting Friday, July 29.

Instructions on how to access your housing assignments will be available later this summer.

Moving in: What to bring and not to bring

You should probably bring:

  • 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

You should leave at home:

  • 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

*This is in accordance with 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 you do not have such coverage already.

Additional tips and FAQ information:

Living on campus
We require that you live on campus for your first two years out of high school.

If you’re living in a residence hall, we provide you an extra-long bed. You’ll supply your own sheets, blankets, bedspreads, and pillows. You may purchase a linen package through the Residence Hall Association. We will mail information on this service to your home address.

Loft beds
Residence hall rooms contain beds that you can loft or use as twin beds. You may not bring your own bed. Beds in first-year residence halls cannot be bunked. Those residents assigned to live on the Ground Floor of Morehouse Hall may have either lofted or bunked beds, this  will depend on the room assigned and the furniture within that room.

Candles and incense
You may not burn candles, incense or similar materials in residence halls or exterior window sills, because it creates a fire hazard. The aroma of incense and scented candles may also affect another student’s health.

Pursuant to Iowa state law, we do not allow smoking on the Drake University campus. If you own a hookah pipe, you may not use it or even store it in residence halls. Should you be found responsible for smoking in your residence hall room, you’ll be assessed a cleaning fee of $250 at the time of the incident.

If you need storage, someone in your residence hall can help you to find an off-campus storage location/service. There is no storage available on campus beyond the space available in your residence hall room.

All pets, except fish, are prohibited, as they can create safety and sanitation hazards in the residence halls. You may keep fish in tanks no larger than 10 gallons each. We ask that you remove them from the residence halls during winter and spring breaks.

Room changes
If you wish to change rooms, the Hall Coordinator or Associate Director must approve the change and all forms must be completed before you move. Should you change rooms without authorization, you will be assessed an improper room change fee of $100.