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Information for New First Year and Transfer Students

New First Time Students, as well as transfer students who are taking a First Year Seminar (those with fewer than 30 transfer credits), will be placed by their First-Year Seminar in a first-year residence hall. All other transfer students will be placed in the upper class residence halls.

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.


Care and Linen Package Information

Send your favorite student love from afar with a surprise Care Package.
Heading off to college is an exciting milestone full of new adventures. Our popular Care Packages offer the chance to support your favorite student from afar in a fun, tasty way as they settle into college. Select your bundle and we’ll deliver tasteful surprises at special moments throughout the school year. What’s more, you can send a personal note with every box.

Need Bed Linens for your room?? Remember the beds in the halls are Extra Large Twins. This is a fun and exciting option!
Dorm essentials for every style and budget. Superior comfort and quality. convenient, affordable value packs. Dormify is our official campus retailer.

Order by August 16 to enjoy FREE shipping on all care & linen packages!

Visit at: Dormify Linen & Care Packages   

Sincerely,
Drake University Residence Hall Association
*Proceeds from the care packages and linen packages go to funding educational, social, and recreational activities we sponsor on campus.

When do the halls open?

New First Year & Transfer Student Move-In: Wednesday, August 23, 2023*

Returning Student Move-In: Friday, August, 25, 2023*

*Students will need to sign up for a move in time slot, emails will be sent to the students drake.edu email on August 1st.

Winter Break All Halls Close: Saturday, December 16, 2023 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 Tuesday, January 2, 2024 at 3:00pm. There are additional room and board charges for J-Term.

J-Term housing will end Saturday, January 27, 2024 at noon

Halls Open for Spring Semester: January 27, 2024 at noon.

Spring Break Closing (Carpenter, Crawford, Herriott, and Stalnaker): Saturday, March 9, 2024 at noon.

Spring Break Opening (Carpenter, Crawford, Herriott and Stalnaker): Sunday, March 17, 2024 at 8:00 am.

Spring Semester Closing (Carpenter, Crawford, Herriott and Stalnaker): Friday, May 17, 2024 at 5:00 pm.

Spring Semester Closing (Upper Class Halls): Sunday, May 19, 2024, at
5:00 pm.

Interim Hall Opens: Friday, May 17, 2024 at 5:00 pm.

**ALL dates and times listed are subject to change based on University need**

Welcome Week

Welcome Week starts on August 24

Orientation for new domestic students starts TBA for Residence Hall students for the Spring 2024 Term.

Orientation for new international students starts TBA, for Residence Hall students for the Spring 2024 Term.

How to Request a Roommate

Please log into myDrake, click on the fork&knife icon, (Housing & Meal Plan Selection portal) in campus resources, click on "Apply Here" to get back into your completed Academic Year 2023-2024 Housing & Meal Plan Application/Contract, once in your application you will see on the left hand side, "Roommate Selection", you will click on this and follow the directions on this page to begin the process of request. Please know that all students must have the Academic Year 2023-2024 application/contract completed in order to see and request each other as roommates.

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 time & Transfer 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 28, 2023 for students requesting housing for the Fall Term who complete and submit their online contract and deposit before June 30, 2023.

To access your room assignment, follow these steps (after the dates designated above):

1. Log into my.drake.edu
2. Click on the Self Service icon in the "Commonly Used Apps"
3. Click on the "Housing Roommates" in the Student Record card
4. Select term

Assignments will be available online beginning TBA for students requesting housing for the Spring Term who complete and submit their online contract and deposit before December 4, 2023.

Recommended Items to Bring

Items to Leave at Home


Frequently Asked Questions

When do the halls open?

Important Dates for the 2023-2024 Academic Year **

New First Year & Transfer Student Move-In: Wednesday, August 23, 2023**

Returning Student Move-In: Friday, August 25, 2023**

*Students will need to sign up for a move in time slot. Emails will be sent to the students drake.edu email on August 1st.

Winter Break All Halls Close: Saturday, December 16, 2023 at noon.

J-Term Housing: Only students who are enrolled in an on-campus or partial on-campus J-Term courses, who have an academic year residence hall assignment in a J-Term Hall may return beginning Tuesday, January 2, 2024, at 3:00pm. There are additional room and board charges for J-Term.

J-Term housing will end Saturday, January 27, 2024, at noon.

Halls Open for Spring Semester: January 27, 2024, at noon.

Spring Break Closing (Carpenter, Crawford, Herriott, Stalnaker): Saturday, March 9, 2024, at noon.

Spring Break Opening (Carpenter, Crawford, Herriott, Stalnaker): Sunday, March 17, 2024, at 8:00 am.

Spring Semester Closing (Carpenter, Crawford, Herriott, Stalnaker): Friday, May 17, 2024, at 5:00 pm.

Spring Semester Closing (Goodwin Kirk, Jewett): Sunday, May 19, 2024, at

Noon.

Interim Hall Opens: Friday, May 17, 2024, at 5:00 pm.

Meal Plan Changes: Students will receive an email to their drake.edu email with the directions on when and how to make changes to their meal plan. Students can change their meal plan selection online, the month that classes will begin, (Fall/August, Spring/January) through the first Thursday of classes for each term within the academic year. After this date has passed the meal plan cannot be changed. **

**ALL dates and times listed are subject to change based on University need**

Linens

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.

Smoking

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.

Lofts

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.

Storage

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.

Pets

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. https://www.drake.edu/policy/category/safety/serviceandassistanceanimalsanimalmascotspets/

Telephone

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.

How to request a roommate

How to request a roommate, please log back into the Housing & Meal Plan Selection Portal, on the left-hand side you will see “Roommate Selection”, you will click on this to follow the directions on this page to begin the process of roommate selection. Know that all roommates must have a completed Academic Year 2023-2024 application in order to see them and request them as a roommate.
All roommate requests must be completed by June 30th.

Room Changes

The Area Coordinator or Assistant Residence Hall Coordinator 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.

Two Year Requirement

Full-time students must live in a Drake residence hall during any period of University enrollment within two years following high school graduation.  Exceptions include individuals who are married or live within a 45-mile radius of Drake University with their parent(s)/legal guardian and have completed the Commuter Application, 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 by logging into my.drake.edu and clicking on the Fork & Knife Icon in Campus Resources.

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.

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