Campus Housing Policy

Drury University recognizes the value of residential living to the total educational process and therefore requires full-time day school undergraduate students to live in campus housing or in fraternity houses.

Once a student moves into a residence, they accept accommodations and board as a contractual agreement with the university for the full academic year, or as specified on the housing contract.

  • To be eligible for campus housing, students must be 17 or older upon Move-In.
  • No one may move in or out of campus housing without the approval of the Housing Office. Approval is granted first through the Housing Office, and then it is referred to the Dean of Students.
  • The Housing Office makes room assignments. While every effort will be made to assign compatible individuals, the decision of the Housing Office is final. The student participant in a housing contract agrees to accept the roommate(s) assigned with them.
  • In case of a vacancy in a double or triple room, the remaining occupant may elect to pay the private room fee (if space permits) or the occupant may be requested to move to another room, or may be assigned a new roommate. Fraternity houses are NOT exempt from this policy.
  • Residents may not sublease units and only residents who have signed contracts are considered legal occupants.
  • Residence halls and fraternity houses are closed over fall, Thanksgiving, winter and spring breaks. Students without outstanding conduct sanctions may sign up to stay in their residence. Break housing fees will be assessed to the student’s account, unless the student’s permanent address is 200 miles or further from campus.
  • Students residing in apartment-style housing may stay during fall, Thanksgiving and spring breaks. Apartment-style residents may stay in housing during winter break only if contracted for the entire academic year. Students residing in apartment-style housing for just the fall or spring must move out at the conclusion of their semester.
  • At the conclusion of the contract, all personal property must be removed from the residence and the residence must be cleaned by the deadline advertised, even if the resident has signed a new contract and is returning to the same unit at a later date. The university does not provide storage space.
  • The University reserves the right to cancel any housing contract at any time.
  • If a student becomes ineligible to live in campus housing for any of the following reasons, refunds are not granted after signing a housing contract:
    • Disciplinary action or violation of university policy
    • Withdrawal from Drury
    • Academic suspension from Drury
    • Change in marital status
    • Birth or adoption of a child
    • Extenuating circumstances as deemed by the Dean of Students

Exemption from Housing Policy

Full-time undergraduate day students who desire to live off campus for the upcoming academic year must submit a “Request for Exemption from the University Housing Policy” to the Housing Office by the advertised deadline. Students 21 and over will receive priority for off-campus housing, but are not guaranteed approval.

Full-time day school students may apply to live off campus if they meet specific criteria.

  • Residing with a parent in the primary household within 30 miles of Drury
  • Aged 21 or older at the start of the academic year
  • Married
  • Have a child
  • Medical condition that cannot reasonably be accommodated in student housing
  • Extenuating circumstances
  • Veteran status or currently serving in the U.S. military

Students who do not receive email permission to be exempt from the housing policy will be required to fill out a housing contract in the Housing Office; an on-campus bed and meal plan will be assigned. Students will not be able to register unless the Housing Office has an approved exemption form or a housing contract on file. Failure to receive permission to live off campus through the exemption process does not release students from the financial obligation of room and board. Exemptions are only granted by academic year. Each spring, students must reapply to live off campus prior to registering for the upcoming summer and/or academic year. Do not commit to an off-campus lease until you receive official release from the Housing Office. Housing exemption forms and contracts are available in MyDrury.

Housing Holds on Student Account

Full-time undergraduate day school students who do not participate in the annual housing sign-up process or exemption process will have a housing hold placed on their account. A housing hold prevents course registration. Housing holds will be released when the Housing Office receives a student’s required paperwork.

Housing Deposit & Refund

To obtain campus housing, a $200 room deposit is required of each resident. This fee is not covered by full-ride scholarships.

New students should send the housing deposit with the housing contract to:

Drury University Admission Office
900 N. Benton Ave.
Springfield, MO 65802

Returning students should participate in the Housing Sign-Up process in the spring, and should submit contracts in MyDrury. Students who currently live on campus will not need to pay another housing deposit.

New fall admits who drop prior to May 1 will get their deposit back in full. New spring admits who drop prior to December 1 will get their deposit back in full.

Students with clean, undamaged rooms who follow proper check-out procedures and turn in their keys will have their deposits carried forward to the next academic year. The deposit will be refunded after graduation or when a student leaves Drury, assuming they follow proper check-out procedure and do not have an outstanding balance with the University.


Residents should lock the interior and exterior doors of their residence whenever they are sleeping or absent from their residence. The Departments of Safety and Security, Residence Life, and Greek Life can assist residents with unlocking their doors, but residents will be charged on the 2nd instance in which they require a University staff member to unlock their door:

  • 2nd lockout - $5 charged to their student account
  • 3rd lockout - $10 charged to their student account
  • 4th  lockout - $15 charged to their student account
  • 5th and every subsequent lockout - $20 charged to their student account