Applying for Campus Housing: Freshmen

Freshmen students may apply to live in our residence halls, Smith and Wallace, or to live in one of our living-learning communities in Sunderland. Students who choose not to live in a living-learning community, should fill out a housing contract and indicate your hall preferences and meal plan. Students who wish to apply for a living-learning community need to apply for the LLC via a separate process, in addition to completing a housing contract.

Mail your New Student Housing Contract (be sure to print the form for the correct year) to Drury Office of Admission, 900 N Benton Ave, Springfield, MO 65802. Students should pay a $300 deposit ($100 goes toward tuition, and $200 goes towards housing) online or by mailing in a check made out to Drury University. Students who submit their contract and payment by May 1st will receive a housing assignment via e-mail the first week of June. Students who submit contracts and payments past May 1st will be assigned continuously throughout the summer.

For spring-entry students, the contract and deposit are due by December 1st.

Assignments will be sent to the student’s e-mail account. If you do not receive your housing assignment at least one week prior to Move-In Day, please contact the Housing Office.

All full-time day students are required to live on campus unless they meet specific criteria. Even if you feel you meet the requirements, you must complete a Housing Exemption form to apply to live off campus. Mail the exemption form and a $100 tuition deposit to Drury Office of Admission, 900 N Benton Ave, Springfield, MO 65802. Deposits may also be paid online. Exemption approvals, denials and/or requests for more information will be sent to the student’s e-mail account. Students who do not receive permission to exempt from the Housing Policy via e-mail are expected to complete a housing contract and live on campus.

Housing Assignment Considerations

Housing assignments for Smith, Wallace, and campus apartments are based on date of deposit/receipt of housing contract, whereas Freshman Living-Learning Communities in Sunderland are based on the quality of the student essay ( We do our best to pair people based on the living habits, interests/hobbies, and extracurricular activities marked on the housing contract.

When making residence hall, room and roommate assignments, the university does not discriminate based upon race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, nationality, or culture.

A student who marks a preference for gender-inclusive housing may be assigned to a room/suite with students of any gender. Students who do not want gender-inclusive housing will be roomed/suited with students of the same gender, as indicated on their housing contract.