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Applying for Campus Housing: First Year Students

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Housing Application Information

Living on campus is an essential part of your education at Drury University. All full-time day students are required to live on campus, unless they meet specific criteria. Applications for the 2022-2023 academic year will open October 1st. Please review the information below about how to apply, options available for first year students, and the exemption process. You can find the cost of housing meal plan prices below.

Housing and Meal Plan Prices

Housing Contract Process

All students must fill out a housing contracts or have an exemption on file with the Housing Office.

New Student Housing Contract

Our mailing address is:

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

OR email druryad@drury.edu your completed application.

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. Student assignments will be sent out mid-December.

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.

First Year Students may apply to live in:

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.

Learn More About Housing Options

Housing Exemptions

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.

Housing Exemption Form

If you do this, mail the exemption form and a $100 tuition deposit to:

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

OR email druryad@drury.edu your completed exemption.

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.

First-Year Student Housing Checklist

  • Contact the Office of Admission to set up a tour of campus or a visit day, or take the virtual tour.
  • After acceptance, fill out a Housing Contract to live on campus and indicate your meal plan OR complete a Housing Exemption form to request to be commute. Students who want to be in Sunderland Hall in a Living-Learning Community should also apply online by April 15. Note: All full-time day students are required to live on campus unless they meet certain criteria. Students 21 and over will receive priority for off-campus housing. Students who do not receive email permission to exempt from the housing policy are expected to live on campus.
  • Mail Housing Contract with $300 to cover both the housing and tuition deposits OR Housing Exemption Form with $100 tuition deposit to the Office of Admission, 900 N Benton Ave, Springfield, MO 65802. Make checks out to Drury University and indicate the type of deposit(s) you are paying in the “Memo” line on your check. Deposits may also be paid online.
  • Log onto MyDrury to complete REQUIRED forms regarding vaccination/medical records, health insurance, emergency contacts, and your Student Consent for Information Release. Students need to grant permission for parents and other individuals to access academic, disciplinary, financial, and personal information. The Health and Emergency Contact form and your vaccination records must be submitted in order to register for your second semester.
  • Educate yourself about the recommended meningitis vaccine and decide if getting vaccinated is right for you. You can submit your proof of vaccination or waiver in the Health and Emergency Contact form in MyDrury.
  • Check out Housing FAQs.
  • Become familiar with our policies and pocedures.
  • Check your Drury email account upon receipt and continue to check it regularly for important updates, including housing assignments (e-mailed in early-June), move-in tips, financial aid information and more.
  • Commuter students may purchase an off-campus meal plan.
  • Contact your roommate after receiving your assignment in early-June. Begin planning room décor and decide who is bringing large and joint-use items (television, rug, stereo, etc).
  • Consider pre-ordering your bed linens with Residence Hall Linens.
  • Go to Freshman First Day to meet your roommate and check out an example of your residence hall room.
  • Get keys, parking permit and student ID on Move-In Day.