DRAGONCARD & DRAGONDOLLARS
The DragonCard is the official Drexel University ID card for students, faculty and staff. Dragon Summer students will obtain their cards on the first day of the program. The card provides access to relevant campus buildings, including the residence halls, library and recreation center.
Once a student receives their ID card, they may open a DragonDollars account tied to the card and add funds to use it like a debit card for cashless convenience. A list of Drexel and non-Drexel merchants that accept DragonDollars can be found here. Funds may be added by students and families online, in-person, by fax or mail.
Students have a variety of dining options while attending Dragon Summer. Traditional campus meal plans are not available to Dragon Summer participants during the 4-week program. Depending on the establishment, students can use cash, credit, or DragonDollars (on-campus and select non-Drexel establishments only).
Click here for a list of on-campus and nearby dining and retail establishments that also accept DragonDollars.
Optional residence hall housing is available to Dragon Summer students at an additional cost of $1,150. Dragon Summer students will be living together in the same residence hall and are assigned trained student Resident Advisors. Each room has a bed, desk and chair for each student.
WHAT TO BRING
- Complete Bedding (beds fit extra long [XL] twin sheets)
- Bath towels
- Laundry supplies and quarters
- School supplies
- Miscellaneous: alarm clock, hangers, power strips, Ethernet cord, water bottles, snacks and kitchen items.
Common kitchen facilities contain a freezer, stove, oven and sink. The kitchen does not contain a refrigerator, microwave, cookware, dishware or utensils. Appliance rental (MicroFridge), grocery delivery, and laundering/dry cleaning services are available through SnapDragon.
WHERE TO SEND MAIL
Note: This information is subject to final housing assignments for participants of the Dragon Summer program and will be updated closer to the start of the program. Please check back before sending any mail.
During the program, students living in Dragon Summer housing can receive mail at the following address:
FirstName LastName, CONFERENCE GUEST
Dragon Summer Program
3301 Race Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
All mail and packages must have “CONFERENCE GUEST” written in the address as stated above. Do not include the residence hall name, as it may be returned to sender. Mail that arrives prior to guest check-in or guest check-out may also be returned to sender.
DrexelOne is the secure gateway portal for members of the Drexel community to access personal records, class schedule, events calendar and other customized information.
COMPUTING AND INTERNET ACCESS
It is highly recommended to have a personal computer for the duration of the program; however, it is not a requirement, as students have ample access to computing and printing facilities on-campus.
The office of Instructional Resources & Technology (IRT) is the source for all things computing at Drexel. IRT's website has helpful information about: specification recommendations for personal computers, discounts on computer purchases, and Drexel free and reduced-price software for purchase.
PARKING, RIDESHARE & BIKING
Drexel University Parking Services offers permit and daily parking options. For your convenience, here is a parking map.
Non-Campus Parking Lots
Here is a parking lot locator. Enter ZIP code 19104.
Parking spots closest to academic and administrative buildings are metered. However, free or extended-time metered parking is usually available only a few blocks away, within walking distance of a few minutes.
For a comprehensive list of rideshare, detailed street parking and biking options, click here.
Whether a commuter for just the Dragon Summer program or for the entire academic year, it is a good idea to get familiar with the Commuter and Transfer Student Engagement (CTSE) center. CTSE offers a host of services and networking opportunities promoting the involvement of these student populations.
Of particular usefulness for students commuting during Dragon Summer are the Locker and Lounges where one can lighten their load by storing personal belongings in a rentable locker or kick back and relax in one of the many campus lounges.
Drexel is easily accessible from various bus, trolley, and train routes in and around Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey. Take a look at more in-depth information on transportation to the University.
It is just as easy to get from Drexel to the surrounding area for exploration. Whether already familiar with or just starting to discover Philadelphia and its environs, students can count on SEPTA to get around.
All members and guests of Drexel University who have a disability need to register with the Office of Disability Resources (ODR) if requesting auxiliary aids, accommodations and services in order to fully participate in Drexel University's programs and activities. Due to the accelerated nature of the Dragon Summer program, it is important for students who need accommodations to begin the process as soon as possible because accommodations are not made retroactively.
Once registered with ODR, we request that a copy of all accommodation verification letters be submitted to the program manager at firstname.lastname@example.org. Under no circumstances should any medical documentation be given to anyone other than staff in ODR.
The Dragon Summer Activity fee enables full access to the Drexel University Libraries system. Beyond the wealth of scholarship available at one’s fingertips, staff librarians are friendly and accessible in providing students assistance with their academic and research endeavors.
Pick up some Drexel gear and general supplies at the Drexel University Barnes & Noble Bookstore, which is on the corner of 33rd and Chestnut Streets.
CREESE STUDENT CENTER
Want to rent a laptop? Have a bike flat? Need some change or a SEPTA token? The Creese Student Center, located on Chestnut Street between 32nd and 33rd Streets, has students covered. Here is a list of services.
DREXEL RECREATION CENTER
The Dragon Summer Activity fee grants membership to the centrally located Drexel Recreation Center. Considered one of Philadelphia’s premier recreational facilities, students can enjoy partaking in a variety of physical fitness activities as well as health and wellness programs.
THE ACADEMY OF NATURAL SCIENCES OF DREXEL UNIVERSITY
Visit the nearby Academy of Natural Sciences for FREE with a valid DragonCard. It is the oldest natural sciences institution in the Western hemisphere!
SHOPPING, RETAIL SERVICES & ENTERTAINMENT
Drexel University and the adjacent University of Pennsylvania share in a wealth of retail, dining and entertainment amenities located in the University City District of Philadelphia.
Here are some links to help one get acquainted with amenities in the immediate neighborhood:
Within walking distance of Drexel, just over the Schuylkill River in Center City, are: