DCOM bought an old hotel that they are turning into apartments for medical students. It is not far off campus. I believe you MAY also be able to stay in one of the undergrad dorms, but I am not exactly positive about that. Either way, housing in the area is really cheap.
$1200 / month 2br/2bath, 1200 sqft right in front of DMU (Des Moines University). Rent includes trash pickup and water.
Brand new Condo In Front of Des Moines University (DMU) 1 mile from Drake University 2 bedroom / 2 full baths Large walking closet 10ft ceiling Gas fire place Balcony Ceiling fans in bedrooms AC Stainless steal appliances Wood floor in kitchen and in the entry section Granite counter top 2nd floor 1 car garage Large Community room (includes fireplace, kitchen, and bathroom) 5 years tax abatement Public transportation Walking distance to stores and restaurants 10 miles from mall, and walking distance to banks, shops, Walgreen, hyvee (grocery store), galleries and so on. 2.5 miles from center city Very safe area
Note: Many DMU students live in this building; they have either bought a unit, or are renting one.
I am also willing to sell this condo for $210,000.