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Frequently Asked Questions

Top Questions

Do I have to have a meal plan?

All residence hall students are required to have a meal plan as part of residence hall living. When you sign up for a room, the cost of your room includes the Huskie Unlimited Access Plan.

How do I change my room?

Before moving in in August: Log on to Housing Sign Up and choose a new room from the spaces available. If the room you want to sign up for is not available right now, try checking back later. Room availability changes throughout the late spring and early summer.

After you've already moved in: Contact the Chief Clerk of your residence hall and tell them you are interested in moving into a different space. There may be a waitlist for the type of room you want.

Can I choose my roommate even though I've already signed up for a room?

If you have already signed up for a room, you can no longer pull in a roommate to live in your room. However, if the person you want to be roommates with has not signed up for housing yet, they are eligible to live in your room, and there is a bed available in your room, they may sign up to live with you. If both of you have already signed up for separate rooms, you can both make a room change at a special time during room sign up. See the room sign up schedule.

Where do residents eat?

Residence hall students use their NIU OneCard to enter the dining areas and may eat in any of the residential dining locations on campus. Meals are served cafeteria style on an All You Care To Eat basis in New Hall, Neptune Hall, Gilbert Hall and Stevenson Hall. In Gilbert's East Side Café, Neptune's Trident, and Stevenson's Dog Pound Deli, food items are served on an à la carte basis and are purchased with Dining Dollars, Flex Dollars, Huskie Bucks, and most major credit or debit cards.

For more information, see Where to Eat and Meal Plans.

What's the difference between Flex Dollars and Huskie Bucks?

Flex Dollars can be used at any residential All You Care To Eat locations, residential Residential À la Carte Locations, and non-residential Residential À la Carte locations. The funds are allocated once per semester and rollover from week to week. Dollars not used by the end of the semester will be forfeited.

Huskie Bucks are separate from your dining meal plan. Your Huskie Bucks account is a pre-paid debit account that can be used anywhere on campus to purchase meals as well as various services like laundry and copying/printing. Huskie Bucks can also be used at many local restaurants.

For more information, see Meal Plans and Huskie Bucks.

Contracts & Billing

Housing Contract

Contract Release Forms

Billing Appeal Request Form (PDF)

Do I have to live in the residence halls?

On-campus living provides unique opportunities for student academic and social involvement. All single, new freshman students who will not have reached their 21st birthday by September 1, and who are not residing with their parents or legal guardians, or are not the custodial parent of a dependent child, must live in University residence halls as long as space is available. If students required to live on campus do not sign up for housing, they will be automatically charged for a double room.

Learn more about the university residency requirement.

How do I cancel my housing contract if I will not be attending NIU?

You must notify Housing & Residential Services in writing in order to cancel your residence hall contract. You can download the Contract Release Request from this website. The date your Contract Release Request is received in the Residential Administration office will determine the amount of refund or additional charges as delineated in Section III. E. of the Contract Addendum. Learn more about requesting a contract release

What if I want to cancel my contract but will be attending NIU?

If you have signed a housing contract and no longer desire to reside on campus, you need to be released from your contract. Otherwise, you are responsible for room and board charges. Request for release from a residence hall contract are reviewed on an individual basis and are not automatic. The signing of another housing contract (i.e., apartment lease) is not grounds for release from a contract. Learn more about requesting a contract release.

When do Residence Hall charges get added to my bill at MyNIU or Bursars Account?

After the initial billing and statement date for a semester, your charges get added at least once a month to your Bursar's account. Typically charges will post no less than three days prior to a statement date.

Charges become due about three weeks after billing. Please refer to your MyNIU for your specific due dates.

For an upcoming semester, your charges will not be added until about three days prior to your initial billing statement. For the fall semester, this happens mid-July; for spring, early December; and for the summer, early May.

Can I stay during winter break?

The standard housing contract does not cover official University vacation periods (between semesters). The residence halls are closed, meals are not served, and students may not be in residence during University closure periods (such as winter break) unless they live in one of the halls designated for break housing and have separately contracted for these periods. Students will have the opportunity to sign break contracts for winter break for an additional fee if they want to remain in the residence halls. Students may not remain in the residence halls beyond the specified closing time nor enter the residence halls at any time prior to the scheduled opening during these break periods without a break contract.

Be sure to take all needed personal possessions with you during break periods. All residence hall doors are locked over breaks. Door locks will only be able to be activated by the OneCards of students with break housing contracts. Hall staff members are not available to take residents without contracts to their rooms to get things they may have forgotten. Resident mail is not forwarded over winter break.

Can I stay during spring break?

Yes, all residence halls are open during spring break! You may stay in the residence halls during spring break at no additional charge. However, all dining units are closed.

If I change my major or program of study, what do I need to do?

If you are currently in a Living-Learning Community that has major or program of study requirements, you will typically be allowed to finish the year in that LLC. However, you may not be eligible to return to that LLC next year.

How do I get a room during the summer?

In order to be eligible for summer school housing, new students to the University must be admitted to NIU and be enrolled for the summer term. Currently enrolled students who are applying for summer housing must be enrolled for either the spring semester immediately preceding the summer term or the fall semester immediately following it.

When do I have to leave during finals week?

With the exception of students graduating that semester, residents must vacate the residence halls each semester within 24 hours after their last examination or by 10 a.m. on the day following the last scheduled day of examinations (whichever comes first). If a student needs an extension to stay beyond the 24-hour deadline, they should contact their hall director.

Housing & Residential Services reserves the right to have students leave the residence hall one hour after their final examinations are completed if their conduct has been determined to be disruptive by the Complex Coordinator or his/her designee during or around finals week. Students who repeat disruptive behavior, or who do not promptly stop disruptive behavior when asked to by hall staff or police officers, may be required to immediately vacate the hall and not return for the remainder of exam week.

Room Sign Up

Do I have to live in the residence halls?

On-campus living provides unique opportunities for student academic and social involvement. All single, new freshman students who will not have reached their 21st birthday by September 1, and who are not residing with their parents or legal guardians, or are not the custodial parent of a dependent child, must live in University residence halls as long as space is available.  If students required to live on campus do not sign up for housing, they will be automatically charged for a double room.

Learn more about the university residency requirement.

What if the room I want isn't available?

If you wish to change your room selection, log onto Campus Housing Sign Up and go to Rooms and Meal Plans > Change a Room.

What happens if I don't sign up for a room?

If students required to live on campus per the university residency requirement do not sign up for housing, they will be automatically charged for a double room.

Choosing a Room

Can I have a single room?

A limited number of single rooms are available in Stevenson, Grant and Gilbert. New Hall has suite-style living where each student has a private bedroom and vanity area and shares a bathroom with only one other person.

Are the floors co-ed?

All of our residence halls offer co-ed floors. Some halls also have single-gender floors.

What are Living-Learning Communities?

Every floor on campus promotes academic success and offers programming tied to transition students as they move through their years at college, but Living-Learning Communities go one step further in strengthening connections between students and faculty within a chosen course of study.

What are quiet lifestyle floors?

Quiet lifestyle floors enjoy quiet hours 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (except for Friday evenings and noon to midnight Saturday).

What if am in need of a medical or disability related housing accommodation We can provide a variety of adaptations for students with disabilities, medical needs, or other situations that require accommodations or modifications.

Roommates

Who is my roommate? How do I find one?

Finding a roommate is completely in your hands. Room pairing and matching is completely random unless you sign up for a room with a friend. We do not have a roommate matcher or finders for you to use, but search for the "NIU Class of..." Facebook groups to speak with other incoming students. Quite a few students have found people they would like to room with through these groups. If you have questions about the groups, contact Undergraduate Admissions.

You can also select a room in one of the Living-Learning Communities and be paired with someone from the same major or educational interest. Living-Learning Communities are set up based on several courses of study.

Outside of those two options, any student can go online and pick any room if they are eligible to live in that space.

I already have a roommate in mind. How do I sign up with my roommate?

During room sign up, one person will select the room, flex dollar preferences, and Huskie Bucks preferences for all roommates. This person must have the Z-ID and roommate PIN for everyone else. You can find your roommate PIN by going to Housing Sign Up and selecting Roommates. Everyone in the group should tell this person what their preferences are for flex dollars and Huskie Bucks.

Can I choose my roommate even though I've already signed up for a room?

If you have already signed up for a room, you can no longer pull in a roommate to live in your room. However, if the person you want to be roommates with has not signed up for housing yet, they are eligible to live in your room, and there is a bed available in your room, they may sign up to live with you. If both of you have already signed up for separate rooms, you can both make a room change at a special time during room sign up. See the room sign up schedule.

How do I find out who my roommate is?

You can look up your roommates at any time by going to Housing Sign Up and selecting Roommates. Before move in day you will receive a letter from us with information about your roommate.

What if I don't like my roommate?

Living with a roommate is an important part of your college experience. Give each other a chance. Take some time to get acquainted. Remember that the first week on campus is stressful for everyone!

Your Community Advisor is trained on assisting students with roommate issues that may arise. Our CAs receive extensive training on roommate mediation. If a satisfactory resolution cannot be reached with the assistance of the CA, then we recommend meeting with the Hall Director in you building. Your Hall Director may be able to explore other options, including moving to another room, if space is available.

What happens if I sign up for housing without a roommate?

Vacant bed spaces in your room or suite may be booked by other students also going through the room sign up process.

If my roommate signs up for housing and pulls me into a room, do I still have to sign up for housing?

No. During room sign up, one person (the "designee") will select a room for all roommates. This person must have your Z-ID and your roommate PIN. You can find your roommate PIN by going to Housing Signup and clicking on Roommates. The designee will select a room and meal plans for all other roommates.

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