Room Sign-up

New Students for Fall 2014 Academic Semester

Before you start the sign up process, we suggest that you review our step by step room selection walkthrough for newly admitted students.


We are thrilled that you have chosen to join us in DeKalb. Housing & Dining is currently accepting contracts from new students for the Spring 2014 and Fall 2014 academic semesters. You must be admitted to Northern Illinois University before you will be able to apply for housing. As a reminder, there is a $150 fee associated with the contract signup. This fee is payable via Visa or Mastercard. Students under 18 years of age on the date this contract is completed (payment made) must also submit a Parent/Guardian Contract Verification Form to be eligible for room selection.


To apply for housing online you must be using Internet Explorer, Netscape or Firefox Mozilla. The application system is NOT compatible with Safari or Google Chrome. It is strongly encouraged to use the online form, however you may alternatively print the contract form and mail or fax it to the Residential Administration Office. Please include the $150 contract fee in check or money order. Mail contract and payment to:

Housing & Dining
Residential Administration
Northern Illinois University
Neptune East 101
DeKalb, Illinois 60115

University Residency Requirement

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.

To expedite your compliance with the University residency requirement, you must apply for a residence hall or seek an exemption promptly by submitting documentation that verifies your exemption request. We do not have access to any personal records that would let us know that you are married or have a dependent child, so your submission of a University Residency Requirement Exemption Request or a Freshmen Application to Commute is the best way for you to ensure that you are removed from our billing list if you meet the exemption criteria.

Room Selection

After you have completed the application, you will receive a confirmation letter from Housing & Dining. You will be notified to return to this Web site and select your room. It is recommended that you begin exploring the large variety of living options, so you are fully informed when you select your room.