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Welcome to Off-Campus & Non-Traditional Student Services at Northern Illinois University!


Our department is a resource center and lounge space for any type of NIU student. Although we welcome anyone to our office and lounge space, we focus our attention and expertise on students who live off campus, commute from home, have children, are military students, and/or are over the age of 24.

Our staff is dedicated to assisting students in finding the resources they need to be more successful at NIU, whether those resources involve locating housing options, carpooling opportunities, locker space, free coffee, or computer access. Please visit our office in the lower level of the Holmes Student Center, rooms 023J and 023K. We would be more than happy to assist you!

Interested in learning more about our office? Please register with us so we can keep you informed about our latest office activities. Also, please visit us on YouTube!


University Writing Center Hours

Date: Every Tuesday this Fall Semester

Time: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Location: OCNTSS Lounge

Off-Campus & Non-Traditional Student Services is happy to once again host the University Writing Center in its lounge this fall semester. This is an excellent resource for commuters, off-campus students, veterans, adult students or any student who spends most of their time on the east side of campus. The writing coaches can help with papers, presentations, cover letters and resumes among others.

S.W.A.N. International Pot Luck

Date: Thursday, November (TBA)

Time: 6-8 p.m. (tentatively)

Location: CLB 100  (tentatively)

Students Who Are Non-Traditional (S.W.A.N.) are teaming up with the ladies of Gamma Phi Omega and the gentlemen from Lambda Upsilon Lambda amongst others for an International Pot  Luck! 

Off-Campus Housing Fair

Date: Thursday, October 30

Time: 12-4 p.m.

Location: NIU Rec Center

Save the date as OCNTSS is once again working to bring the local properties to campus for students to gather information as you begin planning for the 2015-2016 academic calendar year. For more information regarding the Housing Fair, e-mail Graduate Assistant Dan Thetford or call the office at 815-753-9999.

Inaugural Veterans Day Parade

Date: Tuesday, November 11

Time: 4 p.m. 

Location: Stadium Drive

Off-Campus & Non-Traditional Student Services and Military Student Services are coming together to celebrate our nation's veterans prior to the final home Huskie football game against Toledo! We invite everyone to join our offices, NIU veterans and local veteran community members in thanking all those that serve.


Both the Military Student Services and the Off-Campus Non-Traditional Student Services offices will be closed on the last Friday of every month from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a combined staff meeting.

The following are the Fall Semester 2014 scheduled dates: TBA

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