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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? Visit us on YouTube!


NIU Band Run

Date: Friday, August 22

Time: 5:45-6:25 p.m.

Location: Neptune Hall Volleyball Courts

Come join the Huskie Marching Band as they lead students throughout campus on the way to the Convocation Center for Huskie Family Welcome. Parking is available for students in the DuSable Lots. Students can RSVP for Band Run and meet in the OCNTSS Lounge starting at 4:30 p.m. before heading over to Neptune Hall.


Date: Saturday, August 23                                                                           

Time: 5:30-7 p.m.

Location: Adams Hall North Lawn; (Rain Location - Capitol Room HSC)

Come join OCNTSS for its third annual Welcome Days event! Join us as we grill-out, provide you with valuable information regrading serivces and engagement opportunities, and connect you to other new and returning students who identify as non-traditional, commuter, transfer, and/or service memeber. There will be drawings for prizes, including two tickets to see the Huskie football team battle Northwestern in Evanston on Sept. 6. Your friends and family are welcome to! This event is part of NIU's Welcome Days Saturday activities, which include a community service activity, a Pig Roast sponsored by Greek Life, and the Rec Fest held at the Campus Recreation Center. OCNTSS is encouraging all students who may identify as Non-Traditional to take part in multiple activities on this day prior to coming to SHIFT. A member of the OCNTSS staff will be leading a group to each event prior to SHIFT. Please RSVP to the events of your choosing and we look forward to enjoying the first Saturday of the new academic year with you here at NIU. 

Neighborhood Block Party

Date: Wednesday, September 10

Time: 4-7 p.m.

Location: MLK Commons

NIU is proud to announce this inaugural campus event! This campus festival is where everyone can meet their neighbors and celebrate your culture, tradition, pride, and identity through an activity, performance, or food item! Individuals, campus organizations, faculty, and staff can all register to take part in the Block Party. Chose a theme you would like to be apart of and joing other members of the campus commnity in creating activities built around your chosen theme. Please RSVP for this event!

Summer in September

Date: Wednesday, September 24

Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Location: OSAS Lawn

Once again Off-Campus & Non-Traditional Student Services will be teaming up with the Office of Student Academic Success for a midday barbeque. Mark your calenders now!

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 calender year. For more information regarding the Housing Fair, e-mail Graduate Assitant Dan Thetford or call the office at 815-753-9999.


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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