Honors House


We are thrilled that the Honors House is now located in NIU's New Residence Hall Complex, which features 12-person “cluster-style” living! We hope you'll consider joining us there as you look at your housing options for next year.  We think you will find that it is a great place to call home.  But don't take our word for it, hear what our students are saying. 

When asked about the Honors House, 83% of students rated their experience highly and 95% planned on returning to live in the Honors House the following year.  University Honors student and Fellow, Lexie Williams notes:    

The Honors House provides a multitude of opportunities for students to grow academically, professionally, and personally.  It is a beneficial extension of the University Honors Program because it allows us to live together, support each other in our studies, and develop interpersonal skills that will help us in our future endeavors. 

The Honors House occupies 200 beds in the East Residential Hall, which sits closest to Annie Glidden Road. If you'd like to receive details on living in the new Honors House, please send an email to honors@niu.edu. We will happily follow up with more information.

Amenities include:

  • Private single bedrooms
  • Semi-private bathrooms and micro-refrigerators shared between 2 students
  • Common space including a study area, living area, kitchenette, microwave, washer and dryer shared between 12 students
  • Movable furniture (including beds that can be lofted)
  • Air conditioning
  • Wireless Internet throughout
  • Five layers of security
  • Access to private fitness room
  • Access to an "all-you-can-eat" dining hall with a large seating area and variety of food options
  • Unique indoor social spaces including a fireplace lounge, arcade/gaming area, multipurpose room, and stage
  • Outdoor features including a sand volleyball court, basketball half-court, bean bag courts, patios and picnic tables, and bicycle parking
  • 1 Quiet Lifestyle "cluster" and 1 Transfer Student "cluster" students may opt into within the Honors House

The Honors House is a unique living-learning community that aims to enrich the lives of NIU students in the Honors Program. The Honors House provides students with a stimulating environment in which to live, study, relax, and have fun.

While Honors House residents may share a commitment to their academic pursuits, they come from a wide variety of backgrounds and their choice of study is just as diverse. The Honors House enjoys a unique atmosphere of respect and camaraderie. Many residents choose to return after their first year, and many other students request the Honors House after they have experienced the warm, inviting feel.

Special programming is offered each semester to enhance residents' opportunities to tap into valuable resources and allow them access to new experiences. Programming in the past has included trips into Chicago to Navy Pier, Shakespeare, Blue Man Group, Second City, Broadway in Chicago and the Shedd Aquarium. On-campus activities include the Honors House Floor Wars competition, discussions regarding career-related topics, performances by NIU Theatre and Dance, game nights and special dinners. Participating in community service and other university-wide events are also a vital part of the life of an Honors student.