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Help: Room Sign Up

Help: 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 happens if I haven't gotten my lottery number yet?

Room sign up for the fall/spring semesters begins in mid-February for students who currently live in the residence halls and late March for new students. You will receive your lottery number and information about the first date you can begin selecting a room in the mail before this time. After the lottery period is over, you can sign up for a room at any time.

New residents who sign a housing contract after the lottery period is over will not receive a lottery number and they can sign up for housing at any time.

What if the room I want isn't available?

If a student's preferred room is not available, they must sign up for housing using their second housing preference. Beginning April 1 through August 10 a student can log back into the housing room sign up system and switch to a different room if it becomes available.

When do I get to move in?

Fall Move-In begins in late August.

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.

Can I change which room I signed up for?

If you decide that you wish to change your room selection before the semester begins in August, e-mail the Residential Administration office at housingdining@niu.edu from your NIU Z-ID e-mail account to request to be added to the wait list for a room change. If space becomes available, you will be contacted. If you request a specific roommate, both you and your friend must e-mail the Residential Administration office from your NIU Z-ID e-mail accounts and confirm that you want each other as roommates.

Ten days after the semesters begins, you will have the opportunity to request a room change through the hall staff in your residence hall. If space becomes available, you will be contacted.

How do I sign up with my roommate?

During room sign up, one person (the "designee") will select a room for all roommates.  The designee must have registration information for all roommates and will be responsible for selecting the desired room.

How does the cost of living in the residence halls compare to living off campus?

See a comparison between the costs of living on and off campus.