Each floor on campus promotes academic success and offers programming tied to transition students as they move through their years at college. Our residential communities go one step further in strengthening connections between you, faculty and other Huskies. Depending on the community, you get:
- Formal and informal out-of-class interaction with professors in your academic field.
- Increased opportunity for career information, internships, and professional networking.
- Access to special facilities and equipment in a supportive learning environment.
- Educational programs that will enhance your classroom learning.
- Social and cultural activities with students and faculty.
Joining a Living-Learning Community or Special Interest Community is easy. After being admitted to NIU and signing your housing contract, you'll have a chance to choose a room in one of these communities during online room sign up. Some have eligibility requirements — check below to learn about any requirements you may need to meet before signing up. When you sign up to live in one of these communities, a $50 program fee is added to your room rate.
Living-Learning Communities provide a unique opportunity for you to live and learn with other NIU students with common academic interests. Living in these communities allows you to connect to faculty, engage in hands-on learning experiences through field trips and career-related activities, and much more! Each community requires you to be fully committed to participating in programming and learning opportunities throughout the year.
Understand how your courses connect your major and future career
Special Interest Communities
Special Interest Communities provide a unique opportunity for you to live with other NIU students with common interests. Living in a Special Interest Community allows you to engage in programming and activities related to your specific interest and meet other students at NIU who share your passion. Each Special Interest Community requires you to be fully committed to participating in programming and learning opportunities throughout the year.
Gain a valuable edge in the competitive technical fields of General Science, Computer Science, and Engineering and Engineering Technology