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We're excited that you're interested in joining our residence hall community in the fall. The residence halls and Northern View Community apartments are great places to find your niche on campus. Whether you are a new first year, transfer or a returning upper class student, life on campus is full of opportunities to get engaged! When you live on campus you have the distinct advantage to be surrounded by resources at your fingertips to help you achieve success.

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    Be Admitted

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    Compare our residence halls

    Take some time to learn about NIU's residence halls and find the one that's a great fit for your lifestyle. You can even schedule a tour and experience the halls in person.

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    Check out Living-Learning Communities

    Living-Learning Communities let you live and socialize with other students who share your academic and career goals.

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    Submit your housing contract and prepayment

    Sign Contract and Make Prepayment

    Sign your contract and make a $150 payment. $25 of this payment is a non-refundable processing fee and the other $125 is a prepayment for your housing.

    If you don't want to do this online, you can also sign a contract by mail.

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    Find a roommate or let us choose one for you

    If you have a roommate in mind, you can sign up together for housing. Otherwise, if you sign up for a room without having chosen a roommate in advance, we will randomly assign one for you. You can go online and pick any room you are eligible for. Vacant bed spaces in your room or suite may be booked by other students also going through the room sign-up process.

    Learn more about signing up with roommates.

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    Select a room online

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    Attend orientation

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    Get a parking permit

    Bringing a car to campus? Buy your parking permit at orientation.

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    Pack your things

    Buy everything you need for your new room. See a packing list.

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    Move in!

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    Receive the Room Selection Information Packet in your student mailbox

    You will receive the Room Selection Information Packet in your student mailbox. Use this information, along with information on our website, to decide which residence hall is best for you.

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    Renew your Housing Agreement and select a room

    Select a Room

    If you have previously live in the halls, when you choose a room online for next fall, you will renew your Housing Agreement. You will not need to make a $150 payment unless you are returning to the halls after not residing in them for a semester. In that case, you must sign a new agreement and make the $150 payment. Students completing this process in early spring will be able to complete a Housing Agreement online or by mail.

    If you have a roommate you would like to live with, you will need that person's Z-ID and roommate PIN when you select your room. That person must have also been accepted to NIU and completed a Housing Agreement. Learn more about signing up for housing with roommates.

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