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Fall Room Sign Up


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

    Starting November 7 at 10:00 a.m.

    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

    March 6-10, 2017

    Select a Room

    New Resident General Sign Up Schedule

    Your time to sign up depends on the date you completed your Housing Agreement.

    Look up your Housing Agreement complete date

    March through August
    Housing Agreement Complete Date Earliest time to select room and plan
    Nov 7, 2016 – Nov 12, 2016 March 6, 2017, 3:00 p.m.
    Nov 13, 2016 – Nov 30, 2016 March 6, 2017, 4:00 p.m.
    Dec 1, 2016 – Dec 31, 2016 March 7, 2017, 3:00 p.m.
    Jan 1, 2017 – Jan 15, 2017 March 7, 2017, 4:00 p.m.
    Jan 16, 2017 – Jan 29, 2017 March 8, 2017, 3:00 p.m.
    Jan 30, 2017 – Feb 12, 2017 March 8, 2017, 4:00 p.m.
    Feb 13, 2017 – Feb 21, 2017 March 9, 2017, 3:00 p.m.
    Feb 22, 2017 – Mar 2, 2017 March 9, 2017, 4:00 p.m.
    Mar 3, 2017 – Mar 9, 2017 March 10, 2017, 3:00 p.m.
    Mar 10, 2017 and onward March 10, 2017, 4:00 p.m.
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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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    Receive the Room Selection Information Packet in your student mailbox

    Late January

    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

    February 6

    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.

    Same Room Sign Up

    Retain the same room from spring 2016

    February 6, 10 a.m. – February 13, 10 a.m.
    Same Floor Sign Up

    Retain a room on the same floor from spring 2016

    February 13, 10 a.m. – February 20, 10 a.m.
    Roommate Pull-In

    Can only be completed in the Residential Administration office in Neptune East 101. For students who already signed up for a room on their same floor and want to bring in a roommate from another floor prior to the open lottery period.

    February 20 - 22, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Living-Learning Community Special Sign Up

    Due to increased demand and the benefits of living in the LLC environment, we are excited to offer a 1-day, special sign up period for any eligible students who would like to live in a LLC.

    Look up your LLC eligibility

    February 22, 9 a.m. – 11:59 p.m.
    Returning Resident Scheduled Lottery Days

    Residents are eligible to sign up at any point once their lottery number comes up. Room sign up will remain live for room selection but no new numbers will be released after 4 p.m. on these days.

    Look up your lottery number

    February 23 – February 24, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    Lottery Number Earliest time to select room and plan
    1 – 400 Thursday, February 23, 9:00 a.m.
    1 – 800 Thursday, February 23, 11:00 a.m.
    1 – 1200 Thursday, February 23, 1:00 p.m.
    1 – 1600 Thursday, February 23, 3:00 p.m.
    1 – 2000 Friday, February 24, 9:00 a.m.
    1 – 2400 Friday, February 24, 11:00 a.m.
    1 – 2800 Friday, February 24, 1:00 p.m.
    1 – 3600 Friday, February 24, 3:00 p.m.

    Returning Resident Open Sign Up

    February 24, 4 p.m. – March 6, 9:00 a.m.
    Returning Resident Offline Sign Up Only

    In person, Neptune East 101

    March 6 – March 10 during office hours (8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
    Open Sign Up

    All students

    March 13, 9 a.m. – August 10, 11:59 p.m.
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