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Moving In

We have received your Early Arrival Agreement.


Residence hall move-in day is an experience you'll always remember! We're very excited to welcome you to the NIU community as a new Huskie.

If you don't have a room yet, sign up to live on-campus in the fall.

Move-In Day Timeline

  • 1

    Know your move-in date

    Hall Move-In Date
    Gilbert Friday, August 25,
    9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    New Hall
    Northern View Community Friday, August 18,
    9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

    Look up your hall and room number. Need to get here early? Sign up for early arrival.

  • 2

    Pack your things and contact your roommate

  • 3

    Drive to campus on move-in day

    When you get close to campus, hang the tag you received in the mail on your rear view mirror. NIU police officers will direct traffic and guide you to your hall. If you need more hang tags, ask any traffic officer when you get here. When you're near DeKalb, you can   tune into 1360 AM WLBK  for updates throughout the day.

    Stay tuned for move-in maps.

  • 4

    We'll help you unload your things

    Team NIU volunteers are here to help you! After you park, you'll go to your hall's front desk to get checked in and get your room key. Then Team NIU will help you carry all your things up to your room.

  • 5

    Floor meeting

    That afternoon, you'll have your first of several floor meetings to get to know your new community. Your family is invited to this meeting too, and you'll all get to meet your residence hall's complex coordinator. After this meeting, you'll all be invited to the Huskie Fall Kick Off at Huskie Stadium, where you'll get to learn about what it means to be an NIU Huskie fan, explore different NIU traditions, and head to the field for a giant "NIU" class photo!

  • 6

    Welcome Days and beyond

    • Welcome Days: We've planned many special events to welcome you to the NIU community during your first days here. Check out Welcome Days events.
    • Where to Eat: You can begin using your meal plan on Friday, August 25 at any open dining location on campus. You'll also have 10 Flex Dollars that you can use at locations accepting flex dollars.
    • Enrolled in Classes: If you aren't already, make sure you are enrolled in classes by Friday, September 8. Otherwise, you will have to move out of your room. We'll remind you about this during move-in if you're not enrolled.
    • Connect to NIU Wireless: Get your PC, Mac, or phone connected to the internet.

Your room already comes furnished with things like a bed, dresser, and desk (see Things We Provide below), but here are some things you might want to bring on move-in day.

  • Bed sheets (mattresses are 36 inches x 80 inches)
  • Pillow and pillow case
  • Mattress pad
  • Bedspread
  • Linens and towels
  • Television
  • Metal wastebasket
  • Study lamps
  • Toiletries
  • Fan
  • Clock/clock radio
  • Clothing hangers
  • Laundry hamper
  • Shower caddy
  • Ethernet cable (cat 5)
  • Plates and bowls
  • Cups and mugs
  • Cutlery and utensils
  • Food storage
  • Surge protector
  • USB flash drive
  • Headphones or earbuds
  • Under bed storage
  • Batteries

Things We Provide

  • Draperies
  • Dresser
  • Desk
  • Desk chair
  • MicroFridge
  • Bed/mattress
  • Cable TV hookup
  • Laundry facilities
  • Internet connection

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